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Subject: Just About Had it with Wishlist "Mishaps"
Date Posted: 11/25/2007 11:14 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/26/2007 12:08 AM ET
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I had the same thing happen to me just recently.  The person accepted my WLbook order, then canceled to pass the book on to a boxer. Since it wasn't one I was dying for, I didn't feel upset.  But, I do feel bad for what happened to disappoint you.

Date Posted: 11/26/2007 2:13 AM ET
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It is interesting that you bring this up. I had someone who wanted to deal 3 for 1 on some books. She PMed me and I agreed to it, but before she could order the three books, someone had snagged one. I kind of felt bad because I said I would send all three to her first, but I felt I had to honor the other order because it was online first. So, I sent two to the person who requested the deal and one to the person who beat her to it. It sounds like I made the right decision.
Date Posted: 11/26/2007 8:25 AM ET
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Tom, you agreed to a 3-1 but sent her a 2-1?  Did you tell her first to confirm she would agree to the change?  I've offered deals, and before I could get the free request off my shelf, someone ordered it through the system.  Then I had to ask the first person to pick something else out so I could fulfill my part of the bargain as offered. 

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 11/26/2007 9:01 AM ET
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Paula -- it sounds like the book got "double posted". This happens sometimes if you press refresh or back while it's posting. Then you get two copies on your shelf, both are on hold, and the only thing you can do is cancel one of the requests when it arrives. This is just an accident that happens sometimes, not a malicious act. It would be sad for you to leave over it.

Date Posted: 11/26/2007 9:04 AM ET
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Although I've participated in a couple of Book Bazaar deals, sometimes I think that the site should be FIFO only- no special deals, no posting directly to another member, no access to another member's shelf directly.  It seems like it would be the most fair to everyone who uses the site.

 

Date Posted: 11/26/2007 10:04 AM ET
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I run BB specials and a few times someone has ordered a book directly from my shelf that a BB person had requested for a freebie.  I too give "normal" orders precedence over BB freebie choices.  I PM the BB person to say that one of the books is unavailable and is there another they would like instead.  Sometimes I offer an extra freebie to replace the freebie that got snagged.  I feel bad about the BB person not getting the exact freebie books they originally wanted... but feel that the "regular" functioning of PBS should be honored and upheld.

Date Posted: 11/26/2007 11:27 AM ET
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Hi Cathy and All,

Cathy you had it exactly right.  I had written to the owner (I bet that shocks you all!) and she wrote back.

She is a newbie, I apologized profusely and explained my WL horror stories, and she asked for my help as to what to do in future.  I said NEVER use the word "promised" and to just say it posted twice for one book.

Thankfully, my bark is worse than my bite and I think we are going to be book buddies. :)

And Cathy, I would never leave this site, what else would I have to complain about? :)

Barbara - I think I would have taken a deeper breath if it hadn't been Christmas related and Goosberry!!!  I just love their books but won't pay retail for them.

Thanks all for your comments it is always good to hear from other PBS buddies.

Paula

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Date Posted: 11/26/2007 1:07 PM ET
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I had the same thing with a book I've been WL'd for a long time (Let Dai V.6), was so excited when it finally became available and system notified me.  Then I got PM'd that the person with the book was sending it out as part of a set, and that she wouldn't be able to send it to me after all.  I was soooo disappointed.  Why did she post it if she wasn't willing to send it out separately?

Date Posted: 11/26/2007 1:19 PM ET
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I just had someone cancel a WL book on my because she said she posted it to two websites and someone had already claimed it on the other website.  Why post it here if someone already claimed it on another website??

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 11/26/2007 4:52 PM ET
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Kristen that's one of my pet peeves.  I don't know why so few people actually have common sense.

 And I am reminded - once again - about why I quit listing books here.  I posted 2 wishlisted books on the 24th and I'm still waiting for them to be accepted - one has been through 2 wishlisters already.  Sigh.  You'd think I'd learn once and for all!



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Date Posted: 11/26/2007 5:56 PM ET
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Ouch. One should not post the same book to 2 different websites.

 

Date Posted: 11/26/2007 7:37 PM ET
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Bonnie, Actually, the person that requested the 3-for-1 noticed that one of the books had already been requested. She, then, suggested just sending the two. I considered canceling the requesting and sending her all three, but then thought better of it.
Date Posted: 11/26/2007 8:05 PM ET
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Robin, that person probably had all the books in the set and found someone who had WL'd them all and decided to save on postage by sending them all to one person.

 

Bast -
Date Posted: 11/26/2007 11:37 PM ET
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I'm tired of it, too. I'm also tired of requesting books that time out or are accepted, then promptly cancelled by the members.

