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Subject: How many is to many?
Date Posted: 2/28/2010 9:43 AM ET
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Once you check the number of books in the system by way of the reminder list - if you leave the book on the reminder list will it automatically update the status of the book or do you have to repeat the step for a current update ?   Also at what point ( number of books in system )do you just donate the book to Goodwill - 50, 100, 200 ?

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Date Posted: 2/28/2010 9:52 AM ET
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The number by the stars indicates the number of people who have rated that book, not the number of books that are in the system. 

You can, however, find out how many copies of that book are in the system by adding it to your Reminder List.  Then look up the book on your Reminder List and it will tell you.

ETA:  To answer your question, the number of books in the system doesn't matter a whole lot to me unless it's in the thousands (and there are a few books where that is the case).    Even then I'll post it as long as I have space on my shelves to store it.   You never know when someone is going to order a book from you through FIFO, and then add another book or two on your shelf.  And it might be one of those that have hundreds in the system already.

Last Edited on: 2/28/10 9:56 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/28/2010 10:50 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I post everything.  Some books are heavily posted but get requested at a steady rate while other books are in low supply but hardly ever get requested. Also I post a lot of WL books and frequently people add a more heavily posted book using the Order More From Member button.   So it's really up to you. I have space to store books.  If space was tight then I'd probably run deals more often or donate more.  Last time I moved, I donated a bunch of heavily posted books.  I'll probably do that again before the next move just so I don't have to move them.

Date Posted: 2/28/2010 12:21 PM ET
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I post everything too. I don't even keep track of how many are in the system. People order so many other ways (Book Bazaar deals, checking my bookshelf randomly, checking my shelf after ordering something from me etc ...) besides strictly FIFO. 

Date Posted: 2/28/2010 3:39 PM ET
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Number of books in the system doesn't mean as much as you might think. Some books where there are hundreds in the system go fast if someone decides to order multiple books from you. For instance, I once posted an Anita Shreve book that had 1400 in the system, and it was requested in less than a week as the second book of an order. On the other hand, I have some books listed that are the only copy in the system, and they don't seem to be flying off my shelf. ;-)

Gavia -
Date Posted: 2/28/2010 6:29 PM ET
Member Since: 12/23/2009
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I recently had a book requested as the second book in an order.  There are currently over 2,000 of those in the system, but the member was ordering something else from me and got that one by looking at my bookshelf.  

When I'm ordering from a member, I also look at their bookshelf.   If she had one book I liked, there may be more.

Date Posted: 2/28/2010 7:33 PM ET
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I just had a book that I listed with my very first 10 books ordered!  Been since 12/07.  I never looked it up to see how many there were.  I never have much of a bookshelf so it was no trouble to let it sit here.  But if you have some books that you don't post, they can never be ordered.  You just never know what the next member might want to get!


Date Posted: 2/28/2010 7:49 PM ET
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I offer the high count books to my local used book store.  I get credit towards books I want from them.  I do not have room to store that many books in my home.


Date Posted: 2/28/2010 8:13 PM ET
Member Since: 2/21/2009
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I don't pay attention to the quantities - but I run sales in the Bazaar and recently signed up to be a boxer - both of which seem to inspire "sales" of heavily posted books. I think when books are ultra common, people may not want to spend a credit, but still want to read it or at least see why it's so "popular." But when I get tired of them, I donate them and buy more to replace them...and yes, I know I may not get to the top of the FIFO list on some. 

Date Posted: 2/28/2010 8:14 PM ET
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I probably wont worry about it unless I run out of space or get tired of storing the books on my bookshelf. I know from experience that if you leave them on there long enough they will get requested eventually. The last few books I sent out were part of the first ten I posted when I joined.

Date Posted: 2/28/2010 9:14 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2009
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I was just wandering the same thing.  I decided for me since I have so many books I'm going to trade in at my used book store those that have over

200 copies on PBS. 

Date Posted: 2/28/2010 11:28 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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My bookshelf isn't large, so storage isn't a problem at this point.  If the book hasn't moved after 8 or 10 months (definately 12), I like to review and often dontate them elsewhere.  Not always tho, will keep some like vintage OOP or other unique titles that another member might be thrilled to find listed someday!

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 4:16 PM ET
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I have a book on my shelf that is the only copy in the system but has been there for almost a year.  So I post everything - you just never know what's going to get picked up and what isn't, especially through the "Order More from Member" button.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 5:15 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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I agree as long as you've got the room, if it isn't ordered this year, it gives you a book to be ordered next year. The only reason I've restricted my postings is because I have so many, and just CANNOT keep them all. I've had to put a limit of about 75, give or take a few, just so I can cut down on some of the books we keep. We have over 3,000 now and still have 14-18 boxes to go thru! Way too many of them have been romances, and I'm going to see about doing some specials in the BB but, if I didn't have THAT many, I'd certainly keep all that I could possible find places for.

One thing to consider, since some people have room, but no shelves, and large plastic containers can get expensive, is to go to your grocery stores and ask for their banana boxes. Brush them out good for any leftover stuff, but they stack great and hold a good quanitity of books without breaking down. You would have to start a database, which you probably already have a spreadsheet or something if you've got so many you need to resort to boxes, but we mark which box the books are in, and then don't have such a hard time finding it when it's ordered. If you can keep enough books listed, then you can participate in the Box-of-Books program and there it REALLY doesn't matter how many are in the system, since people aren't spending their credits for the books,the are much quicker to order a book that everybody else has read by now, but they haven't yet. I just had a Stephen King book go that I thought surely would never go, but when they are only swapping a book, this leaves their credits for WL'd books and they can afford to branch out into new authors or genre where they wouldn't if all the had to depend on were their credits.


Date Posted: 3/2/2010 9:51 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2010
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from How can I tell how many copies of a book are in the system?: "We are working on a 'popularity index' which will better indicate how likely a book is to be ordered within a certain timeframe. It is on our long list of ToDos. We hope to have it available to the membership soon!"

Does anyone know if this is something we might expect in the next year or so, or whether's a long ways off?  This might be helpful for members who want to weed the slow-moving books off their shelves.

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 2:41 AM ET
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I believe that statement was made about 2 yrs ago at this point, and I've seen nothing to indicate that 'soon' is actually going to be 'soon'.

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 6:48 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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yeah they've been talking about that and the new WL since I joined over 2yrs ago.