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Subject: Is there a way to do this?
Date Posted: 4/30/2008 1:38 AM ET
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I have the last two books of a series that I want to post. However, money is tight right now and I have to be a good manager of what I have. Therefore, I want to find a way to hopefully send them out to the same person to save on postage. They would still have to be for one credit per book because I can't offer a freebie of one of  them right now. They are in nice condition and both are on wishlists. I would rather send them to someone here than take them to the UBS. Is there any way to do it this way? Thanks so much for you help. 

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 1:43 AM ET
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The easiest would be to post them in the book bazaar and ask if anyone wants them.

The less easy (and quite inconvinient) would be to post them, wait until someone requests it from WL, and send them a PM asking if they would like/would be willing to take the second. That second way is really hit or miss, though, especially with just two books.

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 8:50 AM ET
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Actually, if both are currently wishlisted under the ISBN you have, then both will automatically be offered to first in line on the WL, so it would be difficult to do the PM thing.  I agree, the easiest thing to do is offer them through the book bazaar but your changes of getting them snapped up are small. 

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 9:11 AM ET
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Rather than the Book Bazaar, try asking in the individual genre of the series (Love & Romance, Mystery & Thriller, etc).   

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 9:33 AM ET
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I have had success with posting the first book and then looking at their WL (since you'll have a PM button and you can go see who it is) and if they have the 2nd copy on their WL then post directly there (it will tell you that you are posting to Jane Doe's WL).  Once done, go to your pending transactions and look at both PM buttons and make sure they are both to the same person (sometimes there are hiccups)

the only time this would be an issue is if the person isn't a regular or doesn't check in often.  However, if you keep a close eye on it you should be able to cancel one of the books so both don't go into the FIFO line.

you can also PM the person once you post the first one if they don't have the 2nd on their WL and ask if they want it as well.  There is always the chance that they already have the 2nd book and won't want it. 

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 11:46 AM ET
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Pat, the problem with your suggestion, is that we are not supposed to be offereing deals or showcasing in the genre forums until they get a sticky in them just for such things. The only place it is allowed to offer deals or showcase books, is in the Book Bazaar.

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 12:11 PM ET
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If the books are Romance novels, I know that forum has a thread called Is This On your Wishlist.  You could post there that you have both of the books, that you want to send them both to the same person, but that you are not able to do a deal right now.  I know a lot of people there don't mind not having a deal if it's a WL book.  Other forums might have something similar, if your books are not romance.  Just check out the forum for the genre of your books to see.

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 12:31 PM ET
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Oops.  Have seen threads in some of  genre forums for that very thing, guess they shouldn't have been there.  But does seem to be a logical place.  "they get a stickly in them"?

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 12:34 PM ET
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I read a lot of romance, so that's usually where I post what I have when I have 2 of a series like that.  Or the book bazaar. 

A couple of times I've posted just one of the books and the person didn't have the 2nd on their WL.  I PMd them and they already had the other book.  So I ended up sending them out to 2 diferent people.  Once a WL book is posted, you can't cancel until it gets accepted by someone.  It wouldn't be very nice to post them and then cancel one because they don't want both books. 

The best option is to post which books you have in the bazaar and/or the board for that genre.  Heck-if you post the titles here, you might find someone who wants both.  If they're both WL-people  are already expecting to spend a credit on each one so you don't have to offer one as a freebie.

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 1:14 PM ET
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The main problem I see with the suggestion is that you are not supposed to offer POSTABLE wishlisted books in the PBS Book Bazaar at all. You are to post them into the system and let FIFO work. (According to the annoyingly red stickied rules for this forum in the BB)

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 1:38 PM ET
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I just noticed that rule in the BB recently dartha. My thought was a lot of people around here are breaking that rule and telling everyone else to do it.

I don't do it often, but I just broke it myself. I posted a WL book, checked out her WL and saw at least a half dozen others on my TBR. I posted 2 additional books to that person so I could ship them together. In these economic times, I think the system should have some give, especially if it is the only way the books will get posted into the system.

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 1:52 PM ET
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A newbie here still trying to get straight the fineprint  points in PBS rules,  and I'm a little confused. It's my understanding that if a WL book is posted to a specific member's WL it will be offered to them first.  So, if  one is supposed to only post books so they  will go into the FIFO system, why the Post a Book option when viewing another member's WL?   

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 1:59 PM ET
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It says that you cannot advertise them in the Book Bazaar. You can certainly post them to a particular member's wishlist if you know they are wishing for that book. You just can't advertise them unless they are different ISBN's that are not on the club wl.

I am hoping that you can advertise unpostable wishlist books cause I am...lol

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 4:07 PM ET
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I am hoping that you can advertise unpostable wishlist books cause I am...lol

yes you can because they are unpostable!  how else would we know what books you are hiding over there?!

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 5:35 PM ET
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Hmm. I guess I dont' visit the book bazaar enough because I didn't know this rule.  I usually offer them in the forum for the genre of the books.  It's been so long since I've had WL books from a series.  If they're romance books-visit the L&R forum.  It's very active and you will easily find someone who has both on their WL and has credits. 

I still-post the titles in this thread-most likely someone will see it who wants both.

Whenever I post a WL book-I check their WL to see if I haven anything else in the TBR pile that I can read and post to them. Helps save postage. I usually PM first just to be sure.

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 6:46 PM ET
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It's unfortunate the rules are such as they are.  The BB is great for deals, but for just finding a series someone might have or for finding someone interested in an entire series, to sift  through all the bookselves of all those offering deals? With the time it would take, I guess I won't be doing that.  I understand not cluttering up a forum with deals, but I guess it just seems more logical to me to look for a series for a particular genre under that specific genre's forum.  Maybe a red link (a stickly?) in each genre's forum for that purpose? That way it wouldn't hinder any of the other topics in a forum.  I think I'll look for that feedback link.

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 7:00 PM ET
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I also find it odd that they tell you to use the BB to find someone who wants the whole series for boxed sets, but in the BB it says you can't use it that way for WLed books. Kind of a catch 22.

I have had some luck in the past by going into the genre threads and browsing some of the WLs of the people actively posting.



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Date Posted: 4/30/2008 7:01 PM ET
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On the L&R forum we took it upon ourselves to start threads to show off your bookshelf and your WL.  They start a new one every couple weeks. Helps cut down on the Deal threads although non-regulars still come on and post those. But it also helps find people who may have more than one of your TBR books on their WL or vice versa.  I got a deal on a series I was collecting my mentioning it on a thread there. 

You could put them in your signature and make some posts.  I would just offer them in the genre for those books.  I wouldn't post a 3 fo 1 type deal there. But a I have these 2 WL books thread, I don't think would be a problem. Especially since, once they're gone-you can edit the thread title to close it out.