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Subject: Minimum purchase...?
Date Posted: 12/13/2007 4:43 AM ET
Member Since: 11/11/2007
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I really need credits. I have zero, zip, nada. I have a wishlist book. Can I offer the wishlist book for FREE on the bazaar with a 'minimum order' from my shelf? Say... order any 5 books (or 3, or whatever) from my shelf and you can have this wishlist book for FREE?

So, the person would get 6 books for 5 credits (or, 4 books for 3 credits, whatever), and I'd save on postage by mailing all to the same person, and build up a little bit of credit in my account.

That doable?

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 5:52 AM ET
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I don't see why not!

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 8:07 AM ET
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you can do any offer you want in the bazaar as long as you don't ask for more than one credit per postable book, or do an auction or ask for any type of "payment" beyond, as I said, one credit per one postable book. 

Last Edited on: 12/13/07 8:08 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/13/2007 9:52 AM ET
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You can do so...but don't expect immediate results.  I had a freebie copy of The Tipping Point awhile back that I advertised in the book bazaar and in my signature line for MONTHS before anyone took me up on it - and this was (and still is) a book that had hundreds of people on the WL.  And the deal I was doing was perfectly reasonable - order one book off my shelf, get a copy of The Tipping Point free.

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 9:56 AM ET
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You can do this kind of offer, but unless you have a really extensive bookshelf you might want to keep the number of books to order low, especially if you need the credits fast (for example, if you've been offered a wishlist book).

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 9:58 AM ET
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You're right Lisa, I've had to modify my deals in the bazaar as well.  Depending on how "desperate" one is for credits will motivate what type of deal they offer.  So, don't be concerned if no one takes you up on your deal.  Timing is everything.

Also, if you need a credit badly, why not post the WL book in question?  one credit is better than no credits, I mean if you can't get anyone to take you up on your deal.

Last Edited on: 12/13/07 9:58 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/13/2007 12:13 PM ET
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I would just post the WL book-get the credit for that book. Then offer a deal of 2 for 1 or 3 for 1.  I rarely find more than 2 books I want on someones shelf.  And for the cost of 5 credits I could probably just buy the book from ebay or Amazon. But try it and see what happens.  You might get a bunch of counter offers.  Also what if 2 people order 5 books at the same time?  Then you have to deal with people wanting their order cancelled because they aren't getting the WL book. 

You can also probably find someone to sell you some credits cheaper than PBS if you need to cover a WL offer.

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 5:35 PM ET
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You bet!  People do it all the time!

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 6:05 PM ET
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Thank you all for answering!