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Subject: New here: Bookshelf rules?
Date Posted: 8/23/2007 11:00 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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What's the etiquette for posting on the bookshelf forum. I understand it's for books that for whatever reason can't be posted on the main PBS listings.  I have some old romance books that are readable, but yellowing and showing signs of age.  I have a Diana Palmer Hard to Handle book that's in great shape except for a tear on the front cover.  A little scotch tape will fix it right up. I personaly wouldn't mind spending a credit on it but I can't post it. 

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 11:04 PM ET
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I should have read the tour page before I posted.  I guess I'll post the other books on Bookmooch since a books' condition can be posted in the listing. 

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 11:56 PM ET
Member Since: 2/9/2007
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Hey Mary,

Welcome to PBS (This Site... not the TV channel!)

Yes, not being able to post your book conditions can be a slight problem, but not really.

One of the things you can do is post a list of your damaged books in this section (BOOK BAZAAR). Many people offer deals like: "Free with Order off my Shelf" or even "Free to the First Person Who Requests it" (although for that you do not get a credit, it is just a random act of kindness for when you are in a good mood)

You can also put the list of damaged Freebies in your Signature or Profile (see Help Section for Details)

Offering Freebies has its advantages because: 1) it gets people to look at your shelf and order from you more often 2) it actually costs about the same to mail one book as two when you do Media Mail. I have even mailed 3 books for the same price as one. So it all comes out in the wash.

Bookmooch is ok, but the problem is they do not have as large and varied a selection of books as here. You will find this site has many compensations.

One Final Note: if you have any more questions the best place to ask them is the QUESTIONS ABOUT PAPERBACKSWAP section. You will find that section in Discussion Forums (same place as the Book Bazaar)

Hope that helps! And Welcome to PBS.

Date Posted: 8/24/2007 2:54 AM ET
Member Since: 3/31/2006
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Just adding...

You can also do a deal in the book bazaar.  You can offer a free book from your unpostable list for every book ordered.

Date Posted: 8/24/2007 8:42 AM ET
Member Since: 12/5/2006
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According to the guidelines your books sound like they maybe postable...

This is a used-book swapping site; books are not expected to be in like-new condition.

  • Older books may have some page yellowing or spine-creasing or dogeared pages; these are all OKAY

Cover:

  • some used book stores cut out a small part of the cover; if the amount missing is less than 1 inch, this is OKAY
  • a small rip (less than 1 inch) in the cover is OKAY