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Subject: How to check club members wish list & books on best seller lists
Date Posted: 10/5/2009 11:42 AM ET
Member Since: 7/2/2009
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I entered my books on the wish list site, but was unable to tell if these were books on someones wish list, ( so I could tell if I would get them requested quickly).  How can I tell if they are indeed wanted already by a member?

Secondly, I currently have many books from the best sellers list at the book store.  I really don't want to send out current best sellers and recieve only 1 credit for an older book, it just doesn't seen fair. Is there a way that current best sellers could give the sender 2 credits at least, since I won't be recieving current best sellers in return.  Just a thought.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 10/5/2009 11:59 AM ET
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The easiest way to tell if a book is on the club wish list is to add it to your TBR (to-be-read) list. If the book is wish listed, you'll see a red or green W next to it.

No, current best sellers cannot be worth more credits. Most best sellers are only in demand for a very short time. If you wait 3 to 6 months, all those in-demand books you have now will have many copies available in the system. If you want to get credits for them at all, it's far better to post them now than to wait until everybody's read them.

Why do you think you can't receive best sellers in return? I often do. I put them on my wish list and they usually get posted quite quickly. Most books can be wish listed many months before they are even released, so when you hear that your favorite author is coming out with a new book, come here and add it to your wish list and in a few months you'll be getting an email telling you it's being held for you.

Date Posted: 10/5/2009 12:02 PM ET
Member Since: 5/7/2009
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If you put books on your reminder list you can see how many books are in the system. (And if there are 0, click through and see how many are wishing.)

For your second question, I posted something similar a few days ago http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=181597 -- get ready for some angry responses!  Personally I agree with you, but seems like most people don't. 



Date Posted: 10/5/2009 12:15 PM ET
Member Since: 7/2/2009
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Ok, I understand the logic behind the current best sellers and the reasons they only recieve one credit.  Thanks for your input.

Date Posted: 10/5/2009 2:19 PM ET
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Yeah those best sellers go from Long WL to heavily posted in just a short time. That latest Dan Brown book with the long WL will have 500+ copies in the system and people begging for someone to order it within a few months. Many of the books that were heavily WL when I joined now have 1,000 copies in the system. There are other book trading sites that allow credit bidding and then there's Ebay.  But PBS works on a 1 credit for 1 credit. And youc an use that credit to buy current best sellers.  I ordered a couple best selling WL books from Amazon last week. In the 3days it took them to arrive both WL had reduced by over 50 spots. 

You can tell if a book is WL or not by putting it on your TBR pile.  Then if you don't want to post them all at once for budget reasons you can go to that list and see what's WL and what isn't.  I guess using the RL would work as well.  It puts all the WL and non-posted books at the end and shows you how many copies are already posted for non-WL books. 

Date Posted: 10/5/2009 2:52 PM ET
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Another way to check if a book has people "wishing" for it, is to enter the ISBN in the Search box. When the book details are displayed, look for Members Wishing - example: Members Wishing: 21. This also gives the number of people on the Wish List.

Date Posted: 10/5/2009 3:43 PM ET
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