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Subject: BOB books appearing to be "available" in multiple trades
Date Posted: 11/11/2007 7:51 PM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2005
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Just wondered if anyone else has had this experience: I received and offer for a BOB trade. I selected my book (only one that she had that I wanted) and accepted the one she wanted from me. I go back that evening to see if my offer's been accepted and the book I chose has disappeared from the list. She claims it's because a book will show up to multiple proposed traders, even if it's been selected by one already, and that she accepted a trade from that morning that involved that book. I find it hard to believe that the system is set up that way because only bad feelings can result (she subsequently canceled the trade).

Any thoughts/ideas on this??? To me it seems that once a book has been selected, it shouldn't appear as "available" to other traders until that BOB has been accepted or declined.

Last Edited on: 11/12/07 2:47 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/11/2007 8:27 PM ET
Member Since: 11/13/2005
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I think you mean't "it shouldn't appear" in your last line.

Happens quite frequently - books stay visible until accepted by both sides of the trade, so a book can certainly be included by multiple people in pending trades.  The book is removed from all the other trades when finally accepted.

There are plusses and minuses to this method.  On the plus side, it allows more flexibility in trading - i.e. if I receive multiple offers, I can pick the trade that looks better to me, and there is also still the possibility that the book will be ordered for a credit.  On the minus side, it can get complicated tracking which books have been requested multiple times, and someone is more likely to be disappointed. 

On the whole, I think I would prefer it if books were made unavailable when first selected (and put back on if the trade is rejected).

Date Posted: 11/11/2007 10:39 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 4/28/11 8:53 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/11/2007 11:07 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Yeah. I'm not a boxer but I asked someone if they would do a 2 for 1 and one of the books was tied up in a box offer. 

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 2:52 PM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2005
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You're right, Bret. I did mean "shouldn't appear" and I've corrected my typo.

I'm going to write R&R and encourage them to change the way the BOB works to avoid people being disappointed. If anyone else feels the same way, I hope you'll write R&R as well. Maybe if enough people write in about this, they will correct this "bug."


Last Edited on: 11/12/07 3:08 PM ET - Total times edited: 1