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Subject: Wishing we could offer unpostable wishlisted books...
Date Posted: 5/1/2010 9:51 PM ET
Member Since: 12/30/2009
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This isn't so much a question as it is random musing...

I have some wishlisted unpostables that are rare books.  For example, one of them is out of print and goes for $16 and up on Amazon.  I've seen it go as high as $50 on Amazon at times.  I'm sure it would make someone very happy, but it isn't the type of book that's in the mainstream.  I've posted it on the bazaar and the genre forum, but no one has shown interest.  I wish there was a way to PM whoever has it wishlisted and offer it, even if I couldn't get a credit.  I'd rather it go to someone who has real interest in it than take up room on my shelf.

Maybe something to consider if things ever change?

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 10:06 PM ET
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I can sympathize with you're wanting the book to go to a good home, but I'm not sure what you're suggesting is a good idea.

I'm #1 on several books, and know where to look for unpostable copies if I want them. I'd hate to be getting very many PM's from people who had unpostables just wanting to see if I wanted theirs. I wouldn't.  I wouldn't want the hassle of being asked very often.

If you haven't already, you could list them in your Sig as a freebie, or on your profile. (I can't tell since I have Sigs turned off.)

Otherwise, I'd just keep listing it under the "Damaged Books" thread, or offer it as a freebie (with info that it's unpostable) with another of your books as a deal. Then maybe someone will be glad to pick it up.

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 10:13 PM ET
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I agree that there is one small circumstance with wishlist books that having that ability would be great for: the very seldomly posted book with a short wishlist. With that short of a wishlist, it's far less likely anyone on it will see any announcement offering the book, but if postings of the book are few and very far between, it's quite likely almost anyone that has it on their wishlist would want it even in unpostable form.

Books with long wishlists or that are regularly posted with short wishlists aren't really an issue. In the case of the former, at least someone with it on their list (or otherwise interested) will see the announcement, and in the case of the latter, they'll get a postable copy offered to them soon enough that they wouldn't care about an unpostable unless maybe if it was free.

ETA: But, since PBS wouldn't be able to turn the ability on and off for different books, I'd prefer not having the ability. Otherwise, it'd turn into something nobody would want. For every 100 PMs any of us got about an unpostable someone had available, there'd likely be maybe 1 or 2 the majority of us would actually be interested in, with the exception of those few who gladly take unpostable copies of any of their wishlist books. Then, who's to say we'd be the first to request those 1 or 2?



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Date Posted: 5/1/2010 10:14 PM ET
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Good point.  I just wonder if there's a large people who don't know where to look for unpostables.  How many don't know the forums have an option for that?  I do have all my unpostables listed. I often thrown in freebies with orders, but with the rarer books I don't want to include them as a random freebie - I'd rather they go to someone who actually wanted that particular book, if that makes sense.  Maybe an option that could be turned on and off to list yourself for PMs?


On the other hand, that could probably be used to jump the FIFO line by looking for deals and such- I guess there isn't a good solution.  :(

That's the sort of thing I'm thinking of Tiffany- the rare book that a person must have really wanted if they have it wishlisted.



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Date Posted: 5/1/2010 10:30 PM ET
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I don't know how, but it would be nice to let new people know somehow that there's more than meets the eye when they first join.  Many people never do check out the forums for different reasons.  They may not understand what the Bazaar is and ignore it. 

PBS is really so large.  It's deceiving when you first join.  It doesn't seem like it's very big at all.  Then if all you do is run your cursor over the My Account page you start to notice that there are links everywhere .... then you find that there are links leading to more links.  And it goes on and on.  Some members never realize that just running their cursor over the page can tell them so much.

So I guess it's futile in a way to tell people because they only read what they want to read and hear what they want to hear.  My DD is a member (on hold right now) and she's only come to the Questions forum once or twice.  She's never come to the CMT because there are forums elsewhere on the internet that she's more interested in at the moment.  I think that is probably true of most members.

We have ways to trade unpostables here on PBS that don't include the way most members trade.  So they have to be really interested in getting a book to look further into the site.  For most members PBS is a glide-through type of place to trade used books that doesn't involve getting involved much.  And that's okay.

Ruth

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 10:31 PM ET
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Actually I don't know where to look for unpostables. Anyone like to help me out with that?

Thanks, Kate

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 10:38 PM ET
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Kate, there is a forum called the Book Bazaar where folks can post about offering Wish List books that dont meet the postablity criteria, or advertise deals they are willing to make or just to let folks know about their shelf.

On the list of Discussion Forums it is listed 6 or 7 topics down from the top, with the colorful tent as an icon.

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 10:53 PM ET
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Interesting point Jonascat . . . something like a button that could appear (offering an unpostable copy) after the book hasn't been in the system for 12 months (18, 24, or whatever).  A member declining wouldn't loose their place in line, but the unpostable would then be offered to the next wishers (rather like RC's).

Absolutely Kate!   Just make sure to clearly state the condition of your unpostables...and if you want a credit, deals, or freebie with an order from your bookshelf.

Book Bazaar has a discussion thread for unpostables, it's a 'red sticky' titled Post Your Damaged Books Here (and members also start their own thread sometimes).

Genre Forums often have threads to offer wishlisted unpostables.  Love & Romance starts a new thread monthly (Is This on Your Wishlist Romance - May 2010) WL unpostables are welcome.  Paranormal has a similar thread, this month it's titled "May 2010 Wishlist Books Available".  And I also see "By request: The new - Is This on Your Wishlist? Mystery Edition" There may be others in different genre forums. 

Some members have success listing thier unpostable in Signature Line and/or Member Profile page.

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 11:14 PM ET
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I've listed mine in all three places.  I prefer my Profile, Blue Bookshelf Header, and post signature lines.  But members have to have the ability to see signature lines turned on in their Settings.

The Bazaar  really is too much for me to take in.  And the genre threads aren't all that busy in mine.

Ruth

Date Posted: 5/2/2010 12:37 AM ET
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Thanks Cheryl and Denise.  I'm just discovering the boards and am learning a lot.

Kate