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Subject: shipping
Date Posted: 9/23/2010 1:00 PM ET
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is it ok to PM a requestor and offer to ship their book priority mail for an additional credit....totally optional on their part.  Its so convienent to use the flat rate envelope and my mailman will pick them up right at my front door!!! Plus....the book gets there much quicker if it was something someone was waiting for and really wanted immediately.

just didn't want to cross any manner lines and have someone think it was rude.

Date Posted: 9/23/2010 1:02 PM ET
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No. You cannot ask for a credit for anything but a book. The requester can ask, but you cannot.

Date Posted: 9/23/2010 1:02 PM ET
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I think that violates 1 book - 1 credit.  Even if it's optional it feels off to me.

ETA - Its so convienent to use the flat rate envelope and my mailman will pick them up right at my front door!!!

It sounds as if they would be paying an extra credit for your convenience which makes no sense. 



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Date Posted: 9/23/2010 1:07 PM ET
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ok..that is what i was worried of...............tossing that idea in the garbage. Thanks for the info...AND BEING POLITE ABOUT IT!!!

Date Posted: 9/23/2010 1:11 PM ET
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It sounds like something that might make sense for you to do with a multi-book order.  It would be a little more expensive, but you would be getting more than one credit anyhow, so you'd still likely come out ahead.

Lisa N. (LDN) - ,
Date Posted: 9/23/2010 2:41 PM ET
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If you use the PBS postage or even Paypal postage and print your mailing label then your mail carrier will also just pick it up from your mailbox.  I never go to the post office anymore.  Just too easy to use PBS postage and the bonus is I get my credit right away as well.

ETA: If you are thinking they won't take it because of the 13oz rule for Media Mail, it doesn't apply as long as you don't use stamps because they can trace it.



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Date Posted: 9/23/2010 2:52 PM ET
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If you are looking for greater mailing convenience, you can use online postage to buy media mail postage (either from PBS or another site such as paypal).

In an area where carriers will pick up mail from your home, they will pick up these pre-paid packages too -- the 13oz rule does not apply. If not, you can drop them off in a blue box (again, 13 oz rule only applies to packages with old-fashioned stamps).

I don't think just placing a book in a priority mail flat rate envelope is a good idea unless the book exactly fits. otherwise it might shift around inside the envelope and may get damaged in transit. you have to request pick-up a day ahead, which I don't find very convenient.

 

Date Posted: 9/23/2010 2:59 PM ET
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I went back to look but can't find the post now, but someone asked this very thing (an extra credit for priority mail) in a BB thread this morning.  I didn't think too much about it at the time, other than that I wouldn't want to use a credit of mine to speed up shipping.  Most of my books arrive pretty quickly and I have such a back log of books to get through, there's never been a rush to get a particular book added to the pile.  :)

I never put two and two together about the asking 1 credit / for 1 book only, but a guess it does violate that rule.

Date Posted: 9/23/2010 3:10 PM ET
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I went back to look but can't find the post now, but someone asked this very thing (an extra credit for priority mail) in a BB thread this morning. 

It looks like it is the OP who is doing it. I think it is a bit different when done in the Bazaar and on a deal where the total credits would still be less than 1 per book where the member can chose to request the deal or not.

Date Posted: 9/23/2010 3:15 PM ET
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no..i was not the OP of the other post mentioned.........I only asked here.  Thanks for all the helpful answers...I think I will just stick with media mail and one book /one credit as the PBS rules states.

:)

Date Posted: 9/23/2010 3:16 PM ET
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I took her to mean this post:

Book Bazaar - Love Inspired - View Inline

 

no_avatar.png Tammie F. (scubagirl13) - Greenwich, CT
Date Posted: 9/23/2010 10:24 AM ET
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I have FOURTEEN "Love Inspired" paperback books that I would like to offer a deal on.........all fourteen for TEN Credits....or seven for FIVE credits (you pick and chose!).  Have a different suggestion on book/credits bargain...just let me know!

All books are in EXCELLENT CLEAN ONCE READ CONDITION...no writing or rips...smoke free home!

Happy to ship priority mail flat rate envelope for an extra credit(s)....depending if I need one or two envelopes!!

Titles include:

Date Posted: 9/23/2010 5:35 PM ET
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Yes, Melanie, that is the post I read this morning. 

Didn't pay that much attention to it when I read it and then I couldn't recall which one it was when I came over to this thread. 

Thanks for finding it.  Not saying it was good or bad to ask for the credit, just thought it was curious the subject came up after reading the BB.

Date Posted: 9/23/2010 7:34 PM ET
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omg...i am embarrassed...........I totally forgot that I had put that in my BB post as such.....now I think I should go back and edit it out as the concensus tells me it is not appropriate.

sorry for the super blonde moment!

Date Posted: 9/23/2010 8:14 PM ET
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I really think your post in the Bazaar was fine, you are offering 14 books for 10 credits or 14 for 11 if they'd like an upgrade in postage. You are still asking less than 1 credit per book in that case, its when the # of credits gets above the # of books that gets you into problems.

Date Posted: 9/23/2010 8:47 PM ET
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Also with the BB post the offer is put up front before the order has been made.  Making the offer after someone has requested the book might offend them or make them feel uncomfortable like they have to pay the extra credit-even if that wasn't your intent.