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Subject: Frustrating with only 1 copy of book
Date Posted: 5/27/2009 8:30 PM ET
Member Since: 4/20/2009
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I have requested some books. A few only had one copy of the book. I go through the waiting process, no response, so it gets requested again. And the same result. Does the request keep going to the same person? I eventually canceled  after the third time for this same book, and ordered another book, which I got no problem.

 

Does the site to anything to these members if there is only one copy of the book, and no one responds at all? Has this happened to anybody? It sucks because I really wanted those books for my collection. I guess I will have to wait and see if anybody else posts it in the future.

Date Posted: 5/27/2009 8:40 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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You've probably found some members who are either no longer here and abondoned their accounts or someone who doesn't care or understand the system.  Unfotunately, the only way PBS has to find these people is us ordering from them and getting ignored enough times that PBS closes their accounts.  If you don't like this system, then see the thread titled "frustrated with wishlists" for sympathy and suggestions".;D

Ruth



Last Edited on: 5/27/09 8:42 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/27/2009 9:42 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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If you order the only copy of a book and it doesnt' get accepted, isn't mark mailed or the sender cancels the transaction then it goes on your WL.  (if they decline for RCS then it goes on your reminder list until that copy is requested).

I had this happen once.  Someone made me a BOB Offer.  I found a book that I really wanted on their shelf. Well it was already pending on another  BOB offer that was made before me.  So I put it on my RL and notice there's only 1 copy posted now.  I order that-it's times out and PBS sends me an email that they've put it on my WL.  I get the WL offer pretty quickly-it's never accepted and goes back on my WL again.  A short time later it's reposted and I finally get the book. Which I still haven't read btw.  And no the 1st 2 time outs were not the same person because I always click on the Order More From Member button to see what else they have.

Date Posted: 5/27/2009 11:02 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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Yeah, that's weird...if there was only one copy of the book and the person did not respond, it gets removed from their bookshelf. So the only way it would go right back to the same person is if they actively posted it again right away--otherwise the book would go to your wishlist or reminder list.. You're sure it's the same person and that they actually did not respond...it timed out? They didn't decline because of requestor conditions?

Cheryl



Last Edited on: 5/27/09 11:04 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/28/2009 5:06 PM ET
Member Since: 8/2/2007
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I have often wondered (morbidly) if there is a 'wake-up call' email sent out on occasion to members that might appear to have disappeared.  People pass away, get into accidents, etc...so there might be a very good reason why the book that you requested is in an endless loop with this missing person.  I guess I should let my husband know about my PBS site in case I decide to go on an extended 'vacation' somewhere...or maybe not.  I would hate for him to find out about my book habit.  Smile.

Monica

Date Posted: 5/28/2009 5:08 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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Monica, once you're on the "extended vacation" it can't come back to bite you!  Maybe leave some info in your will???  ;D

Ruth

Date Posted: 5/28/2009 7:18 PM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2009
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How long until a request "times out"?

 

Date Posted: 5/28/2009 7:20 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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A request for a book has 5 days and a few hours (until the middle of the night) for the sender to accept a request.

Ruth

edited for more spelling errors



Last Edited on: 5/28/09 7:32 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/28/2009 7:31 PM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2009
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Ahhh! Thank you, Ruth.

I've been waiting on one for six days now, so it must have rolled over to a different person.