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Subject: Pro and cons of "couple accounts"
Date Posted: 8/31/2008 10:31 AM ET
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I know there are spouses who share and account and those who have separate accounts. So far I have an account here and on occasion when my husband is done with a book, or wants a new one; he remembers that I can possibly post/order it. It has started to happen more regularly and I am starting to have more of his books on my wishlist, reminder list, etc. I like the variety that listing his books brings to my shelf, but I am wondering whether it is time to convince him to get his own wishlist!

How do you as a couple manage your accounts (whether shared or separate)?

Last Edited on: 8/31/08 10:32 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 8/31/2008 10:33 AM ET
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I post my husband's books and order some from here.  It's easier for me since my husband wouldn't want to be bothered with mailing out books.  I don't know how many your husband has, but mine doesn't have too many that he's wishing.  He's too impatient and buys them at Borders. :-)  However, I will have some good ones to post later! 

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 10:45 AM ET
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Keep in mind that if he creates his account from the same IP address he will not get the 2 free credits.


I post my Hub's books on my account. I don't keep track of what was his or anything. No real reason to. If he wants a book (which is distressingly rare) I simply order it.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 10:59 AM ET
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it is easier for me to post and order books for hubby.  I gave him the site address so he knows he can look up books...but it just seems easier for him to tell me what he wants and for me to order it for him.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 11:09 AM ET
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I have kept in mind that the same household does not get more free credits.

One of my problems is I am trying to cleanup/update my reminder list and wishlist--and I keep wondering whether that book I am about to remove from my list was one HE requested I put there.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 11:35 AM ET
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Ah! I suggest you tag his books "For husband" or something.

Subject: Wish List limit
Date Posted: 8/31/2008 1:04 PM ET
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We shared an account for quite a while, until we recently opened another account.  The problem is that both of us collect books and always were maxing out the Wish List limit.  (Supposedly, the new Wish List changes should be in the works, which would resolve this problem, but I haven't seen any progress or discussion on this recently.)  So, we set up separate accounts.  It is easy enough to pass points back and forth.

PBS did initially flag our account, as we have the same mailing address.  But after explaining that it was a husband/wife situation and we were adding an account, it was just fine.

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Date Posted: 8/31/2008 1:16 PM ET
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When we run out of wish list space, DH will have to get his own account. Until then, I don't mind posting and requesting books for him.

If he gets his own account, then I'll have to listen to all the grumbling about requestor conditions, people who don't mail books on time, tape that won't come off the roll, etc. I'm a lot more easy going than he is about these little bumps in the road, so it's better if we swap through my account for now.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 8:23 PM ET
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My husband belongs to a book club and gets most of his books as new hardcovers that he intends to pass around to his dad and brother and then keep long-term.  I do have a few books he wants on my wishlist, but I'm sure he'll end up buying one or two of them before they get posted here. (Believe it or not, I'm not the one who cares how stairs are built!)

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 8:59 PM ET
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I'm a PBSer and my hubby is a UBSer!  Occasionally I'll put books in his bag to swap at the UBS (usually if their condition is borderline for PBS) and occasionally he'll give me books to post to my shelf (usually if I see one that I know would be popular here).  We also look for books for each other at our respective swaps, so occasionally I'll WL or request a book for him.  It's fun to have two different used book sources in the same household!

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 7:44 AM ET
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One of my problems is I am trying to cleanup/update my reminder list and wishlist--and I keep wondering whether that book I am about to remove from my list was one HE requested I put there.

Why not go over the list with him?  You could sit down and do it once a month or so together.

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 7:59 AM ET
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I probably don't count since my 10 yo isn't a legal member, but essentially he shares the account with me though he is always supervised on my computer (his computer isn't internet linked). Anyway, he has many orders. Not too many on the wishlist since his books usually aren't WLed.

The reason I bring this up is that I use the send the book to another address feature for his books. He gets his own mail, and I don't have to remember to click the button so animorphs, kids' history, comics, and his warmongering books don't go on my TBR pile. Maybe that would be useful.

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Date Posted: 9/1/2008 11:07 AM ET
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You could also have a second account that just has his WL and he can order books from.  If he runs out of credits, you buddy him some.  No need for any books listed for swap on his account.

I almost did that because my SO wanted WL books on my account and I'm at the 200 limit.  I put a few on and just don't let him add very many; he hasn't seemed concerned enough to set up a second account.

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 11:32 AM ET
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We have two accounts in our household - one for me and Jeremy and one for my parents. At first I was just ordering books for them when they asked, but then my mom decided she wanted the entire Elm Creek Quilts series which would have taken up massive space on my wish list, so I opened them their own account.

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 2:09 PM ET
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I have gotten a few ideas that sound like they'll work for now, and I bet eventually he'll have an account of his own. (He is actually more of a reader than I am.)

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 11:13 PM ET
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My 3 boys request books more often than hubby even REMEMBERS the name of a book.  LOL!  I do all of the transactions and have only had maybe 3 books on my WL for the kids at once (I believe for a Spain report)..I'm not comfy with any of the men folk to actually use my account..hubby being the worst..lol..he can use the family email account and next thing you know he has changed settings!!!!  Don't ask me why because I still do not know what would make him do that..lol.  The kids DO cruise around searching for books they may like and then just let me go through the rest of the process.