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Subject: Wish List multiple thread
Date Posted: 8/20/2016 1:19 AM ET
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Does anyone have books listed on the WL Multiples thread? I just posted there for the first time a few days ago and wondered if people have much luck with it. It doesn't seem like they're moving too quickly on there.

Date Posted: 8/20/2016 12:25 PM ET
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Patience is the key everywhere at PBS. I always have a long list there, but most of mine only have a few wishers. Mine move slowly, but it's better than not moving at all. And I can't afford to send out a bunch of singles, so the WL Multiples thread is a good option. I also check the WL of every person that requests a book from my bookshelf. Good luck.

Date Posted: 8/20/2016 12:57 PM ET
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I've done it before. I haven't looked at your post, so I don't know how it was made, and don;t know if these apply, but a couple of tips:

I sort out my listings by genre so that books that might appeal to the same person appear near each other in my list.

I try to wait to list until I have multiple books in a genre (not a cookbook and a mystery that I want to "mail together", for example). If I have one WL cookbook, I wait to offer it until I have other cookbooks, or even better, related subject cookbooks.

I make sure my post is as easy to read as possible. Don't make the people reading it click on links to figure out what you are actually offering.

I also don't put too many restrictions on what I'm offering. For example, if I have 5 books from the same series, I don't insist that they all have to go together. I prefer to just let them all go (as miltiples, but I don't care with what else) as that way you can send a couple to the person who already has the first ones and just needs the later ones, as well as the person who has never read the series and is maybe only interested in the first 1 or 2 to try out. It's rare, I believe, that you come across a person who at the same time, has none of the books, and also wants to invest in 5 of them at the same time.

I also don't insist that people have to turn off all their RCs. I just put in my post which ones I have to auto-reject (pet related) and all the others I consider as they come up.

Date Posted: 8/23/2016 11:13 PM ET
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Thanks for the ideas!

Pam M. -
Date Posted: 8/27/2016 6:06 PM ET
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Theresa, some books go fast, some don't.   There used to be more action -- now you have to be a standard member to use the thread.

Another trick I've found is that if I have 2-3 books in a series (all WL), I post the first one FIFO.  Then I PM the person and offer the other two books.  It's very very rare that the person who Wishlisted #2 of a series doesn't also want #3 and #4.

I do a lot of things Sara does.  I don't insist on Auto, nor on RCs.  I have no idea whether that helps.

Date Posted: 8/28/2016 11:45 AM ET
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Both standard and limited memberships are able to post in the forums, so either would be able to respond to the WL Multiples. 

Date Posted: 8/28/2016 1:43 PM ET
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So ala carte members don't have access to WL mulitples?

Huge oversight if that is true.

I was wondering why it slowed down so much.

 

"I do a lot of things Sara does"  

So do I, but if a huge portion of the PBS members do not have access to a feature, then making up all sorts of "tips and tricks" to get rid of things isn't going to make the lion's share of difference.  

While I udnerstand that participation in forums is limited if you are not standard/limited member, PBS really should "turn on" any feature that has to do with getting and sending books, so that everyone can see and partiicpate.    That is what the site is for......to swap books.  

 



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Date Posted: 8/28/2016 4:21 PM ET
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A la carte members can't access the forums or PM. 

Date Posted: 8/28/2016 10:49 PM ET
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Actually, a la carte members can see the forums (read only) but can't participate. I'm not sure though, but I believe they can still also click on another member's name to get to their shelf and order that way. And once an order is in play they can use that to PM.

Date Posted: 8/31/2016 12:05 PM ET
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You are right that they can read any of the forums that aren't marked private, but can't post.  I'm not positive, but I don't think they have a way to get to a particular member's bookshelf. 

Date Posted: 8/31/2016 12:57 PM ET
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Anna, I believe anyone can click on a member's bookshelf if that member has posted in the forums (and in their settings set their shelf as public). I actually logged out and was still able to access bookshelfs if there was a link. 

Date Posted: 9/2/2016 3:52 PM ET
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Thanks, Linda.  That's good to know.  I imagine that the [PM] button is missing until or unless you order one of their books...

Date Posted: 9/8/2016 5:27 PM ET
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Don't know how she did it, but a friend here found that she had 3 of my WL books and is sending me all 3.  Thought we had discussed that there was no easy way to search for multiples on someone's WL.  I have asked her about how she did it........maybe she was very, very patient and read thru my entire WL??

Date Posted: 9/8/2016 6:54 PM ET
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Jeanne, I have no idea how your friend did it but today I finally finished going through the wishlists of all of my friends and typing up a chart of all the books on my TBR list that were also on their wishlists. The chart will make it easier for me to move certain books to the top of my TBR and then mail out multiples to save on postage. I can scroll the wishlists pretty fast so it only took a few hours to draft.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 9/8/2016 11:20 PM ET
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Here's what I do to get multiples out. When I finish reading a book that has a wish list and I'm not in need of credits, I put a tag on it that indicates I'm done with it.

Then one of two things happens:

- Someone requests a book that's on my shelf. I click through to that person's wish list and scroll through it looking for my tag. Any time I see the tag, I post that WL book directly to them and send it out with the one they requested.

- I need credits. When that happens, I click on my tag and bring up the list of all my books that are waiting to be reposted. On each one I click Post and look to see if any friends are wishing for it. I make a list of all the friend wishes, and then I just note which friends are wishing for multiple books that I have and post those books to them.

In either case, I make sure to remove my tag when I post the book so I won't get confused and think I still have the book later on.

Date Posted: 9/15/2016 12:55 AM ET
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Teresa B

I have watched the Wishlist Multiples lists here and at SwapaDVD.  

The main problem I see is asking the receiver for too many orders.   Because chances are, they will not find more than 2 things you have that they want.

I have seen over on SwapaDVD people listing a minimum of 4-5......chances that I will find 4-5 DVDs that I want to have from just THEIR list is very slim..........so they don't get an order.

That is why I always use 2 for my minimum, unless it is a "set" of something.