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Subject: How do you guys have soooo many credits?
Date Posted: 2/25/2009 8:45 PM ET
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I know some have extra large bookshelves with alot of sought after books. I understand THAT kind of extra credits.

But HOW do some end up with an extra 50 - 100 - 500 credits to sell?

I can't even gain enough credits to cover the once in awhile WK books I have, let alone the RL books. lol. I only manage to have more than a few when I flat out buy them and I simply cant afford to do that!

What am I doing wrong? Or how can I possibly manage to accumulate more credits? Can someone who has these types of credits all the time please fill me in on the secrets? =)

Thank you so much.

T. -
Date Posted: 2/25/2009 9:17 PM ET
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There is no secret--when I had a large bookshelf, I would scour the library sales, Salvation Army, Goodwill, thrift stores and garage sales for cheap, but good books.   I paid around 25 cents for a paperback and 50 cents for hardbacks.  If it was a WL book that I know that was highly sought after, I would go up to $1.  You have to take in account that you also have to mail each book at around $2.40 each unless you have a mulitple order. 

A way to get free books is to sign up for your local Freecycle and ask for books.  I've gotten hundreds of books this way.   People just get tired of them and give them away.  The last batch I received was a large box of fantasy novels.  I was really tickled. 

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 9:23 PM ET
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Weight the cost of even a used book & gas to go get them plus postage & gas ...  Well I dont think its worth it!!

All I want to do is get rid of books I have collected & no longer read....

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 9:24 PM ET
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another thing is put everything out there - I've posted books that I was almost certain would never be requested because they were just too old or obscure and I'm surprised all the time when these books DO get requested.

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 9:40 PM ET
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I don't have an overabundance of credits but I usually have 20-30 credits &  try never to go below 10. A couple of things I do...

I don't post books that have more than 50 of them in the system, although I prefer under 25,  cause the system is set up FIFO (first in, first out) & they could sit on your shelf a long time before they get requested.

Books that there are a high number of in the system I often bundle together, whatever will fit into a small box & offer them for 2 or 3 credits. The shipping is not much higher for several books than it is for just 1 book.

Sometimes I will do bundle deals just to move some books & build up some credits... or offer a deal. i.e. 2-for-1, 3-for-1, etc.

Hope these ideas will help you a bit. Debbie

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 9:40 PM ET
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Misty,

You have only been a PBS member for a short time. Hang in there.

I agree with T.G. I look for books everywhere. I take books friends have finished, go to Friends of library sales,etc. I always look at the PBS top wish listed books to get an idea of where the trends are before I go book hunting.   I seldom pass up a deal offered to me even when I haven't a deal going...it's the "good will" thing.  

Anyway, happy reading and trading. Eve

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 9:47 PM ET
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Thank you everyone for the great information. =) I was just so curious how people ended up with so many.

I joined CD/DVD swap sites, I seem to be having very good luck over there with orders, once those are all completed I can transfer those credits, that will help a bunch. =)

I'm limited in my local market on where to get good deals on books. Our Goodwill is extremely overpriced, our Salvation Army is very good though. Im going to have to check out one of those friends of the library sales too.

Thanks for all the great info guys. =)

 

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 10:32 PM ET
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How do you find what books are limited on here?

How do you find out what WL books are out there?

 

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 11:06 PM ET
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Misty -- Another good way is to get books from family and friends. I posted some this afternoon  I got from my brother and within 10 minutes 6 of them were requested...two were WL ..  I didn't realize that when I posted them... but I sent out 5 last week , 4 that were from him.  I have 6 more that are WL I have to post I got from him. He gave them to me rather than give them to the Goodwill. I usually have around 5 to 7 credits and by the time I'm done with these I'll have almost 30! That will be 16 credits from what I got from my brother.. he has alot of graphic novels and stuff that seem to be popular.

 

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 11:12 PM ET
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You can also get books from yard sales if you have a lot in your area in the summertime. You can get people to sell you HUGE boxes of PB's for 2 or 3 dollars. One thing I've noticed though. HC books don't go as quickly on here as PB ones do. I don't get it, because I'd rather request HC novels for the purpose of collecting but it seems most others want PB's. Buy big boxes of books at yard sales and ask for books at freecycle.org and then do lots of 2 for 1 deals and you'll boost up your bank...

