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Date Posted: 2/25/2013 12:25 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/25/2013 12:59 PM ET
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Yeah, that's a huge chunk of change.  You  just need to rethink your 'sales'.  I would never offer a deal for less than 2 credits.  I've put my own bookshelf on indefinite hold, and am only getting credits by placing a post in the multiple wishlist thread or multiple books by the same author thread.  That way I can send two wishlisted books for 2 credits, or three books for 2 credits/4 books for 3 credits, or something like that in the multiple books/same author thread.  Sending three books for one credit is certainly not a good way to spend your postage money (costing you over $3 or so for 1 credit), but if you would send multiples out for more than one credit, it is worth it and a good way to accumulate credits.  I just cannot afford to even send one book out for one credit (let alone three books for 1!)  so am only listing multiple books for multiple credits.

Date Posted: 2/25/2013 1:22 PM ET
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While I don't put my bookshelf on hold, I do try to send out multiples.  If someone orders a single book from my shelf, I offer them a deal hoping they'll order more to get some free.  I also have posts in some of the multiples threads and only offer deals for 2 or more credits.  It works out great if you do it that way.

Date Posted: 2/25/2013 2:26 PM ET
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I would definitely  think about the kind of sale you want to run in order to make it more benefitial to you and the requester. I don't run any deals that are single credit deals. People might like them, but there is absolutely no benefit to me to spend more postage money, send more books, and get nothing more out of it. I always calculate at 2-2.50 per credit were I to sell them to recoup the postage. If the deal doesn't get me enough credits to do that, then I don't offer the deal. I am sure you made a lot of receivers happy! Now you just need to tweek your next sale to make yourself happy too :)

Date Posted: 2/26/2013 9:11 AM ET
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I'm at the point where I just donate mostly everything that isn't WL or with just a few copies in the system.  It's not worth the work to do deals unless you really need credits quickly.  I just read and post my WL books when I need credits. 

Date Posted: 2/26/2013 10:49 AM ET
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But HOW MANY books did you send out? Were they paperbacks? How did you package them--boxes or envelopes? I can send 3 or 4 books for 1 credit price.

Date Posted: 2/26/2013 10:59 AM ET
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How many credits did you get for your $100.00?

I was thinking the same thing Cathy. I have mailed out boxes of 10 books (several times) which gave me 3 credits and it cost me right around $5.50 and i agree that you can send out 3 books for a few pennies more than 1 book.

I guess I look at the situation likes this, I appreciate getting deals so offering them on my shelf seems like a fair trade and it is cheaper than buying books brand new.

i am sorry that your sale didn't work out for you. smiley


Date Posted: 2/26/2013 11:01 AM ET
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 I can send 3 or 4 books for 1 credit price.

Since 1 pound ($2.53) costs more than 1 credit can be sold in Bazaar now ($2-2.30), I don't see how. Maybe you could get 2 skinny romance novels or manga under 8 oz (where the system jumps to 1 pound media because its cheaper), but there is no way you are sending 3 or 4 books without paying the 1 pound media rate of $2.53, or more likely the 2 pound rate, and I have seen anyone get close to 2.50 for credits in quite while.

If you compare it to the Kiosk price, then maybe, but the Kiosk price isn't what a member can get to recoup some of the postage costs. Not even close.

Date Posted: 2/27/2013 8:51 AM ET
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My husband got laid off last year and I had to quit trading books. I had many wishlist books that I offer in the multiples (that I couldn't offer)  that are no longer wishlisted so I lost out on credits but saved on postage. lol 

Now he is working again but I am trying to limit myself to no more than $20 a month in postage so I close my shelf for weeks at a time while offering deals up here. Like many have said 3/1 deals are good if you have the $$ and want to get rid of books, however 5/2 or even 7/3 is better.