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Subject: A Challenge
Date Posted: 2/27/2008 1:34 PM ET
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I Challenge  everyone on this site to go through and remove any books from their  wishlist  that they would not be willing to part with a credit today for. I posted a book that was on 6 peoples wishlists and it was not accepted until the 6th person.  I go through my list regularly sometimes our tastes  or intrests change. It would be great if the first WL person was the one to  get it.

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 1:47 PM ET
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I keep running into the issue where I have no credits, so my account seems to be on permanent vacation hold.  I don't think many members realize that is an option.  I do want all the books on my wishlist.  When I post a book, I take my account off vacation hold for like 2 minutes and am trying to read the wishlist books off my TBR the quickest!

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 1:48 PM ET
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I have enough credits to cover my WL books and those that can wait are on my RL.  I just can't get to #1 on the WL books!

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 1:51 PM ET
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I'm the type of person who is always going to be credit-poor, so I will have to turn down many WL books.  Is that bad? 

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 1:54 PM ET
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This is one thing I can't wait for on the new WL! Being able to put individual WL books on hold! YAY! Keep the time accrued for having it on our WL but put some of them on hold if you're credit-poor for a while!

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 2:16 PM ET
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I'm the type of person who is always going to be credit-poor, so I will have to turn down many WL books.  Is that bad? 

Picture the WL as the line at a department store. You're standing in line waiting to check out.  Would you get up to the cashier and begin putting items back on the shelf?  Would you ask the people behind you in line & the cashier to wait while you decide if you "really" want an item? 

The WL really is only for books that you're certain you want enough to order when it becomes available - even if you have to buy a credit to do so.  If you are temporarily out of credits, you can put your account on vacation hold, as Jennie said she does.

I think this will be one of the great things about the new WL as well!  Being able to put WL books on hold. :)

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 2:18 PM ET
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I am talking about books on your wish list that if you had a credit and it was offered today  you would take it. I sometimes will put a book on my wishlist and later decide I am not willing to spend a credit on it. Those are the ones I want people to remove. I do under stand about being credit poor I seem to spend them quickly, and I'm not asking you to remove any books you really want. I just cant believe that the first 5 people wishing for that book didnt have a credit  or that at least one of them be willing to buy one if they really wanted that book.

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 3:53 PM ET
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Trouble is...I think you are mostly preaching to the choir here!  The people that don't respond to WL offerings are often people who are not actively invovled in the site, as most of us are. 

Amanda - I am not sure if you know, but if you turn down a WL book when it's offered to you, it's taken off your WL automatically, meaning you are no longer in line for that book.  So, it sucks for you and it sucks for all those people who are waiting behind you who are having to wait that much longer to get the book.  At the very least, when a WL book is offered to you, respond immediately as to whether you want it or not.  It's incredibly frustrating for the person who has posted the book for a wisher not to respond to the offer. Hope that info helps - I know I didn't know any of that when I first joined.

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 4:40 PM ET
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I like Danielle's analogy, there is nothing on my WL that I don't want, now there might be duplicates with different ISBN's but I have yet to be offered a second version while waiting to receive one.  Even so if that were to happen I'd accept and just re-list once I received it.  I always make sure that I have enough to cover all the books that are at # 5 or less.  Worst case senario I'd buy credits.  If it is on my WL I want it, no exceptions.

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 5:04 PM ET
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Terry, I am right there with you on this topic.  I go through my WL every few weeks and make sure I still want the book.  I look to see where I am in the waiting line and if I don't really want to part with a credit, I move it to my RL.  Why make others wait. On the other side of the coin, I have never turned down a WL book even if it's a book I don't really want right at that moment.  At one point, I wanted it and it's not fair to the poster for me to deny the book.   I know what it's like when I post a WL book, only to have it refused.  It's disappointing and I can't do that to someone else.

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 5:47 PM ET
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If I put it on my wishlist, I want it! I have never refused a wishlist book even if it meant buying a credit. But then that is the reason that I have a large TBR pile too. I like it that way!

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 6:02 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/27/2008 7:48 PM ET
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I always accept a WL offer even if I've decided I could live without it but forgot to remove it from my list.  I post a lot of WL books and it's very annoying to have it cycle through multiple people before it gets requested.  Especially if you have other books that you are running out of time to mail.  I've frequently had to make an extra trip to the PO because of this.    I think if you get a WL offer and are out of credits, you should decline quickly and then put the rest of your WL on hold until you have some credits.  And when you get some credits-save a few for WL offers or keep the WL on hold.  You can buy credits form PBS or there's always someone selling them cheaper in the book bazaar.  You may even be able to borrow one from somebody if you're broke. If you aren't getting any book orders, run a deal to move some out and earn some credits. 

