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Subject: How do you get your posted books to be chosen?
Date Posted: 8/9/2008 12:47 PM ET
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I have several books on my post but they have not been chosen in over 2 months.  They are great books, mystery/fiction.  I would like to buy other books on other people's list but do not have the credits because my books aren't moving.  Is there any place we can advertise what books we have to peak people's attention?  Love the club and want to 'swap"!


Date Posted: 8/9/2008 12:54 PM ET
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Try the Book Bazaar for all your advertising needs (imagine a commercial tone of voice lol)

You can advertise your shelf in the Book Bazaar.  Try including the genres you have in the subject line of your post so that people have an idea of what to expect, and you can even list some titles in the message of your post.  Don't forget to check out the How To thread at the top of the Bazaar's first page for tips and guidelines.  Hope that helps :)

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 8/9/2008 12:55 PM ET
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It's mostly first-in first-out, so people who posted the same books as you but before you get theirs picked first.

You can advertise your books a little in the book bazaar forum.

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 8/9/2008 12:55 PM ET
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It's a bit hectic over there, but the Book Bazaar is a place you can showcase your bookshelf, especially if you offer a "deal".  Offering a deal may seem to defeat the purpose of obtaining credits, since you lessen the amount of credits you receive in total, but it is a way to increase traffic to your bookshelf and less credits is better than no credits when you are credit poor and want to order more books!  Especially great to help increase turnover if you have more books to post when your "deal" period is over...

Also, you might try posting some information about your bookshelf in your signature.  Many people do this and I've heard it is effective in generating interest and traffic to your bookshelf.

Good luck moving some of your books!


Date Posted: 8/9/2008 1:19 PM ET
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Sometimes I read a comment in the discussion forums and think, "What a cool person. Think I'll look at their lists." Join in the discussions and you might drum up some interest in your bookshelf.

Also depends what you post. I go to thrift stores looking for books to post. I've found that mass market paperbacks and even hardcovers of last year's bestsellers can move very slowly or not at all. Trade paperbacks, especially titles I've never heard of, usually have someone wishing for them, as do softcover/hardcover nonfiction books and cookbooks. Having said that, there's books on my shelf that I think will never be requested. Sometimes I get surprised. Good luck, and peace today, Lisa

Date Posted: 8/9/2008 3:14 PM ET
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I find posting regulary on the boards helps with orders. I know I check out fellow posters shelves first before I go through FIFO. 

I would put my books on my reminder list and see how many are available in PBS. If you have books that are really common: you could become a boxer ($9/yr) and exchange them book for book that way or: you could offer a 2 for 1 or 3 for 1 deal in the bazaar to earn some credits.  It doesn't up the postage that much and you can always use those credits to order a deal from someone else.

Date Posted: 8/9/2008 11:51 PM ET
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In addition to all the great suggestions above, writing reviews for book you've read can help, especially if you write something people will enjoy reading.  And expanding the size of your shelf will help, too.

Subject: Great Ideas!
Date Posted: 8/9/2008 11:56 PM ET
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I'll have to put together something tomorrow to 'intice' people to checkout my list!

Have a wonderful evening ALL !


Date Posted: 8/10/2008 12:35 AM ET
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These are great ideas.... I'm needing some traffic too, since my books are taking over my living room. Our house is for Sale and we can't have boxes sitting around!  :P

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 6:12 AM ET
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Tag the books on your shelf using common and not made up tags, except to add the subtitle if it doesn't show

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 10:26 AM ET
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you have a relatively small shelf (11 books) and some are common and probably have a lot of titles in the system.  You also might want to try hitting up friends and family for books to post, go through your house and books you think you want to keep, look at the book again, do you need to keep it?

then hit up thrift stores and garage sales.  but just look through the books to make sure they are postable.  I read on a board here that someone went to a garage sale and they had 3 boxes of books for sale and none were postable!

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 10:29 AM ET
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In looking at your list, Elizabeth, it looks like you're not getting much action because the books I see posted there probably have dozens already in the system ahead of you, if not hundreds in some cases. Spotlighting your shelf can sometimes work, but to be honest, if a person doesn't have books I want to read (or haven't already read) offering up 2-for-1, 3-for-1 or even 5-for-1 wouldn't entice me personally...because why would I order 5 books I don't really want even though I only spent one credit for them? LOL

If you want credits to spend, the best advice I can give would be to keep an eye on the daily wish list and see what books people are wanting and then scout thrift stores, friends of the library sales, garage sales, etc. for cheap books to post. However, if your main goal is just to get rid of the books you already have, then about the only advice there is would be to be patient. Eventually they will get chosen when everyone in line ahead of you has had theirs chosen first.


Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 8/10/2008 10:30 AM ET
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Oh, and if you can, scan in a cover for "Woman Without a Past." I think books with covers pictured do better than those without.

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 1:04 PM ET
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I have found that increasing my bookshelf has helped in the past few months..( to get more requests)

Also..when you are out "shopping" for new books to post- think outside of what you like..look for new, clean books-someone on PBS could be looking for that special book!

I agree with a post above...if you post a Special in the book bazaar ( look at other postings for Examples..) like 2 for 1, or 3 for 1, etc..you might get some requests that way also.

And, scroll thru the postings in the Discussion forums.and post your replys or New Topics...its gets your name and signature "out there" for others to see!