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 11:31 PM ET
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YAY GARAGE SALE TIME is coming!!!! :)

 

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 1:35 AM ET
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Well I've been a member for quite some times and I don't use my credits lightly.  I always check to see if my library has a copy of a book I want to read FIRST and then if I really love it or if the book is a rare find then I would use one of my credits.  I get antsy when my credit dips below 50, so I go hunting for used book sales, library book sales, to build up my library.

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Date Posted: 2/26/2009 2:00 AM ET
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That's a good point...I use my credits for WL books only.  If you are interested in getting books that are common in the system, join Box of Books---it is only 8 buck for a whole year and you don't have to use credits.  It's really good if you want to get kid's books and have adult books to trade for them because most people will trade you 2-3 kid's books to 1 adult novel--but of course it depends on the book--some board books cost as much as a hardcover to mail, while the flimsy starter readers are more like a pamphlet.

If you don't want to join BOB, but want common books, look for deals in the Bazaar.  Why get a reminder book for a credit when you can get it and 2 more for the same credit?

 

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 6:33 AM ET
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We live in Florida, so garage sales run rampant all year. =) I haven't had much luck at them this far, but I am going to have to start hitting more until I hit the jackpot. =)

There WAS a garage sale here a few weeks ago that the man had over 400 books!! I couldnt believe it! We talked to him prior to sale (it was an ad on Craigslist) and he offered the entire lot to us for $75! Talked it over with hubby and we decided to grab them up, but when we got there the butthead had presold them to someone else! Grr.

I dont know how other people's Goodwill stores are, but jeez they are high here! =( $2.99 and UP for a HC and $1.99 and up for PB. That is just too high for me to pay for a used book, UNLESS it is something we are really really wanting! Our Salvation Army is very reasonable on their prices but have a super small selection. But last time I went there, I grabbed a handful, came home, read the ones I wanted, posted the rest and they had ended up ALL being WL books so that was fun. =)

I wish i had family to get books from. But all of our family members (both DH and mine) have passed on, with exception of my mother and she isn't a reader and lives 1200 miles away. And friends, they dont read either. I need new friends!!! LOL!

Anyways, I'm rambling. =)

Thank you guys for all the great advice and tips. I definately know more now on how to find them and how to get there.

I just have to try to send out more books, no way about it! My WL books are coming twice as fast as requests going out! lol.

I am a Boxer, and so far have done over 25 trades on there, which I think is really good since I've only been a member a month!

Thanks everyone! I'm going shopping/garage saling this weekend! Wish me luck! =)

 

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 8:26 AM ET
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I always have a surplus of credits, but it is because I have no will power and buy a lot of new releases.  :-\  Oh well, when I can afford to do it I figure why not, since book stores and the publishing industry is struggling (and was even before this current economic crisis.)

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 8:30 AM ET
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I wish I could buy them new, but we are on a super tight budget. Even all the PBS Money and such I keep adding is probably well over my budget if I want to be honest...  But it's very addicting here! =)

Im usually lucky if I have two or three credits at once. Usually (like right now) I have none. That's about the usual here! lol.

Ah well.

Just joined the dvd and CD swap sites. The dvds I had four hit for WL immediately, the CD site I had TWENTY in first day! that was awesome.

Of course then I had to order one from each before they will release credits to be transferred to here which I DIDNT like, but soon, Hopefully VERY soon I will have some credits again! Woohoo! =)

 



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Subject: How to tell how many books in the system?
Date Posted: 2/26/2009 8:50 AM ET
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I was wondering how you can tell how many copies of a book are in the system? I did a search and it said to add it to my reminder list? Is there a quick way to do this?
Date Posted: 2/26/2009 9:20 AM ET
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Carolyn, any time you're looking at a book summary, there's a button on the right that says RL (I think), which will add it to your reminder list.

oops, no, it just says 'Reminder' on the button.



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