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Subject: Requesting specific books from a member or on forums?
Date Posted: 3/7/2010 12:43 AM ET
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I have a few questions that I hope you can answer:

There is a particular author my friend likes, and she has sent me the list of the books she would like to have.  Several of them are available on PBS. 

Can I request them on a forum such as this one?   or on CMT?  (e.g.,"does anybody have  some or all of the following books by XY?")

Can I make such a request on the Bazaar?  I've never done anything at the Bazaar, so don't really know what's allowed and what isn't.  Can I ask if anyone is willing to make a deal, if they have more than one of these books?

Of course I could simply order them one by one, but it would be nice to order more than one from the same member, to save postage, and it would be great to get a deal on them.

Also, I'd like the books to be in good (postable) condition: I understand that people use the bazaar to post books they can't post to their bookshelves.  Is this the case with all the bazaar books?

Hope this isn't too many questions.   Sooner or later I'll learn how everything works.

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 12:57 AM ET
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There are many ISO (in search of ) posts in the Bazaar, that is where a post like that should be instead of Questions or CMT. Many of the genre forums have threads set up for ISO posts too. Just be careful to only be asking for books that are available in the system, asking for Wish List books is a no-no.

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 2:12 AM ET
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Both CMT and Book Bazaar move really fast.   I'd recommend a genre forum where your requested books will stay on the first page for a while.

Love and Romance has a thread called "Is This on your Bookshelf" every month. 

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 7:44 AM ET
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I've also had good luck putting in my signature but I post a lot.   Usually when I put a few titles I'm looking for or a specific author I'm looking for multiples of-I get a PM from someone pretty quickly.  I usually get offered a deal on them too. 

You can also search the Boxer shelves without being a boxer.  You might find someone who has more than one.  I personally don't PM people asking for deals.  But when I'm looking for more than one book by an author and don't mind paying a full credit for each I'll check Boxer shelves and frequently find someone who has more than 1. 

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 7:44 AM ET
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I'd recommend a genre forum where your requested books will stay on the first page for a while.


If you post things like this in the genre forums PLEASE leave them in the sticky deals thread at the top and do not start new topics!  If everyone looking for, say, fantasy books started a new thread for the fantasy books they wanted we'd never be able to find our discussion posts. 

Gavia -
Date Posted: 3/7/2010 8:43 AM ET
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Just be careful to only be asking for books that are available in the system, asking for Wish List books is a no-no.

Yes, I know that asking for WL books is not good - and that makes perfect sense because if everyone did that, they would be taken out of the system before the wishers could get them.

None of the books my friend wants are wish-listed, so that's not a problem.  She looked up the available ones she wanted using the PBS Search function.

She isn't a member, because she's unable to post books (for various reasons), but I have no problem using some of my credits to get her some. If I understand correctly, there's nothing wrong with that.

Gavia -
Subject: Another question
Date Posted: 3/7/2010 9:08 AM ET
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When posting a request for a deal on the Bazaar, is it ok to say how many credits you have available?

For example:  if  I'm looking for 7 books and have only 4 credits available, can I say how many credits I have, so another member can offer a deal based on that (i.e.,  any combination of books  that won't cost more than 4 credits? )

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 9:28 AM ET
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The other thing you can do -- since there is a one-hour "buyer's remorse" period -- is order one of the titles from the FIFO system, then click on "order more from member" and see if any of the other titles are on their book shelf.  If not, you can cancel that order and move on to the next title. Order that book, check for more titles, etc.

It's up to you if you want to try asking for a deal in a PM after you find someone with several titles, but if you do, cancel your order first (making note of the member's id). 

I once had someone order 3 or 4 books from me, then a day later ask for a deal. When I said no, they canceled the entire order and I was a little annoyed!

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 10:23 AM ET
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There's a thread in the Bazaar called "Multiple books, same author".  You might find the author she likes there.

Click here

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 10:42 AM ET
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When posting a request for a deal on the Bazaar, is it ok to say how many credits you have available?  - That's perfectly fine and it gives the people with the books a heads up on what kind of deal you are looking for.

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 7:30 PM ET
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Even though the bazaar is buzy alot of people look there. You may want to bump your post each day for several days to make sure alot of people see it. 

Be sure an put

I'm looking for, and list author or series, in the subject.

Lots of people just put I'm looking for...  and put the author in the text. I only look at those if I have extra time, but I skim the subjects several times a day and if the author is listed and I may have it I'll look at the post.

Gavia -
Date Posted: 3/7/2010 8:41 PM ET
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Thanks for the tip, Nancy.   I hadn't thought of that, and in fact it's now way down on the list, with no replies as yet.   I guess I could do that this evening, and then once again tomorrow.

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 12:49 PM ET
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If you are looking for books, you can post it in the Bazaar, you can ask for deals...Plenty of people ask for deals pertaining to a certain series or certain author.  The bazaar is the place for asking about deals and looking for books.  You can say how many credits you are willing to trade with so people have a general idea of what they are getting into, so to speak.  Just make a post in the bazaar saying "Anyone have a deal on _____" and see what happens.  The bazaar is busy so I would "Bump" it every day if you need to.