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Subject: Pausing Swaps?
Date Posted: 11/7/2010 7:35 AM ET
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I din't think ahead and I didn't think my books would requested so quickly.

I have run into a cash flow problem. Spend about $300 in postage. I need to pause things for awhile. Can I?

Thanks,

Robin

Subject: Found Vacation Hold
Date Posted: 11/7/2010 7:40 AM ET
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Never mind. I found the Vacation Hold. Hate to use it but can't affod to ship 20 books a day. :-)

Does everyone find out how quickly postage adds up the first few weeks?

Hope to be back up in a next month.

Robin

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 7:57 AM ET
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Put all your books on the TBR pile-that'll tell you what's WL and what isn't.  You can tell how many copies of non-WL books are in the system by putting them on your Reminder List.  Then you can look at the TBR pile before you post and control postage costs.

You can also sell credits in the book  bazaar to recoup some postage costs.

And don't feel guilty if you don't post anymore books until you've used up a chunk of credits.  Since the price of credits went down, I no longer buy WL books just to post and I no longer build up a lot of credits just to sell them for postage money.  I post enough books to cover what I use in credits and to keep a WL buffer of 10-15 credits. 

Also, if you haven't already-load up your WL so you can start moving up some lines.  And do some searchign so you can spend some credits.

You can also transfer credits to Swapadvd and SwapaCD.  I hardly ever mail out DVDs-when I get low on credits over there-I post WL books here and then transfer credits to DVD site.  I used it to replace a lot of favorite movies that we had on VHS and get movies for my daughter. 

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 9:08 AM ET
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Thanks Mary.

 

How do I put all books on the TBR pile?

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 10:13 AM ET
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Under "My account", then "lists", the "TBR pile".  You can enter all the ISBNs of your books there.  Then, look at the list, anything with a green or red W next to it is on someone's WL.

When you're ready to post the book, it's just a couple of clicks to get ti from your TBR pile and posted into the system.

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 11:13 AM ET
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Don't feel guilty about putting your account on vacation hold, Robin. We rather you pause your account for a while than you get burned out quickly and leave the site. :)

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 12:17 PM ET
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Wow, you must buy a lot of new books to have that many be wish-listed.  Welcome to PBS.

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 1:32 PM ET
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Robin, you might want to put your wish list on auto request if you are going to use the vacation hold to slow swapping.   Vacation hold puts both the bookshelf and the WL on hold.   Auto request works around that.

In addition, using the individual hold on your bookshelf is not recommended.  It puts your book at the end of the line.  (Wish list hold keeps your place, bookshelf hold removes it.)

Welcome to PBS!

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 2:41 PM ET
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If you have a listing of your books witih their ISBNs on the computer, you might be able to import them to the TBR pile. I entered mine all by ISBN.  But I only had 100 or so when I joined.  You can have it add any you get from PBS when you mark them received. 

If you have tons of books-I would just add a stack here and there as you have time.  It'll give you an idea of what you have left that's WL.  There's also a note feature on there and you can use that to denote where you are storing a book, if it's unpostable, missing a dust jacket, etc..,  Only you can see the note.  I have about 400 books stored under my bed and when I add one to the shoe storage bags I use-I put "bag" on the note feature and I know that it's under the bed. Or I put "unpostable" and I know I can't use that book for a game or post it for a credit.

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 3:11 PM ET
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You may also want to put Box-o-books on hold also, or you may keep getting box trade offers as well.

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 3:51 PM ET
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Your options are mostly covered above Robin, hope one (or more) works for you! 

Although, if you are moving that many books putting your bookshelf on hold probably wouldn't be a major inconvience (even tho it moves your non-wishlisted books back to the end of FIFO).

BTW - not an unusual that new members send a number of their wishlisted books early on (and the cost thereof).



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Date Posted: 11/7/2010 6:24 PM ET
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Unless she uses vacation hold... then her books stay in the FIFO line.

Subject: I don't Like Vacation Hold
Date Posted: 11/7/2010 6:55 PM ET
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I realize don't want Vacation hold because I still want to get books I requested when they become available.

I still have a lot of books posted. Do I have to remove each manually and then repost each manually?

Or is there a way to click them over to Wish List?

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 7:18 PM ET
Member Since: 5/14/2009
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Robin,  I recommend using vacation hold.  You can set your wish list books to accept automatically.  When your account is on vacation hold, the system will accept the book on your behalf.  I was recently on hold for about one month and received 3 wish list books and requested a book too.

You can put the books on your bookshelf on hold, but you will lose your place in the FIFO line.  If you remove the books, then you will lose your place in the FIFO line.  The best solution is to put your account on vacation hold.

Welcome to PBS.  You may want to check out the help center.  The different options are covered in the help docs.

Date Posted: 11/8/2010 9:44 AM ET
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This happens so often.  I wish that they would advise new members when they join that several of their books may be quickly wish listed.  They should put  a little disclaimer on their.  JMHO, cause it can get so pricy with postage and it is discouraging at 1st.   I'm gonna send that in. 

Thats a great idea to put your list on vacation hold!  After a while the requests slow down, and   Mary's ideas are great!!

Welcome and thanks for bringing your books!!

Date Posted: 11/8/2010 2:38 PM ET
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I read all the above posts but may have missed someone saying this: Robin, you can also order books that aren't WL while your account is on vacation hold. And all the other comments.

Date Posted: 11/8/2010 9:09 PM ET
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I still want to get books I requested when they become available.

As explained above, the two aren't exclusive.  You can use vacation hold and still order books, or have any wish list book offered to you that you've place on "auto request."

Or is there a way to click them over to Wish List?

Your own wish list is for books you want to receive, so you would not put books you are posting on your wish list.

But if you have wish list books on your bookshelf because your account is on Vacation Hold, then as soon as you take your account off Vacation Hold, the WL books will be offered to the wisher who is first in line.  You could delete all the wish list books from your bookshelf (leaving those books posted that don't have a wish list, so they won't lose their place in the sending line.)  Then you could take your account off vacation hold, and post a WL book whenever you feel like mailing a book out.  Kind of going out to the credit tree and picking a credit.

If you add books to your Reminder List (there's a button for that for every book listing) then you can see whether a book is a wish list book, and you can post them from there. 

You really must have had a lot of WL books!  Thank you for mailing them -- I know you made a lot of folks happy.  But you deserve a respite for as long as you want it!