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Subject: Cancel Wishlist?
Date Posted: 2/2/2008 10:36 AM ET
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I have two books that each are wish listed with more than 100 people wishing for the books. So far, both of the books have each gone through two members waiting for 48 hours (96 hours now) and are on their third "waiting for member." Is there any way to prevent this long wait? Such as canceling it for that member after 30 hours? At this rate, it could be next month before someone actually accepts their wishlisted book! I don't understand this, since I am usually thrilled when a book comes up on my wishlist. There was one time I already had the book, and I refused it right away so it could go to the next member. Any thoughts?
Date Posted: 2/2/2008 10:57 AM ET
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If you cancel the book, it will be removed from your bookshelf and you will have to repost it.   Right now there are plenty of folks that are in very bad weather and a lot that don't have electricity.   Unless you are in a rush to get to the PO, I'd just let the system work. 

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 1:04 PM ET
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It's hard, but if you don't want to lose your place in the FIFO line, you just need to sit it out until someone finally accepts them.  I don't know about anybody else, but I have gotten an incredible number of my wishlisted books coming up to me in the last few days.  I had to buy some credits each time since the first run of books ate up all my credits!  There must be lots of new members posting books or people are picking up new books that have been in short supply in the system.  Some of the books I've been getting I've had on my wishlist practically since I signed up!  So, they might be short on credits and are debating whether or not to purchase any before they let the offer time out.

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 1:15 PM ET
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I've also had a few wishlisted books come up this week but fortunately I've had plenty of credits available because I haven't had time to browse and spend. I'm thinking a lot of posters are like me and with wishlisted books wait until around payday to list them. I know those books will be snapped up so I like to make sure I have plenty of postage available and all my packing supplies on hand.  

Some areas are also experiencing heavy winds that is interferring with cable and internet access.Our internet was out for one day and even now the service can be a little unreliable. We're just hoping everything is worked out by tomorrow for the SuperBowl.

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 3:53 PM ET
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I hadn't thought about the Internet or electricity being down! Thanks. And here I was feeling like I was unloved :) I did want to mail them today, since I can only get to the post office on Saturdays lately, and I already had two other books to mail.
Date Posted: 2/2/2008 5:14 PM ET
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Whoever accepts them will be happy to wait until your next mailing trip Mary Ann!  I know it's hard on here to wait, but that's what we often end up doing.   

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 5:41 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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If you cancel it before it times out and then repost it, it'll just get offered to the same person and they will have an additional 48hrs to respond. Best to just let the system do it's thing. I usually check the WL of my Buddies first and see if one of them has it and I save the whole WL limbo thing sometimes. 

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 8:37 PM ET
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I don't think there is even any way to cancel a wishlist book once it has been offered to someone.  You would have to wait for a person to accept and then you could cance - which in your situation doesn't do you any good at all.  Sorry!

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 7:57 AM ET
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Thanks for all of the information! It is so nice to have support. I'm almost on the fourth set of people for the books! Where did everyone go? LOL.
Date Posted: 2/4/2008 12:40 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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It sounds like you just got on a run of inactive accounts.   A lot of people join, post a bunch of books, add a bunch to WL and then forget all about PBS. 

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 3:08 AM ET
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It is VERY annoying.  The only positive thing I can say is that every inactive account that you have to wait to timeout is one step closer to being removed.

I've come to the conclusion that I have excellent PBS luck!  Unfortunately, I am see have chronic bad luck in other areas. :-)

 

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 7:42 AM ET
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I'm in a wishlist limbo with a couple of posted books too right now.  It did get me thinking, though, about the people posting them.  I know people get mad if they finally get offered a wishlist book, only to have the poster then turn them down for one reason or another.  But who knows how long that book has been in limbo.  It could theoretically have been weeks or months since it was posted, and anything could happen in that amount of time.

On the flip side, the wishlister may have been waiting for a WL book for months or years, and either has no credits or even left PBS without giving their WL a second thought. 

Sorry for the ramble, just some of my thoughts on the subject.  : )

 

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 10:48 AM ET
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There is no way to cancel... the best thing is just to ignore it  and pretend you don't see it until someone snaps it up.  You are doing a favor to wishers.... by weeding out the "non-responders" from the wishlist line of wishers.  Think of the "wait" as a personal service to wishers and maybe it won't be quite so aggravating.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 11:21 AM ET
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Oh I didn't know about inactive accounts. Thanks! Here is an update. One book finally got picked up. The other went past 4 wish list holds that all expired, and now it is just out on my bookshelf for anyone to find (I thought there were more wishes for it, but I guess not?) They were both by the same author, Phillipa Gregory, so maybe there is something in that?
Date Posted: 2/4/2008 11:36 AM ET
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If they went on to your bookshelf then it's gone thru the entire WL for the book.  People either didn't respond or declined the book.  Now you know you've got the only copy of those books in the system so you'd be first up if someone decides to request them now.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 1:23 PM ET
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It's possible that they forgot to clen up/ update their wish lists. I've done that a few times....forgotten to delete books from my wish list that I obtained months before from other swap sites or bookstores.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 2:59 PM ET
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I do exactly what Lita does...if I post a WL book and it starts going through people and taking forever, I just put it to the side and forget about it until I get one of those "Your book has been requested" messages.  Otherwise I could make myself crazy.  Same as when I order something through FIFO and it sits for 6 days for person 1, 6 days for person 2.....ugh.  I just refuse to look at it.