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Subject: Is there a minimum # of books you have to keep on your shelf?
Date Posted: 3/20/2008 1:48 PM ET
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Is there a minimum # of books you have to keep on your shelf?  I know you have to post 10 books to get your 2 free credits when you sign up.  The reason I'm asking is that I ordered a book that has 683 copies in the system from FIFO.  Whenever I order something I always look at their shelf to see if there is something else I want to order from that person.  The book I ordered was the only book on that person's shelf.  I'm wondering if this person is even active.  I guess if they aren't, I'll help weed them out!!  It made me wonder as I have not ever ran into this before.  I browsed the help docs, but couldn't find any answer.  I have plenty of books to read and I'm not in any super hurry to get this book, it just struck me as unusual.

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 1:58 PM ET
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Nope, there's no minimum!  You can give or receive as many or as few books as you want. 

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 1:58 PM ET
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They could be very active,  and just post a lot of Wish Listed books.  There is no minimum or maximum numbers that I am aware of.

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 3:03 PM ET
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I hadn't thought about posting mainly wishlist books.  I guess they could have the rest of their bookshelf on hold also.  I guess we will see what happens with my request.

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 3:16 PM ET
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I know of active people on here who don't have any books posted.  They donate their non-WL books or take them to the UBS for credit.  I'm moving cross-country soon and I think I'm just going to donate the books on my shelf to the thrift store.  I go weeks sometimes months w/o posting a book to myshelf because I have a lot of WL books.  The ones that are more recent are some books that I got cheap and there's a lot in the system already.  I posted them so they'd work their way up FIFO while I read them.  So after I move and put myshelf back on line, I'll probably only have a couple of books posted.  I would check out their reviews and WL if they have any.  That may be more accurate.   

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 3:56 PM ET
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Hi Mary!  I seriously hadn't considered the WL thing.  If you mainly receive and send out WL books, your shelf would basically be empty.  Since I read your post I checked and this person's profile is not public and they have one book on their WL and it was put on there in August of '07.  I think I will eventually get to the point where I am tired of looking at my books that have been on my shelf forever and take them to donate. 

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 5:28 PM ET
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I have my entire bookshelf on hold at the moment (cant afford to send a bunch of books right now) so it looks like from my profile that I have "0" books on my shelf. (Not a vacation hold, but each individual book is held.) I do post books that are WL'd when I'm done with them, so they are usually snapped up right away and never actually show up on my shelf either. But I'm quite active here when I can be--my WL is autorequested so I pop in at least once a day to see what's headed my way, and if I have time to check out some of the forums.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 6:28 PM ET
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I just don't want to move them.   I figure if they haven't been ordered by now, they probably won't get ordered.  I'm just going to keep the ones I recently posted and haven't read yet.   They're only posted because there were a whole bunch of them posted already.  Plus my shelf is on hold to stop the WL offers.

In this case: I'm guessing it's not an active person if they only have one book on their  WL, one on their shelf and no profile.  Let it time out and go to the next person though. If you cancel and reorder it'll just offer this book to the same person.  Plus letting it time out alerts PBS that the account might be inactive. 

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 10:41 PM ET
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I only have one book in my inventory, but I try to keep my inventory to a minimum anyways.

Date Posted: 3/22/2008 9:18 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/22/2008 9:33 PM ET
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How do the people who keep their inventory to a minimum, and yet have long wishlists, get their credits?

Date Posted: 3/22/2008 9:55 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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They either buy credits or they post a lot of WL books. Most of the books I post are either WL or they get ordered quickly because there aren't any in the PBS system.  I'm taking most of the ones that are on my shelf now, to the thrift store before I move this summer.  I don't want to have to deal with running a book bazaar special and I don't need any credits.

Date Posted: 3/22/2008 10:18 PM ET
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I have sent out 8 or 9 books in the past week.  Everyone of them were on someone's wish list.     It happens. 

Date Posted: 3/23/2008 9:14 AM ET
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I don't have tons of books posted on my shelf because a lot of what I have is WL books and they're taken as soon as I post. I hope only have a small bookshelf would not discourage people from swapping with me.

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 8:25 AM ET
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I agree that there's really no way to tell from someone's shelf what their level of involvement with the site is.  Hopefully you will have a great trade, Nicole!

Also, even on those slow-moving books, I have enough room in my house to keep mine around, and I've found that eventually they get requested.

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 10:37 AM ET
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I really hadn't thought about mainly posting WL books, altlhough I have done that a lot myself.  I just had never run across anyone with only one book on their shelf.  Most of the people I've ordered from had at least 25 books on their shelf.  It looks like my request is going to timeout and roll over to the next person.  I'm not discouraged about swapping with someone with a small shelf, I just had not run across that.  Thanks for everyone who chimed in.  I now understand how that can happen.  I also started thinking that if you had a tight budget, you would only keep the # of books on your shelf that you could afford to pay postage for.  Thanks for the insight.