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ratio of books mooched

Hi, can someone advise me about the above please. I seem to recall, but can't find details now, that there was a certain rule that if you weren't giving enough books out in relation to those you were getting, you were no longer allowed to mooch more books. For some time now, I have been mooching at a much faster rate than books mooched from me, and wonder what happens when I reach that point, whenever it is. I'm a bit concerned as there is obviously no way I can force other members to mooch from me and am a bit wary of mooching books on my wishlist at all now, in case I reach that point and then cant get books I really want. thanks, Rose.

roseliptrot
4 days ago
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(2 hours ago)Hi, thanks for that - however you figured all that out is a mystery, but you obviously know what you are doing, so will take your word for it. Thanks again, happy mochng, Rose.
roseliptrot
(1 day ago)I've just had a look at the explanation of your mooch ratio and you'd have to spend 184 more points than you've got, without giving any more books, to go over your mooch ratio. Unless something changes dramatically you're never going to go over your mooch ratio and that's true of most members. The ratio limit is mostly there to stop scammers.
kathers
(2 days ago)Hi, thanks for that - am quite thick mathematically so don't entirely undersand the ratios, but thanks for assuring me that I'm ok. to go on mooching for now. I'll carry on then. thanks again, Rose.
roseliptrot
(3 days ago)It's if your mooch ratio reaches 2:1. Your mooch ratio is 1.24: 1 so you've got nothing to worry about, mooch away! Also, overall you've sent more books than you've received. Don't forget that as well as costing more points, international mooches affect your ratio more, so if you start to get towards the ratio level that is something you might want to consider (although I know it's usually a simple case of where the book is available).
kathers
Book damaged by Mail.

Received book today. the envelope was ripped open from P.O.
Cover is off book and is pretty messed up. It is obviously the P.O.'s fault. I don't want sender to lose point, but can't send book back out as it is too damaged. What should I do?

Thanks

itsdean1
24 days ago
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(24 days ago)Unless it looks like it wasn't packaged well enough (strong envelope and enough tape) I would just leave a positive feedback with "thanks" as a comment. You could email the sender and let them know what happened, in case they want to do a better job of packaging in the future. As long as you can read the book, it isn't "lost" and you did receive it.
Cara
What to do?

I mooched two books from a member. Today the envelope arrived empty. According to the post office - there two stamps on the envelope - the envelope was unsealed and arrived at my local post office empty. I am of course sad for not having the two books... but aside from that, I am not sure what do I do next. Do I mark as received but indicate that I am unhappy? Maybe the member could have used tape rather than rely on the envelope glue, but ultimately I am not sure it is her fault... Am I going to be out of my points? How to proceed? Thanks.

Mika
1 month ago
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(1 month ago)Thank you Sarah. I'll do that.
Mika
(1 month ago)I wouldn't mark them as received, since you only got the envelope. I would mark the books lost (6 weeks after they have been mailed, the button should show up) and note at that time that you got an empty envelope. The sender will not lose points for having two books go lost. If they have a lot books go lost, the admins may look into her account.
Sarah
Books Listed

My questions is that I will be listing books I have shortly and have a concern. If I list a book and trade/send it out to some lese. And after I send it out a member ask for the book before I can remove it from my list is there a penalty ? Or what can I expect ?
Thank you. I excited about this website.
Ziegld1

dziegler
1 month ago
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(1 month ago)Once someone has requested a book from you on Bookmooch, it is automatically removed from your inventory. If you list books on a different site, or otherwise have agreed to send the book to someone else, you should remove the book as quickly as you can from your inventory. Using the excuse that you no longer have the book (for whatever reason) to reject a mooch is usually okay once or maybe twice. If you make a habit of it, you will end up with negative feedback.
Cara
Can't mooch book.

Hi, sorry, have a new, peculiar, problem. Have just mooched a book from member Mariola (usa) and thought I'd check her inventory in case I could mooch another and save her postage. Found one I'd like - the Christmas Sweater, but there is nothing on her inventory page to click on to mooch this,just the inventory itself. Tried clicking on the book title on her page and it came up with only copy from another member not willing to send to my country. Typed the title in and did a bookmooch search - same result. How can I mooch this book from mariola please? Thanks. Rose.

roseliptrot
1 month ago
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(1 month ago)Hi everyone, thanks for that. I added the book to my wishlist and a few hours later Mariola's copy flashed up. I've now been able to mooch this and it's actually on its way already. Thanks a lot, Rose.
roseliptrot
(1 month ago)I can now get to it the same way Cara did and by doing a search for the book, so hopefully you can mooch it now.
kathers
(1 month ago)That's weird, it shows up when I click on it. Perhaps log out and log in again and try again? From her inventory I could click on the title and her edition shows on the book details page.
Cara
(1 month ago)I can't help, except to say that it's not you. I know I've come across this problem before, but I can't remember what, if anything, the solution was. Hopefully another member will have a solution.
kathers
Pictures?

