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Subject: Offering someone a deal.
Date Posted: 10/13/2008 5:17 PM ET
Member Since: 9/27/2008
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Last week, I posted a deal on Bazaar, where if somoene took two particular books, I would throw in a third unpostable but still very readable book for free.

Today, someone has requested one of the books.  I didn't get a PM about it, so my guess is that they didn't see my offer on the Book Bazaar, but rather just did a search and found the book listed. 

Is it ok to make that offer to the requester and see if they are interested? 


Date Posted: 10/13/2008 5:23 PM ET
Member Since: 5/29/2007
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Hi Ray, Well this is always a sticky situation and one you'll see frequently discussed.  The biggest concern is that the requestor wont see your PM/offer before you need to mail the books.  Then one is stuck having to decide if they should send the book(s) without the deal, or just send the book(s) ordered.  Then, if you send just the book(s) ordered and the person responds after you've mailed that they'd like your deal, you're stuck having to spend money on postage.  I think one of the reasons the site created that little blue box at the top of your bookshelf is to advertise these sorts of things. 

My best advice is really no advice.  Sorry.  Just do what feels right to you.  Personally, if someone doesn't specifically ask for a deal, I just send them what they've ordered, just to avoid this issue, but other people feel differently than I do.  Good luck, welcome to PBS!

sorry, edited to answer your question, ha ha, yes, it is alright to pm and ask if they'd like your deal.

Last Edited on: 10/13/08 5:24 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/13/2008 5:24 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2007
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you can but give them a deadline so if they don't respond you can mail the one book.

it is very possible they won't be interested and just wanted the one book but it doesn't hurt to ask

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 5:30 PM ET
Member Since: 12/21/2007
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When I really really want to clean off my shelves and get rid of books, I will offer a deal to someone even if they just ordered off my shelf and not from a something they saw I'm offering in the book bazaar. I always give a deadline for responding though--sometimes people respond, sometimes they don't. Sometimes they take me up on the deal offer, sometimes they don't.


Date Posted: 10/13/2008 6:42 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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I'm usually running 3 books for 1 credit.  I figure if someone wants that, they will PM me and let me know.  If they don't PM me, I just send them what they've ordered without PMing them to see if they'd like 2 more books from my shelf.

You've gotta figure out what's right to you, if you want to PM and wait for the response or just send the book.  If you do PM, give a deadline to get back to you so you can mail out the book on time.

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 6:49 PM ET
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I agree about giving a deadline.

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 7:01 PM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2007
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I did exactly that - got a request during a deal, PMd the person that I had a deal going and let them know if they PMd me back by the deadline, I'd honor the deal. The PM came too late, and I had already mailed the book - but the person acknowledged it was too late, so there were no hard feelings. That was before you could add the text at the top of the bookshelf. However, when someone requests a book through the FIFO, unless they click on the "order more from this member" they won't look at your bookshelf and see the deal anyway.

It's nice to offer, but not necessary.

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 8:18 PM ET
Member Since: 7/6/2008
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I was on the recieving end of this, a person who I ordered a book from had a deal going, and pm'd me about it. I was so happy, it was so kind of her. I've got 2 books coming I wasn't expecting and I am delighted. You could see it as a random act of kindness.

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 11:13 PM ET
Member Since: 8/1/2007
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I will often send the following note to someone when they order.  I never make it a 2/1 deal because then I would be tempted to wait for them to choose a freebie and wonder if they would (can you tell I did that in the past?)   I make it a 3/2 deal.... so if I see another order from them before I print my label, I will then know for sure they are taking me up on the deal.  Here is a copy of what I send:

Hi ______________,

I am offering a 3 for 2 special on my bookshelf. If there are 2 other books you are interested in, order one more and PM me with the book you would like as freebie before I print the label.

If you are cautiously saving your credits for your wishlist books only, please disregard this email!! Happy Reading!!


P.S. There are also freebies listed on my profile that are older or have a little damage.