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Subject: Just Joined, Have Some Questions.
Date Posted: 7/22/2011 8:42 PM ET
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Hello! I'm new, and I have some questions. First and foremost, is there a more in-depth FAQ than the websites main one? Because it didn't really go into a whole lot of detail. My second question is the money thing, at the top of the page next to credits is 'money', can you like sell books or something? And last what is the generally accepted shipping standards for books? What kinds of packaging and shipping class are accepted?
Date Posted: 7/22/2011 8:51 PM ET
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The help docs:  http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_index.php are very detailed and should answer all your questions.

The money reflects money in your acount that you can use for postage or delivery confirmation from the site.  Books can not be sold here.

The above help docs will show you how to package a mass market paperback in 2 sheets of computer paper.  This is perfectly acceptable but remember to use heavier duty shipping tape.  I use 6x9 clasp envelopes with the seams reinforced with tape.  Once you start receiving requests, if you open bubble mailers carefully they can usually be reused again.

Welcome and best of luck!



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Date Posted: 7/22/2011 8:54 PM ET
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Welcome to PBS!  Let's see if I can andswer some of your questions.

 

is there a more in-depth FAQ than the websites main one?  This one is about as in-depth as you can get.

 

My second question is the money thing, at the top of the page next to credits is 'money', can you like sell books or something? 

PBS Money is used to pay for Printable Postage, as well as the service fee that PBS charges for the optional PBS Printable Postage, PBS Delivery Confirmation and Custom DC features.  You do not need to have PBS Money in your account unless you want to use Printable Postage, PBS-DC or Custom DC.

You can also use PBS Money to purchase anything in the Kiosk or PBS Market if you like.

Why use PBS Money?

PBS Money allows you to:

  • Print the postage (including PBS Delivery Confirmation) onto your wrapper to send a book
  • Print DC barcodes on your wrappers when you send books
  • Get QuickCredit and CreditAssurance by using PBS Delivery Confirmation
  • Print address labels with Delivery Confirmation to send anything using Custom DC

PBS Money can be used to buy anything in the Kiosk or Market.

As stated in the Terms of Use, Kiosk purchases are non-refundable.

 

 

And last what is the generally accepted shipping standards for books?  I searched for shipping standards in the FAQ and this came up.

What kinds of packaging and shipping class are accepted?  We all usually ship by Media Mail, unless the book is light enough to qualify for First Class.  As far as packaging, we all use different things.  Many of us reuse envelopes because it helps us save money.  You can also use the PBS wrapper, which can be found in the previous link I gave you.  I've been known to wrap my books in plastic, then wrap in whatever was laying around.  Never had a problem with my packaging materials.

Date Posted: 7/22/2011 8:58 PM ET
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Welcome!

Have you been to the "How to Swap Books" instructions in the Help Center. And there's a list of topics under "Browse the Help Docs", and there's Live Help there as well. Specific questions can also be posted here.

"Buy PBS Money" is where you can put money in your account here to use when printing postage. You can print just the label with the receiver's name, or you can pay for postage and have it print out on the label so you don't have to go to the P.O. to have postage put on, or for items in the Kiosk.

can you like sell books or something?

You can't sell books for cash. Books are traded for credits. You can sell your credits on the Book Bazaar Forum, but you're limited to 'gifting' 50 credits a month except for games, IIRC. But credits sold by private individuals don't go for the price of credits sold by the site. They're a lot cheaper there if you need to buy some, but you're not going to get much more than postage costs if your selling.

And last what is the generally accepted shipping standards for books?

Media mail. The way the site times out books that go lost in the mail, is based on Media Mail shipping time. It's cheaper than regular postage, but must only be used for media items. (Books, audio tapes and DVD's, but not magazines.)

So don't pay more for shipping than you have to.

What kinds of packaging and shipping class are accepted?

Paying for more than Media Mail is up to you, but unnecessary. People use all kinds of packaging. Some use bubble mailers, some just use printer paper, just don't use scotch tape. It won't hold up. Also, make sure and wrap snugly if you're not using a box. A loose envelope around a book means the book can slid around and get damaged, and it can get caught and torn up in machines.

Some people also appreciate having the books wrapped in plastic, in case it goes through inclement weather, but it's not required unless you see it an RC (Requestor Conditions). RC's are extra requests by the requestor as to the condition of the book they're looking for. You'll know it if you get one with an RC. You can turn those down if you want, and not send the book with an RC.

For Mass Market Paperbacks (MMP's) I like to use Large Card Envelopes. I can usually get a box of 100 for $5-10 making them 10 cents each, then use only layer of packing tape. Other people swear by bubble wrap through.

You may have to try out different options to see what works for you and what will and won't make it through P.O. shipment.

 

Date Posted: 7/22/2011 9:02 PM ET
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You can't sell books for cash. Books are traded for credits.

Oh, and you can't ask for more than 1 credit for 1 book. Audio books are 2 credits. The price is set that way.

You can ask for less and offer, say, 3 books for 2 credits. Some people come out ahead that way, because they get their books requested quicker, and still end up with more credits than postage costs. It doesn't cost that much more in Media Mail to send two books than one, as long as they're not hardbacks.

And if you're credit short you can find some good deals there to streatch your credit purchases out.

Date Posted: 7/22/2011 9:04 PM ET
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Thanks!
Date Posted: 7/22/2011 11:13 PM ET
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Welcome to PBS Christian!    If you have any more questions, feel free to ask any time!