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Subject: When do the trades start?
Date Posted: 1/10/2010 1:08 PM ET
Member Since: 11/5/2009
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I have only been here a couple of months and other than once when I made a deal on the Bazaar, the only books leaving my shelf are wish-list books.  This is because I am number 100+ on the fifo list for most of the books on my shelf.  I read here on the forums about people who send out numerous books each week.  How long does it take until you are in a position where your books are up there in the fifo list to the point where you are actually next in line? 

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 1:10 PM ET
Member Since: 12/3/2005
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It really varies.  If you're posting common books that have 100+ before you, you should expect to wait quite a while.  Or, if you don't want to wait, you can offer another deal or join box of books.

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 2:17 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Mostly what I send out is WL books and books that aren't heavily posted as well.  I keep the heavily posted books on my shelf though because I have the space to store them and find that they get added to orders when I post WL books quite a bit.  Probably because they expect it isn't going to time out on 5 people before it gets accepted and they want to save another member postage. 

If there are some more heavily posted books you are interestedin reading yourself you could try being a Boxer.  I've traded a lot that way as well.  I turned off BOB because I just have too many books now and want to send out more than I'm taking in for a while. 

Since you are forum regular-if you are willing to give a deal on books you could try putting a note in your signature.  I had better luck with that than I did when I ran a deal in the Book Bazaar.  I just put 2 for 1 in my signature and I got a lot of orders from that.  But that was 2 postal price raises ago so now I would do 3 for 2 or 5 for 2 or something like that-depending on what I had on my shelf at the time.  You could always put in a "paperbacks only" note or something. 


I will also sometimes post heavily posted books from my TBR before I've read them to start them moving up. I wouldn't do this with a lot of books.  But a few at a time.  I'm a fast reader and if one gets requested before I read it I can get it read in the 5 days before the mail by date.  Or sometimes if I'm good on credits, I'll just post several of them and put my shelf on hold while I read them and they work their way up FIFO.

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 2:21 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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Until lately (when I've had my shelf on hold more to slow the requests) I'd get 2-5 requests a week, but its usually on the more rare or OOP stuff that isn't so readily available.  I also keep my shelf right about 500 books, so the flow of requests is more likely.

Looking at your shelf, you have don't have a lot of books and many you do have are very common books, especially the romance. Those are very easy to find deals in the Bazaar on so the odds of getting a FIFO order for them is pretty low. The majority of the membership doesn't use the forums, so they don't know about the deals there, but I think a lot of romance readers and those that read the heavily published fiction make a point to browse the site to find deals. The historical and paranormal are the only romances I see consistantly ordered off my shelf, if I get a request for the common ones, its usually a member requesting additional books after the initial request.

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 2:22 PM ET
Member Since: 11/5/2009
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Thanks for the hint about putting a deal in my signature line.  I never thought of that.  I have done it now!