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Subject: When do you give up on having a book be requested?
Date Posted: 11/29/2007 7:11 PM ET
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A lot of the books that I posted are by best selling or high selling authors, are a few years old and so 200+ copies are available to be requested.  I don't want to hang on to books for years hoping they'll end up being requested.  I don't want the hassle of posting 2-1 or 3-1 offers either. 

When do you decide to give up and remove your book from being posted?

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 7:31 PM ET
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I only post books that have under 5 copies posted and keep them 3 months (sometimes more if it's a great book).  I keep about 60 books posted because of storage.  I would say 75% of all my books go out on PBS, rest are donated or recycled.

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 7:36 PM ET
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you've got some good chick lit on your shelf.  go into the chick lit forum and promote your books.  that doesn't help some of the other books but you never know!

Date Posted: 11/30/2007 5:22 AM ET
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You also might consider becoming a boxer. People might request them in a BOB as opposed to paying credits for them, so you can swap them for other books.

Date Posted: 11/30/2007 10:21 AM ET
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I tend to do a 2 for 1 or 3 for 1 special every few months.  If the books with many, many copies make it through 2 or 3 cycles of that, I consider donating them to the thrift store or a prison book project. Space limitations and being able to find one book among hundreds is a concern for me.

If there are just a few copies of a book, I may let it sit longer.  For those, I try to add covers and a description if it doesn't have one.  I may promote in the "I have the only copy" or "Highlight a book" threads.  However, I haven't had a lot of lot with that. 

I also try to follow the "What I'm looking for" thread in the Bazaar. Sometimes I can offer something on my shelf that way.



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Date Posted: 11/30/2007 10:40 AM ET
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Funny - I just had a book requested from me that was among the first I ever listed.  So I guess my answer would be "never."

Date Posted: 11/30/2007 10:47 AM ET
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Date Posted: 11/30/2007 11:41 AM ET
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I never take a book off my shelf.  Within a week I had two books sent out to two different people.  Both books were by the same author and had been sitting on my shelf for over a year.  Hang in there.  Sooner or later they all make the climb to the top of the FIFO list.

Date Posted: 11/30/2007 12:01 PM ET
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Thanks for all the answers and suggestions.

Date Posted: 11/30/2007 1:00 PM ET
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Well I have about 300 unread books and about 60 on my shelf. So far I've been really lucky getting run of the mill romances off my shelf. But then I post a lot in the forums and put a 2 for 1 deal and a bunch of freebies in my signature.  I've never posted a deal thread in the book bazaar.    I have a military move coming up in the summer.  I'll probably offer some 3 for 1 or 4 for 1 deals in Jan.  I'm starting to post books I've had forever and haven't gotten around to reading.  Whatevers left when I have to put the house on the market will probably go to the used book store or the thrift store.   I'll keep whatever unread WL books I have and some non-WL books that I know I really want to read. But everything else is going. 

If you're tired of hanging on to them-donate them to a thrift store or sell them back to the used book store. If you post a lot, put a deal in your signature line. You might get rid of a few that way but you also won't get bombarded with pms like if you did a thread in book bazaar. 

Date Posted: 11/30/2007 1:17 PM ET
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When do you decide to give up and remove your book from being posted?

Oooo, tough one.  My answer will have no relevance to anyone else, lol.  I have tens of thousands of books to go, and I belong to 4 other bookswapping sites. 

For a while, I was listing as many as I could, but I was losing track so now I list 50 here for a week.  Then I move them to Site #2 for a week, and on down the line.  After 5 weeks, I weed out the romance, kids and a few others and donate the rest to the troops.  I destroy the ones left.

MY answer aside, if I had no outside factors to count in, I'd list them for as long as I had space to store them.  There's no telling when the person who's been looking for it for ages will finally find PBS!

