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Subject: How do you run a deal?
Date Posted: 7/16/2009 9:02 AM ET
Member Since: 3/17/2009
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Hi! I'm fairly still new to PBS, but I have already sent more than 30 books out!  I am moving in about a month, so I really want to clear my bookshelf before then.  I think I want to run a 2 for 1 deal and see if that helps.  What is the best way to go about this?  I know I can advertise it in the Book Bazaar, but how would I actually manage it?  What happens if all different people order all of my books at the same time, or how do people let me know which books they want for free?  Are there any common "rules" dealers use to keep everything fair and happy?

Thanks for your help!



Date Posted: 7/16/2009 9:51 AM ET
Member Since: 5/14/2009
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Since I joined after you - we are both newbies...or when are you no longer considered a newbie??

Back to question.  In the BB there is a sticky thread that explains the rules and references help docs on how to make a deal.  I don't run deals or haven't so far - but I would have them PM me with the primary and secondary choice(s) and also post in thread....but that is me.  Good Luck with your deal.

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 11:09 AM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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Yes, go read the sticky thread in the BB.

But generally, someone who wants to order a 2-for-1 deal would order one book from your bookshelf, and then PM you and/or add a reply to your post saying the title of the other book they want for free.  Usually, asking people to do BOTH (PM and a post) is the best because if they post, then other people can see what is already ordered and not order it themselves.

You need to remove the 2nd (free) book from your bookshelf so that they don't get ordered by other people. Its impossible to stay on top of it constantly, but it is a good idea to have the deal when you will have some time to check back maybe more frequestly than usual. 

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 12:34 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Don't pick a day you won't be able to keep up with it as the day you put the deal up.  Choose a day where you know you can update your shelf  frequently. This helps prevent multiple requests for the same freebie.

If it does happen then give it to the 1st person who asks for it. Do not cancel the book order for the 2nd person becuase then that puts their order to FIFO and they may only want those books on a deal. Just PM them and say that someone beat them to the freebie they wanted and they can choose another or cancel their order. 

Also if someone has RCS that you can't meet for this deal: accept the request adn then PM and tell them to cancel.  When the sender cancels a request it puts the request to FIFO and the next sender is not obligated to give this person a deal.  People get upset when this happens because a lot of people only order heavily posted books in deals.  So if you smoke or have pets you might want to put that in the deal offer.  THen someone with RCS for no smoking or pets can skip the deal.