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Subject: Need input
Date Posted: 1/6/2016 11:33 PM ET
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I often purchase books that I later swap with other members.  My hope is my purchases will enhance the club choice, especially if other members do the same.  So when I get requests from a member who puts the books in his town's library.  That is a wonderful thing to do but the club loses that book.  I really hate this use.  Can I refuse to send any books to this member?  Or, can I ignore/block this member?  He is a nice person so it is not personal.  Any thoughts or suggestions?

Date Posted: 1/6/2016 11:54 PM ET
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 Audiolady, I think that sometimes we want a book that we want to keep and we're not going to put it back into the mix. Sometimes we get stuff that we're gonna trade back.    

The thing I don't understand is why people treat PBS like it's a library. Meaning you get something, you read it and your trade it back in. It seems like the library would be a heck of a lot easier and cheaper than paying shipping all the time to borrow books.

So I don't worry about what someone  wants to do with the book  I trade to them. 

I think you could refuse to send to the member but no official way to block someone.  If you cancel they will still be next in line if you repost so the problem is back.  


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Scott (scalta) - ,
Date Posted: 1/7/2016 12:04 AM ET
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PBS does not have a "block user" function for members who wish to order from you. When you signed up, you had to agree to TOS (terms of service). Part of TOS specifies that if you post a book, said book is available for order by any member. Also, the book then becomes the property of the requestor do with as they please. You do not have to agree with their choices, but you should abide by the terms of TOS.

There are several ways in which books are taken out of circulation; 

- the requestor gives the book as a gift

- the requestor donates the book to a charity fundraiser

- the requestor sends the book to a soldier overseas

- the requestor retains the book for their personal collection


Last Edited on: 1/7/16 12:07 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/7/2016 12:05 AM ET
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I think that it's great that you want to keep the swapping going, but it's probably unrealistic to think that the majority of swaps continue on and on in the system. I put more than 95% of books I've bought, traded or ordered back in, but many times I don't see the next person swapping them back when they're done.  If you go to your transaction archive and randomly check the footprint you will likely see your own swap being the last one for most of the trades. That is to say, do what you want with your books, you can trade them to whomever you like, but please realize if you don't swap with member 1 for that reason, how can you know if member 2 will even reswap when they're done.

Subject: Thank you
Date Posted: 1/7/2016 4:13 AM ET
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to those who responded, thanks for sharing your thoughts.  I shall send the books as usual.  

Date Posted: 1/7/2016 8:56 AM ET
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 I shall send the books as usual.  

I am really glad you took the time to post here, read the responses, and then decide to continue to send books as usual.

There are many books I get from PBS that I don't post back into the system. They're keepers, my Mom wanted it, my kid spilled milk on it, it took me forever to get to it and now there are 300 copies in the system, etc. However, that being said, I'm also posting plenty of other books that I didn't get via PBS. Books I got at FOL sales or that my Mom gave me, books my kids have outgrown, books my DH bought two of because he forgot he already had a copy, books I got to review but aren't keepers, etc. So even if I don't repost my PBS books, I'm still adding books to the system--and perhaps contributing to an increased variety by doing so.

Date Posted: 1/7/2016 10:06 AM ET
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there are millions of book out loose in the world. The few that any of us handle will most likely not impact pbs much if at all.

Date Posted: 1/7/2016 10:14 AM ET
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I often purchase books that I later swap with other members.  My hope is my purchases will enhance the club choice

 Audiolady, you are enhancing the club when you do this! Thank you! 

Date Posted: 1/8/2016 1:52 AM ET
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Audtiolady: This is off-topic, but I'd love to know more about your avatar pic.