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Subject: Wanting to sell extra credits
Date Posted: 12/4/2007 11:39 AM ET
Member Since: 5/28/2007
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This is the first time I've considered selling credits.  Could you oldies give me some advise about the best way to do that?  Ya know, like the best places to post a message like that & pricing that generally does well for you.  How much response to you usually get to a selling-credits post?

Thanks so much.  I love this site - people here have been so friendly & great about helping to educate me ;)

Lisa

Date Posted: 12/4/2007 11:53 AM ET
Member Since: 8/9/2005
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Post in the bazaar and I usually sell mine for $2.8-3. Paypal is the easiest method of payment (for me at least) and I always add something like pm me for details so that I can get them my info without publisizing it.

Date Posted: 12/4/2007 1:00 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I've sold credits a few times. One lesson I learned: make sure if they are paying w/ Paypal through their checking account.  I had one person at first ask me for 10-15 credits. Then they decided they only wanted 2 but goofed up the payment. So they sent 2 very small amounts using their debit card through paypal.  It cost me .60 to accept the 1st amount. It would have cost another .60 to accept the 2nd amount. They did not include the paypal fees in what they paid. After going back and forth I ended up out a credit (not a big deal) because it just didn't make sense to pay .60 to retrieve $2 or whatever it was.  If they go direct from checking you can use the $ to pay for ebay wins w/no charge from Paypal. Or you can pay .50 to transfer the $ to PBS and use it for postage.  That's what I do.  So now I specify that they have to either use a checking account or add the paypal accpetance fee to the cost of the credits.

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 7:29 AM ET
Member Since: 3/1/2006
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How do you go thru eBay?

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 10:19 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I meant you can use the money in the paypal account to pay for ebay purchases.

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 8:53 PM ET
Member Since: 3/1/2006
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This whole thing about buying credits is new to me and it sounds interesting.  How do you transfer PBS money to another member?

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 9:19 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I don't know if you can tranfer PBS $ to another member.  I have sold credits and transferred the $ from paypal to PBS. I used the $ for the printable postage.  The people who bought credits from me used their Paypal account to put $ into my paypal account. 

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 11:47 PM ET
Member Since: 9/11/2005
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I have sold credits several times and have (at least recently) charged $3 each for them, which is 45c less than the kiosk charges.  With current postage etc., I think selling them for less than that is not a good idea----I think you are actually losing money, if you value your time and effort at all.  (And the books you have sent to pile up the credits cost you more than a song.)  I have had a PP account for a long time because i have sold stuff on ebay, though I haven't been doing that lately.  I think the type of account that I have is the one that PP charges some for payments, and the % charged is higher for smaller amounts---so I almost never sell less than 5 at a time.  I have also accepted money orders and personal checks, and haven't made people wait for checks to clear.  Maybe I'm gullible, but I've never been stung, either.  With ch/mo's, you get the whole amount you have charged, but the people don't get the credits until the mail delivers their payments.    I think over the past year or so I have sold >1000 credits to various people, so probably have more experience at this than most. 

Actually, if you have more customers than you can handle, send them to me. 

Do put a posting in the book bazaar when you are ready to take the plunge---that's what I've always done.

Date Posted: 12/6/2007 9:47 AM ET
Member Since: 10/27/2007
Posts: 76
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I bought a few credits here, when I first started, from teh Book Bazzaar area.