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Subject: Question about offering to buy video games with credits
Date Posted: 11/21/2009 10:18 AM ET
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Just had a quick question.  I was wondering if there were any rules about my posting in the book bazaar in search of game boy advance games that I would be willing to pay 2 credits for.  I know members are allowed to offer videos, items, and etc. if you order a book off them but can I post that I'm willing to just pay credits for just games?  Or would I need to say "I'm willing to order 2 books  off your shelf if you have this game boy advance game" (is this even allowed?).  Just don't want to break any rules.  Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Jeannette

Date Posted: 11/21/2009 10:41 AM ET
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From the Book Bazaar rules thread:

(3) No selling books for anything but credits, and no offering anything but books for credits. Freebies/incentives can be "non-swappable" items, but remember that non-Media-Mail eligible items CANNOT be sent using Media Mail postal rate. For example, DVDs and VHS tapes and magazines and pamphlets/booklets without ISBNs are all NOT permitted to be posted at PBS; they can all be offered as freebies/incentives, though. But if the freebie/incentive items contain advertising (ie, magazines or booklets bought at a supermarket checkout stand), or are not Media items (anything but books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes) they can't be sent Media Mail, so the whole package will have to go by another shipping rate. DVDs/VHS tapes/CDs can be sent using Media Mail postal rate.

 

It doesn't specifically mention your situation, but I'd assume that rule would apply.



Last Edited on: 11/21/09 10:43 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/22/2009 6:41 PM ET
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Thanks Janelle - I think that does mean no video games - would be great if they started an Video game swap :0)

Date Posted: 11/22/2009 9:51 PM ET
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I think they do have a video game one. 

Date Posted: 11/22/2009 10:22 PM ET
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I get that we can't use the site to swap books for something other than credits, but I don't understand why there should be anything wrong with trading something another person wants for credits.  If we can trade credits for cash, why would it be wrong to trade credits for something else another person wanted? 

I'm not asking to be contentious.  I'm really just trying to understand what could possibly be wrong with doing that (other than "dems da rules").   The rule is, of course, enough (I guess), but I can't help but wonder what the logical reason is behind the rule?  Is there one?



Last Edited on: 11/22/09 10:37 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 11/22/2009 10:29 PM ET
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Because this isn't a free-for-all site, its a site to swap books. If they let people start bartering games on the site, where does it stop? It would soon be a rummage sale, and a legal nightmare, in the Bazaar and the last thing the site admin wants to do (or has the time to do) is start getting asked to mitigate deals gone bad for things that the site is not meant to be used for.

I know members are allowed to offer videos, items, and etc. - No they are not. NOTHING can be swapped for credits but books or cash. The only way a non-book item can be offered is as a freebie with a book request. Anyone offering or asking for credits for non-book items are violating the site rules and ToU and could jeopardize their membership.

Date Posted: 11/22/2009 10:56 PM ET
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Thanks for the quick response, Melanie.   While I was under the impression that PBS doesn't mediated bad swaps, if there is any thought that that might come into play (or that PBS could somehow be held legally responsible for bad swaps) then it makes complete sense to limit what is acceptable to swap. 

Again, I wasn't asking to be contentious.   Just honestly wondering.

Date Posted: 11/23/2009 7:27 AM ET
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They don't normally mediate bad swaps.  But they get asked to mediate bad swaps all the time.  Even deals made through PMS and the BB.  THey will step in if one member is harassing another or if one member has scammed several members at once.  They might close their account and disburse the credits that are left.  But they would prefer to be left out of the majority of the problem swaps.  And like Melanie says: restriction what can be traded here cuts down on the complaints. 

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Date Posted: 11/23/2009 9:51 AM ET
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I think PBS's rules on this are sensible.  But I too really wish they had a video game swap site. 

I've started to use a different swap site so I can try to unload video games and man do I hate it compared to the PBS/swapacd/swapadvd sites. 

Date Posted: 11/23/2009 11:14 AM ET
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If you'd like to see a videogame swap site, definitely send in Feedback to the PBS team.  If they know people want it, they may find a way to make it happen.