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Subject: do people set limit each month on how much they spend postage
Date Posted: 1/1/2009 4:27 PM ET
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i was just curious do you set limit on how much they spend on postage to send book out.

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 6:31 PM ET
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I don't  post a lot of books but if I did I'd have to limit it for sure, esp with a bunch of wishlist books or deals. I usually buy credits so I look at how much it'd cost to mail the book and sometimes I do. One month I mailed out about 6 wishlist books though some were to the same person.

I think everything has to be limited/budgeted!

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 1/1/2009 6:34 PM ET
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 I budget myself for $20 each month, thought the last few months I had my shelf on hold as we just couldn't afford it.  We're in a better position right now, but I'll still only give myself $20 so I don't go crazy, which is very easy to do :)

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 7:55 PM ET
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I THINK I WILL TO

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 7:56 PM ET
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TRUE SUSANNA

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 10:44 PM ET
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I use printable postage and I put my budgeted amount (never more than $35, but it is less sometimes depending on how many WL books I plan to send out) in my account.  When I spend it all, I put my account on hold and WL books that I think will be coming up soon on auto until the next month.

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 8:38 AM ET
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I am starting to put a limit on it starting this month. One month recently I had a lot of wishlist books to post and ran a deal too and spent over $60 that month! Way too much for my budget.  I think I am going to keep it around 20 from now on. When I run out of postage money, my shelf will be put on hold until the next month. I have to be start being more frugal!

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 4:48 PM ET
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I don't.  I try to keep all books I'm posting to my shelf under 1 lb.  I also offer when someone requests a book to send them more at 2:1 to keep the postage down.  Unless I'm doing a special on a genre, I often only have books that will ship first class on my shelf.

I do keep track of how much I'm spending on postage.  I also sell on half.com (mainly big fat books I wouldn't list here anyway), and treat the money from there as postage money for here.   I haven't ended up spending so much I've felt the need to put a limit on it.  If I get tired of books and they aren't moving here I'll try and sell them locally on CL and consider that more postage money as well.

I more try to keep from getting too many credits ahead--while I trust this site will keep the value of my credits, I still don't need more than 30 or so on hand at anytime.  If I'm over that, I don't put more books on my shelf, which slows my orders down.  Having money (via postage) sunk into unused credits isn't a good place to me, so I just let my shelf get bigger or smaller.

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 10:10 PM ET
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i have extra stamp from christmas.  i use those to send some of books out.

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 5:00 PM ET
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I haven't put a limit in the past but I should start doing that now since I'm not employed.  $25 sounds like a reasonable amount to me per month.

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 6:53 PM ET
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Interesting that I see this thread today because I just balanced my checkbook and I spend a fortune in postage each month here. I tend to love to trade books and do a lot of deals so I send a lot out. I can average about $50 a month or sometimes more in postage. When you think about it though, that's the cost of two new hardbacks so it's really a small amount comparitively speaking.

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 8:47 PM ET
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I have not set a limit in the past.  But our goal for 2009 has been to put ourselves on a serious budget - so far so good! 

I probably only ship out 3-7 books a month so it doesn't add up to be too much.  I will keep an eye on it thought as the year goes on and if I see it going too high I may have to put my account on hold.  But books are my one weakness so.......!!

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 11:24 AM ET
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I don't have a limit but then my requests are hit and miss.  definitely WL books and others whenever they come up in FIFO.  so I guess when I watch how many WL books I post then I am budgeting.   of course I am on 2 other sites and those are hit and miss as well

Date Posted: 1/16/2009 7:48 PM ET
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i havent been reading as much but i will be home do to cold weather , recover from brochistis, snow . i am going to read some .

Date Posted: 1/20/2009 12:48 AM ET
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I haven't in the past, but in November, I sold a bunch of credits.  After putting some money in the bank account, I set aside a chunk of money for postage to get me through the end of January.  At that time, I figured that I would have mailed enough books to sell some more credits to get postage for February.  My goal is to make PBS pay for itself long enough to get my bookshelf and TBR pile seriously reduced.  DH is willing to budget $50 a month for postage, only because that basically equates to me shipping out every book that I read in a month.  But every month I pay for my hobby on my own, I can put money towards something else.

Kerry

Date Posted: 1/20/2009 10:08 AM ET
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Kerry, are you actually managing to get enough money per credit to leave you with enough credits & postage money?

At $2.23 + tape + gas, not to even include my time, selling credits for $2.50 just doesn't seem worthwhile or useful to me, and that seems to be the going price at the moment.  If I didn't have so many books to get rid of I'd just go buy them since it seems a better deal!

I'm actually not happy at all that the second-hand market prices have fallen that much below kiosk prices to me.  I still get WL books, but I'm leery of stocking too many credits when they are steadily falling in price!

edited because I am unclear.



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