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Date Posted: 11/30/2007 3:59 PM ET
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 I list mine for as long as it takes. I've got a few still on the shelf from when I joined in June of '06.  But I also have a moderate shelf of about 60 books, so I have the room right now to keep them. If I did have a larger shelf, I'd probably leave them for a certain amount of time before donating them and making room for more.

Edited for itchy Enter finger :)



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Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 11/30/2007 3:59 PM ET
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 I list mine for as long as it takes. I've got a few still on the shelf from when I joined in June of '06.  But I also have a moderate shelf of about 60 books, so I have the room right now to keep them. If I did have a larger shelf, I'd probably leave them for a certain amount of time before donating them a

Date Posted: 11/30/2007 4:11 PM ET
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I ordered a couple!

Date Posted: 11/30/2007 4:35 PM ET
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Michelle,

I just ordered two from your book shelf!  You'll have an empty shelf before you know it.  All you had to do is post in the forums - makes people go look at your shelf.

Now you'll have to go look at mine!  :)

Date Posted: 12/1/2007 2:32 PM ET
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I never take books off my shelf.  Every once in a while I get a request for some book that's been sitting there for ages - you never know what someone might want.  We used to have two local UBS's but one closed (the internet killed her business) and anyway I just don't have time to get out to them anyway.  PBS has become my only source for used books (Ebay and half.com are a hassle).  So I keep all those oldies on hand for that right reader to come along and request one.

Date Posted: 12/1/2007 2:40 PM ET
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I don't take much off my shelf, but think I am going to have to thin it out.   My guest room is being overtaken by my PBS inventory.  I hate to get rid of them, but may need to donate a few...  :-)

Date Posted: 12/1/2007 6:05 PM ET
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If you have room at  home to keep them, you never know when that older one listed will be requested, new people join all the time, others may just happen across it looking at your shelf and getting interested.  I have a lot of old titles and every so often one gets requested, which helps me as I can never seem to amass credits, lol.  Several times one got marked received just in time for me to get something on my wishlist when I had zero credits.

Date Posted: 12/2/2007 8:34 AM ET
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I still have a book on my shelf that was posted in Sept. 2005....I'm just stubbornly refusing to remove it. LOL On the other hand, I have removed several others that sat for almost 2 years...it wasn't that they were overly-popular, but probably the opposite--too obscure. The main reason I removed them was that they were larger hardcovers and were taking up lots of room in my PBS shelf (physically.) If they were paperbacks, I'd probably have just left them there, but instead I donated them to the FOL sale and replaced them with different books from the sale, many of which have gone already in the month since.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/2/2007 7:43 PM ET
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I recently had 4 books requested that I had posted when I first joined last January!  I do not like to remove any books but have had specials at times and did move lots of books that way!  If you have the room to keep them for awhile - I would wait!  You never know!  I have lots of books posted now and am hoping to start moving them soon - it has been slow this past week or so!  Maybe due to the approaching holidays!

Date Posted: 12/2/2007 8:43 PM ET
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 I have had a lot of older books sit and sit--then comes a request. You just never know. I just had a request for a book from the mid-'90s, that's been on my shelf for almost a year.

  BUT, I never post a book that has more than 5-6 copies already in the system (John Grisham is the example that comes to mind). I think there are so many already out there, I  just give them away.

Date Posted: 12/6/2007 5:16 PM ET
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I am newbie here and am curious how you determine how many copies of a particular book are available.

Date Posted: 12/6/2007 5:26 PM ET
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Patricia,

Add the book to your Reminder List; then put your cursor over the grey !,  and it will show you how many of that book are in the system.

Date Posted: 12/11/2007 1:17 PM ET
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I just leave them up unless I give them away. I dont mind them sitting on my shelf unclaimed.  I just had a request the other day for a book that has been on my list over three months.

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Date Posted: 12/11/2007 1:55 PM ET
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I only remove things that have more than 100 copies available here.  Those I try to swap locally.  :)  I'll also leave them up awhile if I'm doing a special (like this month), but otherwise I don't see much point of leaving them there if there are that many available. 

 



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