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Subject: Quick Question
Date Posted: 3/26/2008 5:38 PM ET
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I'm VERY NEW to this site, and was wondering how often your books are actually requested?

I have about 50 books on my bookshelf and was not wanting to get overwhelmed by listing too many and trying to keep up, but at the same time want to obviously get rid of some and earn credits for new ones.


Date Posted: 3/26/2008 5:48 PM ET
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I've been here just over a month, so my experience may not be typical. In the last six weeks, I've sent out three books that were not wishlisted. I'd say just normal books (not WL books) tend to go out slowly but steadily. On the other hand, books that are WL books just fly out the door. I've sent out about 15 of those. Hope this helps!



Date Posted: 3/26/2008 5:48 PM ET
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There's no easy answer to this question- honestly it really matters what's on your shelf!  If you happen to have more popular stuff it will move more quickly.  Or maybe you've got a sub-genre somebody is really looking for, etc.  I typically find that if I post a bunch of new stuff (50 or so maybe) that there will be an initial "rush", some WL maybe or some books that don't have many in the system, that get requested really quickly, then it quiets down and who knows when you'll get the next one.  Sometimes somebody requests one out of the blue that you're thinking will never move.  I don't know how many you are intending to post, but starting with 50 or so to get the hang of it makes sense, but it'll die down quickly and you can add more.

Happy swapping!


Date Posted: 3/26/2008 5:55 PM ET
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I send out about 10 packages a month on average.  Some months have been more, some less.  I like to keep my PBS bookshelf under 50, because it is easier for me to keep track of orders.  Everyone is different, though.  I see people on PBS that have less than 10 books on their shelf, and occasionally I see people with shelves of over 1000.  I don't think I could keep up with the orders or the "inventory." 

If you want to know if certain books will be ordered right away, you can check the ISBN number and see if anyone has wishlisted your book. 

Welcome to PBS!  It is fun. 

Date Posted: 3/26/2008 6:06 PM ET
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Forgive me, Leann, I just ordered from you...LOL

You can put your account on hold/vacation if you get too many orders and want to prevent more for a while.  There's a link at the top of your bookshelf for that (or there was last time I looked).  Just be sure to put your Wish List books on auto-request if you put yourself on vacation, so you don't miss those books if they become available.

I have been posting mostly only wl'd (wishlisted) books for a while, but I used to have a bookshelf of about 20 books and they just kept dribbling out...it was never really overwhelming, just steady.  When your books get ordered all depends how many copies of each book are in the system, and where your book falls "in the line" with those to be ordered. 

Now if I posted all the books on my TBR (to be read) pile I'd be in tough shape getting all those into the mail.   So I post 2 or 3 or 4 (mostly Wishlisted) books at a time and send those out, then read some more, post some more, read some more...LOL it's a never ending cycle bcs I keep ordering books!

Even the books I post that aren't on Wish Lists get ordered pretty quickly.  I think I read weird stuff that isn't all that prevalent in the system, so when I repost some other weirdo finds it and orders it sooner or later.  Shout-out to all the weirdos out there!  :)


Date Posted: 3/26/2008 9:16 PM ET
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I think part of it depends on what's on your bookshelf.  If you have less common books (say, more than John Grisham and Oprah titles, not that there's anything wrong with those), a lot of new members seem to go through an initial flurry of activity, as their more unique titles which have been on members' wishlists get snapped up.  When I first joined, I sent out over 50 books the first week I was a member, then things eventually tapered off.  (I'm having the same experience as a new member over at Swap-A-CD too).

If you're concerned, you can always, as you said, start with a few titles, or you can look up the ISBNs you want to post and see how if they're on anyone's wishlist, to give you a feel for how many might be requested.  You can always add more books as you go, and put things on Vacation Hold, as someone else suggested, if you get too overwhelmed.

For what its worth, I find printable postage to be a big help -- I can print and wrap any time I want and just toss books in the mailbox, no more planning to a trip to the post office during open hours.



Date Posted: 3/26/2008 9:31 PM ET
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Seriously, it just depends. When I first joined I had 4 books on my shelf that were on people's wishlists. Then my bookshelf died down and I needed more credits so I did a deal on the Book Bazzarre and then my shelf picked back up. Then it slowed down again. I just offered a deal again on the Book Bazzare no one wants it but I did get a couple of people to look at my bookshelf and I have 3 books to mail out on Friday! It just really depends....

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 4:20 PM ET
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Is there a place you can go to find out what books are WL'd?

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 4:27 PM ET
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If you log your books into the TBR pile it'll tell you if they are WL books or not.  Just go to TBR Pile, click add books and then just put the ISBN in like you would when you post books.  They will not go not go on your shelf. It'll put a little W next to the book if it's WL. Click on the book to see how many people are looking for it. 

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 4:34 PM ET
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OK, I've seen that, but I didn't know if there was a comprehensive list somewhere on the site - like if I wanted to get rid of books fast, I could go to a place to see which books are wished and stock up on those kinds of books. Just wondering.

