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Subject: how to determine shipping weight
Date Posted: 7/6/2015 5:37 PM ET
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Hi all. I am sending a book via mail-to-friend as part of one of the virtual boxes in the games forum. It's wl'd so I need to put it in as a different title. I'm trying to figure out the shipping weight. My postal scale only goes up to one pound, not enough for this book. I looked at "edit book data" but the weight is not there. Can't find it on amazon or the publisher's website, or any other, either. Any ideas? I have run out of them.

Date Posted: 7/6/2015 5:49 PM ET
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oops I didn't see in your original,post you already tried Amazon.  😕. I'm not a good reader today lol. 



Last Edited on: 7/6/15 8:09 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/6/2015 5:50 PM ET
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You can 'mail to friend' from a wishlisted book, can't you? I just tried it from a WLed book and it worked fine.

Date Posted: 7/6/2015 6:00 PM ET
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Maybe just upgrade your scale. If you mail reasonably frequently, this is bound to happen again.

Date Posted: 7/6/2015 6:02 PM ET
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thanks Shannon, I got it.

Laura, my understanding of how FIFO works is that if you post a wishlisted book the system automatically notifies the first member in line for that book, and if they accept it you are obligated to supply it to them.

Date Posted: 7/6/2015 6:17 PM ET
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I had a similar problem once. I went to a small grocery store near where I live and took the package into the produce section and used a scale there to weigh the package. That was a while back. I now have a baby scale I found at a garage sale. This scale goes from one to 25 lbs. the scale cost 3 $.

Date Posted: 7/6/2015 7:03 PM ET
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Nora: Hi all. I am sending a book via mail-to-friend as part of one of the virtual boxes in the games forum. It's wl'd so I need to put it in as a different title. I'm trying to figure out the shipping weight. My postal scale only goes up to one pound, not enough for this book. I looked at "edit book data" but the weight is not there. Can't find it on amazon or the publisher's website, or any other, either. Any ideas? I have run out of them.

2 things:

  1. I'm not well-versed in mail-to-a-friend, but it is possible to post a WL book directly to a member's WL. It will go directly to them without being offered to FIFO unless they decline it. There are 2 ways to do this:
    • Through the Post a Book screen (only works if you have friended each other) - beware, I get false-positives a lot of the time where it says that a book is on a WL but it isn't. If a title shows up this way, I always open another tab with their WL in it and check that it really is there and then usually use the through-the-member's-WL method.
      • Start to post the book normally
      • If a book is on 1 of your friends' WLs, their name will appear in a drop-down box next to the title
      • Select the friend you want to post to
      • Confirm
    • Through the member's WL
      • Go to the member's WL
      • Scroll through until you find the book you are wanting to post to them
      • Click the Post Book link on their WL
      • Check that the ISBN matches the edition you have
      • Confirm
  2. Having said that, and game rules vary, it is usually against game rules to post a game book directly to the person's WL because then they would have to use a credit and possibly a swap fee. That doesn't include extras though.
Date Posted: 7/6/2015 7:39 PM ET
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Unfortunately, not many sites include any book dimensions and weight is the hardest to find.  These are the two sites which most often do give the weight:  Amazon (as I see you have checked), and BookDepository -- this is a UK site and will be in mm or cm but here is a good conversion site: 

http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/conversions.html

Otherwise, if your post office has DIY for package shipping (sorry, can't recall what they call it), there will be a totally accurate scale there. 

Then, PLEASE, when you learn the weight for a book, send through an edit (or send me a PM) so that the weight can be added to the PBS listing!    :^)

ETA:  Should have added eBay as they will sometimes include weight...

 

 

 



Last Edited on: 7/6/15 7:46 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/7/2015 11:57 AM ET
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You can use mail-to-a-friend directly from a book's details page, no matter whether it is WL.  You no longer have to post the book to your bookshelf.  

Search the book you want, open the details page, click the "more options" button and then select Mail-to-a-Friend from the list that opens up.

However - you should never fully depend on the book weights listed in PBS. It's always a good idea to confirm the weight of the book matches the weight that is in the system.

Date Posted: 7/9/2015 12:28 AM ET
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amazon has a food scale for $7 ish, and free shipping. i just ordered one for my mom, so she didn't need to use mine anymore. then we ordered one for her friend, because it was so cheap! free shipping.