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Subject: thanks for the comments.....
Date Posted: 1/24/2008 11:52 AM ET
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I'll take the responses to heart.  Thanks for the insite.

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Date Posted: 1/24/2008 11:59 AM ET
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I agree. If I have to read and reread it, forget it! Make it simple for me! Otherwise I move on.

Subject: i agree
Date Posted: 1/24/2008 12:07 PM ET
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i have had to pm people to explain the deal.


i make my deals short and sweet


such as 3 for 1 or 2 for 1.


it would be easier if people did not post such complicated sales 

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 12:21 PM ET
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i agree.

the other thing that gets me is when people offer 3-for-1 or 5-for-2 ... um, i'd just order two 3-for-1s if i was willing to spend 2 credits rather than a 5-for-2 because it's a better deal. =p

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 12:26 PM ET
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I offer different deals for hardcover because they usually cost more for postage than paperbacks.  And audio books cost more to buy than paperbacks, so they are a different deal, too.  Just MHO.

BTW, I am offering 5 for 1 paperbacks, 3 for 1 hardcover, and 2 for 1 audio (cassette) right now if anyone's interested.

Susan W.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 12:55 PM ET
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There was one the other day that read something like this:

4 for 1(great!)

9 for 2 (even better!)

10 for 3 (huh???)

Why on Earth would anyone order 10, when they can have 9 for one less credit?

The point: Think out your deal and make sure it makes sense to you before you offer it.

I'm fine with the limited deals. I don't find them confusing, just...limiting. I don't order from them because the rebellious part of me thinks, "Hmph! You won't tell ME what the read!"

You'll get more orders from *me* if you advertise 3 for 1 or 4 for 1. =) Can't speak for anyone else.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 1:00 PM ET
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If the deal offered has me needing to read it more than once I pass. I don't do complex deals and I always make mine simple :-)


Date Posted: 1/24/2008 1:13 PM ET
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I offer different deals for different types of books because of shipping costs as well...  I have gotten plenty of orders so it must not be too much trouble...  :-)

And I really don't mind reading through other deals twice if I need to.  There are some really great deals offered in this topic and I would hate for people to feel limited to offer the same deal throughout their bookshelf.

PS - the 10 for 3 was a type-o...  :-)  It was supposed to be 12 for 3.  I'm human.  I fixed it yesterday after I noticed it...

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Date Posted: 1/24/2008 2:05 PM ET
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I don't mind those as much as I mind the ones that say "3/1 on anything posted before X date".  Personally, I don't have time to scroll through lists of books and look at the date every single one of them was posted, to determine whether they qualify for the deal or not!  If people are going to do that, they should do the research themselves and list the titles in their post.  When I see those, I just immediatley bypass them.

I don't have a problem wtih more than one deal in a post though, say 2/1 hardbacks and 3/1 paperbacks.  When you add more than that though, it gets hard to keep them all straight as you are looking at the shelf.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 2:26 PM ET
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If they do have a deal according to dates, you just resort the shelf by the date, ascending or descending.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 2:27 PM ET
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You know, I look at it this way, someone is doing ME ( I will emphasize the ME here) a favor. They are giving ME a deal - notice where the emphasis is? ME. So what right do I have to complain???? What right do YOU have to complain? None, as far as I can see.

I'm going to put it right out there (as if I haven't already) at the risk of offending some people, they are doing you a favor, if you don't like it, don't take the deal. I find this thread utterly ridicules and downright tacky!

And no, I will NOT offer my hardbacks as a 3/1 and YES, some people should offer those tiny Harlequins as a 5/1 so what's the big deal?

I think the lengths people will go to to find fault and the complaints people have are getting way out of control on PBS.  You guys sound pretty bad complaining about deals that are nothing but a benefit for YOU and ME.

Good grief.  (Carry on ...... )

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Date Posted: 1/24/2008 2:34 PM ET
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Susan, I agree 100%.  I'm cruising the deals looking for the 30 or 40 books I'd like but don't "need".  I don't care if the deal is 2 for 1 or 3 for 2 or what ever.  It's better than I'd get ordering off the shelf and it's a gift.  Thanks in advance to those who make the offers!

