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Subject: New to the site!
Date Posted: 7/11/2009 2:43 AM ET
Member Since: 7/9/2009
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I am new to this site and I have a couple of questions.

#1. What does it mean to "deal"

#2. When mailing books I have went to the P.O. But I read where you could mail from my personal Mail Box how is this, How do I pay the postage?

#3. I read where someone was taking about when mailing a book it was over the price of a credit, What does that mean?

Thanking you in advance for helping,

Farrah H.

Date Posted: 7/11/2009 3:08 AM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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You should have a tour guide to direct your questions to.  There is also a red thread with newcomer info.

1.  A deal is when you are arranging for more than one book. with one being free.   You can offer this to get credits.  Or you can visit the Bargain Bazaar thread.  There is generally two ways, to get an extra book (or more) included free with another book or to order several books and get some of your credits returned.   This will move your books faster, skipping the first in, first out line. (FIFO)  Or get you more books for your credits.  Deals are usually for books without wait lists.  And will usually be sent by media mail as two book do weight more than one.

2.  Stamps.  If a book is under 13 oz.  Or PBS postage which you buy with Paypal at the Kiosk and print out.

3.  A credit costs $3.45 from PBS.  There will be credits for sale cheaper in the Bazaar.  (There has also been some scams, so be careful.)  That comment was that a book was so heavy that the postage was over $3.45.

ETA   Welcome to PBS.

Last Edited on: 7/11/09 3:09 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/11/2009 3:11 AM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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welcome, Farrah!  These bits of information can be found when reading the Help Documents - I'm too tired right now to go hunt them down so I'll answer as best I can.

#1 a "deal" is when a person wants to trade more books for fewer credits.  Usually through the regular system it is always 1 book for one credit.  But audio books are 2 credits.  You can offer a deal or ask for a deal.  Lots of deals are found in the Book Bazaar forum listed like this one on the Discussion Forums under the community tab on your pages.  You should make sure that at least one book is coming from the person's shelf so that it is through the PBS system and is covered by the rules.  Less likely for things to go wrong.  PBS  won't help in any deals when done off the system.

#2  the easiest way to mail books from your own mailbox (if your mail carrier doesn't object) is to buy printable postage from PBS when you print our the label for mailing a book.  It's best to already have weighed the book because the PBS wekght is taken from other sources that aren't always right.  If you want to use stamps - the book must weigh under 13 oz.  for more than 13 oz books you must take it to the PO and physically hand it to a human clerk.

#3 You can buy credits in the PBS Kiosk - also found at the top of the page - where they are $3.45 a credit - or you can make a "deal" to buy some from PBS members for less money on the Book Bazaar - but you usually need to do that through Paypal.

I hope this has helped and has made sense.




Date Posted: 7/11/2009 3:27 AM ET
Member Since: 7/9/2009
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Thank you all for the answers! I understand a little better now.

I do have a tour guide and I sent them an emal but never got a responce from them.

Thanks again

Farrah H

Date Posted: 7/11/2009 10:12 AM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2005
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Farrah, you can also mail from a blue box (no matter what the weight) if you use printed stamps from your Automated Postal Center--you buy these with a credit card so they count as "identifiable" postage.

If you go to the Book Bazaar forum, there is a thread at the top titled "how to use this forum" which explains more about accepting or running a deal on books.


Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 7/13/2009 1:11 PM ET
Member Since: 2/8/2007
Posts: 6,630
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Farrah, sorry you got no response from your Tour Guide, we TGs all do wish to help out members, but maybe yours was logging out just as your message was coming in to them (that frequently happens) and they didn't see it right away to respond.

You can always contact a Tour Guide by clicking on Help Center button at the top of any page and then Live Help link.  That will bring up a list of the Tour Guides currently online and hopefully available to respond to your questions.  Just be aware that it isn't Live Help as in immediate, chat-room type help, but Live Help in that you get a response from a living breathing person, via PMs.  (There is also a Live Help link at the bottom of every page under the Help Center column.)