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Subject: PBS Marketplace
Date Posted: 2/3/2010 5:08 PM ET
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Has anyone been shopping in the new PBS Marketplace? I got two of the books I ordered in the mail today. I bought two books from my WL; "The German Bride" by Joanna Hershon and "The Disorder of Longing" by Natasha Bauman. I was happy to get the Bauman book because I'd been first in line for a year. I don't know how often I'll use it though because the shipping is pretty high.

If anyone still needs Penman's "Devil's Brood", they had copies the last time I looked.

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 5:10 PM ET
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I haven't shopped, but I've taken a look around.  I am NOT happy by this new development here at PBS.  Is PBS trying to bust up my marriage or what?  Yet another place to tempt me to buy books?  Did you notice that when you log onto this evil place it temptingly displays all the books from your wish list that are available at the super low prices?   Grrrr.  Is there a way to block this thing? 

The above is all in jest (well, kinda').  Seriously it's a great feature, I just need to not go there.



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Date Posted: 2/3/2010 5:27 PM ET
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I looked around. I guess it's not that big of a deal for me. Pretty much the only books I want are on my WL and the PBS Market currently has only 2 of those. (Penman's book mentioned above is one ot them.) I have so many books here, I can be patient and wait for the WL to cough them up. And if I really, really REALLY wanted something, I'll get it, whether it would be via the PBS market, bookcloseouts, book depository, amazon or whatever. Or if I want to just read it, the library.  It's a nice feature but I don't think it will impact my book-acquiring habits that much.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 5:34 PM ET
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I noticed a lot of HF there.  None from my WL, so I'm safe...for now.



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Date Posted: 2/3/2010 5:43 PM ET
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I was tempted at first but I have resolved not to shop there for the time being.  Maybe when I manage to shrink my TBR down some.....

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 11:55 PM ET
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The Bauman was an interesting read. It was fascinating and frustrating. The book itself wasn't frustrating; the attitudes towards women and the plight of the main character was frustrating. It had a few flaws, but I remember it being a decent read. Not one of my faves, but worth the time to read it.

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 6:51 AM ET
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Like Christa, I did not see anything from my WL on there and only 2 from my reminder list (one's that are unavailable through the swap). It looks like a great way for the site to raise some money, however, and keep PBS free  rather than charging dues or whatever.

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 1:03 PM ET
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I was very interested at first, but then disappointed.  NONE of my WL is available and only ONE of my RL.  I guess my interests are all for old books that are out of print, or books that are so recent that they haven't hit overstock/clearance status yet.  Which is not so surprising, if I think about it.  From about 2005-08, I pretty much bought new whatever interested me, either soon after release, or if my interest/priority didn't reach that stage, perhaps when it went to clearance tables. (My priority based on "what do I want to read next"--I didn't build a TBR.) So books available now on overstock sites tend to be books I already own, or that didn't peak my interest before.  That's a great generality, of course.  I'm sure there are some books I missed considering, and some that I may not have been interested in at the time, but I might be interested now.  My interestes have expanded considerably since joining this site and the discussions here. 

But, regardless, I don't see myself using it much. 



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Date Posted: 2/4/2010 2:05 PM ET
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It seem a bit hit or miss.  But if this helps PBS raise revenues  to keep the book swapping free for all to join then I am all for it.  I bought 2 WL books. 



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Date Posted: 2/5/2010 1:29 PM ET
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uh, what PBS marketplace? clearly, i have been asleep at the wheel.....off to search for same now....

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 2:19 PM ET
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http://www.paperbackswap.com/market/all_books.php

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 2:49 PM ET
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You can also find the marketplace in the drop-down menu under the "Kiosk" tab.

After doing some comparisons, I have to amend my first statement about the shipping. It's really not bad. I ordered one more book last night and the shipping was $3.45. I would have been charged $3.99 at Amazon. When you add in the PBS 50cent fee, I paid the same as Amazon and I am happy to buy from there all the time.

I'm sure I'll use it when they have something on my WL. Being able to see that it's available while I'm looking at my wishlist will be too much of a temptation for me!

Oh, the book I got last night was "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and there was about 300 more people in front of me in line. I just have to see what P&P&Zombies is all about. I'm too curious!

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 3:05 PM ET
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Oh, the book I got last night was "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and there was about 300 more people in front of me in line. I just have to see what P&P&Zombies is all about. I'm too curious!

I have a friend who laughed her you-know-what off reading that book. No inconsequential matter, I tell you. >;-)


BTW, where do you all get those little smilie images?

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 3:20 PM ET
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Oh, good! I'm glad to hear it's really funny! It sounds like one of those things that could be either totally hilarious or absolutely horrible. ;-)

Whose smilies are you asking about?

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 8:18 AM ET
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Whose smilies are you asking about?

I've seen smilies posted at the end of sentences. Like real images - winking, devilish, crying. That kind of thing. It appears to be a PBS plugin, but I don't know where to find it. WHaaaaaaaaaaaaa!



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Date Posted: 2/6/2010 8:28 AM ET
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Genie - it's on the top line of the editor when you go to write a post.  Immediately to the right of the icon for creating a bullet list.  Click on the smiley and you'll get a bunch of choices.  :)

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 10:40 AM ET
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Genie - it's on the top line of the editor when you go to write a post.

Oh, well, duh! Never claimed to be observant. (Thank goodness!) ;)

Thanks, Michelle!

Date Posted: 2/11/2010 9:20 AM ET
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Okay...I've been to the Marketplace. Lord above! I bought 12 books...but they were all young adult titles for my library. The books were $22, and the shipping was just over $14! But still, $38 for 12 hardcover books isn't bad, when you think about it!

I love shopping...Wheeeee!:D