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Subject: Going on hold after posting a WL book
Date Posted: 10/9/2008 8:55 AM ET
Member Since: 7/18/2008
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I guess I don't see the point of it.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 9:26 AM ET
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why would you post a book and then put your account on hold if it is a WL book?  seems like you should put your account on hold first.  I did find this in the help docs

How does the Hold affect your Bookshelf?

  • The books that are on your Bookshelf at the time the Hold goes into effect will be hidden from requests.

  • This does not include books that are involved in a Wish List Hold or an active transaction.
  • The FIFO order of each book will be preserved during the Hold; it will not "lose its place in line" to get requested.
  • Books that are already involved in an active request will not be affected by the Hold.
    • Any book request that was submitted before the Hold went into effect will not be affected by the Hold
    • Any book request you submit at any time (before, during or after the Hold will not be affected by the Hold.
  • This means that all auto-emails associated with an active transaction will be sent to you as usual
    • You will still get auto-emails asking if you have received a book that is en route to you 14 and 21 days and 25 days after the book was marked mailed by the sender.
    • You will still get "second" and "third" notifications for previously-submitted requests to which you have not responded.
    • You will still get auto-email reminders to mark your outgoing books mailed before the deadline if you have not done so.
  • Books newly Posted to your Bookshelf during a Hold will be hidden from requests.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 9:59 AM ET
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Yeah, I had someone post me a WL book & go on hold the same day.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 10:05 AM ET
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I will do that when I am looking to send out only WL books. I know it blocks someone from ordering more, but I was getting so many shelf orders I couldn't keep up. I went to keeping my shelf on vacation hold, but occassionally take it off, post the books I am planning to send, then put the hold back on.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 10:11 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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My account is on hold and I still post WL books. I have to unhold it to get the WL book to be offered. 

Why am I on hold?  I only have about 14books on my shelf which no one seems to be interested in ordering. I have 400+ unread books and had over  30 WL offers in Aug/Sept.  It would probably have been more but I was on hold some of that time.  I put my account on hold so I can read WL books I have already.  I have probably close to 100 WL books in Mt TBR.  Also because I had gotten below my comfort level.  I had my account on hold for a few months while I sold a house, bought a new house and made a cross-country move. I worked my way to the top of most of my WL in that time.  I just need a breather.  My husband is getting on me about all the books. I have 2 full bookshelves and stacks on my office floor.

Some people have tight postage budgets. They put their account on hold because they don't want shelf orders they might have to turn down for lack of postage money.  They can put their WL on autorequest.  If they have the money to mail out say one or 2 books, they can post a couple WL books then put their account back on hold.  This prevents other orders from coming through but allows them to still earn a few credits when they have postage money.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 10:13 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Oh and if it was possible I would just put my WL on hold so I could still take shelf orders. But since I only have 14 very common to PBS books-no biggy to have my shelf on hold. 

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 10:16 AM ET
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I guess it would be different but it's been almost 2 days & they haven't accepted the order yet.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 11:02 AM ET
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I know I have been nervous before when I posted a wishlist book  about a week before I went on vacation. I didn't think it would be a problem until it started timing out on people. It went through about three people before it was accepted and I couldn't cancel it once it was in the system. Luckily it was accepted the day before I had to leave and I was able to mail it out, but if it had timed out one more time I don't know what I would have done. Now I know that one week is not enough time and save posting wishlist books until I come back.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 11:51 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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If you put your account on hold hwile a WL book is pending-if it times out or the person doesn't accept the book-it'll go on your shelf on hold.  So next time you could do that.  It did this to me last week. I unholded to post a WL book I found for .25 at a thrift store.  It timed out on the 1st person and because my account was back on hold it didn't offer it to anyone else.  I had to unhold it again to get it to go to the next in line.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 3:14 PM ET
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I put my Bookshelf on hold alot too, but still the book gets offered to the person next in line. There is no holding back on these books

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 6:37 PM ET
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A lot of folks have their accounts on hold sporadically because they can't afford to send out more than a couple books a week, so they choose to post only Wishlisted books--and you do have to take the account off hold to do that...then they put them back on hold right away afterwards so no other books get chosen from their bookshelf. I've done that before. They have five days to accept the book request--maybe they are dragging out accepting the request so that the mailing date will fall closer to a payday or something? (Been there, done that, too!)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 8:02 PM ET
Member Since: 12/10/2005
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One possible sceniro:

Member posts a wishlist book in the AM.  Life is fine, good.  The book is immediately offered to the first wisher.  Member gets phone call, close family member is in hospital for some unexpected reason (stroke, accident, anything).  Since they still have the site open they take the time to place account on hold while SO gets their stuff together or warms up the car.  Leaves house and hasn't turned on the computer since.  Meantime, Wisher has said,"Yes, I want this book!".  And is now waiting for A) Member to have a chance to get online and check or B) offer to time out.

Sadly, life happens.

I'm due to give birth on Monday.  I have 3 books that are WL and I thought about posting them, taking my shelf off hold so they could be offered and then immediately placing my shelf back on hold.  But sure as shootin', I'd go into labor tonight if I did that...so I'm not gonna.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 9:29 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2007
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Also, consider that since Monday is a holiday and they may not be able to make it to the Post Office or can afford it this week, so they are waiting as long as possible so they can mail it on Tuesday...

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 7:57 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I've held up on accepting a request because I have another WL book of theirs that I want to read and post to the same person.  I always check when a WL book I've posted is waiting to be accepted.  It's nice when you can save postage.

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 10:06 AM ET
Member Since: 7/18/2008
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Well, it'd be nice if people communicated. I figure that I'm going to miss out on the book because the person won't be on.