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Subject: PBS new membership fee starting February 15th.
Date Posted: 2/1/2015 5:40 PM ET
Member Since: 3/21/2009
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Hi,

I just found out PBS is going to have a membership fee. There's a flurry of activity on CMT about it. 

My friendship is on auto-request. Feel free to add me.

Dear Members,

Happy February! 

We are proud that we have been able to provide PaperBackSwap to you for free for the past 10 years. However, we have stated from the beginning that there may come a time when we would need to charge a nominal fee in order to support the club's growth and to offer new services.

In order to maintain the service levels that you have come to expect, PaperBackSwap needs to begin charging membership fees. We encourage you to purchase either a Limited Membership at $12 per year or a Standard Membership at $20 per year ($18 for early subscribers) that will allow you some new features (including a larger Wish List!).  As explained below, we will also have an “A la Carte” option which does not require an annual membership, and even a way to not pay any Swap Fees by using Printed Postage!

2015 will be our eleventh year of providing this club for book lovers all over the country. It’s been a decade of fabulous growth, in which we’ve overseen the exchange of nearly 20 million books; by any calculation, our members have saved millions of dollars.  Through the years, our site has sustained itself with optional services (such as Printed Postage fees and new-book sales).  We’d like to do more with the club - fix things that aren’t working well, enhance others, and introduce new features (such as a mobile app, and continuing to investigate ebook swapping).  We really can’t do that without some “elbow room” from revenue.

Beginning February 15, 2015, as a member in good standing at PaperBackSwap, you can select:

  • Standard Membership at $20 per year ($18 for early subscribers), that includes unlimited swapping, new features, and a 500-item Wish List.  Best Value!
  • Limited Membership at $12 per year, where you'll get the ability to request 30 books without paying swap fees, some new features, and your Wish List limit will stay at 200 items.
  • For those who don’t swap often or who don't want to commit to an annual membership, there is an “A la Carte” option at 49 cents per book request, with a Wish List limit of 100 items.  
  • And finally, Printable Postage users will be glad to learn that each printing with PBS Postage will earn 1 free Swap fee.

We’ve loved providing a totally free club for as long as we could. We’re happy about the solution we’ve come up with - there’s a plan available for you, no matter how often you swap. You can read more about memberships (read a FAQ in the Help Center) and you can pre-purchase membership (which will start on February 15th, 2015) by clicking the button below:

We’re excited about the future of PaperBackSwap, and we hope you are too.

We’re very glad to have you in the club, and hope that you will continue to read, swap and save with us!

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team

I, for one am staying. smiley

I hope you stay.....heart



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Date Posted: 2/1/2015 6:08 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2008
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I'm planning to stay as well. I just need to fit the membership fee into my budget. I hope many of my fellow RAOK friends are staying. Anyone who is staying feel free to send me a friend request too! Elona I'm friending you now :)
Date Posted: 2/1/2015 6:20 PM ET
Member Since: 5/13/2007
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I am staying... :-) Can't imagine not having PBS and RAOK....

My friendship is on auto-request as well.... everyone feel free to add me....

If anyone needs to leave and would like to stay in touch please contact me....

Otherwise I hope many people can stay..... we have a wonderful Forum here with really wonderful people... I would hate to lose anyone...

Date Posted: 2/1/2015 7:20 PM ET
Member Since: 1/11/2007
Posts: 1,534
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I won't be staying.  I have enjoyed fulfilling other people's wishes, and people have been generous in sending me things on my list of wishes.  But, my extra money is very limited. Instead of paying the PBS membership fee, I would rather use that money to provide meals at our local homeless shelter.  

Date Posted: 2/1/2015 8:13 PM ET
Member Since: 1/30/2015
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I'm not sure if I'm going to stay myself, sorry

Date Posted: 2/1/2015 8:51 PM ET
Member Since: 9/25/2008
Posts: 3,667
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I'm staying as I love swapping books and the forums!

Date Posted: 2/1/2015 9:18 PM ET
Member Since: 1/24/2013
Posts: 1,301
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I'm leaving. I just posted in CMT. I didn't think to come here first, silly me. I will very much miss this RAOK message board. I have no interest in CMT or many of the others. Right now my WL is hard to find children's books and I only have 1 book posted. I will be selling my 13 credits and leaving. I send a hug to all of you and definitely pray we will keep in touch. I will close my account after selling my credits and will post here before I do. please PM me if you would like to keep in touch, Some of you, who I have been blessed to have gotten to know more closely, I e-mail already anyway. :) Sending each of you a hug, sincere thanks for your friendships (which we will continue) and sharing extra kindness in this world through this forum. God Bless!

Date Posted: 2/1/2015 9:18 PM ET
Member Since: 3/12/2007
Posts: 2,247
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i'm staying.

Date Posted: 2/1/2015 10:01 PM ET
Member Since: 8/3/2014
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I hope to be staying :-)
Date Posted: 2/1/2015 10:01 PM ET
Member Since: 8/3/2014
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I hope to be staying :-)
Date Posted: 2/1/2015 10:47 PM ET
Member Since: 6/29/2009
Posts: 331
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I'm going to try to scratch up the $ for a membership too. I live extremely rural, the nearest book store is over 70 miles away. It is just a lot easier for me to request books here than to have to drive that far. Plus, I've been meeting some really cool people on the forums lately. 

