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i have all of my books set to NO for auto-request.
what happens is this: if you don't have your book on auto-request, you get an e-mail from PBS as well as a tab on your main account page that says "Wish List Offers".
you have 48 hours to accept or decline the offer before you are taken off the wish list and the book is offered to the next person in line.
i like the chance to decline a wish listed book. it doesn't happen very often that i need to, but because i sometimes forget to delete duplicate titles from my wish list, i would be upset to get another copy. right now i have a wish list offer that i think my hubby and i ordered from borders.com, but i can't find the information, so i'll wait until tonight to accept/decline based on the information i get from them.
also, i have continual access to the internet, so i'm not afraid of missing out on wish list offers. :)
I, on the other hand, have everything set to auto-request. I update and check on my wishlist several times a week, and I know that everything that's there is a book I do indeed want and should I run out of credits (not likely) I would even buy a credit to get those books. While I am usually here at least a couple of times a day, I like the idea that if I'm busy at work and can't check in or the power goes out at home or whatever, the book will be automatically ordered for me.
The only time I take a book off auto-request is on the very few I have more than one version listed and someone posts one of the versions. Once that's been received, I'll remove the other version from my list entirely.
The answer is yes, as long as you don't have your shelf on Vacation Hold. In that case you will be skipped.
Setting your books to no for auto-request doesn't really slow much down on getting books unless you have your shelf on Vacation Hold. If that is the case you will be skipped over for any not on AR. But as long as your shelf is active, you are still offered the book and must turn it down and lose your place in line if you don't want it at that time. If you have it set to AR and you don't have the credits, it converts it to a 48hr hold for you to get credits.
I personally don't see a difference between AR and the 48hr WL hold (when not on Vacation Hold) other than the chance of you missing an offer and losing out on the book and your place in line before you realize it. You still get the offer and have to take it or get out of line, its just that the system requires you to do something before it can proceed with the hold instead of just taking care of it for you.
I don't trust AR because I don't care to get skipped if I don't have credits. That's what happens at SaDVD and I don't trust them not to make that change w/o warning here.
I currently have a lot of my WL as AR as a holdover from a week's vacation, since I haven't bothered to cramp my wrist selecting all the books one by one (oh, for a "select all" and "change all to AR/48 hour" option.) I'll move them back to 48 as I go.
If I have a WL book on its way, I'll move at least the other editions to 48 hours so I can delay answering out of hopes the one on the way arrives. Most of my WL books have people after me in the WL line, so I'd rather pass it to them directly than have it come to me and then send it out again.
If a book is posted to my WL I discover I don't want (which is very very rare) I will look. If it has other wishers, then I am kind to them and decline the offer so they get the book faster. Sender still gets to send it out. If there aren't more wishers I'll go ahead and accept it, because it was on my WL.