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Subject: PBS in the Wall Street Journal
Date Posted: 8/7/2008 5:58 PM ET
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Did anyone else see this??

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121805999670918387.html?mod=hpp_us_inside_today

Neat!!

 

 

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 6:01 PM ET
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Cool.

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 6:04 PM ET
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thats neat

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 6:23 PM ET
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Looks like we got a good review, too...I'd even say PBS did better in the comparison.  Huzzah!!!

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 6:41 PM ET
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Congratulations PBS. We knew that this was a great site.

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 8:09 PM ET
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Nice and pretty darned accurate description of PBS. Good to see! Thanks for sharing!

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 9:39 PM ET
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Good grief...

"At Bookins.com, books are assigned point values calculated by factors including popularity, age, awards won, and how old the book is. You get 15 free points when you sign up. Users also pay to receive books rather than send them. The shipping cost, however, for one paperback was $4.49, nearly twice what we paid for Paperbackswap.com shipping. Yet the Bookins title we requested ("Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides) arrived only a week later. (Since it was a popular title, we had to pay eight points for the book.) Mitchell Silverman, the site's founder, said that the higher shipping price includes bar-code tracking: The site automatically tracks the packages and reports when they arrive."

Sort of makes me want to kiss the ground here:P  That "bar code tracking" costs 2 bucks, does it?  Holy cow!  I should say, I looked at Bookins when I was looking for a book swapping site, and dismissed it out of hand.  PBS was the best out there at the time, and apparently it still is.  Good to know I got something right the first time:P

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 11:06 PM ET
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So glad I joined this site!

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 11:37 PM ET
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I had poked around at some other sites after I joined this one. So happy to realized that I had picked the best of the bunch right off the bat. :D

 

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 4:29 AM ET
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Wow I never even looked at other swapping sites, I was so happy to find this one.  I cant imagine liking another place better, Id probably hate it.  lol

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 5:16 AM ET
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I saw that they said this about swaptree.com " The book's pages had links to Amazon, so we could easily buy if the title wasn't available via swapping. " they shouldve also mentioned that PBS had this option as well.

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 8:39 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/8/2008 8:49 AM ET
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I'm going to guess the writer was member finch: http://finch.paperbackswap.com/profile/ - who posted all her books on May 3 and all her wishlist books the next day.

Thanks, finch!

Subject: Newbie from WSJ article.
Date Posted: 8/8/2008 7:23 PM ET
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I saw the article and signed up on PBS within an hour.  Sent my first book today.  Can tell I will be addicted. Looking forward to cleaning out my bookshelves and getting some new stuff. 

Amy I., Rock Island, IL

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 7:27 PM ET
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Sweet! Welcome Amy.

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 7:45 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/8/2008 10:36 PM ET
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PBS is definitely the most convenient.

Swaptree frustrated me as well. It was like trying to trade with homeless people. Here's a juicy hamburger...thanks for the pocket lint.

I joined bookins today because I figure the $2 tracking fee would be worth it if I could find newer releases that would take forever to pop up on most swap sites. I saw a handful of books available that have hundreds of wishers on here...but just a few (that's not enough to overtake PBS as the best book swap site on the internet)

PBS RULES!!!!!

 

 

 

Date Posted: 8/9/2008 1:54 AM ET
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I guess it's not a bad idea to have memberships at more than one site.  No sense in keeping all of your eggs in one basket and all that...  What puts me off the most though are the wonky points systems in some of the other sites.  I like one for one trading.  I could even see hardcovers being two credits, and it wouldn't faze me in the least if they were.  I'd glady pay it.  They do cost more to buy and to ship, so it would seem justifiable to me.  What I don't see is saying one book is worth 8 or 10 or 15 credits, and then most everything I send out nets me maybe 2-3 credits.  And if I'm not mistaken, Bookins system is either like that, or not appreciably different.  My books are worth just as much to me as most of the ones I'm requesting, so spending more credits for something rare or in demand is just a little too much like getting hornswaggled at ebay on a hard to find paperback for my comfort .  And sorry, but if I'm paying about $4.50 a book for shipping, I might as well buy the bulk of my used books from Amazon for a penny and spend $3.99 or whatever it is now to have them shipped.  At least I have some quality assurance there, and it's a competitive enough market that sellers try hard to satisfy their customers:P  About the only advantage a swapping site like that would have for me would be in getting out of print wishlisted books I can't find at the UBS and can't afford to buy online because of some of the ridiculous prices Amazon & ebay book resellers want to put on them.

Date Posted: 8/9/2008 7:43 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/9/2008 8:57 AM ET
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I'm good with the one site membership. My TBR pile is so scary as it is.

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 2:06 PM ET
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"And sorry, but if I'm paying about $4.50 a book for shipping, I might as well buy the bulk of my used books from Amazon for a penny and spend $3.99 or whatever it is now to have them shipped."

I partially agree, Kim. You are right that Bookins would be a total watse on certain reads (like Evanovich, Patterson, & other beach reads that can be found in mass quantities on all trading sites that don't charge service fees). I only use Bookins for newer releases where I'm at 200 or more on a slow moving wish list (Their point system, although warped, provides incentive to post newer books)

This week, I received 2 recent releases from Bookins that would've taken a year or 2 to get on any other swap site (I had been waiting 10 months). They would've normally cost me over $25 each at Barnes & Noble (A little less on Amazon). Keep in mind that the $4.50 shipping price includes postage reimbursement to the site (when sending a book, you print postage without being charged. The extra $2 is for tracking and profit I guess, but I still made out like a bandit...saving over $42 if I was to buy at retail)

All sites (even "free" ones) have to find a way to raise revenue for maintenance expenses. Title trader does it with a premium package offer. PBS charges for extra credits (as does everyone else). These sites need our support...I've purchased credits even wen I didn't need them just to help out the sites. I still save a boat load over retail, and I appreciate their existence.