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Subject: One household, two members?
Date Posted: 4/15/2010 5:27 PM ET
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My husband is interested in joining PBS. I remember reading a while back that this turned out to be a problem for some people. Is there any proper way to go about it? Or should he just sign up as a new member?

Thanks so much

Date Posted: 4/15/2010 5:33 PM ET
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He can sign up.  You cannot use the same email account.  And he will not receive the two free books for signing up.  But two accounts are allowed per address.  You can even transfer credits to him.  Oh, he has to be over 18.

from help:

  • The limit is 2 accounts per household or address
  • Both of these accounts must be held by adults
  • Both of these accounts must be opened and managed by a different person
  • Each account must be managed by the member whose name is on the account.  
  • All of this information is available in the PBS Terms of Use
Date Posted: 4/15/2010 5:35 PM ET
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Thanks again Emily, you're so helpful :)

Date Posted: 4/15/2010 7:45 PM ET
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Most of the problems I've read about involved one member handling, or appearing to handle, both accounts.

Date Posted: 4/15/2010 7:49 PM ET
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Yes, same here.  Make absolutely sure you and hubby are not into each other's accounts at all.  If you think that could be a problem, then you should both use the same account.

Date Posted: 4/15/2010 8:19 PM ET
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Additionally, I would advise that neither of you use the "remember me" feature that keeps your account signed in, unless you use separate computers. I remember one of the things said to look like "suspicious activity" on an account was rapid switching between accounts, and having to log out of the other persons account before you can log into your own could look funny.

Date Posted: 4/15/2010 8:30 PM ET
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Some naughty folks try to set up two accounts to increase their Wish List.  I imagine there is some way PBS tracks that. 

My sweetie orders books through my account because, face it, I'd be the one mailing all the books.

But some couples are both very active.  Such as Sherry N. (Royaltech)  and her sweetie Marcus N. (Handlebars).

Date Posted: 4/16/2010 10:24 AM ET
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Thanks so much ladies. We signed him up...he is actually not a reader  he has been searching for music books and guitar tab books (none of the ones he wants are in the system....lol) So he wishlisted them.  Now I need to convince him to part with some of the stacks he has in the garage so I don't have to share my credits...haha :)

Date Posted: 4/16/2010 1:38 PM ET
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If he is a music guy, you might want to point out Swap A CD.  His books can get CD credits.  But it does work slightly different as there is a fee to swap.

Date Posted: 4/16/2010 5:35 PM ET
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You just have to be careful about making sure you are signed into the right accounts.  Also I think one member had her spouse's account closed because one would sign off and the other would immediately sign on which made it look like one person was managing both accounts.  So if you use the same computer you might want to space your time on PBS out.  Although it sounds like he won't be using it that much.   If he's into movies he can also open a SWAPADVD account and transfer some credits there.  He can also buddy some credits to you-I believe that is allowed. 

Date Posted: 4/17/2010 10:57 AM ET
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I just order books for my husband on mine--and post books he wants rid of--I guess I miss out on the free credits, but he'd never ever remember to mail something, so it's just simpler that way. 

Date Posted: 4/17/2010 11:00 AM ET
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Lynn, only the first account for a household/address gets the free credits.  If you have an account and hubby signs up for his own account, he wouldn't get any free startup credits.

Date Posted: 4/17/2010 11:10 AM ET
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Lynn

I'm not as nice as you, I don't want to share my "Wish List" space...lol.

Thanks so much for the info about Swap a CD. I actually have an account for Swap a DVD, It's been really great for DVDs for our kids, SO much better than paying $10-$20 a dvd on amazon. 

Date Posted: 4/17/2010 11:47 AM ET
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I miss out on nothing then:)  John doesn't have a lot of wishlist books--and they're all physics things, so they rarely come up anyway.  If they do, buying a credit would be a bargain.