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Subject: How can I get people to request my books
Date Posted: 2/3/2009 9:46 AM ET
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My books are probably one of hundreds of the same book out there.  With 2 million books or more to choose from, I am not getting any hits.  What can I do?

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 10:03 AM ET
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Sometimes just hanging out in the forums will help you get orders.  A lot of regular forum posters will check the shelves of other regulars before they order from FIFO.

Also don't lose patience. I've had 4 heavily posted books requested from me recently. One was ordered with a WL book I posted. THey hit the Order More From Member button and ordered a book that I posted a few months ago that had over 100 in the system when I posted mine.  1 was ordered direclty from me probably because I was talking about the book. There were over 300 copies in PBS and mine was ordered right away.  1 was ordered by a regular forum poster who probably ordered from me because she knows I'm here eveyrday and wouldn't let her request just sit there and time out.  The other one I think just worked it's way up FIFO. So people do order them.



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Date Posted: 2/3/2009 10:25 AM ET
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Plus you can go into the bazaar and offer a deal or book bundles (2 or 3 by the same author for a credit)

also get active in the forums, people order from those they know are active

also consider becoming a boxer, I'm not one so don't know the exact details but you can read the info in the help documents

also look at expanding your shelf.  you have 11 books listed, hit a thrift shop if they have books for cheap, ask friends and family if they have books they don't want anymore.  hit the clearance section of UBS.  Before just buying any thing, check out the club wish lists or if you have internet on your cell phone go to the mobile site and put in ISBN numbers before purchasing a book to see if it is WL'd



Last Edited on: 2/3/09 10:27 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/3/2009 1:18 PM ET
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From what I've seen, it all depends on what sort of books you are posting.  I've started checking how many books are available already for what I want to post, and coordinating with my mailing schedule.  The books that have moved quickly on my list have been really varied: two play anthologies, a vampire book, one history/true crime and some wish listed trade paperback lit. 

I've sent out four wish list books this week, although I haven't gotten any of mine yet.  I just joined last Friday and have been super impressed with the amount of activity. I've sent out 9 books in the last two days!

I've already become a little compulsive about checking where I am in line for the books I want. 

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 1:23 PM ET
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PS  Another one of my books was ordered off my shelf from someone I sent a PM to, thanking her for her speedy delivery.  So I think being friendly helps, too.  Have fun trading!

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 1:36 PM ET
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You also have a very small shelf, Dianne, so if it's mostly books that have a lot of copies in the system and you're pretty new to PBS, requests from your shelf are going to be slow in coming.  Give it some time, and keep posting books & beefing up your PBS shelf whenever you can.  If you run a special at this point, you won't get many credits and your shelf will be empty:P  I always suggest checking out the book section whenever you find yourself in a thrift store.  Sometimes you can find nice books for as little as 10 cents, and it might be worth it to invest a couple of bucks in beefing up your shelf.  I try to keep it to things I am interested in reading myself, or that I know are rare in the system here, because it's not a bargain if it isn't going to be of any use to you - either for reading or swapping.

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 3:12 PM ET
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I agree with Kim, when I was new I added books to my bookshelf from thrift stores and rummage sales (I had kept my eyes on the PBS top 50s to see what people were requesting...) and before I knew it, I had more credits than I knew what to do with...and don't worry, I quickly found lots of books to spend those credits on. When you can pick up books for 15 or 25 cents (my advice is to go for trade paperbacks published within the last year), it makes sense to buy books to list rather than buying credits. So get familiar with what people are wishing for and go shopping!

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 3:17 PM ET
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This is slightly off topic - but where do you find trade paperbacks for 15 or 25 cents? This simply doesn't exist where I am. Although, on my block people often leave books outside on nice days for anyone who wants them. Which is really nice.
Date Posted: 2/3/2009 4:03 PM ET
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In my area (metro Detroit), some thrift stores sell paperbacks for 20 to 30 cents. Also, at church rummage sales on the last day, you can fill a grocery bag for $2 or $3 dollars and a grocery bag can hold a lot of books! Garage sales often sell books for 10 to 25 cents. Even at a $1 a book, it is still cheaper than buying credits!



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Date Posted: 2/3/2009 4:56 PM ET
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Being in the forums too is a great way to get people to look at your bookshelf. Carolyn, I just requested three books off your shelf.

