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Subject: Musings on a Thursday - If Someone Orders 3 or more books...
Date Posted: 11/3/2011 3:47 PM ET
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If someone ordered 3 or more books from you, would you be inclined to send the books right away, or wait the full time period allowed?

The reason I'm asking is that when possible, if I'm ordering a series, I try to order as many as I can from the same person for several reasons:  1) I get more of the books quicker 2) it saves them money, 3) they get a bunch of books off their shelf.

However, having said that I wonder if when someone has 3 or more books to send it might cause a money pinch for postage, and would it be better to order less and spread the orders out?  Pat

Date Posted: 11/3/2011 4:00 PM ET
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I send the books right away.

As far as a money pinch for postage, that person should use the hold feature until they have the funds available to meet a multi-book order.


Date Posted: 11/3/2011 4:12 PM ET
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I send them right away too.  Always get excited when someone orders mulitples from me.

Date Posted: 11/3/2011 4:47 PM ET
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I send books as quickly as possible, regardless if it is one or several. I do like to wait a few days to let orders add up so I am not running to the post office every other day.  As far as money.....it really does not cost much more to send 3 books than it does to send 1 - maybe .50? I would be surprised if that would delay an order. I think it just matters what that person's schedule is and when they can get to it.

Date Posted: 11/3/2011 4:54 PM ET
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I send when I can regardless of how many or how few orders I have. I don't try and send books fast or slow, just when I can. So I wouldn't give any special treatment to a multiples order. I also wouldn't consider it to be a postage issue because it would actually be cheaper sending all three together than all three individually.

Date Posted: 11/3/2011 4:58 PM ET
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Adding a book or two sometimes doesn't increase the postage at all or no more than a dollar in my experience. I usually ship daily and I do the same no matter how many books are requested. FYI -- last week I mailed a member 15 paperbacks and the postage was under $5 including DC.

Date Posted: 11/3/2011 5:10 PM ET
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I only go to the post office once a week, so the amount of books in a single order does not affect when I mail them out.

I prefer multi book orders, though (who doesn't?). Getting two or more credits by spending $2.82 or $3.23 is far better than getting only one credit by spending $2.41.

The last trip I made to the PO, last week, was 12 credits worth of books, and I spent $19 on postage. Only 3 of those books were singles, the other 9 were all multi-book and multi-credit orders.

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Date Posted: 11/3/2011 5:21 PM ET
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It wouldn't change when I'd sent the books at all.   I take whatever orders I have to the Post Office, that could be one book or three.  I don't see why I'd send sooner or later because there were three or more.

Date Posted: 11/3/2011 5:21 PM ET
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I would be more likely to send books quicker if someone orders more than one from me at a time.  I try to send out books quickly regardless, but I think I'd be more likely to send them faster due to saving on postage.

Date Posted: 11/3/2011 6:04 PM ET
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I would mail them when I had time whether it was 1 book or 20.  Ordering multiples from someone at once is cheaper than ordering them from them 1 at a time.  If someone doesn't want to ship books then they should have their account on vacation. 

Date Posted: 11/3/2011 6:51 PM ET
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Thanks everyone.  I was just curious.  I go to the PO twice a week so it's not a problem for me.  I've just noticed sometimes when I order multiples, that they seem to take longer to get accepted, and wondered if anyone else noticed that.  Of course, I've also noticed that when I do multiples, either the person has left PBS, or can't send the books for some reason, and then they get ordered as singles.  LOL.  Pat

Date Posted: 11/3/2011 7:43 PM ET
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Might take longer as the sender might be checking the are all still there and in good order.

I send books, when I can. Multiple or single makes no difference to me. I send when I am able to send within the time allowed.

Date Posted: 11/4/2011 12:51 AM ET
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It doesn't matter how many books someone orders from me--I almost always ship books out the next business day.  There's a blue box outside the office I work at, so it's easy for me to just drop any books to mail in there.

Date Posted: 11/5/2011 7:58 PM ET
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Just mailed 4 books (1 WL/3 freebies) in a small box, media mail w/ DC for under $4.   I don't mail at any specific "speed".  I just try to mail by or before the date I said I would.  

Date Posted: 11/8/2011 7:14 AM ET
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I personally don't change my mailing habits regardless of how many books--unless it would be enough to put into a box, in which case it would have to wait until the one day a week I can get to the PO counter when it's open. Normally I use printed postage and just drop books in the blue box in front of my work.

These days I almost never request multiples as my wishlist does my PBS shopping or rarely I might order the next book in a series from available books--but since I'm trying to limit the books coming in, it would be JUST that book. Historically when I used to order multiples from someone's shelf, I can't say I recall any problems with doing so--they usually arrived in the same time frame as single book orders.


Date Posted: 11/9/2011 7:45 PM ET
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Well, as it turned out I ordered 9 books from one person and 3 from another - the books all timed out and now are coming from 12 different people.  LOL.  I really try to order multiples from one person when I can.  LOL. Pat

Date Posted: 11/9/2011 9:56 PM ET
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I got an order for four books Sunday night or Monday morning.  First multiple order I've had in ages.  I mailed them out today along with a single order I got on Saturday.  

LOL Pat - sometimes you just can't help people out!

Date Posted: 11/10/2011 1:42 PM ET
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Cozi - my multiple orders come in spurts also.  Usually when I order a series though I try to get as many from the same person as I can, not only to save on postage but also so I get the books quickly and I can start reading.  Pat

Date Posted: 11/12/2011 6:22 PM ET
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I recently posted a WL book that was #1 in a series at the same time I was reading #2, which I had recently received, and is also WL'ed. A member accepted the offer for #1, so I PM'ed to see if she wanted #2. She did, but I had to delay sending them a little bit -- still within the window,but at the very end of it -- because I had to finish reading #2.

Incidentally, the postage for two trade-sized paperbacks was only $2.82. Great deal for me, and a nice treat for the recipient who is getting both books together (regardless of where she was on the list for #2).