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Subject: Question about your personal shipping cost for PBS!
Date Posted: 2/26/2009 8:21 PM ET
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I am thinking about making a deal in the book bazaar thread. My thoughts are to do big book deals for 5 credits or more. I don't care how many books I give away, I just want the shipping costs to be worth it. Like if I am going to give a ton of books for 3 credits than I don't want to pay more the 4 dollars or so for shipping.  So I need help wrapping my head around it before making the deal.


So I want to know about your bigger orders: How many books did you send and how much was it to send those through the mail. (Do you get what I am trying to say?)


ex. my biggest was 10 books for like $3.98

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 8:26 PM ET
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Priority mail flat rate boxes are 9.95 and 12.95 now. I will do deals once in a while where I offer to fill the box for the cost of shipping, so either 3 credits for the smaller box or 4 credits for the larger one. Or you can do the same thing where you ship in a regular box for the media rate price. The ratio should be about 1 credit for every 3-4 dollars shipping. I think the biggest deal I ever did was 20 books which cost me about $12 media rate shipping so I asked for 4 credits to cover it. But it will also depend on how many books - obviously you will get less hardcovers in the same box as a similar weight of mass market paperbacks.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 8:36 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 6/5/11 1:11 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/26/2009 9:09 PM ET
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I had a deal for 20 books for 13 credits...but one of the books was a freebie so it was 19 credit books for 13 credits and the postage was astonishingly inexpensive.  It's too bad I'm not putting enough books on my shelf to do that again!  Of course finding the right box for those 20 books was a bit hard - but I found one and it went media mail.


Date Posted: 2/26/2009 9:27 PM ET
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Go to the post office website and look up the postage rates.  Media Mail is a flat rate.  I think I sent a 3lb book once and it was only about $3.50 to mail media.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 10:18 PM ET
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When I ran deals, I'd either do an increasing books per credit as credits went up (for example, 3:2, 6:3, 10:4, etc.), or I'd pack up all the books in one genre in a box, weigh it, then set the credits based on media shipping for the box.

That said, while all of that used to work well to arrange getting a break on shipping, it hasn't worked in about six-eight months.  I'll get a lukewarm response at best. 

I quit bothering with the BB a while ago.   Just couldn't get anyone interested in a deal that gave me a break on shipping as well as them a break on credits.   Did the math, decided I was better off donating my books for a tax write-off and buying credits from the BB!

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 10:40 PM ET
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Right now (until the prices increase in May) you can mail up to 4 pounds of books using Media Mail for $3.28... that's still less than the cost of buying one credit from the kiosk here. 9 to just under 10 pounds will cost you $5.38.  Depending on how the books are bound and the size, $5 and some change can be used to mail a lot of books!

As Kayote said, though, the BB has been crazy lately.  Good luck... I hope you get many takers if you decide to do it!

Just wanted to add, that I really think the BB would be much less of a circus if it was divided into those looking for deals and those offering deals or those wanting to bring attention to their shelves. 

It's just so darn busy in there now. 

Last Edited on: 2/26/09 10:44 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/27/2009 8:47 AM ET
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Well, it wasn't a credit thing, but I just sent my dad a big cardboard box with 1 HC and 8 MMPs all for $3.98 media mail rate. Gotta love it!

Date Posted: 2/27/2009 12:48 PM ET
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I poked my head in the BB today.   Looks like one can consistently get credits $2.70ish, less if you hold out & are fast on the PMs.  Of course, people want them for $2.50.

When it costs $2.23 minimum to ship a book media mail, on top of that gas, time, packing supplies.....I'm certainly not paying any extra for shipping per credit!