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Subject: Way to tell if someone has offers when my wishlisted book becomes available
Date Posted: 9/21/2008 3:23 PM ET
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I just had one of my wishlisted books become available.  There were some other books she had that I wanted also.  Is there a way to go into her signature or her bio to see if she states that she offers deals?  This info didn't come up when I clicked on nickname.  So far, the only way I see signatures with offers is if they post on the forums.

Thanks kindly!!

Alicia

 



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Date Posted: 9/21/2008 3:24 PM ET
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Alicia--

You can search the forums by member nickname, if you want to see the member's signature.  You could also PM her, tell her what you are interested in, and politely ask if she'd be interested in making a deal.  Asking is permitted under PBS guidelines, as long as you're willing to accept "no" :-)

Cheers,
Catt

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 5:01 PM ET
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Well if she has a profile then it might be in that.  You would get to the profile by clicking on the name, provided they ever set one up.  They may not even be a forum poster.  If they have a profile it'll usually have a listing up in the right showing books sent, received, reviews, # of forum posts etc...,  But then again those can be left blank if the member doesn't want them shown. 

Like Catt says if they have a nickname you can search the forums for them.  If that turns up nothing you can try PMing them and ask if they would do a deal on some of their other books. Make your deal reasonable though.  Don't ask them for a 4 or 5 for one.  I wouldn't even ask for 3 for 1 but keep it to 2 for 1.

I personally am uncomfortable with the whole "will you do a deal" pm idea.  I think I would be really annoyed if I came on here regularly to PMs from people asking for free books.  I haven't asked myself.  But since they are already sending you a book it doesn't hurt to ask as long as it's polite and not an unreasonable deal. 

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 5:59 PM ET
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We now have the option to write a message about any deals we are offering at the top of our bookshelves.  I'm not sure how many people are doing this yet, but it doesn't hurt to look.

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 10:10 AM ET
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To clarify, under the Book Bazaar rules, it states:

" (5) If a member asks you for a deal and you haven't offered one, this is not considered rude; it is also not considered rude to refuse. This kind of thing should be handled politely, without hard feelings on either side."

Hope this helps.

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 10:55 AM ET
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Just FYI - I've seen a lot of people mention on a couple of the genre specific forums that even if they're currently advertising specials, they still want to keep the wishlisted books they post at 1 for 1.  Generally, if I'm getting a WL book from someone, I don't ask for "freebies" to be included with it, even though they may currently be advertising specials in their forum signature.  If there are other books on their shelf that I'm interested in and they're offering a 2 or 3 for 1 deal, I'll order those separately and ask if they'll ship them together with the WL book, but I don't ask for a deal that includes the WL book.

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 11:02 AM ET
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I would never do a 2-for-1 on a WL book because, hey, it's a wishlist book and there are people who want it! 

The other books that sit and languish on my shelf for long periods of time, well, those I would definitely consider doing a deal.  If someone asks me for a freebie with  a WL book, I would politely say "Sorry, no".  But I would consider a 3 for 2 deal to include the WL book. 

The difference is that you are guaranteed a credit for the WL book, so there is no need to deal.  But if someone wanted to add two more books to the order and give me 2 points instead of 3 for the books, I would definitely be receptive.

 

We now have the option to write a message about any deals we are offering at the top of our bookshelves.  I'm not sure how many people are doing this yet, but it doesn't hurt to look.

 

I just noticed that!  That is an awesome option!  Love it....



Last Edited on: 9/22/08 11:05 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/22/2008 11:58 PM ET
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Thanks all.  I just felt uncomfortable asking for a deal.  I wanted to see if they offered one.  I just can't seem to get to their profile when requesting the WL book.   Thanks Diane...didn't even know about that option.

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 12:01 AM ET
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I just checked out that option that Diane mentioned.  I never knew about it...very nice! 

For those also unaware....On your bookshelf, click on Edit My Public Header

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 5:15 AM ET
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There are several posts on here about people who are offended by others asking for deals when they have not offered any. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with asking, just that there are people who are upset about it. I would never send a freebie with a WL book, too many others are wanting the book for me to consider that. I agree that I might send two others for an extra credit along with the WL book.

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 12:13 PM ET
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There might be members out there who do get upset if someone asks, I don't know, and didn't suggest that there were.  I brought it up as something to be aware of when you're contacting a member about deals, and I don't think that Alicia, who started the thread, was even saying that she wanted to ask the person who was sending her the WL book for freebies.  She just asked if there was an easy way to tell if they were offering them because they had other books she was interested in.  You can certainly work out private arrangements for deals with another member you're receiving WL books from that don't include the WL book as part of the deal.  Terri offered her own perspective on the situation, which is very much a reflection of comments from others that I was referring to, and I'm inclined to agree with them.  I look at deals as more a way to clear out books that may not get ordered as quickly as I'd like.   I do consider all deal inquiries on an individual basis, however, so nothing is carved in stone with me personally - except for what the PBS rules allow for, of course:P

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 12:22 PM ET
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My rule of thumb: I don't request a deal unless I'm already spending 2 credits, I'm requesting a book with many copies already in the system as the freebie, and I don't think the shipping cost will be significantly impacted by my request (ie, not adding 5 lbs to the shipping weight, LOL!).

I ask more often with children's books (especially early readers) because many of them only cost $4 new and can often be sent 1st class mail.

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 1:20 PM ET
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If you have their nickname, do a search of the forum for that. Look for any Book Bazaar posts or check their siggy line the posts for deals. If they do not post in the forum, then they are not offering any deals (at least I think it would be hard to be offering a deal if you don't post it anywhere). They may still be open to deals, but as others have said (1)approach the asking lightly since non-posters are less likely to be aware of the Book Bazaar and the practice of offering deals and (2) ask for a reasonable deal on books that would normally be included in a deal.

Date Posted: 9/24/2008 5:51 AM ET
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It's quite possible that she doesn't have a profile.  

If you accept the offer, there'll be a button that allows you to take a look at her shelf to add to your order.  You can look without ordering anything else.  Once you are on her shelf, if she has a profile, there'll be a small blue link up under her name that says "profile".

In her profile, in the yellow box, it'll say if she has forum posts.  If she does, you can do a forum search for her nickname and see her signature that way.  If she doesn't have a profile, or forum posts, it's unlikely that she's offering any deals.



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