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Subject: Bookshelf on hold ...
Date Posted: 4/12/2009 2:07 AM ET
Member Since: 3/12/2009
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How often do you put your bookshelf on hold?  I realized after getting 4 book requests in the last 2 days I needed to put my bookshelf on hold.  I now realized I need to stop spending so much money ... granted it not that much, but obviously $2.50-$3 adds up over time!  I need to set a budget now.

Date Posted: 4/12/2009 2:40 AM ET
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Hi Imelda,

I see that you joined just last month. Welcome!

Based on posts I've read in the forums, it is not uncommon for members to put their accounts on hold to control their postage spending.

My advice is to set a realistic postage budget--whether it be monthly or weekly, and put your account on hold as often as you need.



Date Posted: 4/12/2009 3:10 AM ET
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Thanks Melissa ... yeah I've sent out 18 books so far, not including 4 request pending right now.  I've really sent out more since I've sent some freebies too with some of the orders.  But yeah, I was just curious if lots of people put holds on their bookshelf or if a majority never shut it off ...

Date Posted: 4/12/2009 8:14 AM ET
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I've done it - but then I don't have a lot of wanted books most of the time.  If you have lots of sought after books you might want to put your shelf on hold to keep postage costs to your limit.   I rarely have more than 30 books up at a time.


Date Posted: 4/12/2009 8:19 AM ET
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When we first joined my wife's books and her Dad's books were posted on our bookshelf.  The books were flying out of here.  Instead of putting the account on hold to control it we sold some of the credits in the Book Bazaar forum.

Date Posted: 4/12/2009 12:16 PM ET
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I put my shelf on hold now and then. I'm on hold right now just to stop the WL offers.  I have several books that I am close to the top on and a massive TBR pile.  I also put myself on hold in the virtual boxes that I'm in and I'm limiting my games.  I just want to read what I want to read and not for a deadline.  I also don't want any new books coming in for a whle until I can get some of these books out of here. I have probably 100 WL books collecting dust and 500+ other books-many of which are heavily posted and I would like to read them and post them to start their way up FIFO or maybe do some BOB trades with them. But with 2-3 WL offers coming in each week-I'm overwhelmed. 

Date Posted: 4/12/2009 1:25 PM ET
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 I have a PBS budget of $30 a month (not including swaps). I buy it in PBS postage, and as soon as it is gone, I put my account on hold until the next month. It allows me to send out about 10 books a month.

Date Posted: 4/12/2009 3:32 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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I'll also control the flow by what and when I post.  Post the WL books when I know I'll have the time and money to send.  But if you wait too long, they might no longer be WL.