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Subject: Is BoB really worth it?
Date Posted: 7/20/2007 1:30 PM ET
Member Since: 6/11/2007
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I am contemplating signing up because my bookshelf is out of control!  But I am curious if there are folks with bad experiences with BoB or excellent experiences?  Boxers, is it worth $8?  Do you use the service frequently?  Is it confusing?

Date Posted: 7/20/2007 1:46 PM ET
Member Since: 9/17/2005
Posts: 418
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yes, yes, yes!

I'm on year 2 of my BoB subscription. I've really enjoyed it because I've been able to find new books to read that I might not have been interested enough to order with a credit.

Plus, it's a new cycle of books on my shelf. A lot of times a book may not be ordered in FIFO, but it goes out to another member in  a trade. It's totally worth it!

Date Posted: 7/20/2007 1:50 PM ET
Member Since: 10/27/2005
Posts: 503
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Totally worth it, I'm in year two also!

Date Posted: 7/20/2007 2:21 PM ET
Member Since: 9/19/2006
Posts: 2,940
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I love BOB.  It's pretty much the only way I use to get older books.  I now save all my credits to use on WL books.   It has greatly added to my TBR pile though...  :-)

Date Posted: 7/20/2007 2:31 PM ET
Member Since: 6/11/2007
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You guys are selling me on this!  I believe I will sign up on Monday (I'm away for most of the weekend)...

Date Posted: 7/20/2007 3:19 PM ET
Member Since: 9/17/2005
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alright! :) When you do, that little tag thingy comes up under your name in the forums too - so we can all be encouraged to swap with you!

Date Posted: 7/20/2007 3:41 PM ET
Member Since: 6/11/2007
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Okay, I just signed up!  Yay!  Can't wait to explore it starting later this weekend/Monday... :-)

I hope that people will want to swap!  :-)

Date Posted: 7/20/2007 5:32 PM ET
Member Since: 3/1/2007
Posts: 1,883
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Welcome to boxing! You will love it! :)

Date Posted: 7/20/2007 5:35 PM ET
Member Since: 8/6/2006
Posts: 650
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Count me in. I'm in my 3/4th month and love it!!

Date Posted: 7/20/2007 5:56 PM ET
Member Since: 9/30/2006
Posts: 7,336
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I started boxing in May and have only had good experiences with it.  The only problem I have had is if someone wants me to swap with them and I can't find anything on their list I want.  So far I have declined these couple of requests - maybe I should choose some and repost them?  What do you guys do?  I feel bad telling someone no!

Date Posted: 7/20/2007 7:06 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
Posts: 6,421
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Joy, every one of us has had to learn to get over the guilt of saying no to an offer. It's hard, but if you don't learn to, you will end up with sooo many books that you aren't planning to read, and spent the postage money to get them!  It also takes a few times of being rejected to remember that it's not personal, nobody refuses your offer just because they don't like you :)

I'm not saying you should never select books that you weren't interested in at first, because one of the joys of boxing is being able to try new authors and genre that you never would have otherwise. Live a little, order outside your normal 'box', but don't order books just to complete the box with someone. I have nearly as many cancelled boxes as completed (both cancelled by others and cancelled by me) and I have over 200 completed. Imagine if I'd accepted every one of those???

Yeah, I already have over 1200 books on my TBR, its a good thing I decline or get declined, every so often :)

Date Posted: 7/21/2007 10:26 AM ET
Member Since: 6/13/2007
Posts: 905
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I just joined bob.  read all the good things about it so thought I'd give it a try.  look forward to trading :-)

Date Posted: 7/21/2007 1:56 PM ET
Member Since: 8/30/2006
Posts: 172
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When I first joined, I didn't think I would use it as much as I have.... most of the books I get on pbs are cookbooks or home & garden oriented and usually those go pretty fast with credits. But I must say, I have made more trades than I thought I would have, and have received quite a few cookbooks and also novels that I normally wouldn't have used a credit for.  I have a hard time using my credits for novels as I have really good thrift stores around me - one of them sells paperbacks for $.25!!   But they don't always have the books I want, so it's nice to be able to get them on a bob trade. even if it's only one book. you still save a credit.  To me, it's definitely worth the $8. I have more than saved that on shipping costs.  I really love it. (I have my bob on hold right now, as fair week is coming up and I won't have the time to send any out....)

Date Posted: 7/21/2007 2:44 PM ET
Member Since: 6/20/2007
Posts: 64
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Newbie, here.... what is BoB?  is there a place on the site I can find out what it is? (so that someone doesn't have to go thru a long, drawn-out description if the info is already here!)




Date Posted: 7/21/2007 3:01 PM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
Posts: 8,411
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Lynn, it's under Community as Box O Books.  Click on What is box o books?  and that should tell you all you need to know. :)

Date Posted: 7/22/2007 3:08 PM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2005
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I am NOT a boxer now, but only because it caused my TBR pile to grow exponentially.  I loved having it, and as soon as I get down under 100 books, I'm signing back up!