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Subject: PBS market??
Date Posted: 2/2/2010 4:38 PM ET
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Just found this on my wish list:

The Alchemist's Code :: Dave Duncan
ISBN-13: 9780441015627 - ISBN-10: 044101562X - Book Type: Paperback
Wish Date: 2/9/2008 - Your position: 1 of 6 - Last Posted: 11/10/2009 - Estimate: N/A
Retail Price: $14.00
Purchase this NEW Paperback for $4.99 (save 64%) or $1.59+1 credit (save 88%) from PBS Market
 

Then there is a button that says Buy from PBS market.

It's on a few of my wishlisted books. Cool new stuff...must investigate!

Cheryl



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Date Posted: 2/2/2010 4:42 PM ET
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Oh, cool, another fan of Dave Duncan!  I haven't yet read his Alchemist series, but I love the King's Blades and related stories!

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 4:46 PM ET
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Whoa.  Have you been to The Market???  This could be seriously dangerous!!

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 4:49 PM ET
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Oh, I'm glad they implemented that feature.

I wish I could see it--apparently none of my WL books are available in the market. Figures!

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 4:54 PM ET
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I only have 2 from my WL in the market, but I was happy to see how cheap the books were. I think it's a great new feature, especially if there is a WL book you're dying for. Does anyone know where the books come from that they're selling?

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 5:03 PM ET
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i was wondering the same thing, where do these books come from?

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 5:07 PM ET
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They are overstock books that PBS has made a contractual arangement to sell.

I'm wondering if the shipping is stacked or charged for individual book.

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 5:22 PM ET
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I went looking in the Club Communications to see if they'd sent the monthly newsletter, hoping for more info, but nothing there yet. I haven't looked at the market yet...haven't dared. LOL  So it's kind of like PBS meets Bookcloseouts.com or something. Cool beans!! I am not sure how much I'll use it, but it's great to have the option for some books.

ETA...went to look. It says there are 6700+ books in the PBS market, but I wonder how many are actually wishlisted. It looks like only 2 from my WL are there.

Cheryl



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Date Posted: 2/2/2010 5:24 PM ET
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I ordered 3 trade size paperbacks. I paid $9.17 + 2 credits. The shipping was $4.46, total $ 13.61. Great deal! Thanks PBS!

The shipping if I ordered only 1 would have been $3.45, so for another $0.99 they shipped the other two. That works out to about $1.49 per book for the shipping.

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 5:30 PM ET
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Ok then they are stacking the shipping because the info on the market says they are using media mail to send them.

Subject: This is a great idea
Date Posted: 2/2/2010 5:31 PM ET
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I hope the movie and music industry will be equally generous and help expand this feature to Swapadvd & swapacd as well.

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 5:43 PM ET
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I ordered and they are stacking the shipping.  This is such a great idea - I hope it will assist in getting some stalled WL books moving, too.

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 5:56 PM ET
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Does anyone know - can you pay with PBS money, and if your shelf is on hold, do just your auto-request books show up on there?  I have one WL book on there, and it's on AR.

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 5:57 PM ET
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I ordered 3 trade size paperbacks. I paid $9.17 + 2 credits. The shipping was $4.46, total $ 13.61. Great deal! Thanks PBS!

The shipping if I ordered only 1 would have been $3.45, so for another $0.99 they shipped the other two. That works out to about $1.49 per book for the shipping.

I see that they also charge a .50 transaction fee.  Is that per book or per order?

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 5:59 PM ET
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Is that per book or per order?

Per order, AFAIK.

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 6:03 PM ET
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It's per order.  They're pretty explicit about it when you go through the checkout process.

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 6:14 PM ET
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For people looking for more information on The Market, if you look way up in the right corner of you screen next to Logout you'll find a Whats New! link. There is a section added to that on The PBS Market.

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 6:29 PM ET
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I contacted them & asked - didn't see my questions addressed anywhere on there.  I can update with the response if anyone else wants to know those things as well...

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Date Posted: 2/2/2010 6:50 PM ET
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As far as I know, PBS money can still only be used to purchase PBS Postage services.  There is talk about being able to use it for other services and goods in the Kiosk, but I don't think they've implemented any changes yet.

So, I think the answer to above question is No, you can't use PBS money in the PBS Market.

ETA:  I think any active WishListed book, on AutoRequest or not, would show up in the Market if available.  (Excepting WL books on hold; I don't think they would show up.)



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Date Posted: 2/2/2010 6:57 PM ET
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It's per order.  They're pretty explicit about it when you go through the checkout process.

Well, that's very reasonable.  I just pretended to order one book so I could see what the postage would be.  I am happy to know that they combine postage unlike Amazon who charges a whopping 3.99 per book.  I wonder how they sell any paperback books these days, especially when they now have competition from the Book Depository whose prices are lower and who ships for free.  I got a new book from the Book Depository 5 days after I received the e-mail that it had been released and was on it's way.  That's pretty quick to make it across the pond.

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 6:59 PM ET
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and if your shelf is on hold, do just your auto-request books show up on there

Any of your Wish List books, regardless of Holds will show up there. I have one book on my WL that I placed on Hold because I ordered it from the Market in the testing phase and it shows in the list (it also shows that I have it on Hold).

I also tested the Vacation Hold. I put one on auto-request, one is on Hold, and I took the auto-request off of the other. All 3 books showed in the listing and I could see the status (Hold, Auto, Not) on all 3.

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 7:03 PM ET
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I am happy to know that they combine postage unlike Amazon who charges a whopping 3.99 per book

Really? I just purchased two books on Amazon and paid a little less than $5.00 for shipping. Shipping was definitely combined. Are you talking about books Amazon has in their warehouse or books from Amazon sellers?

But on topic, I'm excited about this new feature. I wish it saved the items in my cart though. I wasn't ready to purchase yet, and when I came back to my computer and opened PBS again my cart was empty. Other than that, I think it's a good feature, and I already saw quite a few books that were on my WL at one time, but were removed because I didn't think I'd ever get them.



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Date Posted: 2/2/2010 7:19 PM ET
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The Amazon Marketplace (buying from third-party sellers) charges $3.99 per book. From Amazon itself, shipping is combined (there's a per order fee, and then an added amount for each additional book or other item). Then, they have the 4-for-3 deal on most mass market paperbacks and many other books (buy four and one of them is free), and free shipping if you spend $25 or more. So, I have no problem at all seeing how they sell books or other things in such large amounts. The fact they're a well-known and highly trusted site that has a huge selection doesn't hurt either. They aren't like the discount sites, where they may or may not have a book you're looking for, because they have pretty much anything in print (and quite a bit not in print).

So, I think you're confused Kate. Sorry.



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Date Posted: 2/2/2010 7:21 PM ET
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In any case, what I actually popped in to say was that I have 3 books from my WL that are in the Market. They aren't titles I'm dying for though. So, now I have a decision to make. I LOVE the new feature though. It could be a HUGE help to making the WL move on some books.

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 7:37 PM ET
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