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Subject: More valuable Books
Date Posted: 9/9/2010 5:26 AM ET
Member Since: 9/6/2010
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Is there a way to either a) find members who are wishing for certain books and contact them directly or b) list books that I want more than one token for, or I want a swap of my one book for several paperbacks?  Is there a way to list a book with a stipulation, like, this book will be 3 credits or something like that?    I know about box o books, but if  I list a book it will still show up both places, correct?  And then I'm obligated to sell/swap it for one credit?  I have lots of craft books, like knitting, crochet, painting, country decorating, etc........that I can't part with for only one credit.....

Also, if you're in box o books, can you ever offer to buy or sell books with actual money?  You can trade for free (no credits) with 'friends' correct?  but how do you make the friends that you will trade with?  Is there a way to communicate personally and deal with other members?

Thanks so much for any help, really just off the turnip truck newbie here!

Oh, also, can we give out our eMail address, or have it listed on our profile?

And lastly, (I hope!)  do we trade magazines here anywhere? 

Date Posted: 9/9/2010 5:41 AM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2009
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Welcome to PBS!

You CAN NOT ask for more then 1 credit for a book. No if, ands, or buts sorry.

You can not swap for ANYTHING besides credits

You can not trade magazines. You can offer them free with an order if you want, but because they have ads you can not mail them media

So sorry, but just about everything you want to do is against the rules. At the top of the screen there is a tab for the help center. In there is a option for help docs. These are the rules you read when you opened your account. They also go into deeper detail on some of the rules. You might want to take a look at them. I've been here over a year and still have to look sometimes :)



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Date Posted: 9/9/2010 7:31 AM ET
Member Since: 4/24/2008
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If you really think your book is valuable you may want to consider sell it on one of the sites like ebay, half.ebay.com or amazon.com.  The paperbackswap book is strictly one book for one book no matter what the value or the value you think it is.  As far as magazine there is another trading site that permits the trade of magazines for points.  Not sure if I can name the site. 

Date Posted: 9/9/2010 7:53 AM ET
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The below is from the Terms of Use, that each member agrees to when signing up for PBS:

Exchanged Material
 

By using this Site, you agree to participate in the free exchange of personal property, including but not limited to books, audio books, videotapes, DVDs, video games, CDs, and other items as may be deemed appropriate for inclusion by the Site.

4. Listing or Posting
By listing or posting items for selection by the exchange community, you aver that you are the sole owner of the items and have the unrestricted right to transfer ownership thereof. By posting or listing an item for exchange with the Site, you agree to ship the item when requested. The posting or listing of items without the intention of exchanging them when requested is expressly prohibited and may constitute wire or mail fraud in violation of U.S. and state law. The listing or posting of items for exchange that you do not have in your physical possession is expressly prohibited.

Date Posted: 9/9/2010 8:15 AM ET
Member Since: 2/6/2009
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One book, one credit. One audiobook, two credits. That's the deal and nothing can be done to change it.

That's why PBS is such a great deal! I joined because there was this very old and very rare book I wanted sitting on someone's bookshelf and I was able to snatch it for the price of sending another book. I'd seen this book on sites like Amazon and eBay for upwards of $40. That's a great deal in my book!

So, if you want more, you need to take it to those other site, which can be quite a rip-off in my opinion with all the stupid fees they charge you. A fee to post a book, a percentage of final selling price, and all that good stuff.

Date Posted: 9/9/2010 8:48 AM ET
Member Since: 8/25/2009
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You can not trade magazines. You can offer them free with an order if you want, but because they have ads you can not mail them media

 

Books may be sent by Media Mail, unless they contain advertising (with one small exception).

 

Periodicals (magazines) cannot be sent by Media Mail.  It is not because they contain advertising, but because they are Periodicals (formerly called Second Class mail).

 

Kind of a finicky point, but every so often you will come across a magazine with no advertising;  because it is a Periodical,it cannot be mailed at the Media Mail rate.

Date Posted: 9/9/2010 1:36 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Welcome to PBS Gretchen!  Admin is very firm on the one book = one credit rule.  But this can also be to your advantage, I've received books listed at $40 and over on other sites....I've sent OOP books (inc. texts)  listed elsewhere for up to $100. 

Do not post books on PBS that you are uncomfortable offering for 1 credit.  If you change your mind, you can always post them later or sell elsewhere.

Date Posted: 9/9/2010 3:18 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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And frankly, I would not want to list my email.   PBS is public.  I get enough spam without listing it in more places. 

I don't want folks to be able to check if I'm on vacation.   PBS is set up with the PM option to offer a layer of privacy if folks want it.

Date Posted: 9/9/2010 3:29 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/9/2010 6:26 PM ET
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I've had good luck selling my textbooks on Half.com. If they are over a year old they usually aren't worth much though. If it's listed online for less than $5 used I usually just post them here.

Date Posted: 9/9/2010 8:07 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2009
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This is definitely not the place to consider posting rarer books. PBS is about reading for enjoyment and doing it cheaply. Books are traded for one credit, regardless of size, weight, binding type, age, rarity, etc. I appreciate that, since I do a load of reading and this site saves me tons of money.

If you really think some of yours are worth something to a collector, you may as well find a place to make some cash $$$ on them.

Date Posted: 9/9/2010 8:42 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/9/2010 10:45 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2009
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You can not trade magazines. You can offer them free with an order if you want, but because they have ads you can not mail them media

 

Books may be sent by Media Mail, unless they contain advertising (with one small exception).

Periodicals (magazines) cannot be sent by Media Mail.  It is not because they contain advertising, but because they are Periodicals (formerly called Second Class mail).

Kind of a finicky point, but every so often you will come across a magazine with no advertising;  because it is a Periodical,it cannot be mailed at the Media Mail rate.

Thanks Diane! I didn't know there were mags w/o advertising in them lol. See Gretchen, over a year and still learning. I hope you stick with us, It's an awesome site :)