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MIpiccolo44 02-14-2013 11:39 PM

Book Pyramid Scheme for fun!
I'm part of a "book exchange" which my husband has defined as a Pyramid Scheme (although I'm not sure if it counts when you know that's what it is :giggle2:)

Who wants to play with me? I need at least 6 people...

Basically I will send you a letter that has 2 kids names (or maybe an e-mail, it saves postage). You mail 1 book to the kid's name in #1. Then you copy the letter, change the names (add your kid's name) and mail a copy to 6 other people. About 2 weeks later your child would get a bunch of books in the mail (up to 36) if everyone participates...

Anyone interested? I need 6 people...And you know your kids love mail and books right?:goodvibes:

waterisntsomething 02-14-2013 11:47 PM

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A friend tried to get me in on this but my SO said it was a pyramid scheme and threw out this whole rant on how wrong and unethical it is even in something innocent where everyone knows blah blah so I didn't do it. I've gotta pick my battles lol. Good luck though, sounds fun!

MIpiccolo44 02-14-2013 11:52 PM

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Right - it totally is. My argument is that you know what you're spending. You're buying ONE book, not anymore, and it benefits kids - and I love getting mail, even when it's not fluffy ;)

waterisntsomething 02-15-2013 12:45 AM

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That was my argument too! I still lost somehow. :giggle:

MIpiccolo44 02-15-2013 04:52 PM

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So is everyone that concerned that they won't get books back? I guess I thought it would just be fun, but it's been a lot harder than I thought to find people willing to participate. I need 5 more people, I'll feel bad for the kids if I can't get enough people to join =(

Anyone interested?

kaia.aline 02-15-2013 05:33 PM

I've been asked to do this like 10? Times but I dont participate because it is a pyramid scheme. Eventually you will run out of senders (sooner rather than later)

MIpiccolo44 02-15-2013 05:52 PM

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Wow 10 times? This is the first time I have heard of it. Guess I'm in the minority - lol

umphreysmommy 02-15-2013 05:57 PM

I have done them before over email with recipes but you don't buy anything for that. I feel like a lot of people wouldn't actually do it.

Tina5834 02-15-2013 06:38 PM

I did one with stickers. No one I participated with sent stickers so I won't do anything like that again.

Rhianna'sMommy 02-15-2013 06:57 PM

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I've done stuff like this before and we never get stuff back (even though I talk to everyone we send it to to make sure they want to participate). My kids get so bummed that I don't do them anymore.

MIpiccolo44 02-15-2013 06:58 PM

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Sad that people don't follow through. I'm totally an "if I say I will - I will", so here I go trying to find a few more people willing to try I guess. But I won't have my hopes up anymore, I won't tell DS unless we actually get some books.

wordbox 02-15-2013 07:22 PM

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I just participated in one recently. It was sort of a bummer because only two people so far sent any books to us, which I don't get because honestly, why agree to participate if you won't follow through? But I did my part, and it was still fun to receive a few books in the mail (for some reason each person sent us a book for each kid, so we have gotten 4 books so far, and I assume that's all we'll get because it's been awhile). But, for the cost of a few stamps (for the letters) and then the price of the one book I sent, we still came out ahead.

Hope you have good luck with yours!

MIpiccolo44 02-15-2013 10:43 PM

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I'm glad you at least had a good experience. It's totally true, at least you got more than 1 back.

Thanks for the good luck. My problem so far is that I can only find 3 people even willing to participate. At least I think the 3 I have will do it (assuming they can then find people to do it, etc.)

So I guess next time I'll just say no (lol) but it sounded like such a fun idea.

Rhianna'sMommy 02-16-2013 09:15 AM

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You might get a couple more people to 'participate' if you tell them they don't have to pass the letter on - just send each child on the list a book and call it good. Last time I tried (was helping a desperate friend out) I got a couple people to just do that. You don't get as much as the pyramid scheme says you will but it is better than nothing.

MIpiccolo44 02-16-2013 10:05 AM

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That's true about getting more people to do it if they don't have to pass the letter on, but wouldn't that then leave my kid without getting anything? Not that it's really important, at least that way the other kid would get more - so it's a good point.

Rhianna'sMommy 02-16-2013 11:47 AM

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Isn't your kids name at the bottom of the list? He'd get a Couple of books if they sent a book to everyone on the list. At least that is how the ones I've done have worked out.

wordbox 02-16-2013 12:10 PM

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If she's doing the same one I did, she wouldn't get any books if the people she mailed letters to also didn't mail them out. The people I mailed letters to had to send books to the person who sent ME the letter. (Sounds more confusing than it really is, haha.)

MIpiccolo44 02-16-2013 02:23 PM

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EmilytheStrange 02-16-2013 05:13 PM

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I would do it if we got like 30 people to agree to do it. but I'm not sure I could find 5-6 people on my own willing.

I know it seems like it's such a great deal. I don't know why people don't want to actually do it.

irishdancemomma 02-16-2013 05:50 PM

I'm not sure i totally understand how this works but i would be willing to try it!

abunchoflemons 02-16-2013 05:56 PM

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sound more like a chain letter with books. never understood how the chain letters got to so many people as ones I had been in had list of people to send to already in. the envelope I got. I don't think I could afford right now. good luck.

MIpiccolo44 02-16-2013 06:45 PM

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No worries, we actually have plenty of books, it had just seemed like fun. But oh well and we'll just see what happens.

wordbox 02-16-2013 07:12 PM

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It's definitely a chain letter. It's fun in theory, if/when people follow through. It can be difficult to get people to agree to it, though. Or people make the mistake of just sending the letter off to people without checking with them first, so people that don't want to participate are getting letters and then just throw them away, so then people don't get books because of those people.

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