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Subject: How long must I keep books listed?
Date Posted: 12/4/2008 3:35 AM ET
Member Since: 6/21/2008
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Hi All,  I started on PBS back in June 08 with ten books and got my 2 freebies.  I thought I had some nice books to offer but I've gotten no request.  It seems they are rather common.  My question is:  How long am I required to keep these books listed?  I live in a very small apartment and space is at a premium, so I'd dearly love to clear these books out by giving them to one of the many charities that take books in my area.  Is there some time limit I'm required to leave them posted?  It's been over 5 months with nary a nibble. 

Date Posted: 12/4/2008 5:30 AM ET
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There is no time requirement for keeping them on your shelf.

You might try advertising your books in the Book Bazaar forum before you delete them.

Have you looked to see how many copies there are in the system? Add them to your Reminder List and it will show you how many. I was given a bunch of books recently, posted all of them, then removed any that had more than 20 copies in the system. Now I'm waiting for a Freecycler to pick up the rest.

Date Posted: 12/4/2008 8:04 AM ET
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You could also think about Box of Books.  If you want new things to read, its a good option, because you will be able to move those books with tons of copies in the system and get new ones you haven't read. My TBR pile got so big doing it and I was sending so many books, I have it paused until I can start to catch up.



Last Edited on: 12/4/08 8:05 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/4/2008 9:21 AM ET
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The PBS police aren't going to come and make you give back those 2 credits if that's what you're worried about. 

Have you thought of running a 2 for 1 deal?  Maybe that would help move some and earn you a couple credits. 

Date Posted: 12/4/2008 1:43 PM ET
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also, make your profile public so we can see your bookshelf when you post in the forums.  maybe there is something we would like to order from you directly, but we cant see them.

Date Posted: 12/4/2008 3:02 PM ET
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also, make your profile public so we can see your bookshelf when you post in the forums.  maybe there is something we would like to order from you directly, but we cant see them. - ?? You can see her bookshelf without a profile. At least I can see it, all the buttons are there, just no profile. People are often more willing to order directly from someone if the have a profile though.

Date Posted: 12/4/2008 4:47 PM ET
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Yippeeeee!   Someone requested one! and I got it in the mail for them.  I don't know it it was just a coincidence, since someone mentioned my book list couldn't be viewed.

Everyone seems to have good advice and I'll see about working on it this weekend.  Thanks for the help.

Bonnie

Date Posted: 12/4/2008 5:23 PM ET
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It wasn't a coincidence :)

Just happened to be a book I was thinking of reading........ welcome to PBS! 

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 2:57 PM ET
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Great!  Glad I had something you wanted.  I've also had two more request, so double yippee!  I was getting discouraged.  It's not that I thought the PBS police would confiscate the two freebies I got for joining (I"m too busy  worrying about the banana police at the store nabbing me for separating banana bunches :) ), but I did want to stay in good standing.  Heck, even if I have to buy credits it's still a deal.

Take Care,  Bonnie

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 5:23 PM ET
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Your bookshelf was visable.  I looked at it when you first posted to see if there was anything I was interested in reading. 

I find just being a regular poster in the forums helps.  That doesn't mean you should come on and beg for orders: people frown on that. But I know I look at a lot of posters shelves and order directly from regulars before I go through FIFO.  Especially if I see someone offering an unpostable that I'm interested in or a deal in their signature line.  I just ordered a very common book from a regular the other day because they had one of my WL books as an unpostable freebie.  I found another book I was interested in and now I'm getting 2 books and she's unloading a common book and an upostable one.

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 6:26 PM ET
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I was curious if it mattered how long you keep your bookshelf on hold?  I don't want to lose my credits for having it on vacation too long.  I've got alot going on in my life right now that keeps me away from home at times. 

Date Posted: 12/6/2008 7:38 AM ET
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I don't think it matters at all, Deonne--when you put the vacation hold on, it gives you a very long span you can choose if you want, and you can always renew the hold too. I've had my account on hold for as long as a couple months when my finances were very tight. I had a lot of credits built up and kept my wishlist to autorequest, but just didn't send any books.

Bonnie, posting in the forums does help, I think--I did check out your bookshelf, but there was nothing I was interested in. Looks like most of your books are ones that are fairly popular and over-posted, so it may take them awhile to get through FIFO. As to how long you can have a book on your shelf--no limit at all! As long as your patience holds out, you can have it there as long as you want. :)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/6/2008 10:29 AM ET
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I had mine on hold for 6months one time.  I was selling an house and getting ready to move cross country.  THey don't take any credits away.  You can put your WL books on autorequest if you still want to get books but not send any out. 

Date Posted: 12/6/2008 10:18 PM ET
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If you had the space, I would say keep them, I just had one requested today that has been listed for over a year - very obscure subject area, too.  I was surprised!

Date Posted: 12/7/2008 1:45 AM ET
Member Since: 6/23/2007
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Statistically, members who have a profile get twice the book requests of member's who do not have a profile. Just some food for thought.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 12/7/2008 11:08 AM ET
Member Since: 8/13/2008
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You must keep your books listed for ten years!

Seriously, I would offer a deal in book bazaar if they're just there cluttering the place. 

Date Posted: 12/7/2008 11:25 AM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2005
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Off topic, but I wanted to say I love Rachel C.'s Christmas Tree banner!!!! Very adorable.

 

And I hope you find many great reads Bonnie H. now that your shelf is moving again LOL