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Subject: Things have really slowed down for me:-(
Date Posted: 1/16/2011 11:12 AM ET
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It seems like since I have joined PBS things have gone in spurts. I was swapping 2-3 books a day, and now I am averaging one a week...if I am lucky.I love swapping books and being a member of PBS...I just want to get back to 2-3 a day!! I purchased 15 goodwill books, but I picked out popular ones that had a lot of copies already on PBS. Any suggestions? Besides patience ;-)
 

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 11:41 AM ET
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What I did was place an add on freecycle.org "Looking for books any genre" and I immediately had someone e-mailing me that they had boxes of books to give away.  I literally filled up my Dodge Journey with boxes of books.  Most were ex-library, but those are postable.  Some I donated, most I posted.  After I posted, I'm getting about 2 a day, but I also run deals sometimes so I may be sending more than I normally would if I didn't run the deal.  75% of the ones I posted are the only copy in the system, so I really lucked out there.  So, try freecycle.  Everything on it is free.  You'll have to set up a account in your area, but we use it a lot!  Good Luck!



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Date Posted: 1/16/2011 11:48 AM ET
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Thank you so much for the tip! I will try that!

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 11:50 AM ET
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Nancy, I joined just a couple weeks before you did.  I immediately sent out about 40 books over the first few weeks, then it came to a halt.  The initial rush is all of the books that are wish listed that go right away when you post them.  Then the rest of it is just how many books there already are in the system.  I know my books with 100, 300 and 500 copies are going to sit.  I have a few now that are in the single digits, so I would expect them to go a little faster---UNLESS they are just not heavily requested books.

 

The rest of it is just a waiting game.  My only advice to you would be post books that you know are WL'ed already, or post books that there are not 10,000 copies in the system already, LOL.

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 11:57 AM ET
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For example, one of the versions of the Da Vinci  code has 2527 copies in the system.  Oh MY!!!

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 12:27 PM ET
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You could also just buy credits from someone until you get some more orders.  Or if you have a lot of DVDS or CDs that no one at your house really uses anymore, you can join one of the sister sites, SWAPADVD and SWAPACD and transfer credits.  I used to have more PBS credits than I could reasonably use (huge TBR here) and was moving them to SWAPADVD to get DVDS for my daughter.  Now 3 yrs later as she's outgrowing a lot of DVDS-I've been doing the opposite, posting DVDs and then moving the credits here.



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Date Posted: 1/16/2011 12:40 PM ET
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Yeah, actually it is cheaper to just buy credits for $2.50 or less.  Unless you are mailing out small paperbacks or mass market paperbacks.   I'm not too worried about my shelf not moving now, because I'm just buying credits.

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 11:59 PM ET
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My advice is just to be patient. Things tend to go in spurts around here; you'll have no requests for a few weeks and then you'll get a ton. Also, remember that even people who have hundreds of books on their bookshelf don't send out books every day. I've been a member for a year and a half and for the first 6 months I was obsessed with the swapping aspect; it was like it was a high for me to receive a new book. Now, I'll keep my wishlist and bookshelf on hold for a month at a time and just enjoy what I already have to read.  

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 12:09 AM ET
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My first year I was always tight on credits.  It takes a while to learn what goes and what sits.

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 12:47 AM ET
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Depending on what phone you have, I highly recommend downloading the PBS Wishing app.  I've got it for my android and it's helped me as I'll now look up books at the thrift store instead of just guessing to see if they are WL or not.

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 9:11 AM ET
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I love that app too. I use it anytime I'm looking at books...even if they r books I want for me. If one version is wl and another isn't, I get the one that is.
Date Posted: 1/17/2011 7:00 PM ET
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This happened to me and then I descovered Box-0-Books.  I love it!

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 7:22 PM ET
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How does the Box O Books work exactly? I searched for an explanation a couple of weeks ago but couldn't find one.

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 7:33 PM ET
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Here is a link to the information I found in the help center: http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_item.php?id=497

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 8:06 PM ET
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Shanan,

DOH. That is exactly what I was looking for -- thank you for linking it for me!!!

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 9:04 PM ET
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Suggestions for you from my personal experiences on PBS:

Post books on home repair, crafts, scrapbooking, gardening, etc. These book are requested quickly . Purchase these books at library book sales, garage sales, Goodwill, etc. ( One day I posted about 15 craft/home repair books and 13 were requested within hours !)

Post every book in my house on my" Books I have read" list- If someone has it on a wishlist, I see a green or red W- I may decide to post  my "keeper" if I know that someone else is wishing for books I have

Post more often on the forums. I often browse wihlist and bookshelves of PBS members- Gives me ideas on what to post to my wishlist or reminder list and I often post books directly to a member's wishlist 

 

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 9:30 PM ET
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I just took a look at your shelf. I bet the Sugar Cookie Murder goes really fast. I just posted two books in that series and they were both requested within a couple of days. :)

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 9:58 PM ET
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When I first joined, I told my family and friends about the site. I think I only got one person to join with my referral but a lot of my family members just gave me books to trade. I've returned the favor by ordering books for them from the site that they couldn't find anywhere else. Now my bookshelf is pretty big (luckily I have room to store them) and I don't really want any more but they keep giving them to me.  My mother-in-law just got a Nook for Christmas and she keeps bugging me to come and take her books (mostly hardcover Science Fiction, which I don't read and cost a bit more to mail than I'd like to spend). I really don't need credits so I've been putting her off.  

You might be surprised to find that there are people you know who just want to get rid of the books they've read and don't want the hassle of trading or selling them. 

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 10:41 PM ET
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I have a blackberry. I have searched for "pbs wish list" in the applications. What specifically is the application called? I can not find it, and I would think it would be available on blackberry.

Date Posted: 1/18/2011 10:30 AM ET
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On my droid I just ran an app search for paperbackswap and it came right up.

Date Posted: 1/18/2011 3:34 PM ET
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Two to three books a day?  How can you afford the postage?  I am perfectly satisfied to have just one book a week requested or one every two weeks.  More than that would break the bank on my book budget.

Subject: Same here
Date Posted: 1/18/2011 10:03 PM ET
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I'm in a massive slump myself. I've been getting 1 per month since September. Then again, I rarely request fiction. .Non fiction is a tougher find I noticed.

Date Posted: 1/19/2011 11:33 AM ET
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@ Nancy-

I don't think anyone has developed that type of App for the BB yet.

-RD