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Are you flouncing or griping? The SMART thing to do would have been to make this post under your origional username instead of announcing to the world you made an duplicate account. I hope you enjoyed your time here, (because your account will most likely get shut down, for violating the user agreement.) TPTB can track your IP address and shut down both your accounts. Sorry about your frustrations with people selling credits (which I might add IS allowed) If youd had a problem with people underselling you, the contact us button is at the bottom of every PBS page.
I’m not happy. I’m not happy that I’ve lost my will to participate in PBS.
I started out just like all of you: I had some books I felt I could part with, heard about the site, and posted them. Then, I saw PBS had a vast quantity of books for “free” that I’ve been dying to pick up (my local used bookstore could not compete with the variety on PBS). This left me with a credit shortage, since my posted books weren’t being requested enough to keep up with my insatiable reading habits.
Fortunately, I live in an area where there are a few of library sponsored used book sales throughout the year. This opened up a whole new venue for me to explore. I would find wish listed books at these book fairs and used book stores, post them on PBS and, in turn, was able to request the books I actually wanted. I felt I was going above and beyond in doing my part to get people the books they actually wanted and also keeping the turnover/wait time for wish listed books to a minimum, while getting the books I actually wanted in the process. Win, win!
Since then, I actually had an excess of credits, which I usually try to sell here in the book bazaar. I loved searching and posting books for others as much as getting a book for myself. I now only get the occasional book but sell leftover credits to cover my shipping costs and pay for more books to send out to people. It’s become a hobby and I enjoyed the “hunt”. (If you will)
Actual Point of This Below
Unfortunately, the price per credit has really has taken a downturn in the last few months, in that, I can’t even cover my shipping costs by selling credits anymore. I’m, in fact, losing money by selling credits (if I can sell them at all). People on the bazaar are undercutting each other just to sell their own credits, which are hurting those of us who need to cover shipping costs. (I’m sure I’m not the only one)
Now, I’m not sure if this is just a new addition of a lot more sellers, but I can tell you people who have low prices aren’t on the bazaar long. So, people are still buying, just at lower rates.
I made an anonymous username just to post this thread and urge the credit sellers to stop undercutting each other because it hurts all of us.
I don’t see any reason why the price per credit should be below the current media mail rate (right now - $2.41). I guarantee sellers that if everyone did not try to undercut each other, buyers will still buy credits and everyone will have a fair chance to sell their credits. By putting a price floor on the credit price, we are putting a stop to the depreciating of our books.
If I’m the only one who thinks this, so be it.
But if I’m not, don’t add to the problem, please keep your credit price above the media mail rate and don’t devalue our precious physical books more than they already are.
Please raise credit prices, comment, or bump to show you agree; but most importantly of all keep the PBS fire alive.
A disheartened PBSer
Last Edited on: 10/26/11 1:45 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
If you believe so fervently in what you say, why not say it as your regular username?
As its been pointed out this place is about tradeing books, not making money. If you can't afford $2.41 to mail a book, then maybe another less costly hobby should be in order.