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Subject: Question about posting deals
Date Posted: 5/14/2010 12:15 PM ET
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Are you only able to post about deals on your bookshelves (or specfic author, etc) in teh Bazar forum, or can you post those in the Genre specific forums, too?  I'm trying to clear out a bunch of posted (and non-posted, but postable) romance books, but wanted to check before I got my hand slapped by posting in the wrong area!!

Thanks, all... and TGIF!!!!!!

Date Posted: 5/14/2010 12:18 PM ET
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I know that the Love & Romance forum has a thread specifically for shelf deals.  It's one of the first ones on the forum.  You can post deals there. 

Date Posted: 5/14/2010 12:20 PM ET
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Only if they have a thread going or the red sticky thread.  You can also put it on your bookshelf header and in your signature.

Also check out the Is This On Your Bookshelf thread in the L/R.  You might see someone looking for some of the books you have.

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Date Posted: 5/14/2010 1:21 PM ET
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This thread brings up another question.  Is it permissible on a Genre thread to make a post saying that you have just posted a bunch of "XXX" books?  I did that on the Crafts thread because I had posted 20 craft books and wanted people to know about it.  They were mostly gone the next day.  Was that OK?

Date Posted: 5/14/2010 1:27 PM ET
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There should be a red sticky thread to post deals and promos.   

Date Posted: 5/14/2010 2:03 PM ET
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If you did that in the L/R (or the paranormal, mystery)board someone would probably comment on it and the Please Keep Deals and Shelf Advertisements off the Board  thread would probably be bumped.  I would still put it in the deals thread or even on the Is This On Your Bookshelf thread.  No one probably said anything on the craft board because it isn't as active. 

The idea is to keep the genre threads filled with threads about, for the most part, that genre and discussions.  Otherwise you come on looking for a discussion and it looks like the book bazaar with almost every thread being a deal offer or a look at my shelf thread. 

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Date Posted: 5/14/2010 2:24 PM ET
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The stciky threads at the top of the forums are a good place to post deals.  I do Watch this Topic in the 2 forums I'm most interested in, so if someone posts a deal in that thread I'm alerted by email.  I'm so glad they started those threads.  I know alot of people find the book bazaar too overwhelming so don't go there often, so it's nice to be able to offer deals to the people most likely to be interested.

Date Posted: 5/14/2010 4:08 PM ET
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I just popped over to this forum to start a thread asking about posts and deals too, so I hope it's ok to join in here and get some help.

In the past, whenever I've had a deal for specific books on my shelf, I've posted in the Book Bazaar.  I don't know why I never noticed the individual genre forums before this, but now that I have discovered them, I have a question that sort of fits this topic.

I know we are only supposed to post one deal a day, which is fine with me.  I understand that they don't want one member overloading a forum with a million posts.  I did re-read the sticky post about how to use the forum in the BB but I'm still not sure if this senerio is allowed. 

Example:  I posted in the BB thread already started - Multiple WL books to one member - that I had 3 Daughters of the Moon books.  Then I posted the exact same deal in the sticky thread at the top of the 'Young Adult' forum so it might be noticed by members that enjoy YA and  that might not find the deal among the many BB posts.  Would that be breaking the rule of one deal a day?  

Also - does this rule apply more to one member starting multiple new posts in a forum?  I know I've posted more than one deal in threads that were already started and I didn't think I was doing anything wrong, but figured I better check on that too, while I'm at it.

Thanks to anyone that can make this subject clearer to me.  I want to follow the rules. :)

Date Posted: 5/14/2010 6:11 PM ET
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I don't think there's a rule about offering the same books in more than one WL thread on teh same day. I know a lot of us do it-post them in the BB and whatever genre forums the books we have might fit into.  A lot of us read different genres and then many books also fit into more than one genre. So I wouldn't worry about that. Just remember to keep all the posts updated.

You can also open a thread in the BB and offer a couple different deals in that thread.  Like 2 for 1 on hardcovers and 3 for 1 on paperbacks or something. They would rather you did them in one thread them opening 2 seperate threads.  You are only supposed to bump them up once a day.  There seems to be a gray area as to whether or not an update to the thread or a post by another person consitutes a "bump". Some say that if the thread has been posted on and moved to the top once then you shouldn't do a bump post that day. Others say it's ok. 

I would not post a deal on a thread started by someone else unless the the thread was intended for anyone to offer a deal. But it would be rude to post on someone's deal thread that you are also offering a deal.  Like you're trying to poach their potential customers. 

Date Posted: 5/14/2010 8:58 PM ET
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Thank you, Mary, for your response.  I appreciate your time. 

I should have made it clear that I meant I posted in threads that others had invited other members to list a deal in, such as the Multiple books/1 author in the BB, for example.

I do keep a written list of threads/deals I've posted in (along with the "Watch this topic" feature and really keep my posts updated.  I've responded to other members' deals only to find they were long gone and it's a bit annoying, so I try not to let that happen on my end.  Actually, I try not to offer more than one or two different deals at a time, just so I don't confuse myself!  :-)

Well, I'm glad to find out I haven't been posting incorrectly.  Thanks for your help.

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 2:49 AM ET
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Sounds like you have it all correct, Ann Marie, and that you are doing fine. I wish you luck on your shelf and hope that your postings get good responses. Remember, your siggy line is a good place to advertise also. You can cut space by simply linking to your sale topics rather than spelling them out completely, just part of the sale topic, then link it. Never pass up free extra press ;)

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 11:04 AM ET
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Thanks for another idea, Sherry.  I'll have to sit down and work on that as soon as I get back - my husband's job has moved 4 hours from home and he had to work through the weekend, so I'm heading down to Tucson for a visit and lunches and clean clothes for the upcoming week.  :)