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Subject: never mind
Date Posted: 6/7/2010 2:13 PM ET
Member Since: 11/10/2005
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**Edited by PBS: We remind our members that it is prohibited to ask, or offer, more than "PBS Price" for a book.**

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 2:55 PM ET
Member Since: 6/4/2007
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Kris, I'm sorry to tell you, but you can't offer to spend more than 1 credit on a printed book.  I really do hope you can find the book you're looking for in time for Father's Day, but this isn't the way to do it.  From the Help Center:

Can I offer/ask more credits (more than PBS 'price') for a book?

No.

  • A bound book "costs" 1 credit at PBS (no exceptions)

  • An audiobook "costs" 2 credits at PBS 

    • some "children's-length" audiocassette items cost 1 credit each

Offering to "pay" (or asking a requestor to "pay"--see below) more than "PBS price" for a book is not permitted. 

Why?

  • If the book is Wishlisted, offering more than the PBS "price" for the book may allow members to leapfrog over others in the Wish List for the book. This obviously is not fair.
  • Even if the book is not Wish Listed, a "free market" system could lead to "bidding" for a book, and auctions are NOT permitted on PBS.
  • One reason is that auctions are subject to state laws, and as PBS members belong to various states, this could be illegal.
  • The other reason is that we want all members to have a fair chance to get books on PBS.  Pitting those who have lots of credits to spare against those who don't have a lot of credits at the time goes against the very spirit of PBS--the fair sharing of books. Everybody equal.