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Subject: I am uncertain about a request...
Date Posted: 10/16/2007 9:54 PM ET
Member Since: 1/15/2006
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I am wondering why someone profile would show them as mailing a large number of books (hundred plus) and showing they have only received a small number (17). 

This makes me wonder if this person (who ordered 15 books from me) will not mark them received????  I do not want to pay for a large order and not get credit (neither sender nor receiver is a boxer).

What do you think?

Thanks in advance!

Sara

Date Posted: 10/16/2007 9:57 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Well I am one of those people. I have sent out a lot more books then I've received.  Mostly because I had a bunch of WL books when I joined.  I still have about 20 unread WL books.  I also have 180 unread books that aren't WL. So I'm only spending credits on WL book offers I get.  I have a move coming up and I'm trying to get rid of books.  I'll go on a credit spending spree after I move. 

I wouldn't worry about not getting your books marked as received. If a person frequently has books go "lost" on them, be they sender or requestor-they can lose their PBS membership. 

Date Posted: 10/16/2007 9:59 PM ET
Member Since: 4/6/2007
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Maybe they are just saving their credits.  I know I have shipped more than I have received.  I've mailed 83 and received 68.  Maybe they just haven't found a lot of books they wanted.  I wouldn't worry about the person trying cheat the system.  If they had ordered a lot more books than what is shown, and not marked them received, then R&R would have been alerted by now.

Date Posted: 10/16/2007 10:06 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2006
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I've never used any kind of delivery confirmation before, but I think if I was sending 15 books to one person, I'd probably use some kind of DC, because those books could go lost or something, and you don't want to be out 15 credits. 

Date Posted: 10/16/2007 10:14 PM ET
Member Since: 10/26/2005
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I agree with Judy on this one.

This situation does seem a little strange, but there are plenty of likely explanations that other members have mentioned.

Just to be safe though, use the PBS DC for that package.  You'll get all your credits instantly, so you won't have to worry about whether they're marked or not.

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 7:02 AM ET
Member Since: 5/29/2007
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Who is it that's going for 100 saved credits?  Someone on the boards here.  I'll think of it later, I'm sure. 

I wouldn't hesitate to send those books, but I would do as Judy suggested and use delivery confirmation. 

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 9:13 AM ET
Member Since: 7/10/2005
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I think you should give the person a chance. Maybe the person has lots of books to read and is waiting to order. I would for sure use DC on them though.

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 9:33 AM ET
Member Since: 8/21/2007
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I guess I'm considered one of those people, as I've mailed 88 books and only received 29. I have 118 on my WL, so you see, as I want books I do try to get them. I don't see how this should make me seem like a potential problem swapper.

 

--Andrea

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 10:42 AM ET
Member Since: 7/2/2007
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I've sent about twice as many as I've received.  All my extra credits are tied up by my wish list on auto-request.  I've just not found as many books here as I've been able to share.

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 12:12 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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Maybe it's my DH, he ships out all his books, and buddies me most of his credits. I'm sooo glad he loves me :)

I know someone on here that has mailed nearly 4 times the number of books he's ordered. He shops really well!

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 12:22 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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The DC won't necessarily give you credit for all the books if they are in one package.  You might have to look up how to do that.  Otherwise you might only get one book recorded when they are mailed. 

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 12:56 PM ET
Member Since: 2/5/2007
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I am curious - do all of you check the stats on people you order from??  It has never occured to me to do that.   I just place my order and forget about it until the book arrives OR gets lost.   I've had one book lost going from me and one coming to me.      Does whatever you see on the stats make you order or not order from someone?? 

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 1:03 PM ET
Member Since: 5/1/2007
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I'm like you Cozi....it's never occured to me to check stats on people I order from or people who order from me.  I'm just happy to get a book I want or to send one of my books to a new home.

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 1:10 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2006
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It never occurred to me until I started reading the forums.  I'm not sure whether that's a good thing or a bad thing.  But if one member ordered 15 books from me all at once, that would certainly give me pause.  (then again, my shelf is always pretty tiny).

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 4:16 PM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
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Regarding the original question, I wanted to point out that some members, like myself, may transfer a lot of credits to SwapaCD.  I've used 15 PBS credits there in recent months.  I'm trying to rid the house of "stuff" and CD's take up a lot less room than books :-).

I'm also currently stockpiling credits for my WL.  When I first joined, I went crazy ordering nearly every day from the daily digest.  I learned now that's not so smart when books come up on my WL ;-).

 

JC

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 4:48 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I don't really pay attention to the stats either. I do have some people buddied that I see on here regularly that have books on their WL that I have in my TBR pile.  Or they have bookshelfs with books I like. 

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 7:02 PM ET
Member Since: 3/13/2006
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If I got a request for 15 books at one time I'd probably check out the requestor's profile just out of curiosity (not expecting a problem).

It sounds like maybe this person has been saving her credits for her ideal books, and she just hit the book jackpot on your shelf!  I agree with the others -- use DC (although check about that bulk mailing rule) and don't worry about it.  If she was consistently ordering books and not marking them received her account would have been flagged by now.