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Subject: Question re: Book sets credits
Date Posted: 2/5/2008 5:18 PM ET
Member Since: 8/31/2007
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I recently posted a set of four Jan Karon books and when I checked the listing, was surprised to see it was only valued at one credit.  I have read several posts which mention varying numbers of credits for book sets and am wondering about the difference.  Could someone explain about credits for book sets.

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 5:25 PM ET
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There really is no explaination except one ISBN = one credit.  The best way to deal with book sets it to post that you have a box set of 4 Jan Karon books that you want to send together.  Then, if no one bites, I might break the set up. 

I once found a complete set of either the Anne of Green Gables books or the Little House books at my Goodwill for $1.00.  Complete.  Still in the book and WRAPPED.  I decided to run a deal for the set and sent it to a new home, with an eager young lady, for 4 or 5 credits.  It was snatched up quickly.


Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 2/5/2008 7:46 PM ET
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The database doesn't clearly identify sets of books. If you look at the ISBN listing for your set, the book type will be either Hardcover or Paperback. It won't be "Set of 4 Paperbacks". Since the system uses the book type to determine whether something is worth 1 or 2 credits, and there's no difference in book type between a set and a single book, it can't handle this automatically.

Usually the set is identified somewhere in the description, but this is not consistent, and it's extremely difficult for computers to read inconsistent data. For example, if you search for boxed set in all books, you find

Junie B. Jones's Third Boxed Set Ever! (Books 9-12)

Leo Lionni's Little Mice Tales Boxed Set (Frederick, Matthew's Dream, Geraldine the Music Mouse, Tillie and the Wall)

The Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark-Hunter Boxed Set

To our human eyes, it's clear that the first two items contain four books each, but you have to read the description to figure out that the last one contains three books. If they found a way to read this data and automatically make boxed sets worth one credit per book, we'd be reading through tons of forum posts like "the system thinks my boxed set of five books is only worth three credits". Since each book in a set has its own ISBN anyway, this just seems like a tough problem that isn't really worth solving.

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 7:53 PM ET
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If each book has it's own ISBN# you can post them seperately. But they won't necessarily go out to the same person.  Are any of them WL? I would advertise it in the Bazaar and see if anyone wants to order all 4 together or do 4 for 3 credits if you want. If they don't have an ISBN you will have to post them through the No ISBN book posting page.  Make sure the books by themselves don't say they are part of a set.  If they say something like book 1 of 4book set then they should be posted for 1 credit. Or someone could complain that they didn't get the right thing. Like when a book says it comes with a CD-it should have the CD to be posted.  But if they are just 4 books by the same author then it's OK to post them seperate.

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 9:01 PM ET
Member Since: 11/21/2007
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Ditto Mary L.  I had the same issue last week.  I had the full set of Little House on the Prairie in the box, 9 books.  It was worth 1 credit!  I asked here, and the consensus was to post it with a deal, ie. all 9 books for 6 credits.  I got about 8 replies in the first 10 minutes and sent it out to the lovliest person.  She PM'd me back how pleased she was with the "like new" books and I was pleased to get a "fairer" amount of credits so we were both happy.