Hi there,

I just joined BookMooch and inventoried my first book. I was wondering how to add a picture to my description - I couldn't figure it out myself. Thank you very much!

Jim
1 month ago
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(1 month ago)I know some people include pictures in their condition notes. I believe they use HTML but I am not sure.
Cara
Listing book

Trying to list a book in inventory but keeps saying that this is not a book and cannot be listed with bookmooch!!!What to do???

sher
1 month ago
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(1 month ago)Were you adding it by ISBN? What exactly does it say when you try to add it,and which way were you trying to add it ( e.g through add button, or were you searching for the book to add through the "search amazon for a book" box)? Sometimes Amazon doesn't recognise certain editions; if this is the case you could try adding it under another edition and noting that it is a different edition in the condition notes. If you can't find the book at all you'll have to hand-enter it.
kathers
Listing on wishlist

I am fairly new to BookMooch, but absolutely love the concept!

My question is, when you are looking for a book that has multiple editions, should you put all the editions on your wishlist, or do you only need to put one, and the database uses the title and searches for all editions.

Heather
1 month ago
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(1 month ago)Hi Heather, my feeling is-- there are a lot of related editions that are not connected in the database at all, so I list all the ones that I can..there's no limit on the wishlist....You just have to remember that when you do get a book, to remove the related editions from your wishlist-- all of them! And...Welcome to BookMooch!
Melanie C.
(1 month ago)The database searches for all related editions, but make sure you have show related editions turned on in the pull down menu on the upper right of your wishlist page, and from settings, in the same menu, be sure to elect to receive emails about related editions. Some related editions may not show up, and you may receive notification of editions in foreign languages or books which are not actually related at all. It doesn't hurt to search for the book by title now and then if it is one you really want.
Cara
Inventory - how to remove books

Hi

I've tried to remove a couple of books from my inventory, but I keep getting an error message. I don't want to get in trouble because people request a book that I can't send to them.

Jacki C
1 month ago
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(1 month ago)could you post the error message you received? Perhaps we can figure out what is going wrong. ETA this could also be related to the problem John has posted in his blog. Try again and see what happens this time.
Cara
Printing Labels

Cara,
Thanks for your reply. I deleted my message which deleted the whole thread so I wanted to thank you.

Sally

Sally306
2 months, 2 days ago
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email notifications?

So I thought when I signed up that I read that I would get a notification in my email if someone requested a book. I am not getting notifications, and I signed on to discover that someone had requested a book 3 days earlier! I don't sign on every day, so I really would appreciate notifications. I'd rather not leave people hanging. So my question.... is there a place where I can change this setting to be sure I am getting notifications? Can't find one in my member profile. Help please! Thanks

Amy

amy
2 months, 18 days ago
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(2 months, 16 days ago)I have the same problem: my Email provider (GMX) refuses the automatic Emails from BM because they are not configured right. I've told the BM technical support, but not gotten any help beyond "you need to take it up with your Email provider/ make sure that BM is on the approved list so Emails don't get sorted into the spam folder". Both of which don't adress the problem. So I try to look into BM at least every second day to look if there's an open request or a book on my wishlist is moochable; and I put a note on my profile page that I don't receive the automatic emails, so please send emails directly (strangely, the emails sent via the email function do arrive).
nonameblue
(2 months, 18 days ago)There is an ongoing discussion of this issue in the BookMooch Discussion It seems that gmail is one of the few email providers not impacted by recent changes to how email from sources such as Bookmooch are processed.
Cara
won't let me add a book to wishlist

Hi, same old problem - I'm trying to add A Merry Little Christmas by Julia Williams and the system will not allow it. It says kindle edition only, but I have seen copies of this book in the shops, and have added it to Read it Swap it with no problems. Have obtained the isbn number, but it won't accept this either. I've also had the same problem with her new one, Coming home for Christmas, which is more understandable as it is very recent, but again RISI has added it no problem. Any advice would be appreciated please. I have obviously tried to add it manually, but still wan't add.Thanks.

roseliptrot
2 months, 22 days ago
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(2 months, 22 days ago)Hi again, sorry please disregard previous comment, have just tried again for the umpteenth time, and it suddenly brought up paperback editions of the books (I didn't do anything differently I promise) and added them with no problem, so thanks anyway.
roseliptrot
blocking a member?

Hi all - I'm not really a newbie but have run into a new problem. One of my requests has been rejected because the book owner doesn't like my Username. I agree that he has the right to refuse to share his books at his discretion, so its not really a big problem, except for the fact that I'm not going to remember this guy's name in six months. So is there a way I can block his books from my searches so that I don't inadvertently try to mooch a book from him in the future? I don't want to pester the guy, I just wanted to give his book a good home.

