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Subject: Question about offering a deal on a series
Date Posted: 12/7/2010 8:49 PM ET
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I am going to post a series - I have all 9 books in the series.  I would prefer to ship these all to one person and offer a deal (maybe 9 for 3 credits or something like that).  What is the best way to go about doing this?  Do I put the books on my bookshelf, put them on hold, and then offer a deal on Book Bazaar?   Please walk me through the process for this.  Thanks!!

Date Posted: 12/7/2010 8:55 PM ET
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I don't post until I have someone interested in the deal but I let them know they are postable.  Then I post the number they will be ordering and just send the rest. I try to post ones with several copies in the systim.

Date Posted: 12/7/2010 9:49 PM ET
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If they aren't wishlisted, I would post them and then head over to the Book Bazaar.  If you put them on hold, no one will be able to see them or order them.

Date Posted: 12/7/2010 9:57 PM ET
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If they are wish listed, there's a thread for multiple wish list books in the Book Bazaar discussion forum.  Otherwise, starting a topic either in the Book Bazaar or in the appropriate red sticky in the related genre forum (fantasy, romance, historical fiction, etc) would be good -- be sure to name the series and author in the subject line.  And read the rules for the forum you are using -- usually in a red sticky thread at the top.

It's good to ask people to both PM you and post in the thread.  I'd suggest only doing one thread in one forum at a time, so you don't get two takers.

You'll probably want to offer a credit discount, since you're saving money by shipping the books all together.

Date Posted: 12/8/2010 12:20 AM ET
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This is a question in sort of the same vein.  I am planning on posting several series sets partial and complete in the book bazaar, at a discount.

Do I ask people to request the first in the series off of my bookshelf (thereby having a readymade record of what has or hasn't been requested yet), or is this a little too unorthodox and I should just have people PM.

On the same subject, is it possible to create a separate smaller list of the books on your bookshelf, but that can also be ordered from (so that people won't have to flip through my 900+ books for the ones I'm bazaaring.)

Date Posted: 12/8/2010 12:09 PM ET
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No there's no way to create a seperate list within your bookshelf.  If they're all the same genre then they can sort yourshelf by that genre to reduce the books they have to wade through. Or they can search by the author's name.  (I think you can do that on someone's shelf). 

I just post enough to equal the # of credits I want for the series.  Then put a post in the book bazaar and ask them to PM me and post in the thread. 

Date Posted: 12/8/2010 1:57 PM ET
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You can make a book list.  But books cannot be ordered through it.  Folks often make one when offering WL books for a deal.

Date Posted: 12/8/2010 3:43 PM ET
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I did a deal for the first 14 books in a mystery series for about five credits or so. A couple in there were unpostable, but not the first six.

They weren't WL'd, and was an older series with plenty of books in the system, so I knew the first six wouldn't get chosen immediately.

Then went to the Bazaar, listed the books and which were unpostable and why and offered the whole seriesto the person who 1) claimed them in the thread so others would know they were taken, 2) PM'd me that they wanted the set, and then 3) Ordered the first six off my shelf.

They were taken pretty quickly. No problems.

Date Posted: 12/8/2010 10:02 PM ET
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Thanks for the replies, they help tremendously.

Still formulating my actual pricing (some of the series have HB's and waiting on the scale from the cookie bazaar at church to be done with so I can weigh them).

Date Posted: 12/8/2010 10:25 PM ET
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Do I ask people to request the first in the series off of my bookshelf?

Yes, or to order the number of books to equal the number of credits for the deal.  If they're wish list books, have them add the ISBNs to their WL, and post them directly to your WL.  You want to have a genuine transaction going.  Cindy's method is good.

Regarding a list within a list:

I have an on-going 2 for 1 deal on children's paperbacks.  I have them order the first one off my shelf, then tell them to go down to the tags for that book and click on the "pbp childrens paperback" tag.  That shows them all the books that are available for the 2 for 1 deal.  The tag needs to be something that only you will use, which is why I start with my initials.  Remember to take the tag off when you send the book.

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