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Subject: Which states have the fewest PBS members?
Date Posted: 8/18/2008 12:44 AM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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I've been watching my little trasnaction maps and try to see where people are on the forums and such.  there are a few states that don't seem to have many members.  Like New Mexico.   And South Dakota.  Anybody know where one could find out how the membership breaks down?  It's just an idle wondering!  ;D


Date Posted: 8/18/2008 1:01 AM ET
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You can search members in the directory ( in the drop down menu - Community) by state, but that only shows members with profiles.  It won't show all members.

Date Posted: 8/18/2008 9:14 AM ET
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Actually, the first batch I mailed were to thise states, I think. When I have nothing better to do, I see which states I am missing and go to the directory and find something I want from a member, or PM and offer to do a swap. My 10 yo is obsessed that we send and get from each state.

Date Posted: 8/18/2008 9:26 AM ET
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Have you looked at this map?

All PaperBackSwap Members

ETA: Nevermind. I forgot about the part where it says "Below are the cities with PaperBackSwap members in them! Don't forget that each dot is not just 1 member but could be 30, 40 or even 100!"

Last Edited on: 8/18/08 9:27 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/18/2008 10:09 AM ET
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Well, I checked on the members with profiles (I wish everyone would put at least a minimal profile up).  Looks like both of those states do have tiny memberships here.  New Mexico - 249.  South Dakota -  126!  My state (VA) - 1379!     So they are tiny - not VA.  Obviously most of my books tend to come from the EAST Coast.  I have sent out  93 (+ 4 more today) books to date.  I have received 98 books. 

I just discovered that the map is cursor enabled and I can check states by putting the cursor on the state and clicking on it (if I'm accurate since the eastern half of the country is all red!!).  Now I'm going to go check out all 50 states and Puerto Rico.  Puerto Rico has 35 members.  Hawaii has 100 and Alaska has 128.  I've received one book from Alaska and Hawaii !! haven't sent any to those.  Must be hard to get or send to Puerto Rico.

I've sent to APO.  And I've received from APO.  Wonder if this will ever go international?

Well, I guess no one else but me wants to know about this....  ;D


ETA - spelling errors (but probably not all)

Last Edited on: 8/19/08 8:30 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/18/2008 10:31 AM ET
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Guam (GU) has four members with profiles. Virgin Islands (VI) has nine. Marshall Islands (MP) has one.

Date Posted: 8/18/2008 12:54 PM ET
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the cost to ship internationally is quite high.  I am on another site where you can ship internationally but I have to keep it to books under 1 lb because of the cost.  It is kinda cool though to send far away, I've mailed to Japan, England, Germany, Italy and Canada

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Date Posted: 8/19/2008 6:26 AM ET
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Many people here have shipped to most of those places too if they send to APO addresses!!  ;)-  There are quite a few APO members though, and more every time I recommend the site heehee

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 9:05 AM ET
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I've never had to send to an APO/FPO on here.  But I've shipped international on another trading site.  It didn't really cost that much more but I guess it depends on the size of the book. I turned one down that was a thick tradesize and the shipping for that (to the Netherlands if I remember right) was over $10.   But just shipping a regular old paperback to France only cost about $5 and you get extra points for sending to another country.  I think it would be cool if PBS allowed international but then it would also be confusing.  They'd have to give you the option of turning down international requests w/o losing your place in FIFO. 

I don't think I've ever shipped to Hawaii either.  I've received and shipped to Alaska before. When I lived in Wa state it didn't even take that long for mm.

Last Edited on: 8/19/08 9:06 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/19/2008 4:08 PM ET
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I really wish PBS would adjust the dates before they call a book lost for the nonCONUS sites (ie, HI, AK, PR, APO, the territories). I sent a book to a person in the Armed Forces who has an RC to warn senders that their book may be declared lost and they will have to complete a customs form. Sure enough, that's what happened. Book is lost. Also had one sent to me from Alaska declared lost. The Hawaaiian book I sent arrived pretty quickly, however.