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Subject: What kind of member are you?
Date Posted: 5/18/2016 7:04 PM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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I have seen multiple posts in the forums here from people who say they only post WL books after they read them and donate everything else to library or thrift stores.  Unless I am sending on a fave read to one of my daughters, everything I read has gotten posted here since I've been a member.

 But now I've racked up a ton of credits that get replenished as soon as I spend a bunch so I'm thinking of doing the same thing-- becoming the WL only bookshelf.....well, I guess it wouldn't be a 'shelf' anymore since they would immediately go on hold as soon as I post them. But for me, posting older popular books that have hundreds in the system has worked for me!  I regularly get orders for books that still have close to 200 or more copies in the system so it's only keeping track of them/ organized on a special shelf in a closet that is any effort for me.

What say you?  Which kind of swapper are you?  Should I make the switch?

Date Posted: 5/18/2016 7:34 PM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2007
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I still post everything I read, WL or not, but a few months ago culled my shelf by about 20+ books as there were some obscure things that simply were not moving. About three quarters of my TBR are WL and I am trying to go through some series by alternating reading WL and non-WL or ebooks from the library. In fact, I put my whole WL on hold because my wishes were being granted faster than I could read and send out. Now I'm afraid to unhold anything randomly so I choose carefully what to unhold because I might be deluged with out of sequence books I'm not ready for.

Subject: what kind of poster
Date Posted: 5/18/2016 8:13 PM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2005
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Not every book I receive will be reposted.  I don't clean my bookshelf too often. I stll have books I posted when I joined PBS in 2007. Maybe it is time to weed?!

Date Posted: 5/18/2016 8:20 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2007
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I usually post most books. I don't read all books I post, but get books from the thrift stores, FOL, etc., and I check to see how many are in the system. If there are too many (usually over 15) I donate the books to FOL. I weed every 6 months or so, but usually don't keep a book on my shelf over a year. Pat

Date Posted: 5/19/2016 12:05 AM ET
Member Since: 7/23/2005
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I haven't read most of the books posted on my shelf. I find them at thrift shops or garage sales. And I'm very picky - they have to be in really good condition. I think I have around 130 books on my shelf.

I post in the Multiple Wish List Books thread on a regular basis and also get orders from my shelf. WL books with limited wishers are posted FIFO.

Most of the books I receive from PBS are set aside for deployed folk. After I read the zombie and history books, LOL.

I do re-post the cozies, if they're in good condition. If not, I donate them or *gasp* trash them.

Date Posted: 5/19/2016 8:34 AM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2009
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My shelf is very slow and I don't think I will renew as standard.  No WL books coming in and getting my credits through posting WLed books. No other orders coming in for my books sitting on my shelf.

Also the books I would like to get through the club, the fantasy books for my husband who reads a book a week, and which I usually re-post immediately thereafter, are not coming in either.  I have to buy them through amazon.

I am seriously starting to question myself why I still bother.  Oh well, I guess I am just bummed out by PBS and maybe view it in a bleak light, because many people  here seem to be getting all kinds of books granted and requested. 

Date Posted: 5/19/2016 9:54 AM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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I used to maintain a large bookshelf but with "The Change", I edited my bookshelf down to books that had only 2 or 3 in the system, and the majority of my books are the only copy of a title available. I repost books I have received unless there are more than 10 in the system, then it gets donated. I try to read books that others have on their WL so that I have a pretty regular stream of WL books being sent on to others. And I usually have a WL book or two on its way to me. It is a relief not to have to store the 400 books that I used to have on my bookshelf, 50-60 is so much easier to accommodate, and I'm still sending books every couple of days. I keep trying to use up my credits but seem to accumulate them as fast as I spend them.

Date Posted: 5/19/2016 11:50 AM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2008
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For the first few years of my membership, I had a bookshelf of 30 - 50 books that received regular orders.  Then I amassed so many credits, it didn't seem wise to invest more in postage and time, so I removed all books and donated/sold them.  In recent years, I enjoy playing in PBS swaps/games so the vast majority of my books (WL titles obtained here and elsewhere) are sent through PBS to fellow game players.  When I need credits, I post only WL titles I find inexpensively at used bookstores, thrift stores, dollar stores, etc.  Given my busy schedule, I prefer to have some measure of control over the timing of book orders; posting WL books affords me that ability.  I have a bookshelf of 10 or titles that rarely get requested; soon I'll probably clear them out and donate again.

