Discussion Forums - Questions about PaperBackSwap Questions about PaperBackSwap

Topic: Do unused free swaps roll over?

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Do unused free swaps roll over?
Date Posted: 11/24/2015 10:00 AM ET
Member Since: 4/27/2007
Posts: 280
Back To Top

Most memberships will be up for renewal in Feb 2016.  I am on the limited plan and plan to stay with it.  Right now, I have 13 free swaps left from my 2015 membership.  I assume I'll be getting more free swaps when I renew my membership, but I was wondering if my unused free swaps roll over to be added to my new swaps in '16?

Date Posted: 11/24/2015 11:47 AM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2014
Posts: 2,793
Back To Top

Karen,  I read the free swaps never expire.  

Date Posted: 11/24/2015 12:42 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
Posts: 15,446
Back To Top

PBS has told us that the free swap credits do stay with you, even when you change levels. That sounds to me that they will roll over. But I'm not finding it stated as such.

At this point there is no way to transfer the free ones.

Date Posted: 11/24/2015 1:19 PM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2008
Posts: 2,829
Back To Top

your question creates another question for me. In your case if you have swaps left when your suscription expires can you wait until your swaps expire to renew and when you renew will the subscription have a new start date or will you go to the old date?

Date Posted: 11/24/2015 2:02 PM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2014
Posts: 2,793
Back To Top

This post was dated 5/24/15. 

Got and answer so thought I'd share

Dear Mary,

Thanks for writing in. The difference between the two annual memberships is not just the Swap Fee/Free Swap issue; there are other features that the Standard Membership provides in addition to fee-free swapping, that some members consider important and worth the fee.

To answer your question, the 30 Free Swaps that come with the Limited Membership enrollment don't expire, and you can make the purchase of Limited Membership in advance of your current membership expiring, but you aren't able to apply the additional Limited Membership to your account until your active Limited Membership expires  So if you use up your 30 Free Swaps before the year of enrollment is up, you can do one of the following:

(1) use Printable Postage to send your books, and earn a Free Swap for each mailing, OR

(2) pay $0.49 for each book request you make after the 30 Free Swaps are used up, OR

(3) upgrade to Standard Membership for $8.00 - when purchased in the Kiosk, this upgrade will last until the end of your active Limited Membership enrollment.

The best choice for you would depend on things like: how many requests you will make after the 30, whether you use Printable Postage, and if you want the other features of Standard Membership.

We hope this information is helpful. Have a great day!

The PaperBackSwap Team
www.PaperBackSwap.com

 

Subject: Great answers
Date Posted: 11/24/2015 7:34 PM ET
Member Since: 4/27/2007
Posts: 280
Back To Top

Hi gang!  I knew I could count on PBS friends to answer my question.  I have only 13 free swaps left to last until mid-Feb when my membership will be up for renewal.  I don't know if I will use them all before then or not and if I didn't use them all, I didn't want to loose them if they didn't carry over.  

@Valerie: so it's $0.49 plus 1 point per swap if no swap credits are available, is that right?  Are there any additional fees to make that swap credit purchase? 

Thanks gang!   

Date Posted: 11/24/2015 7:36 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
Posts: 15,194
Back To Top

and you can make the purchase of Limited Membership in advance of your current membership expiring, but you aren't able to apply the additional Limited Membership to your account until your active Limited Membership expires  So if you use up your 30 Free Swaps before the year of enrollment is up, you can do one of the following

This seems to be outdated information. A TG just recently asked this question and was told that the new Free Swaps would be added to a member's account immediately upon renewal.

 

your question creates another question for me. In your case if you have swaps left when your suscription expires can you wait until your swaps expire to renew and when you renew will the subscription have a new start date or will you go to the old date?

You could go to an A la Carte Membership and use your Free Swaps without an Annual Membership. You would lose other things such as your increased WL spots and the social aspects like the Forum posting and PMing during that time. I believe there is a very short period in which your renewal can be restored back to the end of your other Annual Membership, but if you let your Annual Membership lapse when you purchase a new one you would get a full year from the date you enrolled.



Last Edited on: 11/24/15 7:36 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/24/2015 10:38 PM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2014
Posts: 2,793
Back To Top

That's right Karen!  Also there's a 50¢ fee to deposit money in your swapmoney account.  So plan ahead to deposit what you need to minimize the fee.  Also the money is stuck there, so keep that in mind.  

Please note: Because the 50-cent Kiosk Transaction fee is "flat" ( = 50 cents no matter how small or large your purchase), it is wise to buy PBS Money in lump amounts ($5, $10, etc) to have Swap Fees and/or Printable Postage for several shipments before having to "reload" your Money account.  Purchasing "lump amounts" of PBS Money less often will minimize the number of Transaction Fees you will pay.

Date Posted: 11/24/2015 10:39 PM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2014
Posts: 2,793
Back To Top

Melanie I don't know what to say about the discrepancy.  We will find out in a few months.  

Date Posted: 11/26/2015 8:12 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2008
Posts: 780
Back To Top

and you can make the purchase of Limited Membership in advance of your current membership expiring, but you aren't able to apply the additional Limited Membership to your account until your active Limited Membership expires  So if you use up your 30 Free Swaps before the year of enrollment is up, you can do one of the following

This seems to be outdated information. A TG just recently asked this question and was told that the new Free Swaps would be added to a member's account immediately upon renewal.

This is indeed outdated. I posted the first reponse from the Librarian and in a later question, the response was totally opposite.  I ran out of swaps and renewed early based on the second response. I did receive an immediate credit of an additional 30 swaps and a new expiration date of 2/15/17. It appears the librarian response I originally posted was in error as to when swaps are posted. 

As to the expiration of swaps, the librarian has represented in replies they currently do not expire and you can go ala carte to use remaining swaps prior to renewing. Your renewal would then be a year from renewal date. The proviso is  "currently". So I guess they retain the right to change their mind at any time with no notice.



Last Edited on: 11/26/15 8:13 PM ET - Total times edited: 2