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Subject: Posting advice needed
Date Posted: 11/28/2007 6:33 PM ET
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I have a hardcover and paperback copy of some titles. I would like to part with one of them and don't  care which one. Should I post both HC and PB editions and just mail the one that is asked for first? Both are in good condition for used books. I don't want to part with both editions.

Date Posted: 11/28/2007 6:41 PM ET
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Interesting question!  If you post both copies, there's a chance they may both be requested before you have time to remove one copy, especially if they are frequently requested books.  You can check to see how many copies of each are in the system (you do this by temporarily putting the book on your reminder list) but that could be misleading--there may be more copies of one format than the other in the system, but if they are not requested equally the one with more copies may move more quickly.  it would help to know if paperbacks or hardcovers are more popular, but I think different people will give different opinions on this.  I'm not being very helpful, am I? LOL  Sorry, anyone have any better advice than I do?

Date Posted: 11/28/2007 6:43 PM ET
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First, I would search the club wishlist and see if either version is on it- that way, you will know the book will be requested, and you can just post whichever version that is.  The second thing I would do is add the books by their ISBN to your reminder list, and see how many copies of each are already in the system.  That might help you decide whether you want to post both versions or not.  If you do post both, there is always the chance they  might both be requested, but remember that you can always decline a request if that happens.  (You don't want to do that too often, though.)  If there are already a lot of both in the system, then you might be ok with posting both of them- just be aware that once they are posted on your shelf, there is no way to know where in the FIFO system they are.

Hope that helps.


Date Posted: 11/28/2007 6:44 PM ET
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Check to see if they are wishlisted.  If they are, you should only post one; otherwise you'll have to cancel a wishlist order.

If they are not wishlisted, you can post both but you need to monitor your shelf closely so that you don't get into a situation where you don't remove the second copy in time after the first is requested.

Probably the best practice is to simply choose one to list and one to keep, and only post one.  If it were me I'd post the paperback because it's less expensive to mail.

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Date Posted: 11/28/2007 6:56 PM ET
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PB will be less expensive to mail.


Date Posted: 11/28/2007 8:02 PM ET
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Everyone gave you good advice.  I definitely wouldn't post both unless I was willing to part with both.  It would be too hard to stay on top of it.  If the books don't seem to be in current demand, keep the format you prefer to read.  (if you have a preference).

Date Posted: 11/28/2007 8:14 PM ET
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Like the others suggested I would post the ones that were WL.  I usually prefer paperbacks but in this case they would be the cheaper ones to mail.  You could post both of each and if both are requested at the same  time (probably not likely) you could decline the 2nd one that came in causing the book to be removed from your shelf.  Don't do this if it's a WL book or the only one in the system though.  If there are more copies in the system it would just pass the denied request onto the next person in the FIFO line.  If only 1 version was requested you could remove the 2nd one from your shelf. 

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 10:02 AM ET
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Whenever I have the choice, I tend to keep my hardbacks.  Also, it'll cost a bit less to mail the paperback.