Date Posted: 5/19/2016 1:38 PM ET
Member Since: 11/9/2009
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I started posting only books that had 25 or less available.  I keep lowering the number.  Now it is 3 or less posted.   

Date Posted: 5/19/2016 10:49 PM ET
Member Since: 7/24/2005
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Since I have more credits than I need, I only post books that are currently wishlisted.

Date Posted: 5/20/2016 8:11 AM ET
Member Since: 2/24/2010
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I used to post everything I could get my hands on with a very big bookshelf.  I don't have a lot of storage space now and need my closets for things other than boxes of books. I found that books with a lot of copies moved so slowly that I eventually just got rid of them.  So I now only post books having less than 15 copies, which can be contained easily on the shelves I have remaining. I don't post romance either since there is usually a TON of romance titles in the system.    I have a good friend who periodically brings me boxes of books she, her sister and mother have read. I usually get quite a few WL books out of those donations.  Anything with only 1 wisher gets posted ASAP. Otherwise, I keep the WL books on their own shelf, sorted by # of wishers and either play in a game or do a WL muliples posting if I have enough postage money.  I may even read some of them.

Date Posted: 5/20/2016 8:52 AM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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I have very few books on my bookshelf, things with only a few copies posted.  Even then, it's been months since I had something requested.

I get a few WL books via FIFO.  Majority thru games and most of those books go back into games.  I have a box full of WL books that I've read but I'm not posting until I need credits. Which I don't.  I'm often sending out extra WL books in my packages if the other person has that book on their WL.  I don't need credits, I just want to get rid of some of my books.

Date Posted: 5/20/2016 1:49 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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If you just have a lot of books to get rid of, and you just want to cover your postage costs without necessarily needing to get a ton more credits, try offering a deal in the Book Bazaar.

I've done it in the past (although I'm always open to people asking for deals, I only pro-actively offer them when I have a less busy month or so to deal with all the mailing) and it's a great way to get rid of piles and piles of books.

You can keep or sell the credits, as you want. I make sure that the deals that I offer are for more than 1 credit (so that if I end up selling the credits, I have recouped my postage costs for mailing). (so, I generally don't do 2 for 1 or 3 for 1) ... but I will absolutely do a 4 for 2 or sometimes a 6 for 2.

Date Posted: 5/20/2016 9:49 PM ET
Member Since: 9/22/2010
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I used to have way too many credits and have pared that down by over two-thirds. Mostly, I now post only MMPP and light-weight trade paperbacks. However, if I finish a heavier book, and it's WLed, and I don't want to keep it on my shelves, I will post it here. This is my way of paying back those members who sent me heavier books I had on my WL.

Date Posted: 5/21/2016 3:06 PM ET
Member Since: 4/2/2007
Posts: 5,951
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I have a huge amount of books I collected years ago when books were cheap. I keep my shelf full and pick up more books all the time. I can never have enough credits. Some I transfer over to SwapaDVD. I collect old TV series that I enjoyed growing up. I can't stand most of today's programming, but I can watch the old shows over and over (and no commercials).

Date Posted: 5/21/2016 8:54 PM ET
Member Since: 11/12/2009
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I have no bookshelf.  I only post WL books.  I get books from friends & co-workers.  If the books does not have a WL than I leave at work for others to have.  

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Date Posted: 5/23/2016 9:41 AM ET
Member Since: 7/2/2009
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I have a small bookshelf 60-70 books. At least has been on it since I joined.

i now have over 100 credits, don't get many wish listed books and I have started only posting books that are wish listed or maybe up to 5 copies, probably not that many.

too many of the titles available are ones that nobody wants. Too bad because I really enjoy this site. I wish the discussions were more active although I don't post often, I do like to read them.

Date Posted: 5/23/2016 10:46 AM ET
Member Since: 6/20/2007
Posts: 5,026
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I post many of the books I and DH read, although some are keepers that don't get posted. DH keeps almost everything; I keep specific authors and topics. I recently posted a lot of children's books that my sons have outgrown, many of which were WL or only copy and were quickly ordered. I've also posted many books that my parents or friends have given me since they know I do "that book swap club thing". I would say that the vast majority of books on my shelf were given to me by my parents. I don't post a constant stream of books; it tends to happen in chunks--I get a box from my Mom, I clean out the children's bookshelves, etc.

