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Subject: Question about Book Bazaar from a newbie
Date Posted: 2/26/2009 8:50 PM ET
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I'm a relative newbie; please forgive me if I missed this somewhere in the help documents.

Am I allowed to request a particular item in the Book Bazaar forum, or is that only for people making offers?  I'm in search of a hardcover book but I don't want a book club edition.   My requestor conditions are very specific about what I want and don't want, and yet I've recently received two BCE copies of this title.  I really don't want to go through another problem transaction!  There are many copies of this title available at PBS; I just want to receive one that's not BCE.  Being able to PM with the sender beforehand would save both me and the sender a lot of grief.  Am I allowed to post a "wanted" ad on Book Bazaar or somewhere else on the site?  I want to trade within the rules.  Thanks for any insights.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 9:12 PM ET
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I don't know for sure but the BB is usually fairly lax in the requirements - it is there for making deals and you want a deal on a certain type of book.  I don't see a problem as long as it's for only 1 credit.  The problem you've been running into is probably that most people either don't know what difference a BCE is from a regular edition or they don't take the time to look. 

Ruth

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 9:24 PM ET
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I think as long as it's not a WL book then it's OK.  It's not ok to ask for WL books because it's preferred that they go through FIFO as much as possible.

Date Posted: 2/27/2009 3:53 AM ET
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You should probably be very explicit in describing exactly what you do and don't want...and how to tell the BCE from the regular hardback.

I think most people genuinely want to send a book that meets someones RCs, since two people apparently made the same mistake in sending the BCE, maybe on this book its particularly difficult to tell the difference?

 

Sava -
Date Posted: 2/27/2009 4:53 AM ET
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This may be a silly question, but how does a book club copy differ from a regular edition? And what makes a non book club book more desirable? I'm new to the book swapping, and am curious. Thanks!

Date Posted: 2/27/2009 8:33 AM ET
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Great question Sava!  I was thinking the same thing!

Date Posted: 2/27/2009 8:55 AM ET
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Book club editions are smaller.  They are not as nice, and the dust jackets usually are not of the same quality.  This wouldn't matter much to most people, say if you're just going to read it and trade it, but if you want to keep the book for your personal library, you probably want the publisher's edition.

I have collected the entire Harry Potter series for my son, and that was a sticky point with me as well...people sending book club editions, which clearly have different ISBNs.  Obviously, there were more people waiting in line for the publisher's edition, so they listed under that ISBN to move the book more quickly.  I had to trade Harry Potter 3 three times before I got the one I wanted! For something like that, where I have them all on the shelf, I like them to all be the same size and quality.. And these are books that he will take with him when he moves, (sniff) and read to his kids. Picky. 

But generally speaking, I'll take a BC,and I actually prefer a trade paperback. For most books, I just read 'em and ship 'em!

Subject: Great Answer Suzanne
Date Posted: 2/27/2009 9:45 AM ET
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I am after the publisher's edition of this particular title for the same reason -- I'm collecting a series and I want them all to be the same size.  I started them in the larger size so I want future copies to be the same.  I guess I got lucky with Harry Potter -- I got the publisher's edition from someone on the first try and it was a beautiful copy.

As for my requestor conditions, I've described pretty clearly what a BCE is and how to tell if the sender has one.  In my particular title, the BCE edition does not have a price tag on the inside of the dust jacket, so I've noted that if it doesn't show a price on the dust jacket I don't want the book.  Even with all of this, I STILL got two BCEs.  I'm thinking I'm going to try Book Bazaar and see if I can work something out directly with someone to avoid future problems.

For regular, run-of-the-mill books, I'm not anywhere near this picky -- I just read 'em and pass 'em on -- but when you're collecting a series, size does matter (insert your own joke here).

Date Posted: 2/27/2009 11:02 AM ET
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Another thing you can try is to search boxer shelves. You don't have to be a boxer to search. But you can see if any boxers have the book then PM them and ask if it's a bookclub edition before you order the book.  Explain what a BCE is and why you don't want one. IF they have the non-BCE version then you can order direct from them for a credit.

Date Posted: 2/27/2009 1:59 PM ET
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The only bad thing is that as with the HP publisher's editions they are WL'd most of the time.  I've got the first three publisher's edition in my TBR and they are usually there with a "W" on them.  So if WL'd books are a no-no to make a deal on in the BB then probably can't ask for them when/if they are.

Ruth

Sava -
Date Posted: 2/27/2009 3:13 PM ET
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It makes sense that one would want matching types if they are for a series "keeper. I learned something new this morning! Thanks, Suzyjal!