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Subject: About RCs and Ordering a book
Date Posted: 5/2/2010 6:49 PM ET
Member Since: 2/16/2010
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I'm a relative newbie, and I had a quick question about ordering.

I ordered a book recently, and I had two conditions. The other member said they could not ship b/c the book did not meet my RCs. Which is fine, but I want that particular version of that book (b/c of the publishing date). There is another book in the system, but I got an e-mail from PBS telling me that I can either waive my RCs (which I don't want to do) or I have to wait for that book to be requested before I can request the next book in the system.

Is there any way to get that particular book without waitiing for the other book to be requested?


Edited to say: I put the book on my Reminder List, and it shows that there are two copies of this book in the system.

Last Edited on: 5/2/10 8:22 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/2/2010 6:53 PM ET
Member Since: 9/27/2008
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A person can directly post a book to you, but unless you know who the person is that has that book, there is no way to track it down. 

Date Posted: 5/2/2010 7:01 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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It sounds like PBS means that there is ONLY ONE copy in the system.  Otherwise you would automatically go to the next copy after having your RC turned down.

PBS does have a standard PM about waiting until the one (and only) copy has been ordered before you reorder the book.  It is rather confusingly worded.  But the reasoning is that if there is only one copy, then your order will go back to the same person rather than rolling over to the next copy.  You can get into a loop, you ordering the book, them turning you down because of the RC, over and over.  Basically you have to wait until there is another copy posted.

(The second copy might be on vacation hold.  Or do both copies not meet your RC?)

Last Edited on: 5/2/10 8:39 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 5/2/2010 9:30 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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What Emily said.  If your RC's are declined you should not be offered the same book again, but the next available book should be offered to you regardless of the status of the first copy.

Date Posted: 5/2/2010 9:30 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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The only way someone could post it directly to you is if it was a WL book and since there are 2 copies in the system you can't WL it.  Sounds like either both declined or the 2nd copy is on vacation hold. So it shows up on the RL page but is not available to order at this moment.  Otherwise your request would have gone to the 2nd person. 

So basically you have to wait until more copies are posted or the 2nd one comes off hold.  If you need the book quickly you might want to try and find it somewhere else.

Subject: thanks all for replying
Date Posted: 5/2/2010 10:05 PM ET
Member Since: 2/16/2010
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I didn't think that the 2nd book might be on hold and unavailable.

I'll wait and see if more copies are available. It's not an emergency, so I can wait for that version.

Thank you for replying.

Last Edited on: 5/2/10 10:05 PM ET - Total times edited: 1