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Subject: Is there somewhere on-site to store notes about a transaction?
Date Posted: 4/16/2009 12:42 AM ET
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I'm trying to keep track of some of my transactions. For senders I want to work with again due to their nice books and decent packaging, I can just add them to my buddy list. What about senders I want to avoid in the future due to disappointing transactions? Is there anywhere on-site I can make a note to myself or would I need to take care of this off-site?


Date Posted: 4/16/2009 12:57 AM ET
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The only thing I can think of is to add the 'bad swappers' to your buddy list also.  Then you can apply a buddy list tag to them like, "Do not swap" to remind yourself.  You could always keep a list off site too, like you said.  I don't know if there's another method to do it on here other than the buddy list option, but I'm sure if someone else has an idea they'll let you know!

Subject: Someone you trust can send you a msg with the information
Date Posted: 4/16/2009 1:46 AM ET
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I sent my mom a msg with subject and text "Do not swap with BadSwapper in BadCity." Then she sent the msg back to me. -- This was not about the member him/her/itself. I received a severely unpostable book.

Something I've seen mentioned: Put a book on your reminder list. -- Any book, but preferably one that will be at the top of the list alphabetically. Attach a Note (not a Tag!) with the relevant information.


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Last Edited on: 4/16/09 1:48 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/16/2009 8:00 AM ET
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I've had so few problem swaps that I have never bothered with such a list. If I had one, I would write it on a notepad and keep it near my computer to refer to if I needed it, but I just can't imagine that I ever would.

The problem with having such a list, however you have compiled it, is that PBS is mostly based on FIFO--first in, first out. So even if you remember people who have 'done ya wrong' before it can cause you problems. For example, if a wishlisted book that you've waited a year to get.comes available and then you notice that it's been posted by someone on your list, what do you do? If you cancel that request, you lose your place in the wishlist line and would have to go to the back of the line and wait who knows how long to get the book again.And if you're ordering a book you want from FIFO, and after it's accepted you notice it's dear old Ms. Badbooks again and cancel the order, if you order again it goes right back to her until someone else orders her copy of the book--which you won't really know has happened until you try ordering it again--you may need to do that several times and cancel, and then YOUR account gets flagged because you cancel too many orders. You really are shooting yourself in the foot.

Also keep in mind that someone you might have added to your "do not trade" list because of one bad transaction might have been new, might have made a careless mistake that one time. Six months later, they've learned more about PBS, and have turned into great swappers who follow the rules and send great books. But again, you wouldn't have a way of knowing that and would again be shooting yourself in the foot by denying yourself their books.


Last Edited on: 4/16/09 8:01 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/16/2009 8:42 AM ET
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I had so few that I haven't bothered trying to make a list either. Plus the chances of getting that same person again when going through FIFO is pretty slim. Unless you order books that are kind of rare to PBS.

But no there is no way to do that on PBS itself. 

The only issue with doing the Buddy List thing is that they might be notified if you ask to be their buddy.  You have the option of setting it up to either ask you when a buddy request comes or to automatically accept buddy requests.  If they have it set up to ask then they will know why you are asking if it was a recent transaction.  If they don't have it set up to ask: at some point they might see your name there and wonder why you are they. They might check out your WL and post books directly to you if they have more than one. A lot of people check out their buddy's WLs before they post. 

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 10:49 AM ET
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Okay, a regular computer file sounds like it would be the easiest option.  Thanks!

I keep most of the books I order here, so I'm not worried about creases, dog-earred pages, some spine wear, or other common used book flaws. I know I'm getting a great deal on used books. I'm also not particularly concerned about FIFO books because those are always a crapshoot.

However, most of the books I've ordered have been from individuals with deals posted in the book bazaar. The vast majority of the mountain of books I've received so far have been great and I'm happy to to work with those people again.

Two batches--both from established swappers--weren't. One set went out in a plain manilla envelope with no plastic of any kind and arrived soaking wet. The other set of multiple books was grey area postable--much more worn out than I would consider posting but in violation of no specific PBS rules. Since we apparently have different definitions of what consitutes good used condition, it seems best to simply not order directly from that swapper again.