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Subject: What kind of deal catches your eye and interest you the most?
Date Posted: 1/21/2008 7:38 PM ET
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I know that everyone has a different opinion on what is a really good deal.I would like to know what catches your eye and makes you just have to look at the inventory? I know that if I see a deal of like 5 or more for 1 that I just have to look through their shelf. I usually order if they have anything at all that interest me. If I come across a 2 for 1 I have to find 2 that I really want bad.  I normally order only books from my wishlist or books I search for and find. I am curious about the habits and ways of the rest of you all.

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 7:52 PM ET
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Right now, when I have time (and credits) I'll look at all the deals. I'd be interested in knowing when a bookshelf includes a few in a series. There are some series that I'm thinking about trying, and definetely would if I knew I could get a least a 2 for 1.

Subject: always looking for a deal
Date Posted: 1/21/2008 7:56 PM ET
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i am always looking for a deal that catches my eye. The more books for less points always get me looking.

I am trying to save my points for wneh the books on my wishlist come up. but non have come up yet

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 7:57 PM ET
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Usually 3/1 is a must look and anything better than that for sure! I've gotten some 2/1 deals that were great too depending on the books.

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 8:04 PM ET
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It has to be at leat a 3/1 deal, if it's more that even better.

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 8:05 PM ET
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I look at the ones that tells what type of books they have. If someone says they are doing a 2/1 and says all mysteries I am more likely to look at their deal. I also appreciate when someone says all romance so I know I don't need to look.

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 8:08 PM ET
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I ditto Aimee, but have also been known to order from someone whose offer is on pg 2 or so and they have had NO takers, (feeling sorry for them)

I do check out the 4 or 5 for 1 but don't like to sort thought pages of bookshelves! LOL so sometimes its just a matter of luck

 btw am offering a deal, will accept any reasonable offer (that is not going to bankrupt me!) check out my bookshelf and pm.

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Date Posted: 1/21/2008 8:26 PM ET
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I really appreciate all of you responding. I am learning alot. I too look at page 2 or so if I havent looked in a day or two or if I am really bored. Since I joined bookmooch and PBS about a year ago that is mostly what I do online. It was probably not good for a book addict like me to run across these two sites.  I know that I appreciate it when the poster mentions what they have like mostly romance so I don't bother. I have a wide variety and would not know what all to mention I had. I have thought of this and the list seemed too long to post. I don't think I have ran across a post that mentioned having alot of history and nonfiction but when I find one offering a deal and they have alot of those it makes my day. What do you think when someone just post that they have a wide variety?

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 8:26 PM ET
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I like 3-fers and 4-fers, myself. I tend to (normally) only open the ones with the deal listed in the topic (i.e. 3-1 till Tuesday), and avoid the "added to my shelf" and "lots of books, no romance" type posts.

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 8:37 PM ET
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3 for 1s or better are a definite look-see for me, unless it clearly mentions a genre I normally don't read like romance or history or religion, etc. I check out the 2 for 1 or 5 for 2 offers if I have ordered books from the member  before and know they most likely have books that match my interest OR if the deal clearly mentions that their bookshelf has books I am interested in - mysteries and thrillers mainly.

It helps to know how large the bookshelf is since I am more likely to find two books I really want on a larger bookshelf than on one which has 30 or 40 books. Since I have a fairly large collection of books at home, it is getting harder and harder to find the books I want in a deal. :) There are very specific books I am looking for now and that makes it harder. But that's just me.

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 9:02 PM ET
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i am glad you asked this question. i was organizing my books by author this weekend and posted several deals on specific authors.  i did get one deal out of it but i was quite surprised that i didnt get more hits on them.  i thought being specific would be better. :)

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 9:02 PM ET
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Details in the subject line and initial post - the more the better. 

It's wonderful if someone is running a 5 for 1 special and has 300 books on their shelf.  Not so wonderful to go flipping through 5 or 6 pages of books and find they don't have genres I'm looking for.  I'll browse a 2 for 1 special that tells me in advance what sort of books are on the shelf, much quicker than a 4 for 1 special that tells me nothing at all about what's in there.  And if, for instance, you have mostly romance novels on your shelf, and you've specified that, tell me in advance if they're all or mostly category romance (Harlequin, etc), and if your special is different for those than it is for the rest.  Some people are very interested in the Harlequin type books, and some people not at all.  Either way, It's often too much of a hassle to me to browse through several pages or ask questions trying to figure this out for myself.  If I look at all, it will be one or two pages, and I'll decide if the majority of what I see is what I'm looking for or not.  I'm always less concerned about the credits I'm spending than I am in getting books I want.

Subject: How would you summerize this inventory?
Date Posted: 1/21/2008 9:54 PM ET
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Here is what I have and I don't know how to best summerize it. How would you do it?


Arts & Photography 3
Biographies & Memoirs 15
 Business & Investing 4
Children's Books 24
Comics & Graphic Novels 1
Computers & Internet 3
 Entertainment 4
Health, Mind & Body 12
 History 3
Horror 3
Literature & Fiction 109
Medicine 5
Mystery & Thrillers 66
Nonfiction 12
Parenting & Families 3
Professional & Technical 2
 Reference 4
Religion & Spirituality 11
 Romance 25
Science Fiction & Fantasy 6
Sports 2
Teens 1
Travel 1

Date Posted: 1/22/2008 10:05 AM ET
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Me personally, I would do exactly what you did there, except I'd put the genres in bold text to make it easier to read, and then stick it in the signature box in my account preferences, so it's there to be seen, but unobtrusive.  Then do your post, with something that advertises what sort off deal you're offering in the subject line, and something like "multiple genres".  You can then elaborate on your specials however you like in the post itself.  Just a suggestion - I'm no expert, but I'd find something like that pretty straightforward and easy to understand.