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 3:03 PM ET
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I agree also. If the deal is just too confusing, I pass and go on to the next one.  I agree also that it isn't the 5 for 1 deal that I would pick over the 2 for 1. That part doesn't matter to me either. It would have to be a title that I am looking for.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 3:13 PM ET
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I really don't care what the offer is either, don't get me wrong.  I love a good deal and received a few of them from here, I have also given good deals as well.  It doesn't bother me when there is hardbacks - 2 for 1 and paperbacks are 3 for 1.  I understand and can relate to the weight and packaging difference.  I just mailed one out this week that packaging was a battle but I loved mailing it.

I am trying to relay how confusing some offers really are.  What difference does it make if you do a 2 for 1 on romance, 3 for 1 on mass markets, 4 for 1 on sci-f, 3 for 1 on paranormal?  and why do all 4 deals have to go on at one time?  Are we just trying to be difficult? 

I am happy to ship any book, I don't give a hoot what kind of book it is or that I may have to pay a little more for shipping.  I'm just stressing that some topics are getting too complicated, therefore losing some people's interest. 

If a notice of this petty?  Ok, so be it.  

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 3:25 PM ET
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Ditto.  Everyone is different, looking for different things.  Some deals I wouldn't bother with trying to figure out and then flipping through pages to see if there's anything I want, and then somebody else will think they've struck gold and order like a demon.  It's all good either way.  Try hitting nothing but sales that have just what you want at the  right price, when you're out shopping on a Friday afternoon... as if...  But anyway, the only thing I'd really like to see is just more details regarding what's on the shelf, but those are just my druthers.  I'm looking for deals on romance,  period - unless my kids request I find something for them.  I try to narrow that down to the regular full-length paperbacks; I'm not really interested in the category/Harlequin stuff, so it'd be nice to know that much before I browse.  It doesn't matter to me if it's 10 for 1, I don't order those.  And the only reason I'm saying this is just as a suggestion, and that really only to people who have specific things other people might be looking for deals on, and would go right to and order if they saw it in the thread title.  I get tired of flipping through deals & bookshelf pages at some point & give up, but that's just me.  I probably miss out on things all the time because of it too, and then again, when I see them - even just 2 for 1 deals - I almost always order.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 3:29 PM ET
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I don't think people are trying to be difficult. At least I've never thought that was the case. Some people have a glut of Sci fi so they want to get it off their shelf. A glut of books that have sat for over a year, they want to get off their shelf. If someone is offering me something for free I will never EVER find a reason to complain about it. I find it rude.

And the whole confusing thing - this place is called Book BAZAAR. Bazaar = pawing through tons of stuff you don't want to find the one golden item you do want. Think Indian bazaar in New Delhi, think of your neighborhood garage sale with 200 participants. It's not going to be easy so you have two choices: You go or you don't go.

What you don't do, in my book, is complain about a process that you don't even have to participate in and one that is for free.

And I guess I'll just continue to be amazed at the fact that people actually will complain about getting something for free. You know, nothing ever comes for free. You might have to put a little elbow grease in to get the free stuff.

<leaving the thread just shaking my head in amazement>

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 3:39 PM ET
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This may be a "Book Bazaar" but it is also a "Discussion Forum".  We make deals, we get deals that is how this all works.  What deals you receive is up to you.  If someone told me that I could make changes in my topics and I would receive more responses, yes I'll listen and take to heart.  I may following their advice, I may not, my choice. 

I'm not critizing any person or what they do with their account.  I am stating the obvious, that simplicity is best for me.  That's all.


Date Posted: 1/24/2008 3:48 PM ET
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I think you make some good points, Susan - for what it's worth.  The only thing I'd add to that is that this, being the book bazaar, is going to make it at least somewhat competitive to get book orders.  If you have credits to spend, it's something of a buyers market really.  Me personally, I'd rather have folks ordering from me than just straight out of the system, so I do 2 for 1.  But all things being equal, if I wanted those credits badly enough, I'd treat it like a business, and make it as attractive as I could to have people ordering books from me.  Just MHO.

Judith L. (JML) - ,
Date Posted: 1/24/2008 3:52 PM ET
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Right on Susan W!  It's a Bazaar, not Amazon!  You have to work a bit harder to get the best deal, because those of us who wish to unload some books don't have the TIME to list every title.  If we did, we might prefer to sell on Amazon.  So I don't see why we need a negative post to make the deal makers feel bad, if you find it too confusing, pass it up.  'Nuff said!

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 4:58 PM ET
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