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Subject: Question About Genres and Deals
Date Posted: 8/22/2008 10:36 PM ET
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I placed an order in the Book Bazaar earlier. A girl was running a 3 for 1 and a 2 for 1 simultaneously, in different genres. Well, i was a bit confused on what books were which genre, so i did a Filtered search under her shelf in order to figure it out. I ordered 3 of one genre, and 2 of another.

She comes back and tells me she doesn't think that 2 of the deal i asked for the 3 for 1 are the genre i asked for. So i cancelled my order.

Which is fine, really. I mean, i was just trying to stretch my credits, i order deals all the time, and none of the books are ones i was dying for. But i don't think it's fair to perceive that a book is of one genre and decide which it goes in, when a book is listed under the system as one thing.

I won't give too many details, but it's like saying that a mystery book is really a thriller or a horror book, when it's listed as Mystery in the PBS system.

When you list a deal (if you list deals or were going to list one in the BB) would you go by what YOU consider a book to be, or what it's listed as in PBS?

Last Edited on: 8/22/08 10:42 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/22/2008 10:40 PM ET
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I think I would go by what PBS says since it will filter that way.  When I have done a 2 for 1 off my own shelf, I don't do restrictions by genre.  That seems to be asking for trouble.  Just my humble opinion....

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 10:54 PM ET
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It takes all sorts.  I find it odd that someone would jeopardize and order due to a genre discrepancy, but they do have the right to decide such things.  It is especially surprising that a person who is running two specials would be so picky.  I know when I run deals I get ecstatic over an order.

Sometimes people will "misinterpret" my deal and ask for more freebies than I have offered.  For instance, I have a 2/1 deal in the Bazaar and the person will post that they ordered Book A, and would like Book B and Book C as freebies.  I think to myself... hmmmm.... well... I want the credit...so I generally send the extra freebie without a fuss.

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 11:04 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I don't usually do a genre dinstinction when I run a deal.  I don't see the point. Maybe she though the mysteries would go better than other genres she had who knows? I would alos have been happy to have the book order.

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 11:16 PM ET
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It would seem best, in these types of restrictive deals, to list, in the actual post in the BB, exactly which books qualify for the deal.  Then, after one decides, they can go to that person's shelf and order accordingly, without getting bogged down in the rest of the shelf. 

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 12:02 AM ET
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I agree, the only distinction I make is Hardcover or paperback.  Who cares what the subject of the book is?  How will that make any difference in postage or whatever?

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 1:46 PM ET
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I agree, with the exception of children's books. Easy to run a deal thre because they frequesntly don't wiegh much.

Another exception is one I run which is true crime 10 for 3. But if someone chooses a book which isn't actually true crime, I just PM them to let them know (in case they care) but state I am willing to honor the deal, Now if they choose a big hardcover cookbook , science or gardening book. That's different.

But thriller vs spy vs mystery.

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 3:23 PM ET
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Its odd that someone would withdraw a deal when you had a legit reason to think it was included. A lot of people try to go way outside, like romances are on a deal and they ask for kids or scifi or something, but you had good reason to think they were included. It was her deal so I guess she's welcome to run it the way she wishes. I would go by what the system said, or use the tag system to identify what I was including, or list the books that qualify in the offer.