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Subject: How do you decide what to buy???
Date Posted: 10/27/2008 10:23 PM ET
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I have a super awesome used book store near me that has 5 for $1 tables sometimes.  I want to get some books that can be useful for me for trading, what's the best way to do that?? 

When you're looking at the bargain books, how do you decide what to buy for trading?? 

Thanks for the advice  :)

Date Posted: 10/27/2008 10:47 PM ET
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I browse the Club Wish List and make a list of the ones that have a long wish list.

Date Posted: 10/27/2008 10:49 PM ET
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I generally don't buy books just for trading unless I happen to stumble across a book that I know has a long WL. Otherwise I look for books that I want to read.

Date Posted: 10/27/2008 11:05 PM ET
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I would say ditto what's already been said.  If I see a book that I know is wish listed, I'll probably go ahead and get it.  Otherwise, I buy whatever looks interesting that I think I might read.  I have a couple of books that I bought just to swap, and now I'll probably take them back to the bookstore because there are so many posted already!  What's worked best for me is to buy what I like and then post them when I'm done.  Some end up wish listed, some aren't, but at least I'm able to enjoy the book before posting it.

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Date Posted: 10/27/2008 11:07 PM ET
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I browse the club wish list in the genres I like.  If I happen to see one of those heavily WLed books while out shopping in a used bookstore, I'll pick it up, but only if it sounds like something I want to read too.

Date Posted: 10/27/2008 11:07 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/27/2008 11:14 PM ET
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If you have a cellphone with internet access, use the PBS Mobile site!!!!  It will tell you on the spot whether there are members wishing....... it works great and has saved me from buying books that are not going to be requested anytime soon. 


Date Posted: 10/27/2008 11:18 PM ET
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Look for authors that are always in high demand, like Jodi Picoult!   Read the gendre forums to see what people are looking for!

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 8:20 AM ET
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I only go a couple times a year to our local Friends of the Library sale, and generally stick to 1) paranormal mysteries and romances 2) cozy mysteries 3)any Pagan/Wiccan/alternative religion reference books 4) foreign mysteries 5) fantasy and 6) authors/series I'm reading myself. This is the only time of year I purchase books to replenish my bookshelf--otherwise what I get is just for me to read. But those prices are so cheap it's pretty hard to resist bulking up the credit balance a little bit. I don't necessarily want to come home with 50 books that are all wishlisted! That's a lot of postage in a short time! What I want is some that are wishlisted, and many that may have a few copies in the system but will get chosen within a few months, that I know aren't going to sit on my shelf for a year.

You can also look at the Top 50 books posted, which will tell you what to definitely stay away from, like Dan Brown, Nora Roberts, John Grisham, etc. Cozette gave good advice about high-in-demand authors, but stick with their more recent releases. I've made the mistake of picking up books that were 'hot' a year ago by 'hot' authors, but when I went to post them, found 50 in the system already. James Patterson is a good example of that--several of his newer releases are wishlisted, but the older ones have hundreds of copies in the system. Sometimes browsing the Daily Wishlist for several days before shopping will give you an idea of some of the things being wanted that aren't necessarily Top 50 material, too. Since I tend to wishlist books that aren't always uber-popular and maybe have up to 20 or 30 wishers, I encourage folks to check those type of books out. :)



Date Posted: 10/28/2008 4:18 PM ET
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I generally only get books I'm interested in reading myself unless they are super cheap. Sometimes I find a WL book at my library or the thrift store for .50.  Then I'll get it even if I don't want to read it myself. 

The best way it to just peruse the WL. Watch binding though.  If someone's WLing a large print or an audio version of a book than that's most likely all they want. A lot of people come on here complaining that no one is ordering their WL books with dif ISBN when there's a lot of that version already. 

Books that tend to go fast (for me anyway)-cozy mysteries, tradesize romances (Brava, Red Dress Ink), erotica, paranormal romances.  Audio CDs tend ot go quick as well.  Stay away from the big blockbuster books like James Patterson, Nora Roberts, John Grisham-they tend to glutt the system.  They start off as WL before they're released but then pretty soon there's 100+ posted. 

But really it can be cheaper just to buy credits than to buy books just for posting here.  By the time you pay for them, factor in your time and mailing costs.