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Subject: Offering a Deal in the Book Bazaar
Date Posted: 11/4/2008 1:03 PM ET
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I'm considering offering a 3 for 1 deal in the book bazaar, something I've never done before.  (You may have seen my note about it in CMT.)  Anyway I was wondering how the credit transfer works - are the people who (hopefully) request the books expected to buddy the credits to the sender at the time they make the request, or after they receive the books?

Date Posted: 11/4/2008 1:07 PM ET
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Usually they order one book, and then PM you with the ones they want as "freebies".  It helps to have them post in the thread, too, so other people don't request the same books as "freebies".  You have to keep on top of your bookshelf though, to remove the freebies that you send out.  HTH!!

Date Posted: 11/4/2008 3:50 PM ET
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Peggy, is this for the books w/o ISBNs?

If so, depending on what books people want, I would add that book to the system and have them request it and put the other books in with the order.  This way it goes through the system properly and you don't have to add all 50 of the books, just a few for those that are ordered

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 12:16 AM ET
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If you don't want to add them to the system, I would not think it unreasonable to buddy the credit at time of agreement.


Date Posted: 11/5/2008 8:37 AM ET
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As Laura said, usually they will order a book from you and PM you with the freebies.  I have found that this is the easiest way as well... versus having people buddy you a credit... that way you also get the address form, etc.

Word of advice, you may want to specify whether or not people should PM you.  I don't go onto the forums as often as I used to, but I DO check my email throughout the day, I specified that people should PM me and not post thier choices on the fourm.  

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 9:52 AM ET
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I don't go onto the forums as often as I used to, but I DO check my email throughout the day, I specified that people should PM me and not post thier choices on the fourm. 

I'd have them do both. Then those on the Forums can see what's already been spoken for.

Even when I'm ordering deals from someone's shelf, I always look to see if one of my freebies is spoken for, as it may not have been removed from the bookshelf yet. Saves a lot of headache later, to pick out another freebie, if I can see someone else has already claimed the one I was wanting.


Date Posted: 11/5/2008 10:08 AM ET
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I agree with Cindy.  Do both.  Make sure they post what they want so everyone sees it, and then send you an inbox with all of the details in it.  And go by the order you recieve the inboxes in when you're pulling your freebie requests.  Pull them off your shelf asap, so you don't get duplicate requests, or have problems with people ordering books that have already been freebie requested.  Yes, we're talking freebies & specials here, but people will expect to get exactly what they requested, and some get very irate if they request a bonus book, and someone orders it off your shelf before you're able to pull it.  Just make it clear in the thread you post in the BB how you plan to do things & what you require from people ordering books from your special & if you're getting a lot of requests, try to stay on top of things.  As far as buddying (is that even a word?) goes, I think you're better off to have people order X amount of books, and request whatever they're getting as freebies.  That way you can use the printed labels, and you have a transaction on record & inboxes to refer to if anything should go wrong.