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Subject: Is it ok to offer a magazine collection in the forums?
Date Posted: 10/29/2008 2:11 PM ET
Member Since: 10/9/2008
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I offered a large collection of National Geographic magazines in the book bazaar forum for really cheap, like 2 credits for a year of isues. A member said that magazines aren't allowed but isn't that for post-ables? From what I can see people offer quite a lot of non-post-ables here in the forums, such as books without covers or isbn's, damaged books etc, so I was under the impression that it would be ok to offer in the forums but not to POST. Please excuse me if I was mistaken, I am a relatively new member...

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 2:30 PM ET
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This is in th help section:

Magazines: NO

  • These often contain advertising and cannot be sent MediaMail; even if not, the category is banned from PBS.

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 2:37 PM ET
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The other thing is that you can't ask for credits for unpostables, even including books without covers, as you mentioned.  What you have probably seen is people offereing unpostable books free with any order off of their bookshelf.

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 2:38 PM ET
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you cannot offer them for a credit BUT, you can offer them as a Free item with a book from your shelf.  The bottom line is you can't offer the entire collection and then ask for 2 credits or something, they have to be a freebie

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 2:40 PM ET
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I've sent magazines to a user asking for book donations for the troops and I sent it media mail and then I found out it was a no-no. I'm lucky it didn't get sent back or have POD because I sent a -huge- box of magazines.

You could offer the magazines free with a book, perhaps but you'd have to use parcel post which is considerably more expensive than media mail and I know those magazines get heavy, fast. A year's worth would probably cost like...10 bucks to ship. The rule is that you can't use media mail to ship advertisements and since magazines are basically nothing but advertisements these days...

If they're not too old, you could donate them to the library.

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 2:43 PM ET
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thanks for all your help, I didn't realize  it wasn't allowed, I'll remove the post.

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 3:48 PM ET
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isn't there now a flat rate box for $8.95 that is huge and would fit a lot of magazines?

just a random thought for those that want to send magazines as freebies or whatever.

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 7:02 PM ET
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The priority flat rate boxes are now 9.80 for the smaller box and 12.60 for the larger box.

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 8:27 PM ET
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Books without ISBN's are postable, BTW.  PBS will create a 5 digit ISBN for them. Also hardbacks w/o dust jackets are also postable if that's what you meant by covers.

Date Posted: 10/30/2008 8:10 AM ET
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Date Posted: 10/30/2008 11:27 PM ET
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<<Also hardbacks w/o dust jackets are also postable if that's what you meant by covers.>>

I believe Lisa meant mass market paperbacks with their covers torn off -- they are "illegal" to trade here, since they are supposed to be destroyed once the covers are removed and returned to the publisher for credit.

You might offer them in the RAOK posts -- a lot of folks use magazines for craft projects, etc.



Date Posted: 10/30/2008 11:42 PM ET
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I have a large collection of craft (different ones on lots of different crafts) that I always wonder how to give them to people or trade them for something.  But then it's very hard for me to do that - yes, I'm a packrat when it comes to magazines on certain subjects and books on certain subjects.  It's a curse!   And my DH hates it!  But we won't bring up his obsession with old cars (orphans). I think there are currently 12 of them - and it's embarrassing!  But nevermind!  ;D