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Subject: I'm confused..
Date Posted: 8/31/2010 1:52 PM ET
Member Since: 5/9/2010
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I was recently offered a wishlist book on a 48 hour accept.  I'm frequently on PBS so I usually accept within 12 hours of any wishlist offer.  The book in question is still sitting on "waiting for member" and close (8 hrs.) to going back on my wishlist as I'm 1 of 1.  I did a little investigation by adding the book to my Reminder List and noticed that there are zero books available.  How could I have been offered this book if there are zero copies available?  And, why would a person post a wishlisted book and then not accept the order?  Anyone have any insight?

Requested On: 8/28/10 7:04 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 8/31/10 1:53 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/31/2010 1:55 PM ET
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Jennifer

Senders have 5 days to accept a request, so your request won't time out until Thursday.  They are probably waiting until later in the week so that they can ship in accordance with their budget.  Zero copies available means just that no copies are available in the system.  When a copy was posted it was offered to you.  It doesn't show up in the system since it is pending with you.

Date Posted: 8/31/2010 2:10 PM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2010
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Or they're waiting to accept the request so that they will have as long as possible to mail the books. I generally do this, especially if I've just posted a number of books to my bookshelf, to give more time for other requests to come in, so that when I have to run to the post office it's to take four or five books, rather than one. It's more efficient with my time. Unfortunately, it's more annoying to the requestor, too.

But of course, sometimes people do post a book and then don't send it out. Perhaps they're new members and felt overwhelmed. Or perhaps there was an emergency at home. Having watched a friend go through brain surgery in June, and having unexpected surgery myself earlier this month, on top of remodeling our house and a few others stresses, I'm more understanding than I was about the ups and downs which can surprise us all.



Last Edited on: 8/31/10 2:17 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/31/2010 2:15 PM ET
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That's right--YOU have 48 hours to accept a wishlist book, and once you do, the sender has 5 days to respond and accept your order. Some respond right away, others wait longer for a whole variety of reasons, some of which are mentioned above. As Mary said, the system shows "0" copies because the one posted for you is tied up. If you declined that request, then the book would go into the system since there are no other wishers--otherwise it would be offered to the next person in the WL line.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 8/31/2010 2:19 PM ET
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What Mary said.  If their mailing schedule is uncertain, some members wait as long as possible to accept.

Date Posted: 8/31/2010 5:43 PM ET
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If they posted several WL books that day they could waiting to accept them all because one is not being accepted by the wisher.  I will do this sometimes to combine into one post office trip.

Date Posted: 8/31/2010 8:34 PM ET
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If they posted several WL books that day they could waiting to accept them all because one is not being accepted by the wisher.  I will do this sometimes to combine into one post office trip.

I've done this as well.