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Subject: I guess I don't understand how the WL works
Date Posted: 10/27/2011 6:29 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2010
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I had the chance to buy one of my WL books in a bargain bin but saw that I was at position 1 of 5 on the WL so I passed it up, figuring since I was next I could wait.. A week later I saw that I was still at position 1 and a wish had just been granted but it wasn't offered to me. Then a couple of weeks later I was at position 2 of 7, now another week later I am at position 3 of 9. I don't understand why I'm beng moved back on the list as more people add it to theirs. Is it because I am not a gold key member?

Date Posted: 10/27/2011 6:54 PM ET
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No, it's not because you are not a gold key member.  The usual reasons for appearing to move back in the WL are that people in front of you had their accounts on hold and just took them off, or someone who had the book enroute to them had it go lost in the mail.  There are also a few other scenarios, but those are the most common. 

The only thing that the gold key membership may have affected was if the person posting the book chose directed mailing or to send the book to one of their friends who also had the book on their list. 

Date Posted: 10/27/2011 7:44 PM ET
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The going backwards could be because of people having their WL on hold or having had their wish granted only to have it either go lost in the mail or be RWAP either of which would put them back to the front of the line.

For the wish granted, yes, a gold key member could have chosen to send it to a friend bypassing FIFO but people are also taking advantage of sending multiples through the WL multiples threads in the Book Bazaar and various genre forums so it could have bypassed you that way as well.  At least you know you're near the top and hopefully it will make it's way to you soon.

Date Posted: 10/27/2011 7:45 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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People were posting books to their friends before the Gold Key thing started.  I have always checked out the WL of a person I am sending a book to in an attempt to save postage. 

As for goign back in line: it's probably a combination of people having the book on hold, books go lost, books get posted and then time out w/o being being mailed etc...,

Date Posted: 10/27/2011 7:46 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2008
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I have a WL situation that is really frustrating me.  I have been #1 on the WL for Lionheart by Penman since Feb.  In fact when I first tried to put it on my WL it did not come up in the system.  I had to try for a couple of days, so I know I was first.  The publish date was 10/04/11.  I know it has been posted al least 3 times (I've been watching the last posted date) yet it has never posted to me.  The last time was 10/25.  What I think has happened is it's been posted directly to someone's WL.  I do that too sometimes, so I can't complain.  I just want the damn book!

Date Posted: 10/27/2011 8:18 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2010
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Ok, thanks for the sxplanations. It all makes sense to me now.

Date Posted: 10/28/2011 11:54 AM ET
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Keep in mind the wishes fulfilled in the last week also counts transaction that are cancelled or time out.  For example, say someone posts a wish list book by accident (you'd be surprised how often that happens).  They can't delete it from their wish list, so they have to wait until it is requested.  Once requested, they cancel the transaction because they can't send the book.  So no one got the book, and yet it says wishes fulfilled: 1, and has the last posted date even though no one really got the book. 

Date Posted: 10/28/2011 12:23 PM ET
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Good point Alisa.  It would say that for one that was posted and then timed out by the sender.  That happens quite a lot too.