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Subject: Account on hold AFTER books ordered
Date Posted: 4/10/2009 7:06 PM ET
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So I have a couple of books ordered from someone who apparently subsequently put their account on hold. On my main account page, these books are listed simply as "Accepted". Details all read "Awaiting Member", but their account is on hold.

Does putting ones account on hold "stop the clock" on the normal accept-mailing process? If so, what happens next? Am I (and the credits) just in limbo until this person returns?

TIA!

 

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 7:15 PM ET
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Some folks only Unhold their shelf when they have the budget to mail books. They post books and then immediately put their account back on Hold to not get anymore orders. I would let it run its course, they will probably accept, print and mail before the deadline.

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 7:18 PM ET
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I'm sorry Cheryl - I wasn't clear. They already did Accept - and THEN put their account on hold!

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 7:27 PM ET
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If you go to this help doc and hover over the word "on hold" it says that putting your account on hold does not effect transactions already in progress.

So, I interpret that to mean the sender accepted your WL book, then put their account on hold, but is still able to complete your transaction. (You'll get your book.)

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 8:12 PM ET
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Some folks use hold to budget their mailing costs.  You may have ordered from a person doing that.  You can still PM folks who are on hold.  And I know of at least one member who is traveling in an RV and uses the hold option based on where they are heading.

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 8:19 PM ET
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I do this all the time....I unhold my account, allow the orders to get out there and then put my account right back on hold (a process of under 5 minutes)....the accept, mail, etc process is all the same as if my account wasn't on hold.  I do this to limit the number of books I mail per month, if I only post 5 WL books then I only have to mail 5 books...

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 8:20 PM ET
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I have done that many times before, when as others have said, I have a budget to stick to:

  • Take account off hold
  • List wishlisted books I've finished and can afford to send
  • Accept request
  • Put account back on hold

Then I just print postage and mail as usual. I can still mark books mailed/received, etc. it's just that nothing *else* can be requested off my shelf. It doesn't do anything to the amount of time I'm allowed to mail books, etc.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 8:26 PM ET
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I do this frequently but more to stop the flow of WL offers than for budgeting reasons.  I was getting 5-6 WL offers a week for a while and with a tbr of over 500 it was a bit much. Also I was selling a house and moving cross country. I used to unhold just to post WL books and them immediately rehold.  So don't worry about it. Also sometimes if I'm going on vacation in a week or two-I might post a WL book and put my account on hold so I can mail that book before I go but don't want any WL offers.

I've also been known to post some heavily posted books that I haven't read yet to my shelf.  Then I go on hold while reading them and they are moving up FIFO.  Sometimes if I've offered a book I have posted as a choice in a game, I'll go on hold so I don't have to delete it and lose my place in FIFO incase they want the other choice I offered instead.  Going on hold prevents the book from getting ordered.

A lot of people only have x amount to spend on postage so they go on hold and only post WL books when they have the $ for postage. 

Still more people have limited computer access.  So they might go on hold and only come on to post WL books.  They can put their own WL books on autorequest and they just don't have a bookshelf.

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 12:56 PM ET
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Thanks everyone - that all makes sense.

I was concerned at first, but then realized I'd mixed up two sets of "Accepted" transactions - these, with another one that had sat at "Accept" for long enough that it just timed out due to inaction. When I went back and double-checked the Accepted transactions from the individual who had their account on hold were still within the regular time frame - I'd just mixed the two up, and wondered if the "on hold" status "stopped the clock" - I understand now it doesn't. Indeed, there have been times recently where it's been difficult to get books out quickly (now in school again, as well as working, family, etc..) - it's good to have another tool!  I mean, I knew the Hold option existed, but it had never been relevant before.

Thanks again for the info!

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 12:59 PM ET
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The only time going on hold stops an already started transaction is if you post a WL book and it does't get accepted.  If they let it time out or decline it and your account is on hold it won't go to the next person in line. I've had this happen before where I've come on expecting to find a WL book to accept and have had to unhold to get it to the next person.

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 1:03 PM ET
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I recently put my account on hold as I was traveling, but I still had a few open transactions. The next morning, on my way to the airport, I dropped them off, then marked them mailed when I got on to the airport WIFI. Just because the account went on hold dosen't mean that the person won't finish the transaction.

Date Posted: 4/12/2009 6:19 PM ET
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I open my bookshelf then I shut it, to get the wish list books out of the way, so I can mail them out to the next person waiting. If a member does not want or the member has a requester (about the book) then I have to reopen it again to get the book out to offer again. I am on a limit budget so my bookshelf goes on hold about 3 weeks ever month.

And I mail ever book out that was accept in the time slot that is offered.

Date Posted: 4/13/2009 1:37 PM ET
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I do this all the time too because of the expense, even though I'd love to keep my acc't open all the time!  I can still finish my transactions and request books from other people, and my WL is on auto-request so I still get those according to my no. in line.

Date Posted: 4/13/2009 1:52 PM ET
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I wish my books were being requested so often that I had to think about my postage budget!

(I'm about to send 3 books.. which brings my grand total of books sent out to 5.)

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 1:48 PM ET
Member Since: 1/23/2006
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Update:

It appears the individual in this case is not as conscientious as y'all - the transaction timed out waiting for him to mail..

Oh well!