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Subject: PBS points trading?
Date Posted: 1/18/2008 5:56 PM ET
Member Since: 10/12/2007
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Am I able to trade my bookmooch points for pbs points? Im thinking of leaving there.

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 6:02 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I think only if you find someone who also uses Bookmooch and is willing to trade with you.

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 6:08 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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I've seen people offer trades in the Book Bazzaar for them once in a while. Though I don't think it is exactly in with the rules of what's allowed to be traded for PBS credits, I don't see a difference between that and selling them for money.

edit because I just noticed I read your post wrong, you said you were leaving there not here, good luck.

Last Edited on: 1/18/08 7:17 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/18/2008 6:36 PM ET
Member Since: 7/23/2006
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You can post in Book Bazaar something like "I am looking to make a trade for PBS credits - please pm me if you want to sell/trade yours." and then when you get a pm, let them know you want to trade bookmooch points.


Date Posted: 1/18/2008 7:11 PM ET
Member Since: 10/12/2007
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Thanks Ill try that. I cant sell them for money so Im happy to trade them instead. Ive had enough of that place!

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 7:43 PM ET
Member Since: 12/10/2005
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Ive had enough of that place!

I just lurked for a few minutes over there. It looks more complicated than PBS. May I ask what it is you don't like about BM?

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 1/18/2008 10:43 PM ET
Member Since: 2/8/2007
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BookMooch is a fine alternative, but you have to be on the site almost constantly to be able to get any books.  There is no Automatic Hold on any books you have on your WishList, no lines you are waiting in.  Basically, when/if you see a book posted to the system that you want, Mooch it up (request it) as fast as you can or someone else will get it.

There is a notification system, but it is basically useless.  EVERY SINGLE notification I ever received, by the time I responded to it, the book was already Mooched/gone/removed from the system.

I've only ever gotten books there when I was lucky enough to be online and watching when the books were posted.

The forums there are not very populated, you can wait a LONG time to get a response to any posted message.

Still, I have managed to get a few books there that I've been waiting for a long time here.  I missed a lot more, though, because I wasn't around when they were posted to the system.

Lisa N. (LDN) - ,
Date Posted: 1/19/2008 1:55 AM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2007
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Just curious if you posted to the BM forum that you want to trade your BM points for PBS points.  Seems on the BM forum you'd be more likely to find someone who wanted BM points than you would by posting here on PBS (even in the Bazaar).   Several times I've seen it posted on the BM forum that someone wanted to trade their BM points for PBS points, and twice I've made the trade with people over there.  I've also been a PBS angel for someone who didn't have a PBS account but had found a book on the PBS site that they wanted.

Just a comment on BM vs. PBS.  I actually get more books requested from me over on BM.  I get more books off my WL on PBS.  The PBS system has a bit more "checks and balances," for lack of a better way to say it.   And, Robin is right that you'll miss WL books on BM that do come up if you aren't on the site a LOT.  One thing on BM that I like is that you get the credit point when the book is ordered instead of having to wait until it is received by the other member.  PBS forums are defintely easier to follow, but when I've posted to the BM forum asking for help with something (and I've done that several times), I have almost always had a response within just a short time from someone else on the forum.

My biggest problem with being on both sites is remembering to keep my WL and Bookhelf over here in sync with the lists on BM.  But, personally, I think each site has it's advantages and so it is worth being that "hassle" in order to be on both sites.

And, finally - I'm PBS points poor at the moment which is why I didn't offer to do the trade with you.

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 8:10 AM ET
Member Since: 3/10/2006
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BookMooch is a fine alternative, but you have to be on the site almost constantly to be able to get any books.

BM used to be that way, a true "free for all" but they recently implemented a new system that's part FIFO for the first couple people in line, and then afterwards it's up for grabs.   At first I didn't seem to be getting many books the new way, but now I am. 

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 2:17 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2007
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the only times I get books off of BM is if there are a bunch in the system.  I have several on my WL but no copies available and I haven't seen any messages go through that one is available.  All of the sites have their pros and cons and no one site is better than the other IMHO.  I do like being able to send some of my books internationally.

if anyone does do multiple sites, definitely be someone that logs in regularly to make sure you are removing books from other sites once ordered.  And post them to one site and then check your shelf to see if any are ordered or on hold before posting to another.

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 9:14 PM ET
Member Since: 9/25/2007
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Last Edited on: 1/20/08 12:51 AM ET - Total times edited: 5