You may have hit a run of inactives.  A lot of people join, put a bunch of books on WL and on their shelf and then just abandon their account. 

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 7:49 PM ET
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I have a couple on my WL that are not autorequested, as the rest are. These are ones where the library has the hardcover, and I might be interested in the paperback, depending on my credit balance when the book becoms available. I'm not removing them altogether, sorry!

Date Posted: 2/28/2008 8:19 PM ET
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I also have never turned down a wishlist book, and since I'm on here at least twice a day, usually more, I never take longer than 12 hours to accept.  I do think it's a great idea to go through your wishlist at least once a month, though, not only to make sure you still want everything, but to check for duplicate versions of books you've gotten--I've had several of these that were not removed and I caught them later while checking my list. 

Date Posted: 2/28/2008 8:47 PM ET
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I see your point.  I'm a newbie (two months).  I've accepted several wait list books.  However, recently, I did have one coming to me in the mail.  I didn't take off other versions of it and did turn down two different versions that were offered while my book was en route.  I wanted to be sure that I got some copy of the book.  After reading about all the lost books (and having one that I mailed lost), I didn't want to take the chance of not getting the book. 

As soon as the book arrived, I took the other versions off my list.  I did turn down the two immediately, however.  I don't really feel that this was a bad thing to do. 


Date Posted: 2/28/2008 9:12 PM ET
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Ummm...for all of you who accept a book even if you don't want it anymore just to repost...

Wouldn't it be nicer to those in the line behind you if you just cancelled it and let it go to them?  They'd get it faster than waiting for it to be mailed to you then you mailing it out again.

Now, it's better to just not be offered it in the first place, so take it off your wish list.  Keeping your list is always nice.

If you are the only person on the WL, then accept it--polite to the poster.  But if you aren't, it's a lot more straightforward to just decline it (quickly!) and let the next person receive it faster.

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 2:14 AM ET
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My WL books are all on auto-request, I want all 195 of them.  lol  They only time I have canceled one was when it was a  book I thought I had removed from my WL.  And I PMd the person & explained what had happened.

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 8:26 AM ET
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I routinely go through and prune books from my WL and add new stuff, and everything on my shelf is auto-requested, so yeah--if it's there, I want it!

Posting a wishlisted book only to have it go through 2, 3, 4 or more people to get to one who 'really' wanted it--or worse, to have it be WL'd by only a few people and have them all turn it down so the book sits on my shelf used to drive me crazy...it was my biggest  pet peeve about PBS. But I'm now at a point where I have ceased to care. I post books, if someone wants them--great! If they don't--I don't care. Someone will want it eventually. Of course I'm now at the point where I have dozens of credits stashed up, so it's not like I'm posting a book in the hope of getting a fast credit because I'm almost out.  I can certainly see where it would be annoying to be in that situation...been there, done that!


Date Posted: 3/1/2008 9:19 AM ET
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Just pruned my wishlist a little -- good idea! I like that we have my wishes, spouse's wishes and son's wishes on there; quite a variety of books.

P.S. Any children's books on my bookshelf for free while they last (no credits, no problem!) Just PM me. I love to see kids with books!

Peace today, Lisa

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Date Posted: 3/1/2008 9:36 AM ET
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If they do the wishlist here as they do on swap-a-dvd, that will help solve that problem because people will be forced to rank them.  ITA that it will be difficult to do so--I've got at least 15 books I'd like to have on the #1 spot right now.  ;)  But at least this will force those will the maximum number of books to categorize them a little and put those they don't care about so much down on the list, allowing those who really really really want them right this minute to put them higher.  :) 

I like your suggestion of a hold--I often have several versions of a single book on my wishlist and I won't delete the duplicates until the book is in my hands.  I've had to turn down two WL offers for that reason, plus accidentally got one title twice.  If I could have put the duplicates on hold while waiting for the mail then those 3 "errors" would never have happened.


Date Posted: 3/2/2008 12:53 AM ET
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I believe the new WL will have a hold option for some WL books.  They are combining the WL and RL. So books in the system that you put on WL will go into hold so it doesn't order them until you are ready.  So you'll be able to put some WL books on hold-like the different ISBN situation.  You won't accumulate pts but you'll be able to somewhat keep your place in line for them.  Some people who don't have it on hold might pass you in line but at the same time, the book will probably have been posted removing people in line in front of you. If that makes any sense.  You should be somewhere around the same number unless you keep it on hold a long time.

I wish we could just put the WL on hold now.  I have move coming up and a huge TBR pile. I don't want to put my account on hold yet because I want to get book orders.  But I've been getting a lot of WL book offers.  I want them so I accept but it's not helping me reduce the TBR.  I don't want to decline them and have to start at the end of the line again.  But I wish they'd stop coming in for a while.