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Subject: Offer A Deal After Request?
Date Posted: 2/9/2013 6:16 PM ET
Member Since: 1/27/2013
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I'm doing a 3 for 2 sale, or a free unpostable with any request. Does anyone have opinions on if it would be okay to PM people who have already requested and let them know?

I usually go to the post office once a week, so people would have a few days to ask for a free unpostable or order a second book and request a freebie. Would you be okay with

that or would you think it was annoying spam? 



Date Posted: 2/9/2013 6:19 PM ET
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I've had people pm and let me know they offering deals.  Don't think I've accepted any tho.  And they often wait until the mailing deadline hoping I'll order something else...now that is annoying.

Insisting on a deal is a no-no.  Sometimes members pm and say they will only mail if the requester does x (such as order another book, or pay another credit due to large book size)... demands like that are not allowed.

Date Posted: 2/9/2013 6:22 PM ET
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I'd include a deadline in the offer.   Based on when you plan to ship.  

I have no problems what so ever with an offer.  It's the ones that are worded as demands for multiple books that get me.

Date Posted: 2/9/2013 6:47 PM ET
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I was going to say the same this as Emily-put a deadline in the PM. I would also choose the longest possible mail by date.  Otherwise you might have people PMing you after you've mailed the book out to say yes they want the deal.  I've seen people post on here that they had people do that and didn't know what to do.

Date Posted: 2/10/2013 1:16 AM ET
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I've had people let me know they're offering a deal and I appreciate it.  If they have anything else on their shelf I'm interested in, I'll take them up on it.  If not, I just PM them back and let them know I appreciate it, but am not interested.

I'd make sure in your PM that you make it clear that you aren't requiring the deal--it's only optional if they're interested.

Date Posted: 2/10/2013 2:39 AM ET
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I have a deal on certain books and often PM the requestor to let them know about it and ask them to let me know by a certain date if they want to take part otherwise I'm happy to send the book they requested.  I make my PM very pleasant and have had about a 50% acceptance of the deal and the ones who decline have always been very nice about it.  So I think it's all in the wording but there's nothing wrong with you letting them know.

Last Edited on: 2/10/13 2:40 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/10/2013 8:13 AM ET
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I recently ordered 2 books in German, and the sender PM'd me and said I could have the other 2 German books on her shelf for 1 credit (so, a 4 for 3 credits deal).  I was happy to accept, and don't mind it if a sender offers a deal.  If they insist and made accepting a deal as a condition of sending out the book I requested, I would report them.  That wasn't the case here.

Subject: Thanks for the feedback!
Date Posted: 2/10/2013 9:33 AM ET
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Thanks everyone for your answers! 

Date Posted: 2/10/2013 5:31 PM ET
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"And they often wait until the mailing deadline hoping I'll order something else...now that is annoying."


Did you reply no thanks to the pm?  I always pick the latest mail by date, (whether offering a deal or not), but will mail earlier if I get a chance.