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TOS Review – Homeschool Library Builder

on February 18, 2010

Ah books.  How do I love thee… I love the way you smell, I love to flip through your pages… I love to get lost in you!

Books are my BIGGEST weakness.  If our house ever caught on fire, it would go up awfully quickly because of all that nice dry paper!  I simply cannot get enough of books!

Which is precisely why I love this motto…

Do you see that?  “Fill Your Bookshelves without Emptying Your Wallet.”

*snicker*  I am totally going to show that to Ja… maybe he’ll let me buy more books then?

Homeschool Library Builder is a service created by 2 homeschooling moms.  Their goal is to provide fellow homeschoolers (and others) with a place to find affordable literature for their educational needs.

Here is a list of services that are offered on the website:

· Books. We offer new and gently used books for all ages at affordable prices, giving others an opportunity to build their own home library. We stock titles used in literature-based curricula (Sonlight, Tapestry of Grace, Ambleside, Five in a Row, Beautiful Feet, and others), as well as those useful for unit studies for all interests and grade levels.

· Book Search. If a customer needs an out-of-stock book or a title we’ve not previously carried, we are happy to search for it.

· Fundraising. We know from experience how tiresome and time consuming fundraisers can be. Our fundraising program is designed for ease so that neither money nor orders are taken by the organization itself. We provide everything needed for a successful fundraiser, including marketing materials.

· Product Marketing. Wow! Marketing is expensive! For a small company like HSLB or others who want to launch a newly-created product or service, purchasing ad space in magazines or on the internet oftentimes just isn’t an option. The HSLB Market Place offers the opportunity to get the word out about a “homegrown” product or service through our website as well as our monthly online newsletter. This is a free service offered to our HSLB members.

· Spotlight on the Season. We preview and select sites for the current season or holiday, so our customers can eliminate searching and filtering, and enjoy that special time of year with their children. We also provide links to some of our favorite homeschool resources.

· Helping Hand. Through the Helping Hand program we have had the opportunity to raise money for those in need, such as a young autistic boy living near the Alaskan wilderness who needed a service dog, or the victims from the Chinese earthquakes or the Gulf hurricanes. We have a specially designated category of books whereby all money goes to helping others. Oftentimes HSLB matches the amount raised for a particular cause.

· Frequent Buyer Program. When a customer becomes an HSLB member (free of charge, of course!) we offer incentive programs through our book points program. Fifteen book points equals one dollar for use toward future purchases. These points never expire. Points can be earned a number of ways:

I mean seriously, earning POINTS by buying books, which frankly, I’m probably going to do anyway, and then using the points to get MORE books?  Totally all over that one!

Now, the biggest problem that I can see here is twofold, actually… first, I only have so many bookshelves.  Second, even tho shipping from the states to Canada is usually quite inexpensive, I see that the shipping rate schedule is quite high for us poor sad Canadians.  Up to $25 worth of product will cost $13.75 to ship, and then from $25.01-$50 is $20.12 to ship.  It really is unfortunate that they do not charge for shipping using actual shipping costs.

Homeschool Library Builder has a very special promotion going on this month.  How does 20% off the entire store sound to you?  Good books at great prices PLUS a discount?!  Sounds good to me!

See what my fellow crew mate had to say here.

Disclaimer: The only compensation that I received for this review was a free copy of the materials. I will give honest and truthful reviews, and where concern is warranted, it will be noted.

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