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Subject: Ever Have a "Bad Feeling" About a Transaction?
Date Posted: 12/1/2009 8:44 PM ET
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I posted a WL book which I mailed today. In the mean time I posted another WL book and it was being held for response from the requester who happened to be the same person I ended up mailing the first book to this morning.

When I realized the same person had WL'ed the two books I figured I'd be able to mail both books out to her, except she never responded to the second book hold, so when there was no response by this morning I went ahead and mailed book #1.

I know there are all sorts of reasons why people don't respond to a WL book hold - illness, family emergency, computer problems, went away for the holiday weekend......but I just have a bad feeling about the book I mailed today even being marked received. Sometimes you just have to kiss a credit goodbye. I hope I'm wrong.

Has this ever happened to anyone?


Date Posted: 12/1/2009 8:48 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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There could be so many reasons why people don't log in every day. I wouldn't worry about this in the least. She probably didn't have a credit to spend on the 2nd book. She might have been waiting to have a book she sent out get marked received, so that she has a credit to spend on th esecond WL book.

If it was me, I would have waited on mailing the first one out until the 2nd book rolled over and I knew it wasn't going to go out to the first person.

I have never had a book go lost in the over 400 that I have mailed. I don't use DC anymore except on multi-book orders.

If the other persons account turns out to be inactive, I believe that PBS will mark the book received for you automatically, instead of having it go "lost".

Last Edited on: 12/1/09 8:52 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 12/1/2009 8:50 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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Have you checked to see if their account is active or closed?  They may be on hold now.  They may not have access to the internet right now.  PBS is set up to act without much from its members.  It's very automatic.  So it's important that members keep up on their WL's and bookshelves.



ETA - Sometimes that bad feeling is right, though.  But don't worry.  It's only a book, not a diamond!

Last Edited on: 12/1/09 8:51 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/1/2009 9:03 PM ET
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Sara: the book is not on WL any longer, there are currently 2 in the system (I checked when it didn't roll over to another member) so there's a good chance it'll eventually be requested. I've only had 1 book go lost so far.

Ruth: yes, the account is active (though the member doesn't have the "last looged on" thingy activated so I don't know when she last logged on).

It's just this niggling little feeling I had - like women's intuition or something. Like when I mailed a book to Alaska a few months ago and just had this gut feeling that the transaction was doomed. The book went lost.


Date Posted: 12/1/2009 9:11 PM ET
Member Since: 5/14/2009
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I had a bad feeling once and I was totally wrong...really wrong.  I agree with Sarah -she may not have had another credit and let it lapse. 

I haven't had any problems, though I may have my very first this week.  It is on the opposite end...it is the sender.  The book is about to be marked lost.  I PM'd the sender to let her know that I hadn't received the book vs not marking it received.

She PM'd me back and said it has been returned to her 3 times and she is giving it another go.  My feeling is it never went out in the first place via the holiday's and she forgot.  I haven't had problems with my address and have received every book so far.  I will give her the benefit of the doubt...if she hand wrote the label she may have messed up the zipcode.  She had the address correct.  I will let things take its course....though it is frustrating.

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 9:31 PM ET
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It's possible that she had the 1 book on autorequest and then for whatever reason never made it on to accept the 2nd book.  I know I go on and off hold frequently. I'll put my WL on hold to cut back on WL offers but autorequest some rarely posted ones or ones that I really can't wait for and I'm at the top.  I'll post a bunch of heavily posted books and go on hold while I read them and they work their way up FIFO.  When I come off hold I don't go and put the autorequested ones on 48hr hold. 

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 10:16 PM ET
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I always use either PBS DC or first class mail for those books traveling over water.  AK, HI, PR, GU, and APOs can take forever.  Books traveling by boat often get declared lost just because they are so slow.   Had too many take too long.  Give me quick credit for those!

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 7:36 AM ET
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I get those bad feelings once in awhile too, and almost always am right. Sometimes there isn't even an overt cause for the bad feeling, it's just "there" when I look at a transaction. I've learned to trust my gut (not just at PBS, but out there in the big bad world too! LOL) over the years. I always get burned when I ignore those niggling little "uh oh's" in my head. Truly though, from my experience, more than 99% of PBS transactions go just fine. I use the PBS postage--not for credit assurance, but just because it's so convenient for me, and to support PBS, so even though I may feel like something "hinky" will happen with the transaction, I'm not worried about the credit itself.

I hope in your case, you're wrong, though! :)


Date Posted: 12/3/2009 10:30 AM ET
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I have one of those "bad feeling" ones going on right now.  Finally got a WL book offer after almost a year - had it on auto request so whoever posted it should have seen the request right away when they posted it.  It's been sitting at "waiting for member" for four days now so I went and took a peek at their profile.  This is the only book they have listed and they have 0 sent and 0 recieved books.  I'm thinking it's back on the WL for me - hopefully not for another whole year!

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 10:32 AM ET
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I send my books and seldom think about them again until they are received or lost (only one lost ever).   I don't like spending a lot of time worrying about something I have no control over.  I love this site and try to not borrow trouble until it hits me in the face.