I thought the intent of this site was to share books with other people who love books. It never occurred to me that someone would judge me based on a silly nickname from my childhood. I am not a Satanist or anything like that, although I wouldn't consider it acceptable to refuse a book to anyone based on their personal philosophy. I'm sure it wouldn't be considered acceptable to reject a request because someone is Christian or Muslim or Jewish or whatever.

Anyway, I just want to figure out how to avoid a problem with the same guy in the future.

thanks for your advice...

Darth Heather
3 months, 8 days ago
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(3 months, 2 days ago)yeah, it's not a big deal and i don't want for it to become one. i only posted this publicly because i thought that if there is a way to limit the search results, that might be useful info for other people too. if there isn't a way, i will just have to be cautious when selecting a person to mooch from. usually i just get excited about the book and click away, without really looking too deeply into the sender's info.
Darth Heather
(3 months, 3 days ago)the issue has been reported to the abuse team and I am sure they will handle it. I wouldn't recommend further efforts on the OP part to communicate with the member, it could just lead to unpleasantness.
Cara
(3 months, 3 days ago)If it's not a valid reason, why don't you just keep requesting the book? It's offensive to make you feel like you've done something wrong just because of a username, maybe he'll realise he is being incredibly petty and just send the book. He might try and block you, and upon emailing moderators to do this, be told he's in the wrong.
Paula
(3 months, 4 days ago)thanks for your suggestions... i did reply to his message but he didn't respond. It doesn't really matter that much. I can get the book from someone else. I agree that it is not a valid reason to reject, and am annoyed that his negative comment will always show up in the details of my transactions, but it is his own problem that he is intolerant and ridiculous. We all make our own choices, I guess. I was just hoping there would be a way to keep his inventory from showing up in my searches, since he made it clear that he refuses to send to me. I"m not sure that I will remember to check closely for his name before I submit a mooch request, and he did have quite a few books from an author that I like.
Darth Heather
(3 months, 5 days ago)Email the person and nicely suggest that he should reconsider mailing it to you. If he refuses, provide -1 feedback.
John Vernon Scott
(3 months, 6 days ago)This got me thinking that I saw something in the Bookmooch wiki about valid (and invalid) reasons for rejecting a mooch, and I saw this: "As this comes up every now and then, we'd like to remind you that "I don't want to send my book to this person" is not a valid reason to reject a mooch, no matter what your reasoning is." As far as remembering who he is, I guess you could check your "books mooched" list from your Member Page and click "show details" and that will bring up the rejection and any comments about it. But based on the wiki I don't think this is a valid reason to reject a mooch-- you can email an admin about it....
Melanie C.
Lost book wasn't lost!

Hi,

I received this email from a lady I posted books to and I don't know how to reverse the 'lost' tag...

Last week I marked as lost the two books I'd mooched from you and you'd
sent back in November... but they arrived today when I really thought they
had been lost in the mail...
So, just to say thank you, they are both in great condition.
Please let me know if you want me to report it to bookmooch or leave
feedback on the transaction pages, this never happened to me before and
I'm not sure what is the correct thing to do.

Help!

nikki
3 months, 22 days ago
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(3 months, 21 days ago)There is no way to reverse it once the books have been marked lost. She got her credits back, but you did not lose credits. Have her change her feedback that they showed up after all and that is all you can do.
Sarah
listing a book under the wrong edition

I am trying to add a book I own to my inventory but I can only find hardback editions of the book to add. My book is a paperback edition. I also was trying to post an earlier edition of a book that is not coming up in the list to add. Should I just put my book on by the closest edition and then in the condition section state that my book is NOT the pictured/listed edition?- or is there some way to add an addition? Thanks!

laceyloo
4 months, 1 days ago
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(4 months ago)You can hand enter a book: http://bookmooch.com/m/add_manually
Sarah
(4 months ago)Some of the books are older books and I do not see an ISBN number on them. Hopefully whoever requests them reads what I wrote about the condition...
laceyloo
(4 months ago)I would also recommend searching through Amazon from the browse tab and using the ISBN. That is the best way to find the exact edition you are looking for.
Cara
(4 months ago)Which way did you try to add the book, through doing a bookmooch search? If that was the case try listing it through the add feature.If it doesn't come up first time there is also a drop down box to the right of the box where you add the ISBN where you can choose which Amazon database to search, as for example, a book may show up on amazon.co.uk but not amazon.com. If you've already tried all that then listing it under a different edition and stating in the condition notes that it is a different edition is fine.
kathers
How does Angel Network actually work

Hi

I have made donations to the Bookmooch Angel Network, but never asked for help. Couls someone please explain their services to me??

