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Subject: Cancel Book On Wish List Hold
Date Posted: 4/20/2008 2:01 PM ET
Member Since: 10/24/2007
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I posted a book yesterday that has a fairly long wish list. The book has gone into the 48 hour hold period. The problem is, the book is now unpostable. It seemed to be in fine condition when I first posted it, but I started looking through it, and I guess I was too rough with it, because pages started coming out. So I'll need to cancel the request, whenever it comes through. As far as I can tell, the only way I can cancel the request is to wait until it's requested. Is there any way to cancel it beforehand? I would hate for the first person on the wish list to lose their spot (if the 48 hour deadline passes - maybe they're unavailable this weekend), when I don't even have a book to offer any more. Karen
Date Posted: 4/20/2008 2:40 PM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2008
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everything i've read indicates you just have to wait until someone accepts the request.  then you click the 'i cannot mail' button, and the requestor goes right back to first on the WL.

i wouldn't worry about whether the request times out or not for the first person (or more).   there's nothing you can do about people who don't check in often enough to accept any WL books offered to them, and possibly they're inactive and then you're just weeding them out for the next person to post a copy.

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 6:04 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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You should be able to PM the person it's on hold for.  There should be a PM link on that request.  I'd PM the person and let them know the situation and ask them to accept the book so that you can cancel (which'll return them to their #1 position on the WL) and keep the book from rolling over from person to person.

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 11:49 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I had this same situation happen to me.  I posted a WL book and accidentally got it wet while it was pending.  I PM'd the person and told them to accept and I'd have to cancel.  Luckily the 1st person responded and I didn't have to wait through any time outs.  To keep their place in line, they have to accept and you have to cancel. If they decline the book, they'll have to go back to the end of the line.