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Subject: question about boxed sets
Date Posted: 2/14/2008 1:05 AM ET
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I just posted a boxed set of paperback copies of the Chronicles of Narnia that I got at a booksale for $1.  It was requested & I sent it on its way, but I thought that since it was technically 7 books I'd get at least more than 1 credit for it.  Like on dvd swap you get a credit for each disc you order, so if you order a box set you pay 1 credit for each disc in the box.  But apparently you only get 1 credit for boxed sets here?  That seems pretty unfair, if I'd known that I'd have posted each book separately.  What's the deal?

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 2:12 AM ET
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Well, unfortunately, it is stated in the Help Center, that you will only get one credit if you list a boxed set. Had you listed them individually you would have gotten all your credits. Sorry you didn't know to look this up.

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 10:56 AM ET
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thanks for the info.  It never even occured to me that 7 books would only get me 1 credit since they're a box set.  Next time I'll just list them individually.

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 2/15/2008 11:13 AM ET
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If it hasn't been claimed yet, remove the set from your shelf and post them separately.  I would also post in Book Bazaar that you have the set, first 7 credits gets it, and then you can send them all to the same requestor as a set.

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 12:24 PM ET
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I wonder if this is going to change.

On DVDswap it's 1 per disc.  And the recent message from SaCD is they are going to change it there so it's 1 per disc as well. 

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 12:32 PM ET
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As long as each book in the boxed set has an ISBN, the poster can choose whether to list it as a boxed set or as individual books.  I know I had a small boxed set of children's books that I felt was worth one credit (very thin books) so I listed it as a set.  But in general, I would list them individually.

One thing you can do is post the first book, and when it is requested, PM the requestor and ask her if she wants the set.  You can give her the ISBN's, she can wishlist them, and you can post them directly to her wishlist and send them all out together.  Or if they are books that are posted in the system, you can then post them to your shelf and ask her to order them directly off your shelf. 

Or you can advertise the boxed set in the book bazaar, and then make the same arrangements to get them all to the same person.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 2/15/2008 5:16 PM ET
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I don't think it can be changed here. If you look at the various listings that are in the database for boxed sets you can see that there's no standard way to identify them. The book type is shown as paperback or hardcover, not "box". Sometimes the information that it's a boxed set is included in the title, sometimes it's in the description. Sometimes it says how many books, sometimes it says "books 4 to 7", etc.

Presumably the underlying databases at SwapaCD and SwapaDVD have more complete information than is available in the book database.

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 9:26 PM ET
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Does the boxed set have one ISBN# on the box--separately from the #'s on the individual books?  And that is the # that you listed?  If so, people are olrdering the item identified by that # rather than by the individual books.    If that's the case, I think you are stuck unless you can cancel the order before it's completed.  There is a remote chance that the orderer might buddy you some extra credits if you ask politely----perhaps subtly make them feel a bit guilty??