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Subject: ??
Date Posted: 12/31/2007 6:22 AM ET
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Is there a way to tell where on the list of available copies of a certain book my particular posted book is?

For example, I have a book posted and when I put it in my reminder list, I see that there are 50 copies of the book. Is there a way to find out if it moves up so I can see if my copy is getting closer to being released?

Thanks, Deb

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 7:00 AM ET
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I've seen others ask this same question before Deb and from what I recall there really isn't any way to tell where you are in the Que. :(

Subject: Thanks-
Date Posted: 12/31/2007 7:22 AM ET
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I'm asking this because I have books posted that I would like to lend out to friends but would hate to get a message with a request for them, ya know? With things always changing, maybe in the future this might be possible? It would be a great feature. I also have books I've been holding onto for awhile and would like to get rid of some that aren't moving. Anyway, thanks again for responding :-)

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 8:12 AM ET
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I doubt that this would be a feature they would be inclined to instill. It would encourage people to remove their books from the site, if they knew they were still number 102 in the FIFO thus reducing the number of books listed on the site. A lot of their funding and grants and advertising is based on the numbers, and anything that would cause the numbers to go down would not be good haha hahaha

PS: Debbie, just a thought for you, can you imagine how hard it would be to navigate the forums if everybody's topic title was ??  An actual subject is generally preferred so that people have a clue and can remember which topics they've read and where they've been. Not a real biggie, just food for thought for you  :)



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Subject: thanks Sherry-
Date Posted: 12/31/2007 9:03 AM ET
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I understand now :-) and would never want it to effect funding...

as for myself though I don't think it would cause me to remove my books from the site. I think I would be more inclined to keep them on knowing that they've more up the list, even if just a little bit. I love this site, but I only have so much room in my home for the books I've posted. I think I'm more tempted to take some of my books off now just to make room on my shelves for others that I think might be more highly requested. I don't know - it looks like the real only truly solution is that I need more shelf room!! :-) 

as for the ?? - I just wasn't sure how to ask my question in only a few words- it won't happen again - ha, ha

Thanks for the quick reply

Deb



Last Edited on: 12/31/07 9:04 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/31/2007 9:14 AM ET
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Hi Deb, here's a suggestion - change the topic subject to "Finding your place in the FIFO line?"

- Deb

 

Subject: that would be good
Date Posted: 12/31/2007 10:43 AM ET
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but what is FIFO? ;-0

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 10:56 AM ET
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From the Help Center:

What is FIFO?

FIFO stands for "first-in, first-out". It is the governing principle of swapping at PBS.  PBS considers FIFO to be the fairest way to handle the requesting and wishing process.

 FIFO as it applies to requests:

  • The copy of any ISBN Posted into the system earliest will receive the first request.
  • Books "go into line" for requests at PBS as they are posted.
  • As copies are mailed out, your book moves forward in the queue
  • Any copies posted after your copy will go "in line" behind it.
  • Does FIFO mean that titles that are very numerous in PBS aren't worth listing? Definitely not! Some titles are requested very often, and the queues for those books move very fast.


Last Edited on: 12/31/07 10:56 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/31/2007 12:25 PM ET
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Thanks :-)

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 1:35 PM ET
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You have to kind of guestimate based on how many are in the system when you posted the book and how the number moves.  Also book orders can come directly from your shelf bucking the whole FIFO system.  Several times I have posted a WL book and that person has ordered 1 from myshelf. I've also ordered more that 1 book from a person and avoided the whole FIFO thing.