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Subject: Do you post or keep a few Unpostables?
Date Posted: 9/21/2016 6:42 PM ET
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For those that post a list of Unpostables, does it help get more orders on your regular "postable" books? 

Just being curious here as I've seen mentions on some member's profiles and/or on forum signatures about various unpostables available. Usually, there's the stipulation of an unpostable being free with a posted book from that member's shelf.

Major Edit on title and my post here as I don't seem to be very good at posting a thread.

 

 



Last Edited on: 9/22/16 10:35 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/21/2016 8:14 PM ET
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I don't have Unpostables listed on my profile so no help there.  I would list the free Unpostables with order on my profile.  I would state they will get the reason why it's Unpostable when they order.  That way you don't have to list the details for the huge box of books at one time.  When they order, pull the book and check it for problems.  

Date Posted: 9/21/2016 9:40 PM ET
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Thanks for your response Valerie.  If I were to keep any unpostables for a swap deal of sorts, the reason for writing down the flaws on a sticky note would be so that I wouldn't have to spend the time to go through the book a second time for them.

I'm basically just wanting to know what others experiences are that offer a few unpostables for free with a regular book.

Date Posted: 9/22/2016 8:17 AM ET
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I used to maintain a list of unpostables that I would send for free with an order. Very few people took me up on it. I think the reason was that unless people looked at my bookshelf to request more books they would not see the banner advertising free unpostables. The truth, in my experience, is that very few members look further to see if the member has other books they might like. After a while I was tired of storing those unpostables and donated them all.



Last Edited on: 9/22/16 8:18 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/22/2016 10:31 AM ET
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Thanks Sally.  I must admit that I probably had seen your banner while reading posts here in the discussion forums.  But, I know I've seen ohters, too.

Date Posted: 9/22/2016 10:48 AM ET
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I keep a list, and every so often I do get a request to include an unpostable. I throw away the worst books, though. I generally find that Wish List unpostables do better than stuff that has lots of copies in the system.

Date Posted: 9/22/2016 10:57 AM ET
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I used to maintain a list of unpostables that I would send for free with an order. Very few people took me up on it. I think the reason was that unless people looked at my bookshelf to request more books they would not see the banner advertising free unpostables. After a while I was tired of storing those unpostables and donated them all.

This was exactly my experience as well. If an unpostable is WL I'll post it in the thread in the Bazaar, otherwise it gets donated.

Date Posted: 9/22/2016 11:15 AM ET
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I don't need to offer a popular but unpostable book to get regular orders. I either give them away to a local thrift shop or offer them in the Raok thread.  There is a lady there who repairs books then donates them.

Date Posted: 9/23/2016 4:58 PM ET
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Thanks Sara, Sheryl, and Jeanne.  Not sure that I'd do anything different, but next time I have an unpostable WL book, I might consider mentioning it in my profile and as part of the forum signature banner.

Date Posted: 9/23/2016 6:26 PM ET
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The only unpostables I ever advertised were ARC. I listed them in my signature line and offered one free ARC with any order. Few requesters took me up on it, probably because they couldn't post them on. So now I pass along unpostables and ARCs to local readers and ask them to pass them on to other readers when they've finished with them. Saves postage and local readers always appreciate free books, even ARCs.

Date Posted: 9/23/2016 10:35 PM ET
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Good to know Marya, thanks.

Date Posted: 10/22/2016 9:37 PM ET
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I dont know if it helps you get more orders ,but whenever i offer a deal ( and have unpostables) they can pick a unpostable ( list is on my profile) One with each credit order.

Date Posted: 10/23/2016 12:33 AM ET
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It helped me get a lot more orders when I first joined and had a lot of kids books both posted and unpostable. I don't get a lot of requests for them here anymore, but I still do occasionally. I always PM people with the offer of a deal whenever I get an order. I offer deals on books posted to my bookshelf and even better deals when they include unpostables. My goal when I joined was to get rid of my books.

Date Posted: 10/23/2016 2:46 AM ET
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I had a better experience offering my unpostables in the Book Bazaar than on my profile. Sometimes I'd offer them as free with a book. Sometimes I'd post them in the Freebies thread in the Bazaar.