Date Posted: 2/1/2015 11:07 PM ET
Member Since: 8/3/2014
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I know what you mean I don't even have a car! The sites too fun to leave.

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Date Posted: 2/1/2015 11:24 PM ET
Member Since: 9/26/2005
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I'm staying, too. Would love more friend requests!

Date Posted: 2/2/2015 12:24 PM ET
Member Since: 4/17/2008
Posts: 1,403
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I'm staying, too.  I really love the great feeling here in the RAOK heart

Date Posted: 2/2/2015 2:38 PM ET
Member Since: 8/3/2014
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Me too!
Date Posted: 2/2/2015 6:29 PM ET
Member Since: 7/30/2013
Posts: 1,192
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I am deff staying!!! I want the 500 wish list not only that but I love the great group of ladies Ive met on here and the RAOK, Mona you better stay girl!

Date Posted: 2/2/2015 7:18 PM ET
Member Since: 2/2/2009
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I am going to miss you all!  Am compiling a list of addresses from my PM's, so I can still share a few things with you from time to time.  Best wishes for all my RAOK friends here!  

Date Posted: 2/2/2015 7:19 PM ET
Member Since: 1/24/2013
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Lol Kimmy! I was going to post and am now to say thank you to you and everyone else who has asked me to stay. This forum does mean a lot to me, because all of you do. I love that there are a core group of us who always post. Sending all of you a hug and hope your Monday was most blessed. I may stay just not swap any longer. I did contact PBS and ask a couple questions about that and will see what they say. Take Care everyone! ETA: I did hear back from PBS. They said in order to access any of the forums, including RAOK you need a membership. I did write back one more time to be super clear that I will no longer be swapping and just want RAOK access and will see how they reply. I did appreciate that someone got back to me, Candy, I love your candy icon, very cute.



Last Edited on: 2/2/15 9:19 PM ET - Total times edited: 4
Date Posted: 2/2/2015 9:17 PM ET
Member Since: 12/17/2013
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Hi,

I mostly lurk, but have sent and requested things here in RAOK, and have sent and received some great swap books as well.  But I just realized - I have no PBS friends!  crying

I will send friend requests to those listed above who have asked, and please feel free to send me a friend request.

Thanks,

Janet (candy14)

 

Oh, and I am staying too!  smiley

Flobee -
Date Posted: 2/3/2015 8:31 AM ET
Member Since: 9/28/2006
Posts: 2,802
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I am staying too, if my house sells we will be more rural than we are now and I don't even know where the nearest ubs is! Glad to see some familiar faces are staying!!

Date Posted: 2/3/2015 6:05 PM ET
Member Since: 9/25/2008
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In the book bazaar, there is a forum for those transferring credits to members who will then purchase a membership for the other. I thought this might help some who'd like to stay but were short on funds stay. http://www.paperbackswap.com/Want-Buy-Gift-Membership-Return/topic/300293/

Date Posted: 2/4/2015 5:02 AM ET
Member Since: 1/6/2008
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Date Posted: 2/4/2015 8:59 AM ET
Member Since: 11/27/2006
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PBS has been alot of fun over the years and I did get some wonderful books. But I believe that I will be leaving too- especially if you need to be a member to participate in their forums.  I am ordering less and less books here and when I get credits I cannot find books I am truly looking for when I do get the credits. ( and my wishlist requests rarely produce books I want ) Postage costs have escalated too so heavier books cost alot to trade to get credits. When MANY persons leave PBS inventory stock will go down and it will be harder and harder to find good books. I am a member on BookMooch and I believe their members will increase now and more books will be available there. I have enjoyed trading with many persons here and have been encouraged with the friendship and hospitality. I am glad I don't have any credits currently to worry about but- wish I had a few more to spend before I departed!!! Would love to swap personally with those interested in trading Crafts supplies and/or Christian items or books and Vintage items.  Maybe those who are departing and want to Swap should begin a FREE Facebook RAOK page. No fees!

Blessing to all, Jody M

PS.  I am truly STUNNED that they only gave a 2 week notice on such a BIG change- some people are busy and don't check the site often ( or are on vacation )- so I can imagine the confusion and panic that may cause some if they get the news later- at minimum a month's notice would have been helpful and supportive.

PS. Does anyone know of other large and trustworthy book swaps sites on the internet without fees??  PM me- thanks!



Last Edited on: 2/4/15 9:03 AM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 2/4/2015 12:14 PM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2008
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I am still undecided about joining. I am pretty sure I will, just hate having to pay for what has been free up til now. Probably going to just go with the standard at $12. I hate to see everyone leaving though. Love making friends on here and many of the ones leaving are ones I know from this forum here. 

Date Posted: 2/5/2015 7:55 AM ET
Member Since: 1/30/2015
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I hope to stay, but I'm not sure yet if I can. 

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