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Subject: FIFO status
Date Posted: 1/9/2009 8:29 PM ET
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I'm sure I'm the umpteenth (or millionth) person who has asked this question, but I'm wondering....

....is there a way to find out where in the FIFO line one's book is?

Date Posted: 1/9/2009 8:34 PM ET
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nope :)

But some books move faster than others, so even if you knew where you were in the FIFO it wouldn't accurately predict how long it would be before it were ordered.  They work their way up eventually. 

You can check to see how many copies of your book are in the system---but that's not a way to predict, either.  For example:  I could post a book that has 5 copies in the system, and one that has 100 posted.  I may unload the book with 100 copies faster than I unload the book that has 5 copies because of popularity, a book turning into a movie, etc.  I've seen some people say they don't post a book if it has anymore than "x" number of copies in the system.  I post them all.  If they don't move through FIFO they'll go in a deal.  FIFO works, you just have to give it a little time.  :)  Hope that helps :)



Last Edited on: 1/9/09 8:37 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/9/2009 11:10 PM ET
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Yep.  It answers my question (and then some  :^).  Thanks, Karen.



Last Edited on: 1/9/09 11:11 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/10/2009 3:39 PM ET
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If you put a book on your reminder list you can see how many copies are posted already. That can give you some idea but like Karen said some lines move faster then others. If you have the space to store them-post those highly posted books.  They do get ordered eventually. 

Subject: OK - I have a question
Date Posted: 1/11/2009 8:51 PM ET
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What does it mean to "post to a specific wishlist" ... ??? Does this circumvent the FIFO procedure? Doesn't this also cut off people who are ahead in the 'wishlist line' ... ???

 

Date Posted: 1/12/2009 12:10 AM ET
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Kelly,

Not sure where you saw that, but I'd guess it means offering to a specific person who has a book on their wishlist.  Yes, it would circumvent the FIFO system, but don't know that it's not allowed.  I haven't done it yet, but I can imagine offering a wishlisted book to someone who is already ordering from me simply because it would save me postage.  If you want to be sure to get a definite answer to your question you might start another thread.  Not sure how many will be checking into this one, since the original question was answered pretty quickly.

Date Posted: 1/12/2009 8:16 AM ET
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Posting a book directly to someone's WL is allowed  It is preferred that you use FIFO. But many people are tired of requests timing out or they have more than 1 of someone's WL book and want to save postage.  When I post a WL book I usually check out the person's WL to see if I have anything else that I can read and send.  It does help cut down on postage costs.  Sometimes if I have more then 1 book from a series that's WL, I'lll read them all and then look for someone who has more than 1 on their WL.