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Subject: Easier way of allowing "any" edition of a book into wishlist
Date Posted: 3/9/2008 1:25 AM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2008
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I'm new to the club and I'm wondering if there is any easier way of requesting "any" edition of a wish list book without actually adding all available editions to said list.

For example, I don't care if I receive an older or newer edition of almost any book, but I noticed that I've posted a 2001 edition of "Heartbreaker" and there is a member's wish list request for a 2006 edition. This caused me to go back and add all available version of the books I want to my wish list just in case someone has one that is not the particular copy that shows up on my wish list. Is this overkill or the only way to ensure I get a copy?

What's the deal with all that?

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 1:32 AM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
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If you request one version of a book on your wish list, you'll be in line for that particular version of the book and will be notified when it's your turn and one is available.  However, if the same book in a different format becomes available, you'll be notified by PBS that a book similar to the book on your wish list is available.  The downside here would be that you might not be the only person notified as you wouldn't be next on the list for that version and, therefore, you would have to be the first to respond that you did, indeed, want that different version.  The short answer is, if you have limited space on your wish list, just list the version you most want.  If you have lots of space on your wish list or you really, really want that book, no matter what the version, you should wishlist different versions.  Here's the link to the help page that probably explains it better than me <grin>.  http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_item.php?id=23

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 10:06 AM ET
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One thing that you can do if you have an alternate ISBN to a wishlist book is to go to the wishlist book and put the ISBN of the book in the system as a tag.


Date Posted: 3/9/2008 10:40 AM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2005
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There is no way, other than putting them all on your WL, to have every version on your WL.

You can let the system notify you if other versions are posted--but that only works if no one else has those versions on their WL, since it will go to the WL first.

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 4:25 AM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2008
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Just wanted to thank those who have responded. Everyone has been very helpful and friendly and I'm looking forward to really using this site.

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 1:01 PM ET
Member Since: 3/6/2008
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I think I just got something similiar in my e-mail yesterday. There was a book on my wishlist and in the e-mail it stated that "Title of Book... is available to order but this book is different than the one I had marked down.. I think if the year, cover, things like that are different, you will still be told that the book on your wishlist is available just sometimes they aren't the same as you have down!! Hope I helped.. I just joined and was VERY confused when I got that e-mail yesterday.. lol!

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 1:08 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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You figured it out, Trisha.  As long as the "different but similar" book is not on anyone else's wishlist, the system e-mails people who have the same title, different ISBN wishlisted.  As Kayote said, if someone has the "other" book wishlisted, those e-mails won't go out, since the book will be offered to the folks who have it actually wishlisted.(Anyone who doesn't want these e-mails can turn them off in "account settings.") 

Oh, and the e-mails don't go out for similar books that are posted without an ISBN.  But there's a place to advertise those in the Book Bazaar.

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 1:19 PM ET
Member Since: 10/26/2007
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I've also rec'd the notices if it's a different version but be careful if you don't want audio books.  They will come up also and you may end up ordering it if you don't read the description carefully.

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