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Subject: requesting more books than credits
Date Posted: 11/24/2009 9:35 PM ET
Member Since: 11/13/2009
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Hi,

 

I'm pretty new here - I've already sent 3 books, and requested 3, but only one person has marked my sent books as mailed - therefore I have zero credits.  What happens if you request books but have a zero credit balance - do they go in a queue?  I didn't realize there would be such a long time waiting for people to mail books.

 

Thanks,

 

Pat

Date Posted: 11/24/2009 9:40 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2009
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Pat,

welcome to PBS. You should not be able to request books if you currently have a zero credit balance. However, you got two free credits when you joined and posted 10 books. So you would have to wait until you have a positive credit balance in order to request books. You can put books on your Wait List (WL) if you have zero credits, however. If you want to get credits faster you can use PBS-DC with or without Postage. (You can read about the difference and when the credits actually get posted to you in the Help Docs)

Hope this helps.

s

Date Posted: 11/24/2009 9:41 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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You can't request books if you don't have credits.  You can put books on your WL. If your turn comes up while you have no credits you will have 48 hrs to buy a credit or wait for a book to be marked received.  You can put non-WL  books you want to order when you have credits on your Reminder List.  The RL will tell you how many are posted into the system.  You can also put a hold on WL books. So if you are #1 on a couple of books but don't ahve credits-you can hold those books and keep your place in line. Then unhold them when you have credits. 

You can also buy credits from other members or direct from PBS.  And you can use the PBS-DC to get your credit quickly but there is a fee for that. Media Mail can take a month or longer sometimes to get delivered and this time of year is especially slow.

Date Posted: 11/24/2009 9:47 PM ET
Member Since: 11/13/2009
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thanks for your quick responses - I haven't discovered the reminder list yet, that looks like it would work for me.

 

I use paypal postage and dc - it looked cheaper than the 43 cents for endica.  Guess I need to go to the library in the interim until people decide to mail my books.

 

This looks like a fun place and a great idea!

 

Pat

Date Posted: 11/24/2009 9:47 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 11/24/09 9:51 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/24/2009 10:50 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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Welcome Pat!  I think every new member goes thru what you are.  It's like a kid in a candy store.  So many books to choose from to request and you're credit-poor at the beginning.

One thing PBS teaches is patience although it's hard when you first join.  Been there, done that.

Date Posted: 11/24/2009 10:52 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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Pat, I've been a member for 4 yrs now (just celebrated my 4th PBSaversary last week) and between my husband and I, both credit trades and Box of Books trades (nevermind, you'll learn about that later) I have trades over 2,000 books here. I've had probably just over a dozen or so bad ones, which ain't bad for that many books! I not only like love this place, I'm totally addicted to it, as many others will claim to be also. It just happens, one day you wake up and realize that you haven't missed a day in the last month of visiting on PBS, and you will know that you are hooked! hahahha

Date Posted: 11/24/2009 11:01 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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If your books aren't  being requested because there's a lot of them posted you can also look into Box of Books. 



Last Edited on: 11/25/09 8:53 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/25/2009 12:13 AM ET
Member Since: 11/13/2005
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Pat wrote:

I use paypal postage and dc - it looked cheaper than the 43 cents for endica.  Guess I need to go to the library in the interim until people decide to mail my books.


Note that using DC other than PBS's does not provide any benefit on this site.  If you print DC through this site (as opposed to DC from anywhere else), you are guaranteed your credit when USPS first scans the DC.

Date Posted: 11/25/2009 4:46 AM ET
Member Since: 10/19/2006
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Hi Pat,

I just buddied you a credit. Welcome to the club!

Date Posted: 11/25/2009 8:40 AM ET
Member Since: 11/13/2009
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Anne - thank you so much!  I just signed on this morning, and saw that you sent me a credit.  That was very sweet of you.  And yes Sarah, I need to learn some patience, and post some more books so I can build up my own credits.

 

There is so much to learn on here, so i may be asking questions til I get the hang of this.  Thanks everyone for your patience and advice.

 

Pat

Date Posted: 11/25/2009 8:43 AM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2005
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They do offer the option of buying credits--I don't think you can actually request without having the credit in hand first, though. 

Date Posted: 11/25/2009 8:43 AM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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That's what this forum is for, to ask questions, so feel free.  In no time at all, you'll be an expert.

Date Posted: 11/25/2009 8:47 AM ET
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Subject: More books then credits
Date Posted: 11/25/2009 11:08 PM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2005
Posts: 5,428
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Welcome Ann!  Prepare to be come addicted!  I checked over your bookshle and you have a good selection of books...nothing that had hundreds of copies already in the system!