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Subject: PBS market prices
Date Posted: 3/14/2011 9:40 AM ET
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Is it just me or are some of those prices outrageous???? Most of the books come with a reminder mark on them so it is shocking to see prices of fifteen or sixteen dollars plus of course shipping. Using a credit isn't always such a bargain either....I try to only pick the books that are seven dollars or less. It's great to have them delivered right to my front door but I am really beginning to see the savings by going right to the book store to get a copy....usually the book is less by a few dollars and I can find a store coupon online.
Date Posted: 3/14/2011 11:49 AM ET
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I know...there are only a few from my WL mentioned currently, and two of them are hardcovers for $15.99 or $11 something plus a credit....er, no thanks. I'll wait. Often with new releases, you can get the hardcovers at 40% off at B&N or Amazon, so that price might even be higher, or very close to it.

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 3/14/2011 12:17 PM ET
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There are two kinds of books in the PBS Market: Overstocks (the ones with a remainder mark and low prices) and Super Sellers (new releases, no remainder marks, higher prices).

Date Posted: 3/14/2011 1:23 PM ET
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From the Help Center:

What's the difference between Super Sellers and Overstock books?

Super Sellers are brand new books.  We are getting them from one distributor.

Overstock books are new, remaindered books - that means they may have remainder marks (usually an unobtrusive pen mark on the bottom page edges).    We are getting them from a different distributor than the Super Seller distributor.

Because Super Sellers and Overstock books are coming from different distributors, you save on shipping if you order a multiple-book shipment of all Super Sellers or all Overstock books.  You can also order multiple books of both kinds, of course, and save on both shipments - the Super Sellers will come in one shipment and the Overstock books in another shipment.

Date Posted: 3/14/2011 1:48 PM ET
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So it be overstock or super seller...some of them are way to expensive plus a credit plus shipping. I try tontreat myself once a month to a few books off my wish list that are listed in the market....but it is getting harder and harder to find any that are less than then regular bookstore.
Date Posted: 3/14/2011 10:06 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/14/2011 11:04 PM ET
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"Remember every purchase helps support the Club and keeps membership free" -  from the home page

even if prices are higher,  this is my new bookshop other than Amazon

 



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Date Posted: 3/15/2011 12:21 AM ET
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but it is getting harder and harder to find any that are less than then regular bookstore.

For many of the books,especially the supersellers, the purpose isn't really to offer them at less than the other sellers, but for PBS to be able to offer them to their members and PBS can get a little cut of the proceeds.

Some members don't have any local bookstores and don't trust online purchases. Being able to buy those new books here from a site they trust is helpful to them.

PBS is offering many of these new features that cost money in order to avoid charging a site fee. So isn't buying a book now and then that you would have gotten anyway for the same price or a $1 or $2 more worth not having to pay a fee for PBS? For some, maybe not. But many members do like the ability to support the site through purchases and having those new releases in the Market is a wonderful opportunity for them to get the books they really want while doing that at a what is usually a pretty insignificant price difference.

Date Posted: 3/15/2011 10:33 AM ET
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I am all in favor of supporting PBS this way and thats the reason I was buying a few books a month....and to help get them into the system once I was done reading them. Hosted, while I wouldn't mind a price difference of a dollar or twonhere and there...it's the seven to eleven dollar price differences that upset me ( and some of those price still need a credit along with it it). So while the prices don't necessarily have to be lower they should be comparable. Right?? Maybe??
Date Posted: 3/15/2011 11:22 AM ET
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Depends on what you are comparing it to.. Other new books or to used books.  Some of the books on my WL that are in the market I can get NEW from amazon at a similar cost, but could get it cheaper if bought used BUT I can get it even cheaper from PBS if I just wait.
 

Date Posted: 3/15/2011 1:07 PM ET
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I would prefer to continue to support PBS in other ways, mostly by using the printed postage--it's the most convenient shipping method for me anyway. I have Amazon Prime so if I am comparing prices between PBS and Amazon for the same brand new books, PBS price would have to be a lot cheaper to make up for the difference in shipping and the amount of time it takes to get the book...plus, I can also support PBS by using a link from here to get to Amazon so they get their cut of that transaction, too.

That said, I am doing very well at maintaining my New Years Resolution not to purchase any books from ANYwhere for money in 2011...just doing PBS trades and the library. I order a lot of other stuff from Amazon (groceries, electronics, movies, etc) so my Prime fee isn't going to waste. :)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 3:27 PM ET
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Quick question - how much does PBS charge for shipping when you buy a book here? Would it be the same as the weight of the book that we pay when mailing out?

I'm tempted to buy but I've got so many TBR's :)

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 7:02 PM ET
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Would it be the same as the weight of the book that we pay when mailing out?

No, it's actually a little more than that. 

I believe Market shipping is $3.45 for the first book in the order plus $.99 for each additional book.  Also, you want to pay attention to whether your books are Overstock or Super Sellers.  They come from different warehouses, so will be shipped seperately.  So for one overstock and one super seller you will get charged $6.90 for shipping ($3.45 per shipment).  The check out screen splits it up for you so you can see if it will be more than one shipment. 

 

From the Help Center:

Q - Why is the shipping cost more than Media Mail postage?

A - It's not much more!  The charges is actually for "shipping AND HANDLING". "Handling"  = the cost of preparing the book for shipping (a human being locating the book in the warehouse, Wrapping the book, etc).  Yeah, we always wondered what that meant, too.  Now we know!

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 7:25 PM ET
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Wow. Thanks for the info, Alisa :)

Date Posted: 3/17/2011 1:45 AM ET
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Glad I could help.  smiley

Date Posted: 3/20/2011 10:07 AM ET
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WOW, I haven't looked at PBS book prices in a while, hadn't seen hardly any over $7 that I was wanting, will have to check again.

Date Posted: 3/20/2011 11:06 AM ET
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That whole "handling" charge always irritates me, and I don't just mean on PBS.  I just ordered a couple of items from Jegs for my DS's car.  It's shipping "free" via FedEx but with a $12 handling fee.  I work in the shipping dept of a manufacturing shop and I know what goes into packing and shipping, since I do it all day long.  It does not take $12 worth of time and materials to pull those two items, put them in a box and slap on a FedEx label.  And no, my company doesn't add on a handling charge.  Some of our customers get free shipping on orders over a certain $ amount.  Everybody else either uses their own UPS or FedEx account or we ship it on ours and add the shipping to their invoice, but only what it actually cost us to ship the items.  Apparently we're the exception to the rule though because just about everything I order online gets some extra fee added on.