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Subject: Do I Still pay the $.49 "Swap Fee"...
Date Posted: 2/15/2015 12:52 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2007
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if I purchased the Standard Membership?  I didn't think I did, but I read the FAQs and now I'm confused. Thanks. Pat

Date Posted: 2/15/2015 12:55 PM ET
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No you don't pay the fees.  Should be free - I don't know of anyone who's tested it yet, though.

Date Posted: 2/15/2015 1:13 PM ET
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Marilyn - thanks.  Pat

Date Posted: 2/15/2015 1:41 PM ET
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Hi Pat,

I have the standard membership and just requested several books.  No swap fee!  smiley

At the top of your screen while you are logged in, it should say Free Swaps and then Unlimited.

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Subject: Courtesy Postage Fees
Date Posted: 2/15/2015 2:17 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2010
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It states that with Standard membership a member receives "Courtesy Postage Fees - Enjoy the convenience of our Printed Postage for free once per month. (up to $6.60 annual savings)"  However, is that per membership month? So if my membership started on Feb 12 then is my month until Mar 11th. I know I read somewhere they would not accumulate so if you don't use it , you lose


 

 I sent a question to ask librarian and I will post any info.  But I thought I would ask here to see if anyone else read it somewhere.

Date Posted: 2/15/2015 2:27 PM ET
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it's always been a "per calendar month" feature in the past. i assume it will remain as such smiley

proon - ,
Subject: courtesy postage fees
Date Posted: 2/15/2015 5:00 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2010
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I did receive a reply about the free monthly printable postage--see below

Thanks for asking. No, the programming is per calendar month, so you will be able to use Printable Postage without a 55-cent fee in February, and then again on March 1st, then again on April 1st, etc.

We hope this information is helpful. Have a great day!

The PaperBackSwap Team
www.PaperBackSwap.com

proon - ,
Subject: courtesy postage fees
Date Posted: 2/15/2015 5:00 PM ET
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I did receive a reply about the free monthly printable postage--see below

Thanks for asking. No, the programming is per calendar month, so you will be able to use Printable Postage without a 55-cent fee in February, and then again on March 1st, then again on April 1st, etc.

We hope this information is helpful. Have a great day!

The PaperBackSwap Team
www.PaperBackSwap.com

Subject: Free Swaps
Date Posted: 2/20/2015 3:13 PM ET
Member Since: 2/15/2015
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Hi everyone, new here.

Can someone help me to understand exactly what free swaps mean? I paid $12 for a membership and received 30 free swaps, but when i try to request a book a disclaimer says I do not have any book credits.

So...what is the difference between a book credit and a book swap? I feel like I wasted $12.....

Date Posted: 2/20/2015 3:30 PM ET
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Hi Brandie, you joined the day the site made major changes.  Do you have 10 books youre willing to send to other members?  You can get 2 free credits and 2 fee swap fees if you post those first 10 books to your shelf. You need credits to order books. You earn 1 credit every time you a send a book and they mark it received. The 2 free credits are to get you get started. 

EDITED: you paid a membership fee.  The club was free prior to 2/15/15.  



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Date Posted: 2/20/2015 3:35 PM ET
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Valerie,

Thanks for the response. I have already posted my ten books and used my two credits. My confusion comes in when I can't use my free swaps. What is the point of paying for 30 free swaps when I can't request any books without credits?

I must be missing something here.

I have mailed out 7 books at $3.00 per book and have yet to receive any of my requested books.

I'm beginning to think I should have donated them to a used book store and bought books for 25 cents a piece...

Scott (scalta) - ,
Date Posted: 2/20/2015 3:37 PM ET
Member Since: 2/20/2010
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Credit- Each time you mail out a book, you will earn a credit which can be used to request a book from another member.  You will receive 2 free credits after you post the first 10 books to your bookshelf.

Swap fee- a fee paid to the site each time you request a book.  With the purchase of the Limited membership, you will not pay that fee on the first 30 requests.

I encourage you to take the time to read through the "Help Center" documents.  There is a lot of information there on how the site works

Date Posted: 2/20/2015 3:38 PM ET
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I guess I just don't understand the benefits of paying a membership fee. So far, by using this website I am $21 dollars in the hole from mailing out my own books, not to mention the $12 I have paid for the membership. I am already -33.00 and have yet to see a book in my mailbox.

Sorry, I'm just frustrated. I have taken all of my books off until I have decided if its worth staying.

 

EDIT: I have read over the Help Section, but still needed clarification. It seems the site has had a lot of changes recently, I wanted to make sure my account was working properly. I think I understand now.

 

Thanks for all replies.



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Date Posted: 2/20/2015 3:39 PM ET
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Brandie, you have an American flag on your post which shows you as a printable postage user.  You should have received instant credit when you clicked mailed as a perk for using the site postage.  Has any one mailed you a book yet and you're waiting to receive? 

Scott (scalta) - ,
Date Posted: 2/20/2015 3:41 PM ET
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I have mailed out 7 books at $3.00 per book and have yet to receive any of my requested books.

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Unless you used PBS printable postage, you will have to wait until the requestor receives the book before you get your credits.

Date Posted: 2/20/2015 3:42 PM ET
Member Since: 2/15/2015
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Valerie,

Yes, I have several people who (after two days of waiting for a response) marked that "they will mail my book on xx day." I am nervous now, because every single one of my books have been in very good shape (only read once) and I have been reading several posts about how people get damaged books.

I will try and be patient and gauge from there.

Date Posted: 2/20/2015 3:45 PM ET
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Scott,

I use printed shipping and I have been getting my credits that way. I was confused as to the difference between free swaps and credits, but I get it now.

Thanks to you both.

Date Posted: 2/20/2015 3:50 PM ET
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Brandie, I have not mailed a lot of books but I have mailed hundreds of DVDs on the sister site.  Every  DVD I mailed has been marked received. It's normal to have that feeling of uncertainty when new.  If some do not accept your request it will roll over to the next person who has the book to mail.  There's a lot of info in the Help Center. 

EDITED: let us know how things go and ask any questions you have.  Take some time to read the help center, maybe a little at a time.  



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Scott (scalta) - ,
Date Posted: 2/20/2015 3:55 PM ET
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and have yet to see a book in my mailbox.

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Media mail is generally the slowest delivery method.  Patience is required.  Once you make a request, the sender has 5 days to accept, another 5 days to get in mail, and then it takes about 10 postal days to get to you.

You joined on the 15th.  If you mailed out books on the 16th, and ordered your books on the 17th, and if the sender mailed out on the 18th, it will be next week, at the earliest, for those books to appear in your mailbox.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 2/20/2015 4:05 PM ET
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Welcome Brandie. Please don't worry too much about problem swaps. People are far more likely to post here when they've had trouble than when everything has gone perfectly. Real problems are actually pretty rare, and even if one does happen, most people are reasonably polite about handling it.

Unfortunately, it does take a while for books to start arriving. Media mail is pretty slow, and it can take a week or 10 days for delivery. You've only been here 5 days, so I hope you'll give things another week or so to start working for you. It is completely reasonable to put your account on vacation hold while you wait to see how things are going. Lots of new members do that for a while after sending out the first surge of books, and even some of us "old" members have a max postage budget that we're willing to spend in a month before putting our accounts on hold. If you have a Wish List, make sure your wishes are on auto-request, and then when books are posted you'll get them offered to you even if your bookshelf is on hold.

ETA: I just took a look at your wish list. One tip I have is to go ahead and put all the versions of the books you want on your wish list. There must be a dozen versions of titles like 1984 and Catcher in the Rye, and you'll increase your changes of getting them if you add all of them to your WL.



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