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Subject: Is there a place to ask for donations of books ?
Date Posted: 11/22/2013 11:59 AM ET
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(Reason I was asking was removed, per the request of a guide.)

I am just wondering if there is a place on Paperbackswap where you can ask for the donations of books?  I know you can't ask for the donation on credits and to be clear - I am not asking for either.  I am just asking if there is a place to ask . . .

Thanks for any advice/help!



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Date Posted: 11/22/2013 12:28 PM ET
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No there isn't. It is against site rules to ask for free books. You can ask for deals, but not free stuff.

You should also remove the text of this post where you are doing your asking.

Date Posted: 11/22/2013 1:05 PM ET
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But no where does it say I am asking.  In fact, I clearly state I am not asking.  I was just explaining why I was even asking as I couldn't find it in the rules, I knew you couldn't ask for credits, but didnt' know if you could ask for books.    =)

Date Posted: 11/22/2013 2:03 PM ET
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You can look in the Damaged Book Thread for books that people are giving away for free! (Damaged Book Thread **FREE books only!**)


 

Also Melanie I wasn't aware there were rules against asking for damaged books for donations?  If they are not postable books where is the harm in her asking?  I didn't know there was a rule against asking for doantions either where is it located?  Just curious becuase I've seen people post that they were looking for books to send to troops, and for people who were sick!  None of those posts got anyone who told them they were not allowed to ask.

Date Posted: 11/22/2013 2:31 PM ET
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I think it would be awesome if we were able to have a thread to ask for donations for good causes!

Date Posted: 11/22/2013 3:08 PM ET
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Bizzy, the site does not allow solicitation of any kind, not even for a good cause. If a post got through here that people were asking for free books, then we (Book Bazaar Czars) did not see it. Asking for free books (or credits) is not allowed. Asking for good deals is OK. The problem is that the site doesn't have time to police what is really a good cause and what is a scam on the members. So, it is just a blanket no solicitation policy. No asking for things for free in the Bazaar. The ROAK Forum allows for some asking of help, but no books are allowed there either.

Many of the causes we have to tell to not ask are great causes, but to let one, you have to let all and then you have people who take advantage of that and of the generous PBS membership. Trust me, we've also caught some of those too.



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Date Posted: 11/22/2013 5:16 PM ET
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Thanks Melanie I'll know from now on : )  I'd rather be forwarned than do something and get in trouble.

Grace I have you tried to see what kind of deals people would be willing to offer?  I know I've seen kids and teen books go for as good a deal as 10 books for 1 credit.  Also if you are wanting books not in great condition or unpostable you would probably get a better deal.

Also Grace maybe you should make your librarian aware of the School Donation Program the site already does.  You'd have to talk to the school first but its not just for the school library or the class rooms its for the school to get books that they can send with the kids too.  Check it out!  I know I and a lot of other memembers already donate to this every time they open a new school!



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Date Posted: 11/22/2013 7:19 PM ET
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Also if you have Craigslist or Freecycle in your area I would think you might get some donations there because there would be no postage cost involved.

Subject: Good deal
Date Posted: 11/23/2013 6:02 PM ET
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I know that Pamela P. is having a great deal on her shelf, I snagged 12 books for 2 credits and they came in great condition. Heres the link to her post- Entire shelf 6/1

Good luck! :)

Courtney

Date Posted: 11/25/2013 8:15 AM ET
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Great ideas!  Thank you guys so much!

The school donation programs that this site offers don't apply to High Schools.  I've looked into it before.   :/

Date Posted: 12/6/2013 1:06 PM ET
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Thank you Kathy K for your donation of books to the HS!  It was greatly appreciated! 

 

( I am only putting it here, because I can't find her to thank her on the search!  I am sorry, I just want to make sure I think her! )

Date Posted: 12/6/2013 1:34 PM ET
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Grace - have you looked into firstbooks.org  You have to be an educator to register.  If your school qualifies (mine did because we are at 71% free/reduced lunch) you can apply for book grants and even free (pay for shipping) books.

I signed up and was able to get in on a book distribution. You have to order books by the case (number per books vary), agree to pay shipping (65 cents per book but it can vary from 35-65 AND they sometimes if you are lucky and there is a distribution near you - you can just pick up the books) and that these books will go in the hands of students in need.  I put in for LOTS of books, but I was only sent 155 books.  I didn't get every title I wanted and I had no way of knowing what I was getting until the boxes started to show up.  You can pay with a purchase order.  I'm sure I could have talked my principal into footing the bill but since I wanted to distribute these books to my own students, I payed.  I now have 5 HUGE boxes of various Rick Riordan books (Heroes of Olympus and Kane Chonicles - higly wish listed books) sitting on my back shelf waiting to be given out to students.

Your school may not be financially ready for the program, but it is a great resource to know about

Date Posted: 12/9/2013 7:55 AM ET
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I will check it out right now!  Our Media Specialist is also a teacher, so she will be will to do this I am sure!  Thanks so much for the suggestion!