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Subject: Did I go to the back of the line?
Date Posted: 6/7/2009 10:09 PM ET
Member Since: 3/8/2009
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I've had a book on my bookshelf for the last couple of days that was the only copy in the system.  It is a fairly popular book, so I wasn't surprised when it was requested today.  The requestor had an RC that said, "Due to allergies, I can't accept a book that has been with a dog or is currently in a smoking home".  I accepted the request and then emailed the requestor to tell them that the book came to me from another PBS member and looks like it has only been read once before me.  No dogs or smokers in my home but I don't know about the previous owner.  If you don't want this copy, please cancel the request.  So she cancelled the request, which I have no problem with.  I'm sure she has a legitimate reason for being very picky and that's fine.  I checked to be sure the book was reposted to my bookshelf, which it was.  I added it to my RL to see if it was still the only one in the system, but there are 3.  So when the requestor cancelled, did I go back to the front of the line, or to the back? 

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 10:11 PM ET
Member Since: 11/11/2005
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If the requestor cancels, your copy of the book goes back to the front of the FIFO line.

If YOU had cancelled, the book would have been removed from your bookshelf entirely.  You would have had to repost it and therefore would have been at the back of the FIFO line.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 10:12 PM ET
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Great!  Thanks.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 10:14 PM ET
Member Since: 10/23/2005
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Christa,

You regained your same position, but it may not have been number one when it was requested. If the other two copies were posted before yours, they may have turned down the same ordering member due to those RCs. If they declined due to RCs, they also will retain their place in the FIFO line.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 10:15 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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If she wants the book and tries to reorder it, the request will come right back to you so turn down her RCs this time to allow her request to be passed to the next person in line.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 10:48 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I'm wondering why you even PM'd because really your book met her conditions because it is currently in a home with no dogs or smokers.  What would you have done if she didn't respond to the PM at all?  Don't make yourself extra work. If your books meets the conditons then accept.  She would not owe her a credit if she complained because the book is not currently in a smoking or dog home. 

I used to PM when I first joined and then someone doesn't respond and you're left wonding do I send the book or not.  If my book meets RCS then I accept.  If I'm not sure then I decline.  The request will keep coming back to you unless someone else posts the book and accepts. 

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 12:05 AM ET
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Actually Mary, the book did not meet the RCs.  The RC stated, "Due to allergies, I can't accept a book that has been with a dog or is currently in a smoking home".

The only part of that RC that applied to the current home is the smoking part.  The part about the dog didn't say "currently" so it applies to the previous history of the book as well.  Christa got it used so she couldn't vouch it had never been around a dog so the request should have been declined for the RCs from the start.



Last Edited on: 6/8/09 12:06 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/8/2009 8:31 AM ET
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OK yep: then it should have been declined.  I read it originally as both being "not currently".  I would have declined because I have 2 dogs: but if I didn't I would have still declined if I had bought it used.  People have the option now to turn off RCS and rerequest a book from the senders who have previously turned them down. It used to be that if you declined someone for RCS they could not reorder the book from you even if they turned their RCS off.  Not so anymore so I wouldn't accept any RC I was unsure of I would decline and if they still wanted the book from they'd have to turn their RCS off. 

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 11:05 AM ET
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I'm with Mary, if your book meets the RC, accept; if it doesn't, then cancel. I err on the side of caution, and always cancel if I think the book does not meet ambiguous RCs (ie. books in great condition, smell RCs).