I listed a book that was WL'ed by eight people - two have already passed on it (letting it time out). sigh.



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Date Posted: 11/27/2007 12:09 AM ET
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I think it is for these reasons that the wish list is going ot be updated.

Date Posted: 11/27/2007 4:21 AM ET
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I'm continuously amazed at all the "unhappy" stories I hear when I visit this particular forum. I've only been on here 6, almost, 7 months but I continue to have wonderful luck and great experiences with this Web site -both with wishlisted items, Book Bazaar deals, and sending and receiving books. My daughter joined shortly after I did and she also has had very good luck.

Of course I have had a few mishaps - one book arrived a couple days ago that looked like blood was soaked on the pages - it could've been motor oil too but it was a reddish/brown color. I tossed it straight into the trash can. Gross! Unfortunately it's one I really wanted to read. I requested my credit back (doubtful I'll get it) and reordered it but to me that's all to be expected on any Web site.  That was but a blip on the radar though.

Sharon C. (Mamu) - ,
Date Posted: 11/27/2007 9:40 AM ET
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Susan, I think it's like everything else.  People don't write as often to talk about how wonderful their experiences are.  I have had only one "blip" on my radar, too.  Also, one gross book that I threw out.  But I have received (I just looked) 135 books!  Lots of wish list books and many that were, amazingly, hardbacks in booksore perfect condition.  I currently have 7 or 8 on their way to me for presents and the others I've gotten for gifts have been perfect.  (Well, except for one that was almost.)

Anyway, most of us are delighted with our experiences; we just don't write as often or probably as loudly...

:)

Sharon



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Date Posted: 11/27/2007 10:56 AM ET
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I agree with Sharon.  People write about the ones that go wrong, not the hundreds that go right.  And if people did start writing about all the positive experiences, someone would get upset that there were too many of those types of threads. 

Since I'm taking up space, I have to say I got a Discworld book in excellent condition yesterday.  Happy Holidays to me!  lol

 

Date Posted: 11/27/2007 1:38 PM ET
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Sharon, Judy you're absolutely right.  The only times I really see the positive posts on this forum are when someone counteracts a negativity of someone else's. It's the way of message boards in general. It still amazes me every time I take a peek over here at the threads though.

And to be fair, I've noticed a pattern with some of the same posters. Very rare to hear a positive thing about this site from them. I take notice of that - also with the ones who like to bolster up this site and keep it positive. I notice them too but in a much more favorable light! :)

With 133 book received so far most of the books I've gotten have been in very good to brand new condition. A few dubious ones, a couple water stained ones  and only one toss-out. I don't expect perfection - I'm just here because I love to read so I've long figured that's the difference between myself and other posters - I just want to enjoy a book and it doesn't have to be new for me to enjoy it. Of course I'd prefer it without blood soaked on the pages ...... :)

 



Last Edited on: 11/27/07 1:43 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/28/2007 9:52 PM ET
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Nothing like blanket statements to end the conversation, eh?

I'll throw one out too - we all must have more better experiences than bad or I don't think we'd stick around.

Not looking to start something, but I appreciate that we have the forums to talk about whatever we want to talk about. And under this topic heading it was about a wishlist problem - one wishlist problem.

I'm beginning to understand why some of the members never venture into any boards other than the games. Think I'll join them.

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 7:55 AM ET
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I'm sorry, I didn't mean to upset anyone.  I complain or ask questions about individual problems or bad trades myself.  It wouldn't make sense to ask questions about things that are running smoothly.  All I meant was that it's human nature.  My hubby doesn't come home and tell me what a wonderful time he had at work, either.  He tells me when he had a crappy day.  It's just the norm.

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 11:34 AM ET
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I usually have very good experiences when I post WL books, but I was surprised recently when I posted a hardcover that was WLed by over 80 people recently and had it time out by 2 people, had one person cancel, and I had to cancel on 1 person because they had conditions.  So it was the 5th person that got it.  I thought, crap, I could probably get $10 credit at the UBS for this.  I was happy to send it when I did, but it surprised me all the same.

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 1:35 PM ET
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I listed a book that was WL'ed by eight people - two have already passed on it (letting it time out). sigh.

I agree - this is SO frustrating! I am so unwilling to do this that I have accepted wish list books posted to my account even when I knew there was a copy on the way from a swap buddy. I figure if I am not willing to remove the book from my WL until it is in my hands, then I am responsible for ordering the book if it does come up before the swap book arrives. I've ended up with duplicate books twice that way, but I simply reposted the extra copy and they were both snatched up pretty quickly.