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Payment options
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Payment options (paying BDS)

Fees: see fee table.

BDS Bank Account details are:

FWEA Book Discussion Scheme
02 0800 0726088 000 (BNZ account)

Fees and other payments can be made in the following ways. We prefer the first 3 options.
Note that for payment of membership fees, we require ONE payment per group please.

  1. Credit Card: only available when re-enrolments and product orders are made on-line (login to Convenor section of website).
  2. Internet banking: You can make a funds transfer into the BDS account.
  3. Manual bank deposit: You can deposit your payment at any branch of the BNZ.
  4. Cheque: Make the cheque payable to 'Book Discussion Scheme'. (If paying membership fees, one cheque per group is preferred. If sending the cheque in a book parcel, place it in a separate envelope labelled 'Attn: Accounts'.
  5. Cash payment to BDS (local groups only).

REMEMBER to identify payments - with convenor and/or group name and reason for payment.

 

Late/lost/damaged/stolen books

Book groups are responsible for the care and security of books and booknotes while on loan from the BDS. To ensure longevity of our books, please keep books clean, dry and out of harm's way. Taking the time to care for books means longevity of books and more reading enjoyment for everyone!

Late books

Convenors are asked to ensure the return of books within ONE WEEK of the scheduled meeting when you discussed it (return date is shown on the "consignment note" that is sent out with the books).

Having 4 or more overdue books delays the issue of the next book set to your group.

Lost books

A book is deemed lost if not returned to BDS within 3 months of the due date. After that time we will send you an invoice for its replacement.

Note: please do NOT buy replacement books: BDS has access to wholesale prices and different editions do not correspond with our discussion notes.

Damaged books

We appreciate hearing from convenors straightaway if your group receives damaged books. This ensures that your group is not charged for damage you did not do. It's helpful if you let us know the barcode of the damaged book.

Groups aren't charged for general wear and tear, but books that are withdrawn from the scheme because they are deemed to be damaged by your group will be charged for. Note: please do NOT buy replacement books; BDS has access to wholesale prices and different editions do not correspond with our discussion notes.

Stolen books

BDS insurance covers book parcels in transit from BDS to the delivery address. Check your personal contents insurance regarding cover beyond this.

 

Changes in membership

To receive the correct number of books for your book group, it's important to notify BDS of any changes to the size of your group. Please update the total (number of members) at least 10 working days before your meeting.

(i) Additional members

New members are very welcome to join at any time throughout a group's membership period. You can update this information (about your group's size) by going to 'Update Group's Details' in the Convenor section of this website. Otherwise contact the BDS office.

Payment of a new member's fees is expected within 30 days of them receiving their first book.

Cost:
Full programme:
$6 per BOOK for the remaining months of the group's membership.

Half/student programme:
$9 a BOOK for the remaining months of the group's membership.

(ii) Member leaves

Please let BDS know the decrease in number of members. You can update this information (about your group's size) by going to 'Update Group's Details' in the Convenor section of this website. Otherwise contact the BDS office.

BDS does not refund an individual's membership fee once a group's membership period has started (i.e. once your group's first set of books has been dispatched). A group is welcome to organise reimbursement between members and ask the new member to reimburse the member who left.

(iii) Recruiting additional members

If you are looking for additional members, make sure your Convenor has ticked the option 'Looking for new members?' under 'Your group's profile' in the Convenor login section of the website. This places a message on the public message board (Join a group) in the 'Get Involved' section.

 

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Scheme is a member of the Federation of Workers Educational Associations in Aotearoa New Zealand
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