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Subject: Like for Like Swaps?
Date Posted: 8/22/2012 3:29 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2012
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I have two rather expensive books to trade that really are worth too much to swap for paperbacks.  Can I offer them in trade for other books from the same series?  They are French hardback Pleiade volumes, now usually $80-$100 apiece new.  I'd be happy to trade them for other Pleiade volumes that interest me, but nothing else. Is this possible?

Date Posted: 8/22/2012 4:15 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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No. The only place that book-for-book swapping is allowed is in the Box-of-Books program and that is for books that are on our Bookshelves. It is unlikely that books like that would be available in the system, they would likely be Wish Listed and wouldn't ever make it to a BoB offer.  You could try Wish Listing the books you want in return, and should they ever come up then trade out the ones you have. We can't ask for Wish Listed books in the forums though and we can't offer a swap of books unless it is book eligible to be in the Box-of-Books and it is a BoB member looking for other BoB members.


Can we swap books for books directly with other members on this site?

Yes, but only if you both subscribe to Box-O-Books.

  • "Creditless" swaps are permitted ONLY between two Boxers.
  • Using the PBS site to conduct an under-the-table book-for-book swap without using credits would be in direct violation of PBS policy, and would put both members' PBS accounts in jeopardy.

Why is this?

  • We have worked very hard on this site, and it has cost us (and continues to cost) a great deal of money to maintain and improve. The Box-O-Books service that allows creditless swapping is one of our premium (= pay) features. We are trying to keep the site free for our members, and premium features like Box-O-Books are innovations intended to help us do so.
  • PBS relies greatly on the "honor" system among our members. We are pleased to say that the majority of PBSers are honest and above-board; if that were not so, the club could not continue.
  • We hope that the rule makes sense to you, and that you understand that we are not being unfair or greedy. It is simply that if enough members did this, we would have to close down the club.


Date Posted: 8/23/2012 6:29 AM ET
Member Since: 12/21/2007
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You don't have to get paperbacks with your credits. If you choose you can put the Pleiades volumes you want on your wishlist, send yours off for a credit each and sit back and wait til your wishes are fulfilled.

Date Posted: 8/23/2012 10:35 AM ET
Member Since: 6/24/2012
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That was a very good question IMO. I have some wonderful books too, and am looking for some to add to my collection. I pretty much resigned myself to the fact that PBS isn't the place to work on my "special" collection. So, I have two categories of books really, my personal collection and those that I just want to read and pass on. Please let me know if you ever find another place where they trade books in the way you mentioned. I'd happily join that one as well. Although, I have to say I have a really hard time parting with any of the books in my "special collection". 

Date Posted: 8/23/2012 12:22 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Your best bet is probably to sell the ones you dont want anymore and then use the money to buy ones you do want. Then use PBS for easier to find book trading.  It can't hurt to put them on your WL here.  But you may never get them and may end up disapointed in PBS if you sent your valuable books out for a credit and then the ones you want are never posted to you.