I just had a member in Germany request three heavy books. I agreed to accept the request (I hate to say NO). Can Bookmooch Angel Network assist me with shipping the books?? I believe the total weight of the books will be about 7lbs. I am guessing the cost will be over $25. I would be shipping books from New York State.
Thank you
Deb K

Deebs
4 months, 8 days ago
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(4 months, 8 days ago)I don't think they provide postage help. How it works is that someone in Germany (for example) would see books listed on a US member's inventory but that member would not be open to International mailing. The Angel would be another US member that mooched the books domestically and then posted them to the German member. The angel spends the money to send the books and they end up with a two credit per book "profit". Keep in mind that you will be getting 9 credits for the three books, so it will be $2.78 per credit (if it was exactly $25). That is not much more than the $2.69 that media mail costs now for a book under 16 ounces.
Sarah
Adding a new book to inventory

I have tried on 2 separate occasions to enter a book by it's ISBN and was told by the webpage that a book already exists with that number. It is not the same book I am trying to add, and the ISBN differ after the first few digits.
I have hand-entered the new book, and the webpage tells me to add the similar-numbered book to my inventory.
This is frustrating. How can I add a book with similar first few digits to another book already entered?

Thanks, Laurie

LDusterwald
4 months, 9 days ago
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(4 months, 8 days ago)Dear Cara, It worked great. Thanks so much. Laurie
LDusterwald
(4 months, 9 days ago)Search for the book from the browse tab using Amazon to search. Click the Inventory Add button on the right of the book title. If that doesn't work. post the ISBN here and perhaps someone else will have a solution.
Cara
Recently added books

Hi! I'm quite new to this site and I was wondering if there's a way to organize available books. Specifically, I'm from the Netherlands and it would be very useful if I could sort the books offered here on date they were added, so that I can easily see new offers. I haven't figured out how to do that yet. Is it even possible? Thanks!

Peggy
4 months, 16 days ago
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(4 months, 15 days ago)Thanks Kathers! That seems to work, or at least give me a number of recent books. I added 6 books yesterday and 3 of those are shown, as well as a few other books :)
Peggy
(4 months, 15 days ago)When you are looking at recent books type the Netherlands into the "search recent books" box near the top of page and it will only show the ones from the Netherlands.
kathers
(4 months, 15 days ago)Thanks, and I found those tabs, but that's from all over the world. What I meant is books specifically from one country. I can go to the location tab and pick the Netherlands, but it seems to be organized rather randomly and I did not find any way to sort them in a more logical way (date added, author's last name, etc.). Is there any way to see which books were most recently added, but only for the Netherlands?
Peggy
(4 months, 15 days ago)You can find this link: http://bookmooch.com/m/recent as well as others from the browse tab. They are listed by date added.
Cara
Can't find it in any Amazon

I thought of offering a book in finnish, but I can't seem to find it in any amazon shops. What will I do?

Hanna Hohenthal
4 months, 28 days ago
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(4 months, 16 days ago)Thank you Clara and John.
Cymraes
(4 months, 19 days ago)Try BookFinder.com.
John Vernon Scott
(4 months, 19 days ago)Have you tried all the different Amazons from the browse tab? Sometimes the book won't be in Amazon.com but will be in Amazon.UK or something. If you really can't find them, the only work around I have heard of is to create a hand entered listing by "adding" the books to your inventory, and then immediately removing them. Then the listing exists in the database and you can add them to your wishlist.
Cara
(4 months, 19 days ago)What about if I want to add a book to my wish list that isn't on Amazon? I'm interested in books in Norwegian and Swedish, but those countries don't have Amazon sites.
Cymraes
(4 months, 28 days ago)You can hand enter the book from the add tab.
Cara
Books in Welsh appear as if they're in English

Hello everyone. I've added a few books to my inventory that are written and published in Welsh, but appear in the list as if they are in English. There doesn't seem to be a way of changing this (it's not among the options you can fill in yourself). I've added a note in the Conditions area to say that the book is in Welsh (yn Gymraeg) but I'm guessing if someone wanted to search specifically for available books in Welsh (this is often how I search - by publication language), they wouldn't be able to, or, if they can, my books won't come up in the search results.
Any ideas, or reasons why this is?

Cymraes
4 months, 19 days ago
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(4 months, 19 days ago)I don't know why that is, some weird glitch with the database. But you can put a note in the "Review" field of the book details page which will show up for anyone looking at the book. If the ISBN you used is, indeed, for the Welsh editions (and looking at your inventory, it certainly appears that they are) then it would help anyone looking at the books to be reassured that they are in Welsh and not English.
Cara
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