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I joined as a boxer and wanted to know if there are any tips to getting a request accepted. I have gotten a couple of declines with a note saying they would send it for a credit. Which is fine but I was hoping to use the boxer option. Having alot of books posted is a key and I continue to post more. Any other suggestions?
Welcome to Box O Books Lydia,
I find that being a boxer has helped me to move books and get books that have a lot of copies posted in the system. But I have never been turned down for a request for someone not wanting to send a book via BOB. There have been offers I have made and gotten that have been declined for conditions, or because one of us couldnt find anything on the others shelf. In both scenarios a 2 for 1 deal has been offered in some cases.
There are some BOB members that wrap and mail a bit slower than if it were a credit transaction. I try to respond to a BOB request as quickly as I do a regular request. I will also consider uneven BOB transactions. Sometimes I want some books they have posted but not as many as the other member. I figure if I am moving books off my shelf and getting books to read then it will all even out eventually. I do not like to do BOB trades with just one book, though. I think that defeats the potage savings, but I have done a few where it was only one book.
There are a few BOB members who I have traded with more that once, since I am confident that they are members who follow the guidelines, and have similar taste in books. I dont have a very large shelf or even a very diverse shelf, but have really enjoyed BOB and have recently renewed my subscription. And the money goes to help PBS with costs, so that is a win-win to me.