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Subject: Selling Credits??
Date Posted: 1/2/2012 3:47 PM ET
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Just curious . . . how do people get so many credits to sell over in the Book Bazaar?  I'm floored.  I have a hard time keeping 5 in my account.  LOL!  Is there another way to get credits besides posting books & buying them.  Sorry if this seems ilke I dumb question, but I really have been wondering.  Happy New Year!

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 3:51 PM ET
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If I had to guess I would say that a lot of it has to do with time on the site.  A lot of the members I see bartering credits on Book Bazaar have been around here for years and years.  And so they have spent years accumulating credits and maybe are a bit discerning with books they actually request.  I mean, I've been here for a few months and I am lucky to keep a single credit in my account.  But once I've been here for awhile I will probably have accumulated more requests and the list of books I want to request will diminish a bit as well, so the credits will start to pile up too. 

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 3:56 PM ET
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Yes.  I've been a member for a year, but I'm always finding books I want for either me or my little guy.  :-D  Thanks for your help.

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Date Posted: 1/2/2012 3:57 PM ET
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Also, I know of several members who are not very active at PBS but are VERY active on sister sites, SwapaCD and SwapaDVD, and they transfer over credits to here to sell regularly.

AND there are several members here who have referred THOUSANDS of other members to the site.  Remember, you can earn credits by having  members add you as their referral person.

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Date Posted: 1/2/2012 3:58 PM ET
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That makes sense.

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 4:28 PM ET
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Bill, Take a gander at the Top 100 (under the Community tab at the top of the page) when you get a chance, that may give you an idea of how active some members are on the site. There are lots of members who have sent thousands and thousands of books, and like Sianka mention, thousand of referrals too.


Date Posted: 1/2/2012 4:43 PM ET
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I have credits to sell because I have mailed out a lot more books than I have ordered. The credits started to build up fast after I was here a few months and had built up a nice pile of books to read. I slowed down my ordering to get through them, but continued sending out as many books as possible.

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 5:23 PM ET
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The easiest way to earn credits, without buying any, is to post a lot of WL books. When I was selling credits it was because I was positng 20-30 WL books a week. Many of them audiobooks.  I did sometimes buy books just to post but only if I found them for less than a dollar.  Plus when I joined I had a lot of WL books (many on audio) to post and so earned 100+ credits quickly. So I sold them to offset the postage.  I also lived near super cheap thrift stores for a while and found a lot of WL  books for .25-.50. 

Credits sell so cheaply now that I wouldn't buy books just to post them.  I would just buy credits from another member if I needed them.  But I just put my WL on hold when my credit stash gets low and read up some WL books I have here.  I keep a buffer of 5-10 credits for WL books. I have plenty to read here so I don't need to spend each credit as soon as I get one. 

Many of the regular credit sellers have really large books shelves (several hundred if not 1000+).  They run deals a lot which brings their per credit cost down.  So they always have more credits than they can use. 

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Date Posted: 1/2/2012 5:43 PM ET
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I've also wondered that too!!

I think the most credits I've ever had at one time was around 30ish, but right now I'm down to only 5, haha.  I have a lot of WL books that I still haven't read but once I am finished with them I will definitely be posting them to get some credits.  I don't think I will ever have more than 30 credits at a time though!

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 5:54 PM ET
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Actually, one of the best ways to earn lots of credits without using the other sites is to have a large bookshelf and to offer deals in the Book Bazaar (of more than one credit) on the books.

I've posted before on the benefits of doing this ... but basically, if you think the math thru, you can obtain credits here for about $1 or even less, even if you purchase the books that you are posting and then giving deals on.

I offered a deal about 12 months ago, ended up mailing out more than 200 books, and got about 80 credits or so, each for a little bit over a dollar.


Date Posted: 1/2/2012 9:21 PM ET
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Thanks everyone.  Your answers were helpful.  You all are great!