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Subject: Can I get reasonable credit for a 15-volume set with one ISBN?
Date Posted: 6/16/2010 11:53 PM ET
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I have a 15-volume set of Britanica Junior, and all volumes share one ISBN. I don't know whether anyone would actually want it today, but obviously it's not worth it to me to offer it if I only get one credit for it. Is there a way for me to get the 15 credits for the 15 volumes? That would make it worth the postage....

 

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Date Posted: 6/17/2010 12:38 AM ET
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You can offer it in the Book Bazaar, stating that there are 15 books in the set, and you'd like to offer them as a set, just not for 1 credit like the ISBN makes you do if you post it normally.

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 2:47 AM ET
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I don't think you can if they share an ISBN.  I'm pretty sure that if they share an ISBN they are considered one and you can't ask for more than one credit.  Sometimes within sets each book will have their own ISBN, then you can post them and get a credit each. 

I'm not exactly sure since I've never had a set, but I think that's right.  Don't take my word for it.  I'll go see if I can find something in the help docs.

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 2:50 AM ET
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From the help docs.  How do I post my 'boxed set' of books?

How do I post my 'boxed set' of books?

If each of the books bears a unique ISBN, you can Post each as a separate entity

  • this way, you will earn a credit for each.

If the "box" holding the boxed set bears an ISBN, you can post with that number, BUT

  • this way, you will earn only ONE credit for the SET.
Date Posted: 6/17/2010 3:20 AM ET
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Jennifer's idea of offering it in the Book Bazaar may work.  You could ask for one credit per book, or you could discount it by a few credits, since you'll be saving on postage.  You could also post the volumes individually without using the ISBN.

You might check on the publisher's page -- the page after the title page.  It's possible that the volumes have individual ISBNs.

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 7:30 AM ET
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I personally think you'd be better off putting an ad in your local paper or maybe Craigs List to not deal with postage related issues. 

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 9:39 AM ET
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Thanks to all. I hadn't found that help document about boxed sets (there's no box so I wouldn't have thought of this search term - I had searched for "multi-volume" and "volume").

I don't think the idea of offering it in the Book Bazaar is okay, now that I think about it, because aren't we specifically told that we're not allowed to ask for more credits in the Bazaar than we can get through the normal processes? That's to prevent bidding wars, I know, but I don't see that they would make an exception for this situation.

I think I will need to offer it locally. I don't care what I get for it, I just need to clear my shelves and hate to throw away such a thing! But I know demand is low for a 1976 children's encyclopedia - I paid $3.75 for it, myself, ten years ago!

And no, I checked, the volumes share one ISBN. That would have been the easiest solution.



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Date Posted: 6/17/2010 9:51 AM ET
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The rule is you can't ask for more than one credit per BOOK, not per ISBN. I don't think it would be a problem for you to put it in the bazarr, or to use the Post Without ISBN function to post them individually.

Based on the year and what it is worth though, I think it would be pretty hard to unload on here.

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 9:55 AM ET
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I think Elizabeth is right, someone's going to call her out for asking for more credits than she's allowed to if she posts it in the Bazaar.  I think you're stuck between a rock and a hard place in this particular circumstance. 

If it were me, I'd just donate the set to Goodwill at this point, and save myself the trouble and bother of figuring out what to do with it.  I can't imagine most people want an encycopedia using up shelf space when the internet is so handy, especially if the info is 34 years old and since you're only talking about an initial outlay of $3.75, it sounds like it's using more time disposing of something that costs the same as a Starbucks frappuchino :)

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 10:06 AM ET
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I would probably donate them as well. I can't see anyone paying a credit each or even more than 1 or 2 credits for encyclopedia's that are outdated and more than 30yrs old.  I would probably donate them to a thrift store if you are tired of looking at them. I might take 5min to see if they're worth anything to collector's on ebay or amazon marketplace. But I'd be surprised if they were. 

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Date Posted: 6/17/2010 8:19 PM ET
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some people use old encyclopedias for craft projects, including shelves, hiding places (hollow out the books individually or as a group) or other decorative ways..

I like the idea of hollowing them out to hide stuff... glue or bolt them together & you have more space....

search online... I think instructables has some ideas.

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 8:26 PM ET
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The rest of that Help Center tells you that you can ask for a credit per book. The rules only state that you cannot ask for more than one credit per bound book. Since a set are all bound separately, you can ask up to a credit each:

There is not a way to post the books individually yet require one member to take all of them and award you all of the credits for the one bulk request.

If you do post the books individually and want to send them all to one member:

  • you can start a topic in the Book Bazaar Discussion Forum to advise members that you have a boxed set.
  • Another member may be glad to learn of this and request all of the books from you using the bulk request "order more books from this member" feature.

 

ETA: If the books all have the same ISBN, you can post them as a book without an ISBN. It is perfectly acceptable to ask up to 1 credit per bound book regardless of any ISBN issues.  You are correct, however, that demand is low for printed encyclopedias and you may not get more than a credit or two for it anyways and it might not be worth the shipping costs.



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Date Posted: 6/17/2010 8:54 PM ET
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I'd decide how many credits are worth shipping them and ask for that many, not to exceed the # of books you're offering of course.

You never know who'll want them.  We had an old set of encyclopedias, like 1910 or something.  I put them up on Ebay a couple of years back and listed shipping at $50 for UPS since I couldn't get them to the PO at all but I could get them to my workplace where we ship UPS.  I didn't think they'd sell but I got more than $50 for the set and shipped them off to California.  You just never know what someone else wants.

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 9:39 PM ET
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I hadn't found that help document about boxed sets (there's no box so I wouldn't have thought of this search term - I had searched for "multi-volume" and "volume").

I searched for "book set" and it came up.  I missed the section that Melanie posted, I guess that's what I get for trying to read stuff at 3am  lol.  Good luck clearing them out!  Honestly, if it were me, I'd just donate them.  I'm assuming they're kind of big, so it might not be worth the postage.

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 9:57 PM ET
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I think books from 1910 are probably a lot more collectible than from 1976. But I could be wrong.

Date Posted: 6/20/2010 2:37 PM ET
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If you decide to post the books, post each one as a book without an ISBN. Some people do have old sets of encyclopedias and may want a volume or two to replace volumes that are missing or worn out. I posted a set of gardening encyclopedias from the early 60's and got a few requests from people who had part of the set and wanted to complete it.