It is extremely rare for me to remove a book once I've posted it. I seem to receive a slow steady stream of requests for books on my shelf--some of which were posted as far back as 2008! I get maybe 1 or 2 requests a month for these older postings. This is also why I generally don't have a lot of extra credits either, LOL.

Date Posted: 5/25/2016 4:14 PM ET
Member Since: 9/9/2012
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I post everything and leave it for two years.  After that time if not requested I will donate it to a local book charity.

Date Posted: 5/25/2016 9:49 PM ET
Member Since: 3/15/2008
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I had a bookshelf of over 250, but I only got orders from it about once a month. Most of what went out was wishlist books I'd get in and then post back out. But we're doing a lot of work on our house and I just can't have all those boxes cluttering up things, so they went to the Friends of the Library. I'll only post wishlist books until this frenzy is over, then I'll go back to putting anything I don't want on the shelf.

One of the other things I tried to get rid of was my grandmother's stamp collection. Alas, the stamp store guy said I might as well use them for postage. Trying to figure out how to fit $2.75 in 4 cent stamps on a paperback...

Date Posted: 5/26/2016 4:33 PM ET
Member Since: 2/26/2013
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I don't post anything that has more than 9 copies, it would take forever to get rid of it.  I post WL books when I get them, post others when I am finished reading.  Even if I have a copy of a book, if I am at a sale and see a WL book, I will buy it and post it.  I try to keep a fair amount of books posted; cull the list at least once or twice a year, add when I can.  I don't mind having credits, if I have a book and someone has it on their WL, I'll post it.

Date Posted: 5/29/2016 12:25 AM ET
Member Since: 7/13/2009
Posts: 3,271
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I tend to post almost everything once I'm done reading it, except for a few for my keeper shelf. Also, homeschool books - once my youngest daughter has finished reading through them, I post those unless there are a lot of copies in the system. I don't keep a big shelf, but I do get steady requests, and it seems to work well. It's time for me to go through and cull it though, there are some on my shelf that have been there for ages. Unpostables and books with a lot of copies in the system get donated to the library usually or sometimes my 4H club.

Date Posted: 6/23/2016 12:26 PM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2014
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I'm an on the fence member.  When my membership ran out in Feb I went A la Carte. I decided to see if I got a wl offer I might buy a limited membership.  Today I got a wl offer so I bought a membership with 30 swaps.  I really hope I can use my swaps after my membership expires because I don't order very many books per year.  A couple of months ago I decided to get rid of a bunch of books.  I had some wl books and I decided to offer in wl multiples.  I forgot I could not post as A la Carte so we took all the books to HalfPrice books and we got $80.00!  

Most of the things I order I want to keep but I don't want to keep hanging on to a bunch of books anymore.  I like free space!  I have embraced Overdrive listen but there's not enough books that have audio.  Most of the books are available in e-reader.  I really like how easy it is to get the book on my iPad and listen and after 2 wks it gets deleted.  I don't have to worry about picking up/returning a book to the library.  The library is where I get most of my books.

I think the cost of postage is wiping out all but the most dedicated swappers.  I wish we could all get a better postage rate and keep on swapping!  

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Date Posted: 6/23/2016 1:40 PM ET
Member Since: 1/25/2010
Posts: 3,073
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I just went through the trade-credits-for-memberships thread and renewed at Standard yesterday ^.^

Date Posted: 7/8/2016 5:49 PM ET
Member Since: 8/3/2014
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I post a book when I finish reading it even if it has a lot of copies in the system. I know it won't go because someone is looking for that book. But I have sent many of those when someone chooses a book from me and then looks at my shelf for additional books.

I do weed periodically to keep the bookshelf confined in its current location, and then I will weed heavy books first because they cost more to send, and then books with lots of wishers, if they have been on my shelf for a while.

Some books I have taken off the pbs shelf because I lend them physically to a friend, and then when I repost it, even if there are no wishers, it gets taken very quickly - I think people must be perusing some "recently posted" lists, because that has happened so often. I have even considered doing it on purpose - putting books off the bookshelf and then reposting to draw attention, but it's too much effort for now.