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 4:39 PM ET
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The normal 'ole boring stuff on my shelf doesn't move very fast at all (I'm lucky if it's 1 per month).....but I like a lot of books that are WLed, so that's what most of the ones I've sent have been.  I send 20-25 per month.  When I first started I had to buy some credits to get going.  I have a huge WL (all 200 spots taken) so I constantly have WL books coming in and going out.  Non-WL can move VERY slowly, especially if there are already a lot of copies in the system.  And remember, the more books you have on your shelf, the more orders you'll get.

 ETA:  check out the Club Wish List under the search menu.  It shows all of the WL books (and there are TONS and TONS of them!)



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Date Posted: 3/27/2008 4:51 PM ET
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Thanks, Amy! Just what I was looking for! Never knew it was there.

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 4:54 PM ET
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I have 53 books on my bookshelf and I'm fairly new.  I've sent out a total of 25 books in the month or so I've been active.  I don't really have that many here that aren''t on my own WL, so I'm content to have all the books posted (except those on my TBR pile).  My DH used to hound me to get rid of books as soon as I read them - so  I haven't built up my inventory of read books much - yet.  Maybe if I ever get some reading time when I don't have watery eyes from allergies(!)....  I can get a little reading done.  But DH won't put up with too many books I've read just sitting here.  I have to defend them with my life to get a chance to swap them!  LOL!!  I'm a genetically programmed pack rat and he keeps after me.  But my TBR has gotten huge - that may be part of the problem!  I'm only putting auto-request on my most wanted books...not more than 10 of those.

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 5:10 PM ET
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ditto to what the others have said, it just depends. I  took a look at your shelf and you have some "common" authors that there may be a lot in the system and some not so common.  one of your books is on my reminder list but I am trying to ban myself from ordering more until I get through my 225 TBR books (or at least some more of them)

I know mine will go in spurts.  I posted a bunch of books over the weekend and mailed 9 out.  I know I have WL books on my TBR shelf, I just need to get to them to read and then post!

get active in the forums, make friends and if you feel like offering a deal in the book bazaar then do so. 

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 5:14 PM ET
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It is rather spotty. I have sent out a book here or there and then all of a sudden I'll get like 4 WL books offered to me at once. Kind of frustrating when I keep my credits at about 1.

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 7:43 PM ET
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If you aren't getting many book orders because what you have is abundant in the system: you can offer a book deal on the Book Bazaar.  Say 2 or 3 books for 1 credit.  It won't cost much more for mailing and you can always use those credits to order a book deal from someone else.  Or you could become a Boxer.  A lot of people will do Box  or Bazaar deals for common books that they might not want to spend a credit on normally.  Basically the books that are in abundance on PBS.  That's how I am anyway.  If it's a WL book or one with only a few copies in the system-I'll spend a credit on it gladly. But if there's 50copies in the system already, I'll wait until I find it in a book bazaar deal or a BOB deal. Because eventually, I'll repost in on here and it'll sit on myshelf since there's so many already.

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 7:49 PM ET
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Also, keep in mind that if you have books that are in abundance here, they will eventually work their way up FIFO.  I've got books that I posted when I joined (and it's been a while) that are finally getting out of here.

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 8:45 PM ET
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i got about 7 books sent out in the first week i joined! now, i get about 1-2 requests a month. i have had about the same amount of books on my shelf.

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 7:52 AM ET
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I have 64 books on my shelf right now.  I like to keep mine between 50 and 75.  That's just a personal clutter number for me.  I've had as many as 150 books on my shelf, but I got sick of tripping over the books in my bedroom.

I did some checking.  I started here on 1/1/2006.  The book that has been on my wishlist the longest is dated 4/2006.  My oldest bookshelf book is from 5/2006.  Looks like the old stuff hasbeen moving faster than a couple of wishlists.  :)

One thing that really worked for me when I was new was adding everything to the TBR pile.  Every book in the house was initially added to the TBR pile in one LONG day.  Then all I had to do was click on the "post this book" button when I was ready to post.  I started doing this so I could limit the number of books on my shelf and get an idea of how much postage I was spending.  Plus, once it was done, I didn't have to haul all the books off the shelves again until it was time to mail them.  Another bonus was that I knew which books were wishlisted, so I would post those immediately to get credits. 

Now, all the books on my TBR list are my actual TBR pile.  I've managed to slowly post everything that I originally intended to post and all that stuff is gone.  I've even learn to not give in to the red W and I read what I want, not what someone else wants.  And I don't place many nonwishlist book orders any more, because I have more than enough books in the house to read.  Though my reminder list does keep getting longer.


Date Posted: 3/28/2008 1:02 PM ET
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Welcome to the newcomers to PBS

I found that the books that were requested quickly were in these genres:

Crafts, cookbooks, scrapbooking, home repair,home decoration, gardening, and auto repair-

I pick up books for 50 cents or a dollar or less at library sales, thrift shops, etc-

I have had books on my bookshelf for over a year before they were  requested-  Other books were requested within minutes- It just depends -

If you keep active and post  on the message boards , you will have your bookshelf looked at more often- I take a look at bookshelves of new members to see if they have a book I may be interested in-