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Subject: Here's something you shouldn't do.
Date Posted: 2/12/2008 9:28 AM ET
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I've been waiting for a wishlisted book for a long time. Currently the list has 77 on the list. My name came up and I was very thrilled that I'd be getting the book finally. I accepted readily. Then the person PM's me to tell me the book is unpostable and is falling apart (but it's still readable). I had to decline the book.

Now I'm at #78!!!!!!!

I realized too late that I should have had the person offering decline. But since I was upset and declined right away I can't get my book now.  ************* And that's your lesson for today. *************

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 9:29 AM ET
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Bummer, Carol. What book was it?

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 9:34 AM ET
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You can always contact R&R to let them know. They may put you back to 1st. This book should have never been posted.It's not fair to post a book and them PM letting someone know there's something wrong with it. I can understand if you overlooked the damage, stored a book and when ordered you noticed it. But to post a book knowing there is something wrong with it is not right or fair to the person it gets offered to.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 9:35 AM ET
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Carol, I'm thinking you should cut and paste the PM you received and send it to R&R with a complaint. I'll bet this person offered it to the next person in line. :P

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 9:48 AM ET
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Next time make them cancel... that way you don't lose your place.  Also, like someone posted above, you can contact R&R to let them know and ask if you could be placed back at #1.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 10:09 AM ET
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Yes, you must contact R&R to let them know about this situation - that person should not be posting unpostable books!

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 11:15 AM ET
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You can do that, or post here what book it was, if I have it, I will hurry and read it, then send it on to you!

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 11:53 AM ET
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The point I'm trying to convey is that sometimes being nice can create problems that we're not thinking about. I'm sure this person just wanted to provide a book to someone that wants it... especially since it's in demand. They're also curteous enough to PM before they shipped it. I even PM'd a person before I sent a book because it had some cosmetic concerns. I'm sure a lot of you have done the same thing.

We just have to remember that the sender needs to be the one to cancel and not the one requesting! It would be nice to put that in your PM. "If you don't want my edition, I will cancel so you can keep your place in line."

Unfortunately for me this is the 2nd time I've had to order this book. My first order never arrived (it's in postal lala land or never sent) and I had to go back line a second time. The name of the book isn't important (but just because I would be curious too I'll say it's HP and the Half Blood Prince). It's destined for our school library when I finally get it. And then I'll probably go in line one more time to get one for myself.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 12:00 PM ET
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I guess the problem I have is that (as I understand it) the person said "This book is unpostable, do you still want it?" Meaning: It's unpostable, but I still want a credit.

Now, if she'd said "This is unpostable, but I'll send it to you for free by refunding your credit if you order." that would have been different. That would have been a kind effort to get the book to someone who was waiting in line for it for free, rather than trying to mooch a credit for an unpostable book.

ETA:

I'm NOT promoting doing that. The bazaar is the place for unpostables. I'm just saying offering for free is different for offering for a credit.



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Date Posted: 2/12/2008 12:08 PM ET
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Of course she didn't say it was "unpostable". It was more like "the pages are falling out."  Unpostable is my term. Unfortunately like someone else said, the book will be offered to all the 77 people or until someone takes it. And other people may also lose their place in line.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 12:16 PM ET
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For a lost WL book you should have been reinstated at #1.  I would PM R&R and tell them what happened and hopefully they'll put you back at #1.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 12:25 PM ET
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I was reinstated at #1(after I waited 5 weeks for it to arrive)...that's when I got the unpostable book offered to me.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 12:52 PM ET
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Jane, I agree. If the book has pages falling out it is unpost-able by site guidelines and should never have been posted. Offered as a freebie in the BB with an order is fine, but if it's not post able don't post it into the system, period. Not even if you plan to PM everyone it's offered to to explain the problem.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 5:32 PM ET
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I agree with everyone else - you should tell the site owners. Not only for your own sake, but to stop this person from continuing to do this! At the very least, they should have cancelled, not made you cancel.

I have pm'd people about books I thought were a little iffy and if they didn't want them, I always cancel so they don't lose their place.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 6:27 PM ET
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Carol

What book?  I want to see if I can help you out....

Kerry

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 6:38 PM ET
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Yes, Carol, please ID the book and maybe one of us can help!

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 7:06 PM ET
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HP and the Half Blood Prince, she said at 11:53.

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 2:48 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/18/2008 2:30 PM ET
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I just read tip #6 in the Tips for newbies section. Is this the same situation?

Oops guess not. It sounds like that's just for writing or minor defects? 

 

 

 



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