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Subject: Totally! Pointless! Poll! WL Books :-)
Date Posted: 12/22/2011 12:31 PM ET
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Hey, how are all of you doing with getting WL books? For some reason, I thought it'd pick up during the season, but my list has ground to a halt, even with the extra 100 spots of gold key. I just realized perhaps folks are like me - I specifically did not post books for a while because I would rather lay down on a bed of piranhas than go to the post office this time of year. Have you seen the same slow down in getting WL offers? Or can you not keep up with the credits because you're getting so many? Just curious, feel free to chime in!

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Date Posted: 12/22/2011 12:36 PM ET
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I was offered about 7 or 8 WL books this December.

Which is way more than the previous two Decembers. This has been a slow time of year for me previously.

I'm still mailing out books this month. I use the APC machine at the PO, so I just go in the off hours when there is no line. That's how I did all my Christmas packages too. APC machine, and in the bin. Perfect, with no line.

PBS has helped with that though ... now that I've been here a few years, I've seen so many posts about different kinds of postage, I practically know as much as the postal workers do about what the different postae for things is ..... so I am not afraid to just go get my own from the APC.

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Date Posted: 12/22/2011 12:44 PM ET
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Mine slowed down, but that is to be expected since about half of them are not-yet-released books and I deleted a whole bunch from my WL so that I now have only about 100 on there...I did get 3 or 4 so far this month though.

I personally have my account on hold too, and won't remove the hold til after we move on Jan. 31. I typically post 10-20 WL books per month so I'm sure someone is missing those books.


Date Posted: 12/22/2011 12:45 PM ET
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In my two months here I have gotten 1 WL book, and that was earlier this month but the rest of my lists seem to be moving much quicker than normal. For example, one WL book hadn't moved in several weeks, and now 5 copies posted just this week!  But the rest seem to be not moving much at all.  Personally I would love to grant some WL requests, and when I start to read a book from my list I always come to PBS and see if its been wishlisted so I remember to post it when I finish it.  This month my biggest problem is that I have books that are WLd many times over, but they are ARCs so unless someone sees my sig on the forums or the header on my bookshelf, they are out of luck for those ones. 

Date Posted: 12/22/2011 12:48 PM ET
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"I would rather lay down on a bed of piranhas than go to the post office this time of year."

I feel the same way about standing in a line at the post office.  But you know what - I never have to!  There are two main methods to avoid it.  You can buy the postage & delivery confirmation here and print it with your print your wraper, and then leave your books by your home mailbox for your letter carrier to take away.  When I've done this and had several books at once, I put them in a bag with handles and a big obvious note on it saying "Outgoing Mail".  The other method it to use the APC at the post office.  You can see the postage price when you print the wrapper, or if you have a scale you can weigh the package and look up the postae at the USPS website.  Then just buy the stamp for that amount from the APC.  There is never a line at the APC at my post office even when there is a huge line for the window.  The only time I have to stand in that line is on the very rare occasions that I send somethign international.

Date Posted: 12/22/2011 1:01 PM ET
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There is never a line at the APC at my post office even when there is a huge line for the window.

Oh yeah. I've stood in line for the APC ... behind as many as 2 people ... meanwhile the line for the counter is 30 or 40 people long.

If you have an APC machine, its a huge time saver. My APC machine has its own scale, so when I use it, I just weigh all my books on the scale, sort them into piles ... 1 pound, 2 pounds, etc, then go back and buy the stamps.

I keep a little list in my wallet with the postage prices for Media Mail, per pound, with and without DC. (made my own little chart). The main drawback of the APC machine is that you have to know the amount of postage to stick on the package, cause the machine will not give you the Media Mail price ... but as long as you know that, no problems!

Date Posted: 12/22/2011 1:23 PM ET
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I have gotten about 5 WL books this month. Like others, I have had my bookshelf on hold all month -- took it off hold this morning and immediately sent out 10 WL books with another 10 waiting for responses. December in my experience is always a slow month because many people do put their accounts on hold to avoid going to the PO (for those of you who start yelling, "use printable postage", I send out about 75 books a month and using printable postage adds too much to the expense of sending that many books and all the APCs in my area have been pulled.). After the holidays, it has always picked up as accounts go off of hold and people start posting the books they received for Christmas. Good times lay ahead once we get past December!

Stefani -- you have only been here two months. One of the secrets of getting a constant supply of WL books is to get them on your WL before they are even published. You have to be patient for PBS to work successfully for you.

