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Subject: Frustration
Date Posted: 6/6/2008 12:55 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2007
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I just need a moment to vent, and I know you are all good listeners and commiserators!

I have had, 3 times, in the last 2 weeks, someone post a book on my WL, and NEVER COME BACK to accept the offer!  WHY would you post a book, and then never check back in??? Especially something that is highly WL???  If you had the time a few minutes ago to post it, why not have the time to accept (or even decline, if something came up) the offer?!

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 1:27 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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That is frustrating! my first guess would be it is the same new person that doesn't understand the system yet. Is your WL on autorequest? If so maybe they are not realizing that the book is on hold when it isn't showing up in the tab and you could try taking it off of AR so they can see the hold and realize an order is forthcoming. Hope you get your WL book soon!

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 1:38 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2008
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Was it the same book all 3 times?

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 1:49 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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A lot of people join on a whim.  Then they post books they don't realize are WL. Then they just forget about PBS or they post the books on multiple sites or decide that they can't be bothered and just ignore the emails from PBS. 

I've had my shelf on vacation hold most of the year because of a cross country move and a need to cut down on the WL offers I'm getting.  A couple times I've pulled my shelf off hold to post a WL book and had another one come up as a WL hold.  It had been put on WL while my shelf was on hold.  I didn't notice right away but since I'm here everyday it wasn't a big deal.  Actually it timed out on the person who put it on WL.  They put it on WL again because-of course my shelf went on hold again.  So the next time I took it off hold to post another WL book-this one came up again and was accepted this time. 


Date Posted: 6/6/2008 3:35 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2007
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No, it was 3 different books :)

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 3:52 PM ET
Member Since: 4/7/2007
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I agree it's odd, I once posted a WL book and then realized it had a cracked spine. I couldn't delete it, so had to wait until it was requested, then cancel the transaction. This isn't necessarily what happened to your WL books, and I don't know why the posters would not delete an unpostable WL book, but stranger things have happened.

It might be just as well they didn't accept your request. If they can't be bothered to acknowledge you, would they bother to mail the book?


Date Posted: 6/6/2008 4:19 PM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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Here's one possible explanation:  You are not the first person the book was offered to.  Sometimes I've had the experience of posting a book and it going through several wishers before I got a taker.  So, maybe the person actually posted the book a week ago or even more. 

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 5:10 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2007
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Lisa,  I did consider that. Unfortunately, it was still frutrating LOL

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 6/7/2008 5:31 PM ET
Member Since: 9/5/2005
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I have had that a couple times in the last couple weeks.  It makes no sense.

Date Posted: 6/7/2008 6:37 PM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
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Are the books worth more money than usual when you click on the "Buy it New" button?  I requested a paperback version of a children's book that I I have on my wishlist in hardcover version (Monster Mama) because I decided that when I saw the paperback available.  The paperback isn't wishlisted, but there was only 1 copy available.  I was willing to spend the credit immediately for a paperback version rather than continue wait ing for the hardcover.  That was 3 or 4 days ago now and the person hasn't responded.  They seem to have an active bookshelf, have been a member for awhile, have written a bunch of reviews (though she doesn't post in the forum), so I was thinking that she might have done what I did when deciding whether to spend the credit on a children's paperback (they usually don't cost much new) and she may have discovered the same thing I did...the paperback version is going for almost $30!!! That's more than the hardcover is new, so if the request times out and I decide I want the book immediately, I'm either hitting the library or going for the hardcover version.