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Subject: Amount of books on your Wishlist
Date Posted: 9/10/2009 12:55 AM ET
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Is there any sort of penalty for having a larger number of books on WL versus a smaller number?  I've heard hints of people wanting to keep their lists short, and am curious of the reasoning.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 12:59 AM ET
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 I keep mine short because most of mine are on auto-request. I want to make sure I always have more credits than WL books

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 1:53 AM ET
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That makes sense.  Thanks a bunch.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 3:01 AM ET
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You have a limit of 200.  But if folks are mailing you a book and look to see if they have others on your WL, then that number is too big to browse.  Four pages.

If I'm posting a series, I'll post the first one, then check to see if the rest are on that person's WL before posting FIFO.  It saves me postage to mail in a group.  You can use the search feature when looking at a WL.

You can set it so some books are on auto and some are for a 48 hour offer.  I change my settings when I get towards the top of the list.  And I have posted books using DC during that 48 hour window to get enough credits for a book that I've been waiting for.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 6:54 AM ET
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Also some people have huge TBRS at home already so they keep their WL small to have less books coming in the house.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 7:05 AM ET
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Some books I just know that I will go out and buy so I do not put them on the WL.  I will generally remove the book if I am 200 on the WL if it is a book that I reall want- I will opt to buy or if you wait long enough they start showing up at the FOL sales.   If I am over 200 and it is a book that was of interest then I leave it on and wait, wait and wait :)

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 8:15 AM ET
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I don't think there's any penalty whatsoever for having a large list. My WL is maxed at 200 at all times. Anytime I'm lucky enough to get a WL offer, I immediately go to my RL (which also holds spillover WL books) and bump one in. I LOVE doing that. I think it'll be a long while before I run out of WL books so that number comes down below 200. I disagree with the poster who said that having 200 books discourages multiple WL postings. Most times, the person KNOWS the books they have, so its easy to sort by author or title to find it. It's not the same as just randomly browsing a shelf of 10,000 books to see what you'd like to order. I love my WL!

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 8:36 AM ET
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I tend to keep around 198 books on my WL.  I like to keep a couple of spots open for newly discovered titles that I just have to have. ;)

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 8:47 AM ET
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Mine usually is between 190-200. I have about 40 credits ahead and my wishlist is my primary source of books from PBS now, rarely order from what's "in stock" unless I'm needing the next book in a series I'm reading, which maybe happens once or twice a month. The whole thing is set to auto-request, and I've never had a problem with running out of credits because I read fairly quickly and post a lot of books too, many of them wishlisted. I would LOVE to have a run on my wishlist where I worried about running out of credits. LOL

My WL changes all the time--if I wait long enough and my library has the book, I'll order it from there and delete it to make room for something else. Sometimes I'll wishlist a couple of books from a series but then once I read the first book in that series and discover it's not as great as I anticipated, I'll delete those later titles. Sometimes I wishlist the hardcover copy of a book just to remind me to check periodically for the paperback version, and once that PB version has an ISBN, I will WL that and delete the HC. But I always have many on my RL waiting in the wings to take the deleted ones places. LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 8:53 AM ET
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I would LOVE to have a run on my wishlist where I worried about running out of credits. LOL

I agree Cheryl! It's like one of those Loch Ness Monster things - you HEAR about it happening, but it's never happened to me personally. I too would not worry, I'd be thrilled!

Ronda (RONDA) - ,
Date Posted: 9/10/2009 10:12 AM ET
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I don't have 200 books on my wishlist because I don't read that fast.  I have been slowly working my way up in the number I have on my list and have about 100 now, but a lot of those are the multiple isbn for a book. 

Also at first I had no credits, so why bother?  Then I had credit, so I added more wishlist books, but now I am getting a little low on credits again.

I also think I have enough books at home that need to be read, adding to that pile is a little greedy for now.  Someday I will finish reading these books I have and be able to post them for credits, then I will be more interested in adding stuff to my wish list.

If they had the option to put your wish list books on hold individually (ie keeping your place in line, but not ordering yet), maybe I would search out more to put on my wish list, but for now I think I have enough on there to keep me well supplied.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 10:54 AM ET
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I can see one downside to having a huge WL if and when they finally implement the new WL. They've been talking about it for 2yrs now at least.  But supposedly we will have to rank our WL books in order of importance.  So the more books you have on there the more you have to rank.  I personally have so many books to read I won't spend much time ranking mine. I tend to buy the ones I can't live without rather than wait for them.  The ones on my WL are usually either out of print or ones that I can wait for while I read books I already have. I'll WL later books in a series and can wait for them while I read the earlier ones.  But it's a new release from a fave author-I usually end up buying it to support that author.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 12:38 PM ET
Member Since: 1/11/2009
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I don't know if anyone has already asked this question but....where can I find the information on how the new Unlimited WL is going to work and when does it start?

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 4:21 PM ET
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The unlimted and ranked wishlist is already in use at SwapaDVD. Full instructions are under that help. There is also some - but not as much under what's new here at PBS.