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Subject: Sender can't afford postage so cancelled. I'm willing to pay
Date Posted: 1/19/2013 3:13 PM ET
Member Since: 6/7/2009
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Hi, I had a book on my wish list which was accepted. Then cancelled. Explanation: s/he can't afford postage. I am more than willing to pay postage. In fact, I have a credit of cash in my account &/or can add to it & transfer to him /her. But I don't have any contact info. What can I do to contact & offer  to pay? thx Joy

Date Posted: 1/19/2013 3:49 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2009
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Unfortunately, you can't. The sender pays shipping, and the receiver pays a credit for the book. Offering anything over the base credit for a book is against the rules.

From the help docs:


Can I offer/ask more credits (more than PBS 'price') for a book?


  • A bound book "costs" 1 credit at PBS (no exceptions)

  • An audiobook "costs" 2 credits at PBS 

    • some "children's-length" audiocassette items cost 1 credit each

Offering to "pay" (or asking a requestor to "pay"--see below) more than "PBS price" for a book is not permitted. 


  • If the book is Wishlisted, offering more than the PBS "price" for the book may allow members to leapfrog over others in the Wish List for the book. This obviously is not fair.
  • Even if the book is not Wish Listed, a "free market" system could lead to "bidding" for a book, and auctions are NOT permitted on PBS.
  • One reason is that auctions are subject to state laws, and as PBS members belong to various states, this could be illegal.
  • The other reason is that we want all members to have a fair chance to get books on PBS.  Pitting those who have lots of credits to spare against those who don't have a lot of credits at the time goes against the very spirit of PBS--the fair sharing of books. Everybody equal.

Asking for more than "PBS price" for a book is considered bookselling

  • Bookselling is not permitted at PBS
  • If you feel that your book is too valuable (or too costly to ship) to be swapped for "PBS price", you should not Post it here.
  • If this is a matter of postage cost (your book is heavy), remember that you can also request a "heavy" book with the credit you get for sending yours--so it all evens out.


Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 1/19/2013 4:41 PM ET
Member Since: 3/14/2011
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Even disregarding the rules there is no option to contact someone who turns down your request, you just get that one way email. Their info won't show up in the archives so you couldn't contact them anyway.

Date Posted: 1/19/2013 5:33 PM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2007
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Actually, a cancelled request would be in your transaction archive and you can click on the member's name and see their shelf details, etc. and send them a PM. But as mentioned, any deals like that would be against the rules. I wonder why they posted it if they didn't have money for postage. If its a matter of timing (no payday until the end of the month), you could work something out with them to mail after the send date as long as they mark it mailed ( and later actually send it) in time.
Date Posted: 1/19/2013 7:49 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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Keep in mind that offering more than a credit for a book is against the site rules and could get your account closed. Even if you find them in your Transaction Archive, it is not the best idea to offer to pay them to send you the book. (There also is no way to send another member PBS money if that is the "credit of cash in my account" you are talking about in your post.)

You will be first in line for when the book is posted again. Whether it be when that member can afford to send it, or someone else posts the book. Hopefully it won't be too long before you get the book.

Date Posted: 1/20/2013 8:17 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Although a nice idea, as already mentioned it probably violates site guidelines.  Hopefully the book will be posted or reposted soon!

Date Posted: 1/21/2013 8:50 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2008
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Why do people post WL books that they cant afford to send now.....?