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Subject: Nevermind
Date Posted: 9/30/2013 8:44 AM ET
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**Edited by PBS. We remind our members that solicition of any kind is not permitted.

Date Posted: 9/30/2013 9:15 AM ET
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I don't even see a discussion forum that would apply. You might try advertising your book shelf in the bazaar, explaining you problem. You might also try sending Richard and his friends a email (in the "contact us" choice at the bottom of the screen) and suggest a charity program similar to BookMooch.

If all else fails the rest of us can pitch in and just send you some points (click on Nell's name in blue at the top and then click on "Give Credits" next to her name on the resulting page). It's easy guys!!!



Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 9/30/2013 9:22 AM ET
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You can't really ask other people to give you credits, even if it's for a good cause. This is frowned upon because it tends to lead to forums full of begging posts since so many people have good causes. Some are collecting books for soldiers or veterans, others are collecting for schools or public libraries that have been damaged in floods or tornados. Who's legit? Who's not?

PBS does hae a school donation program that they run yearly, giving to a few schools they've checked out and verified. You can nominate your school here: http://www.paperbackswap.com/donations/schools.php

Date Posted: 9/30/2013 11:10 AM ET
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Oh and the school donation program is usually only open for a few weeks in NOV each year so now's the time to register your school!

Date Posted: 9/30/2013 11:43 AM ET
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Asking for credit gifts is against the rules for the reasons Cathy outlined above.  Here are the rules (from the Book Bazaar) on asking for credit loans:


(7) Rules regarding posts asking for "credit loans"

NOTE: asking for credit GIFTS is strictly prohibited.  Asking for LOANS must be confined to Book Bazaar and follow the rules below:

  • The original post in the topic should specify clearly (1) how many credits are needed (maximum 6) and (2) a timeframe to repay them.
  • Any members who lend credits in response to these threads must post in the topic that they have given credits, and how many. 
  • When the member who asked for a loan has gotten the credits she needs, she must edit the topic title and the original post to say "Thank you--no more replies needed!" .
  • No member should post a topic asking to borrow credits more than once per month, and can do this a maximum of 2 months in a row. So it is okay to ask in January and again in February, but that same member cannot ask again until April.
  • No member may ask for credit loans before having paid back all previous loans. 
  • Anyone giving credits to a member in response to this kind of topic who expects repayment should send a PM saying "I have lent you [x number of] credits - pay me back when you can" (or state a timeframe in your message).
  • Anyone giving credits to a member in response to this kind of topic who does NOT expect repayment should include in her PM "I have sent you [x number of credits] - no need to repay".
  • These credit loan topics may not appear anywhere but Book Bazaar. The original poster may bump the topic if she needs to only once - not once per day, but once ever.


Also, you will sometimes see threads offering to give books to schools in the RAOK (Random Acts of Kindness) thread.  As suggested above, you could advertise your bookshelf in the Book Bazaar, maybe offering a deal.  That could pull in orders.  And registering your school for the Books for Schools drive is a great idea.  You can earn credits by referring friends to the site.  You could ask parents at your school to donate books to you, which you would then post here.

The fourteen books I see on your bookshelf now are good books, but there are already quite a few copies posted of most of them, so it may take a while for you to move up in the sending line.  When someone orders a book here, the order goes to the member who has been waiting longest to mail that particular ISBN.  But people can order books directly from your bookshelf if they choose.  The more books you have posted, the more likely it is that orders will start coming in.

To suggest a charity credits program such as you outlined to the Admin Team, go down to the bottom right corner of any page here. Under "company" click on "contact us" and use the Feedback option there.

Last Edited on: 9/30/13 11:47 AM ET - Total times edited: 2