Date Posted: 12/22/2011 1:35 PM ET
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Stefani -- you have only been here two months. One of the secrets of getting a constant supply of WL books is to get them on your WL before they are even published. You have to be patient for PBS to work successfully for you.

I am more than happy to be perfectly patient, and am constantly adding to my WL.  I was so thrilled when I got that first email that a WL book was being offered to me I just about danced with joy.  And truth be told, I have not had enough books posted and requested yet to have enough credits to handle constant WL requests, so that will come with time also. Though my WLs are taking their time to come around to me, I am having enormous fun posting books, posting WLd books, and finding other things to add to my enormous TBR pile (its over 1400 books long now).  And admittedly a lot of the books I have on my WL have 80-400 requesters, so I could be waiting awhile and that is the part that will get me in trouble...waiting and finding other things to add to my list lol.

Date Posted: 12/22/2011 1:41 PM ET
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I have gotten a few this month. I'm not sure if it's a little slower because of the holidays, or just by chance.

I am also on vacation hold until after the holidays. I won't be mailing anything until well into January, just to save some money.

Date Posted: 12/22/2011 3:10 PM ET
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I've received 16 books since 12/2 - 7 have been Wled and I have 2 more WLs en route, so I don't think my WL books have slowed down.  I'm guessing that about mid-January or so, the WL books will start rolling again.  I go to the PO twice a week, and really for the most part don't have a problem.  Also if I'm really in a hurry I can go to our local grocery store and mail books.  The only thing they don't have is the ability to scan a DC, but I figure it will get done eventually (and it usually does when it gets to the processing center later in the day).  Pat

Date Posted: 12/22/2011 7:17 PM ET
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I've received 2 books this month.  One a FIFO WL book and the other was a WL book directed at me by a friend.  Haven't had my shelf or WL on hold at all.

I don't care about PO lines, haven't been to my PO in ages.  They took out our APM a couple of years ago.  I do all of my postage via Paypal and drop the books off in a blue box.

Date Posted: 12/22/2011 7:30 PM ET
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I just took my account of vacation and had 2 WL offers the first day.

January and February are usually good for moving the newere release WL lines as people spend gift certificate money on WL books-then read and post them here.

I average 4-6 WL books a month when I don't have them on hold.  I don't WL the fast moving ones either.  Those are the ones the library usually has for free.  Most of the ones I WL are more expensive tradesized books that aren't likely to show up in thrift stores often (although I do find some there).

Date Posted: 12/22/2011 8:25 PM ET
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I got about 5 WL books this month.  I average 0 - 5 per month.  It really varies for me.


I'm on vacation hold now.  I don't expect to post any WL books until January.  I have a comfortable bank of credits and I'm with you on not wanting to go to the PO.

Date Posted: 12/23/2011 4:13 AM ET
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I was offered 2 WL books within the last 24 hours.  I also got a few others this month.  I think my WL offers have gone up since I got Gold Key which makes me happy!

Date Posted: 12/23/2011 10:37 AM ET
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I've receiveved about 4 WL books this month, which is pretty average (all through FIFO). I've sent out quite a few, mostly though the BB multiple thread (but my PO is certainly taking it's time with delivering them).

ETA: Weirdly, I've been finding that if I stick them in a blue box, they are delivered reasonably quickly, but if I drop them on the APC box, they sit forever before anything happens.

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Date Posted: 12/23/2011 11:12 AM ET
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I've received more WL books this month than in the entire rest of the year. Over a dozen.

In Jan, I'll be posting a couple dozen WL books. I just haven't had time to wrap them all and am not hurting for credits.

Date Posted: 12/27/2011 8:02 AM ET
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I've held off until after Christmas, but I'm mailing off 53 WL books today and I'm sure others have waited to mail, too.

Date Posted: 12/27/2011 10:11 AM ET
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I think I've gotten 1 WL book during December. 

Date Posted: 12/27/2011 10:34 AM ET
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I haven't gotten a WL hit since November. Not too unusual but I was expecting a hit or two in the last couple days...but maybe everyone doesn't read their new books instantly after they get them for Christmas like I do. :)

I have been collecting a pile of books at home that are WL-ed, and plan to list them once my holiday travels are over. I go to the PO in person (I prefer to support the local offices in order to help them stay open) and so didn't want to go during the pre-holiday rush. Especially since some of the offers would probably time out and I wouldn't be able to send them all at once.

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 2:22 AM ET
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The postage machine is just as bad as the lines around here, this time of year -- invariably each person ahead of you has a hundred packages and the machine always runs out of something... I just go on hold for the holiday season.