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Subject: Tips to increase book trades
Date Posted: 1/17/2009 8:55 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2009
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Is there any way I can encourage others to order more of my books? I've tried adding in pictures to some of the books I posted that don't have pictures.  In some of the community topic responses I've been seeing something about offering 2-for-1 deals.  Is there an official way to do that? Is there anything else I can do? Will adding book reviews or tags help?  I have 200+ books in great condition that I'd love to swap for ones I want to read.  Thank you!  Shannon

Date Posted: 1/17/2009 9:23 PM ET
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Shannon, go to the Discussion Forums Book Bazzar. There you can do your 2 for 1 deals or whatever. That'll give you an idea of what people are doing to encourage others to order more of your books. Also, you might want to become more active in the PBS community as a whole...ie: chat room, Discussion Forums etc. Then you'd get to know more people and people tend to look at other people's bookshelves.

Date Posted: 1/17/2009 10:12 PM ET
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Have you thought about becoming a boxer?  It's $9/yr and helps support PBS.  It's a good way to trade some of those more common to PBS books.  The only reason I stopped boxing is because I have 500 books to read already and need to concentrate more on sending out books for now.

Date Posted: 1/17/2009 11:15 PM ET
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 I love it! Thanks! I just set up a 3-for-2 sale and will see how that goes.  I might eventually look into the boxer thing eventually.  Shannon

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 12:08 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/18/2009 4:52 AM ET
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I have to agree with a lot of the advice that Becki gave you. I know that I (personally) am not interested in scrolling through long lists of children's books.  You might want to cut back on any genre that has an overwhelming number of books - but especially the children's books.  Put a "header" on your bookshelf that says you will consider deal offers on children's books or any other genre of book that you have many of - especially common titles).   I know there is a big demand for kids' books, but after going through the first page of you bookshelf I was tired of looking.  That may only be me and my quirky-ness. 

I have my settings set for not viewing the content of signature lines so I don't know if you are using that to your advantage.  If you aren't - then you should because it will pull people to see your bookshelf if you are active on the boards.

I see that you've done 2 book reviews.  That is a good way to get noticed.  The "familiarity" index intrigues me so I do check out other people who has a public profile.  Doing a review every week is a good way to increase visibility because your reviews probably end up on the home page for a period of time.  I say "probably" because I know that in one day a lot of reviews can be placed there.  I wish I knew statistically what the prime times and days would be best for both longevity of staying on the home page and also being seen by the most members.  3AM probably isn't the best time for either of those!  ;D  That's when I tend to be on there!

You haven't been here very long so just hang in there and pace yourself.  It can get very busy quickly when you least expect it.  Look up the books you have and see how many there are already in the system (using your RL).  If there are 75+ I'd take them off for a while unless you are running a deal. If your genres aren't varied but mostly in one or two genres only - then go to the Book Bazaar and the genres' forums to say you have lots of those kinds of books.  When you aren't running a deal take most of them off.   Even if I'm ordering one book and I look to see if I want more - I'm not likely to keep looking through lots of pages.  Once again - might just be me.

Ruth

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 10:26 AM ET
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Because you posted your question here, and because some of the replies said you have a lot of children's books, I am going to look at your shelf now. Please don't take any off until I see them!
Thanks. (And, welcome to the club.)

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 3:17 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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The biggest thing I see is a lot of books with no description. Use the Edit Book Data and update with descriptions (not condition, but content), pub dates, page #s ,etc. so people know what the books are about.

You have a lot of christian and children so get into those genre forums and make friends! Frequent posting in areas where you'll run into people interested in your shelf will help. Offering a deal may help, I don't think people like paying full credits for smaller children's books.

I would disagree with removing books. The number of people who don't use the forums greatly out number those that do so keeping your books in their place in the FIFO ordering process is important. It may take some time to get them up there in the lines, but once they do you'll see a lot more action. I have maintained a shelf of around 500 since I joined and I usually get a least 2 orders a week. I keep my shelf on hold a lot these days just to slow down the requests.

Good luck and happy swapping!

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 10:40 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2009
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Oh, you guys are GREAT! Thank you for all the tips! I've uploaded lots of pictures and am waiting on approval.  I'll look into seeing how many of particular items are already uploaded and maybe reserve those books for later.  I'll see about adding descriptions as well. 

I do have another question: Melanie said "get into those genre forums and make friends!" How do I do that?

Thank you so much!!

Shannon

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 11:27 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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You get into the genre forums by clicking on community and then on discussions and then scroll down past here to the different forums with the subject or genre you are interested in.

Ruth

Date Posted: 1/19/2009 12:10 AM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2009
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Thank you! I'll do that now!