 

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Date Posted: 2/3/2009 5:02 PM ET
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A bit OT, but hey Sally - are those greys in your avatar or whippets?

They're seriously cute and are giving me doggy pangs. We lost our last grey a year ago and may be starting to get ready to think about adopting another.. Thanks for a fix of those long-nosed pups! :-)

(apologies for the interruption - please carry on!)

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 5:19 PM ET
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Don't feel bad.  I have been here awhile, and my shelf doesn't move very fast either.  Sometimes I have noticed that it depends on what is on your shelf on how fast it moves.  I have a special on my shelf right now for 2-1 and am also a boxer and neither one of these is moving very fast.

Theresa

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 5:23 PM ET
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Sally- thank you so much!:)
Date Posted: 2/3/2009 5:32 PM ET
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For Patrick and Chris -- one is a Lurcher (Greyhound/Roughcoated ? Cross) and the other is a Whippet/Jack Russell Cross. Love those sighthoung crosses! Both rescue dogs, btw.

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 5:43 PM ET
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Sally - I just returned the favor and ordered a book from your shelf! I believe this is what is referred to as an object lesson.
Date Posted: 2/4/2009 1:23 AM ET
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Carolyn - put some idea of what you offer in your signature line.  Offer a deal.  2 or 3 books for one credit.  5 for 3.  I once had a shelf with 50 books.  I had an unpostable sci/fi book which I offered as a freebie (in my signature line and on my profile page.  It resulted in a 20 books (19 for credit and 1 not) for 13 credits to me.  And the postage for sendingit our was so cheap I was astounded.  Since then my shelf has dwindled.  I need to read some books people want.  But I tend to read what I want!  So sometimes things move and somethimes they don't. 

Go to your public library (or look them up on your computer) and see when they have their Friends of the Library sales.  Most libraries do this.  Ours has paperback books for 25cents each and hardcovers for 50 cents.  And on the last day they'll sell them by the bag.  This is another place you can put your unpostables.  Just don't buy new unpostables for trade.  You can do some scouting around here to see what books are being requested frequently.  There's the Club Wish List to check as well as the Top 50's list.  Also some Freecycle groups have books offered.  One of my first few trades were done with a bag of freecycle books I got - for free!

Ruth

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 1:38 AM ET
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Ruth - you will see this was actually Dianne's question, if you read up thread. I have been positively swamped with requests, which is great. 16 requests since I joined on Friday! In my apartment I am more or less buried under books and books and books. My whole purpose for joining was to thin the stacks a bit, so the thought of buying cheap boxes of books makes me shudder in horror. ;)
Date Posted: 2/4/2009 1:50 AM ET
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Sorry, Carolyn and Dianne!  It's getting late for me!  I had good intentions!

I joined here to get rid of my old books, too!  Unfortunately, that has gone by the wayside and I'm trying to figure out a good storage system now! ;D

Ruth

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 11:19 AM ET
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Ruth - Maybe we should start a thread featuring ways of stopping the flow of books! In addition to my sad, sad addiction, my bf works for a large newspaper and brings home stacks of free books from the office. HELP!
Date Posted: 2/4/2009 11:59 AM ET
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Post something in the Book Bazaar - it really works.  I did a post recently and had over 10 requests....I had offered a 2 for 1. 

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 1:12 PM ET
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I just want to thank Dianne for posting this question about moving the books.  I have been meaning to ask the same thing. 

All of you have great ideas for us Newbies.  I will be checking out the thrift shops and forums.

Thanks for all of the great advice.  You all are GREAT!!

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 1:27 PM ET
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It's funny how your perceptions change from when you first join here to when you've been here a while.  I started with 25 books on my shelf and when I got orders, I'd pick up a couple more and post them so I could keep my shelf at 25 books.  I actually felt like I had too many at the time:P   I got quite a few requests at first - mostly for WL books I had, and then it dried up to maybe one a month, if that, for a long time.  And I kept looking at those 25 measly books and thinking I needed to get rid of that mess, pronto.  I had them all stored in this one little drawer down in my waterbed pedestal, and my hubby would see it open from time to time and make wisecracks about it.  Now, every drawer in there is full of books - I have hundreds - so many I had to buy two media shelves and another big plastic drawer unit to store them in, which I replaced my nightstand with months ago.  I have a bookcase headboard, which is also full of my "keepers".  I never ask him, but I bet my DH wishes he'd kept his big mouth shut about my humungous book collection:P