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Subject: About the Wish List..
Date Posted: 9/14/2009 4:33 PM ET
Member Since: 3/17/2009
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Hi! I've been a member since around March but I've never really used my wist list. I put something on there today and I'm number 108 of 108. This leads me to believe I should just buy the book, but the wait time (estimated) is only three weeks. How is that possible? 107 people are all going to get this same book within three weeks even though there's none in the system? I don't really have a problem buying the book- then there's one more in the system when I'm done :) ,but I also have enough reading material to wait three weeks for this particular book. Thoughts/advice? Thanks!

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 4:51 PM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2009
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Time estimates depend on how many wishes are being granted per week.   If it's a really popular book, then it's entirely conceivable for the wait time to be only 3 weeks.   This number may fluctuate, though, if not as many people post the book into the system next week.

I was # 900 for a popular (& highly listed) book about a month ago, and I think I'm down to about 30-something now.   Just because there are no copies "in the system" , that doesn't mean that there's no one with that book in their TBR pile!  (I actually have quite a few WL books in my TBR pile that I'm trying to read and send back out to grant someone else's wish... )  It all depends on how many people finish the book each week & re-post it into the system.  (If it's one of the "Top 50 most posted"- it'll go pretty fast.)

You may also want to watch the WL thread in the genre forum that your book falls under to see if it gets offered there... sometimes you can find it- if not, you can enjoy participating in the other threads too :)  (And you may find something else you want to put onto your WL too- happens to me all the time!)

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 4:53 PM ET
Member Since: 7/23/2006
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Are you talking about the Sookie book?  I think that even though it's highly wishlisted, it's ALSO highly posted, so the wishlist will move very quickly.  I'd just wait it out!

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 4:54 PM ET
Member Since: 1/15/2007
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Many of the books with long wishlists are popluar books that many people buy, read and post, so those wishlists move quickly. 

I've found that the wishlists with hundreds of wishers have moved faster than with those less than 10.  I've been 1 of 1 and in wishlists less than 10 people for over 2 years on some of my books.  It all depends on the book.

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 5:15 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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If you look at the # posted in the last week, you will see why the estimate is so short, 51 books posted in 7 days! The 3 week estimate assumes that pace continues. With the book sold in mass in all of the big box retailers right now, I would bet it keeps close to it. I would only buy it now if I knew I could not wait a month to get it.

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 5:21 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Some popular books go from long WL lines to heavily posted in a very short time. I had a book come that had 32 Wishers when I logged it into my TBR.  I read it within a week and when I went to repost it there were almost 50 copies in the system.  So that means 60 or 70 books were posted in that time frame (more or less because of people missing WL offers and taking themselves off the WL).