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Subject: Is it okay to OFFER more than 1 credit for a book?
Date Posted: 10/10/2011 1:51 PM ET
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I found  book I really wanted, and it's in one of those WL deals, you need to order 2-3 books

I really really really don't need more books, unless they are titles I will read, so in this case,  I just need that one book.  So I offered to send 2 credits and skip receiving the others.

Is that okay?  Just don't want to break any rules.  :)  I know you can't ask more than a credit for a book, but is it okay to OFFER more in a PM? 

Date Posted: 10/10/2011 2:08 PM ET
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 My Ctrl button for copy/paste isn't working. You can read the rules in the red sticky at the the top of the Book Bazaar - How to use this forum..... #4 says no offering or asking for more than 1 credit. Why not just order an extra book and swap it or dispose of it in some other means?

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Date Posted: 10/10/2011 2:37 PM ET
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There's no rule against buddying someone a credit for any reason you want. If they agree, you pay a credit for the book and buddy them an extra credit for their trouble. No rules broken.

I stand corrected. I knew about not asking, never noticed the "no offering" portion. Makes sense though.

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Date Posted: 10/10/2011 2:55 PM ET
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I disagree, Lisa. There's a explicit rule not to ask or offer more than one credit for a book. We shouldn't set precedents that are dangerous for PBS (there are reasons why those rules are in place) to circumvent the rules.

Date Posted: 10/10/2011 3:19 PM ET
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No, one is not allowed to offer more than 1 credit per book. But it's okay to politely ask the person in the WL Multiples thread if he or she is willing to consider sending that single book to you for 1 credit. You can also check out the person's shelf for any books you'd like to order; I'm sure they would be more than willing to send you a 2-credit order consisting of a WL book and a shelf book.

The rule is in place to prevent 'bidding wars' on PBS.


Date Posted: 10/10/2011 3:39 PM ET
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 From the help Documents:


Can I ask or offer more than 'PBS price' for a particular book?



  • A bound book (= paperback, hardback) "costs" 1 credit on PBS (no exceptions), and
  • an audiobook "costs" 2 credits on PBS (except for some "children's-length" audiocassette items, which cost 1 credit each).

If you feel that your book is too valuable (or too costly to ship) to be swapped for "PBS price", you should not Post it here.

You also may not offer more than "PBS Price" for a book.


  • Because if the book is Wishlisted, offering more than the PBS "price" for the book may allow members to leapfrog over others in the Wish List for the book. This obviously is not fair, and will not be tolerated.
  • Because even if the book is not Wish Listed, a "free market" system could lead to "bidding" for a book, and auctions are NOT permitted on PBS.


  • Auctions are subject to state laws, and as PBS members belong to various states, this could be illegal.
  • Also, we want all members to have a fair chance to get books on PBS. Pitting those who have lots of credits to spare against those who don't have a lot of credits at the time goes against the very spirit of PBS--the fair sharing of books, with everybody equal.
Date Posted: 10/10/2011 5:11 PM ET
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If you really want this Wish List book, just order one of the others from the member and repost it when it arrives to you. Since its Wish Listed, you won't be out a credit. Then you'll get the book you want and you'll get back the second credit you spend on the other Wish Listed book.

Date Posted: 10/10/2011 8:08 PM ET
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The offering set up a "bidding" environment, which can be illegal in some states. It can be a serious offense and cost people their membership. It is OK to buddy a credit AFTER a transaction is completed to be nice, reward someone for expedited shipping, etc. but offering a member extra credits prior to placing a request, bids a higher amount than the site has priced a book at and is prohibited.

Date Posted: 10/10/2011 10:28 PM ET
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you could probably find the book you want on Amazon for a penny, with $3.99 for shipping

Date Posted: 10/10/2011 11:35 PM ET
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Why would you want to spend two credits on a book anyway?  I figure each credit is worth between $2.50 and 3.00 so it's like spending $5 or 6 on a book.

Date Posted: 10/19/2011 11:44 AM ET
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Thanks for the answers, everyone. 

I knew you could not ask for more than one credit for a book, but didn't know you couldn't offer more than one credit for a book. :)

Makes sense now!