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Subject: Unpostables - Why can't you list them - No Credit Swaps
Date Posted: 12/29/2008 12:15 PM ET
Member Since: 12/16/2008
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I think it would be great is we could have a list of unpostables - same as our bookshelf that people could choose to swap between users. This way we don't have to search for deals or PM someone extra.

I have quite a few Advance copies that I would gladly trade with someone for a book that might not be in the best condition, but that I would like to read.

Seems like it would be simple really.

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 12:47 PM ET
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There is a thread for unpostables and ARCs in the Book Bazaar forum. You can offer the books completely for free, or free with an offer from your shelf, or as long as you aren't asking a credit for them, you could probably say something about being willing to trade for other unpostables. You just can't offer to trade an unpostable for a postable book.

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 1:56 PM ET
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I mean, you would have a unpostable bookshelf (exactly like your real bookshelf) - to trade for other unpostables. Since these books are still good reads, they just may not be in the best conidtion or are advance copies.

I may offer them as a freebie in the future.

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 2:44 PM ET
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It's a good idea ... in theory.

In real life, I think it would cause A LOT of problems.  I don't think a week goes by that someone doesn't post a question about whether or not a book they received should be marked RWAP.  And there are probably just as many questions asking if a book in such-and-such condition is postable or not.

It would just open a big can of worms with members forgetting, intentionally or not, which books are posted to which bookshelf as well as which books they ordered and from where.

I don't want to ask for a postable book and wind up with one that is unpostable because the sender mixed up her shelves.  And I don't want to get into the business of sending an unpostable book to someone who really wants a book in much better condition but mixed up his order and didn't realize he was asking for one that is unpostable.

We have the conditions spelled out for a reason.  You haven't been here a long time so it might seem to be a no-brainer.  Hang out on here a while and you'll see what I am talking about.  And like Bren said, you have the Book Bazaar.  You can even sell your ARCs at Half.com as long as you put "ARC" in the description.  In a month or two, your bookshelf of postable books will be overflowing if you're like the rest of us!  :)  


Date Posted: 12/29/2008 3:08 PM ET
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I would check out the Games Forum.  There usually is lots of things that would fit what you are looking for.

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 4:14 PM ET
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Jodi, why don't you list your unpostables and ARC's in your profile and put a link in your siggy.  That way people will know that you'd like to swap.  I've made quite a few unpostable trades with other PBSers.  Also, every once in a while there are swaps for ARC's and unpostables.  Wander through the games and the book bazaar and you'll find them.

Subject: Unpostables - Why can't you list them - No Credit Swaps
Date Posted: 1/1/2009 9:19 AM ET
Member Since: 10/26/2005
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there are also other trading sites in which posting those books is legit

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 1:17 PM ET
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Come check out the Damaged Books Virtual Box in the games forum.  I used to post mine as freebies in my signature or on another site that allows condition notes. But now I put most in the DBVB.  You deposit 2 credits that they hold until you decide not to play anymore.  Then you get them back as long as all the books requested from you have been received.  To start you list 2 unpostable books you have why they're unpostable.  Then they randomly make a play order.  People take books out and replace them with others.  I've found this to be a great way to exchange upostable books for another book.  There's also a Romance VB, Historical VB, Mystery/Thriller, Cozy and an Erotica VB. Also a lot of times when someone has an ARC of a WL book they start a Bookring. I'm not exactly sure how this works.  I think people put a credit in just incase they lose or damage the book, then a random list is made and the book is sent to each person on the list giving each a certain #of days to read it or something like that.  Maybe more than one copies is circulated.  I don't know.

You could put in your profile a list of your ARCS and unpostables. Then put in your signature that you have them and if anyone wants to trade unpostables with you (no credits) to PM you with what they have.  I would think this would be alllowed as you are not asking postage or credits for them.


Date Posted: 1/1/2009 4:18 PM ET
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I use Bookmooch to post my unpostables. The reason I use it is because you can list the condition of the book which I do in great detail so the person knows exactly what they are getting. I've had a bunch of requests too even for UNPOSTABLE books. lol

So you may want to try there. I use the points I get on bookmooch for my kids to pick out books. My kids love books but sadly the younger two are rough on books. ; )

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 5:07 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/3/2009 9:34 PM ET
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Here the link to the DAMAGED VIRTUAL BOX  in the Games Forum.