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Subject: What happens to your existing free swaps when you renew your membership?
Date Posted: 2/9/2017 9:53 AM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2006
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I just got the email that my membership is up for renewal in 7 days.  Turns out I haven't been a very active requestor the past year - I have 20 free swaps available.  What will happen to those swaps when I renew?  Will I now have 50 free swaps for next year (the standard 30 plus my 20 remaining)?  Or do I loose them?  What if I didn't renew at all? 

Bottom line - short of ordering 20 books in the next 7 days, what do I have do to keep my free swaps?

thanks. 

Date Posted: 2/9/2017 10:26 AM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2014
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We have been told that the Free Swaps never expire.  I have 28 Free swaps and my membership expires in June.  



Last Edited on: 2/9/17 10:27 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/9/2017 1:52 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2008
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PBS has said that "free swaps" do not expire. So limited membership is basically the advance purchase of 30 swaps at $0.40 cents each instead of the $0.49 cents that is charged if purchased individually. There is nothing free about "free swaps".

Date Posted: 2/10/2017 2:25 PM ET
Member Since: 5/4/2009
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What if you don't renew and just go to a la carte? You would still keep the leftover free swaps?

Date Posted: 2/10/2017 2:37 PM ET
Member Since: 9/25/2008
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Claudia, you would keep your leftover free swaps but your wishlist would go down to 100 as an a la carte member.

Date Posted: 2/10/2017 5:41 PM ET
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So, if your wish list is or can be under 100 and you get fewer than 30 book per year, ala carte seems t be the sensible choice?

Date Posted: 2/10/2017 5:54 PM ET
Member Since: 1/25/2010
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It depends on if you value/how much you value some of the other features, but if you don't care about the features at all and it's strictly the cost of free swaps vs the yearly cost then yes.