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Subject: How many books in a BOB offer?
Date Posted: 2/12/2009 1:09 PM ET
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Just curious how many books do you think should be in a Box-o-books offer?  Is there a minimum you'll ask for, or a number that is too many?

Personally I won't make an offer on less than 2 books.  I figure if I only want one I should either look for someone who has more I want (& thus hopefully is interested in more of my books too) or I should order the single book off their bookshelf.  But maybe that's just me :)

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Date Posted: 2/12/2009 1:33 PM ET
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I'm not a Boxer yet, but I'm assuming that most Boxers joined the service in order to save postage costs by swapping multiple books at one time.  IMHO, I think  the minimum should be at least 2 books in a BoB deal, otherwise it should just be a regular PBS transaction. 

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 2:32 PM ET
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When I was a boxer I preferred to keep the transactions smaller.  The larger the transaction the bigger the risk if they flake out on you or a box goes lost.

But I usually tried to make it for at least 2.  Unless there was only 1 boxer with the book I wanted and that' was the only book of theirs that interested me. 

When you first join people will make offers for a lot of your books. I only had 50 books posted when I first joined BOB and people would make me offers for 20 books. But I would only find a couple of theirs that I wanted. 

A lot of people don't mind doing small BOBs.  It's not only about saving on postage but also about trading those hard to move books for another book. 

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 3:07 PM ET
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I use to do large BOB's because well I like getting large boxes of books. Almost all went well with no problem.

Then I had a problem. Some woman took for me over 6 books. Nice books all homeschooling type books each one retail of over $19.99 or more.

I then had another problem losing 4 books.

I don't think there is a limit. When I would do large requests I'd limit to 6 or less.

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 4:07 PM ET
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I like to do trades of 2-5 books or so.  I sometimes will do one, but I don't usually want to pay postage for just one book.  I never offer just a 1/1 trade, but if there's a book I really want on the other person's shelf I'll accept one.  I don't like doing too many, because as others have said there is always the chance of losing books.  Plus, I need to print postage either here or paypal, since I can only get to the post office infrequently, so my packages need to fit in a blue box.

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 4:07 PM ET
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See I never would have thought about the large boxes being risky!  My 1st completed BOB was for 9 books & it went w/o a hitch.  That one was an oddball for me though as most of the larger boxes I've been offered were from people with small shelves or shelves of genre's I don't read & I had to decline anyway.  So taking risks into consideration too I guess I'd say the "perfect" box for me would be 2-5 books.

ETA: Karen- every time I see your avi I think of my sister, she has that same print in her living room. :)



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Date Posted: 2/12/2009 4:18 PM ET
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When I was a boxer I really hated getting requests for 1 book.  If you only want one book, order it with a credit!   I really didn't want to go reading through shelves looking to see if there was some lone book that would be worth a credit to me (since the postage costs were the same).  Just bugged me.

I prefered about 3-5.  Enough that the postage savings were noticable, small enough I wasn't out a lot if something happened. Also, not so big it was hard to find a box!  

I didn't mind larger requests, but chances were I wouldn't find that many books on their shelf so it would get smaller anyway.

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 4:23 PM ET
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I have that print as well.  It's not hanging up now, because I need to replace the frame, but it has always relaxed me to look at it.  I think she looks almost as relaxed as a housecat :)



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