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Subject: Do you set a money limit each month?
Date Posted: 8/16/2013 10:07 AM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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I know we have some members who are on limited incomes. So do you have a "budget" for how much you spend monthly to send out books, DVDS, games, or Raoks?

On Tuesday I  already had hit over $50 I had spent on mailing books and Raoks out this month so got me thinking that like every other "hobby" we have, I should have a limit to how much I'm willing to spend each month.  Sooooooo, I put my bookshelf on hold til the next payday and it really hurt me to do it as I don't want to deny anyone who was wanting a book I just happen to have.



Last Edited on: 8/16/13 10:11 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/16/2013 11:40 AM ET
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People may be wanting a book you have, but I don't think any of us expects or wants someone to spend more than they feel they can afford, or more than they feel they should spend, to get a book to us.  Thank you very much for sending what you can, when you can.  I'll bet people really appreciate it.

Date Posted: 8/16/2013 11:46 AM ET
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I don't have a specific dollar amount.  But I can't really afford to have more than 10-20 credits worth of money tied up in this site.  So once I get around 15 credits, I put my shelf on hold and stop posting WL books until I use up some credits. Since I mainly only get WL books and my WL is a slow mover, I end up spending maybe $15 in postage every quarter.  That works well for me.  I'm at 12 credits now and since I haven't mailed out any books for a couple of months, I will probably post a couple of WL books soon.

Date Posted: 8/16/2013 1:22 PM ET
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I don't really have a certain "limit" but when I realize I've spent a lot on sending out books, I tend to put my account on hold or I stop posting WL books for awhile.  Sending out 1 book at a time can really add up quick if you're not careful to watch what you spend.

Date Posted: 8/16/2013 1:45 PM ET
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I definitely do. My shelf moves very, very slowly (and I don't have much on it), so I post mostly WL books so I can control it pretty well. I also use PBS postage and don't add more than $25 per month. It seems to work out pretty well.

Date Posted: 8/16/2013 3:54 PM ET
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I do have a limit on how many books I post and postage for the RAOK but it varies each month. I post wishlisted books as I need credits as that seems to work best for my situation.

Date Posted: 8/16/2013 8:27 PM ET
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I post books as soon as I finish them if I'm not sending on to a relative. I recently decided against first reading all the WL books in my TBR, as I have over 25 credits on hand and about 30 WL in my TBR. I WANT to pick what I'll read next, not be persuaded to read a WL book just cause somebody else wants it.  I often find if I post a book that was on the WL within the past 3 months, it gets requested right away anyway.Also I frequently have books that have been posted on my shelf for 2 years or more requested from me so I do not clear out my shelf annually like some others here do.

Date Posted: 8/17/2013 2:54 AM ET
Member Since: 8/8/2013
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Upon joining PBS a mere week ago, I put up a few dozen books. It didn't seem like a lot of titles to me, as I've used eBay's "half.com" site for many years and am used to the relatively slow way titles turn over on that venue. Here though, on PBS, within one day--ONE day--30 of my books were requested. You can gather how much that cost me in postage! I can't afford to be shipping books out in this quantity, so I'm going to have to post much fewer books, and figure out which of my books are wish listed before I throw a bunch of titles up again.

Date Posted: 8/17/2013 9:37 AM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2009
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Hi Shari!  Welcome to PBS!  I was a member here for several years before I found out about the Book Bazaar forum.  You may want to try the Wishlist Multiples thread to see if you can save some money on shipping.  I hope you enjoy your time here as much as I do!

Date Posted: 8/17/2013 10:21 AM ET
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Shari put your books on you To Be Read pile before you post them. Then you can scroll through and post ones with the W for wish list as you have postage money.

Date Posted: 8/17/2013 1:07 PM ET
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Thank you, Betty, and Mary that is excellent advice! It should solve my problem in the future.

Date Posted: 8/17/2013 1:32 PM ET
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I am on a fixed income, so I do everything I can to save money.  I mostly have old books that we have acquired through thrift stores and freecycle, so mine don't get ordered that quickly.  The first thing I do before posting a book is add it to my reminder list.  That allows me to see how many copies of that book are posted.  If it's wishlisted, I add it to my post in the Wishlist Multiples thread and to my book list by the same name.  If there are no copies posted, but it's not wishlisted (0 wishers), I add it to the thread for that and also to my WL Multiples book list.  Because my WL books usually have few wishers, I don't get a lot of orders that way.  But it helps when I do.  I also offer deals for 2 credits or more (order 2 paperbacks from my shelf, get 2 paperbacks from my bookshelf free), which also helps.  I don't send out a lot of RAOKs, but I have sent out a few when I can.  I like to pay it forward.  One year the only birthday presents my daughter got were RAOKs.  She was so touched.  But I digress.  I only belong to one game swap, and that is the *Unmoderated* Audio Book Virtual Box, since I listen to my books while crocheting, driving, and doing other things.  I only order books after checking to see that they're unavailable at the library.  And when I have spare credits, I sell them.   I don't have a set budget, but I don't spend much either.



Last Edited on: 8/17/13 1:33 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/19/2013 8:48 AM ET
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No.  I get the majority of my books from the library and Project Gutenberg, so I'm never in a position of sending so many out that it risks my budget.  On the occasions that I've decluttered and posted a bunch of wishlist books, it's never been an amount significant enough to impact me financially, but I'm fortunate to have a good income.  

Subject: Book budget
Date Posted: 8/23/2013 1:22 AM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2005
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I don't have a specific amount for each month, but i just put in $25..and when that is gone, the shelf will be takig a vacation, soit might be over a month..who knows for sure!?

Date Posted: 8/23/2013 10:59 AM ET
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I don't really have a budget for PBS - or books in general - BUT my shelf is usually on hold.    About 3 times a year I help out at a FOTL library sale and come home with a bag or MMPs which get added to my bookshelf.    At that time, I open up my bookshelf and offer my ongoing sale of 2/4 or 3/7 - which cuts down on the per credit mailing cost.    Once I hit approximately $50 in mailing costs, I put my bookshelf on vacation again.

Date Posted: 8/23/2013 1:04 PM ET
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I don't have a specific amount either but I realized a while back that my WL moves slowly and there was no reason to have 30 credits.  I now post WL books much less frequently.  I haven't gone to the Multiples thread yet to post because I like the FIFO system generally since that is where/how I get my WL books.  I am now under 10 credits but just mailed out 5 books--I think having around 10 credits seems best for me.