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Subject: Hit 'n' Run
Date Posted: 2/14/2008 12:31 AM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2008
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Well, the books I've sent out are finally being marked received (though I still have one lost one and apparently she just isn't going to acknowledge me in any way, shape or form), so I now have some credits. 

 

In keeping with the luck I've had so far, I seem to be requesting a lot of books from people who registered, posted a few books, and left.  So the requests are sitting there -- waiting to expire. 

 

My question is -- when they do expire, what will happen to the request?  Will it just drift off into cyberspace?  Since I requested most of them directly (only one was a wishlisted book), will I need to actually put them on my wishlist, or will they automatically go there? 

 

Is there any way at all to know these things before the process starts, exclusive of just looking at members lists one by one?  Is there no way to see if the book I want to request actually has an active member attached to it before I request the book? 

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 12:49 AM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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The system naturally assumes that anyone with books listed is active, so it will order the next in the FIFO order. The only way around the FIFO system IS to look at individual shelves. It should even out a little where you are not getting so many dead shelves at the same time, but you doing a good thing by getting rid of some of those inactive ones :) Your order will go to the next in the FIFO line once an order times out, doesn't matter if you ordered through the system or went directly to a shelf and ordered. You will see the transaction "requested on" date changes when the order moves to another person. If there are no more copies in the system it will put the book on your reminder list (I think, that's what it did with mine anyway) and you will get an email telling you that there were no more copies available at this time.  Have fun spending those new credits!

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 1:07 AM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2008
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Hi, Melanie --

 

I'm glad I can be useful to get rid of some of the inactive accounts.  ;-) 

 

Thanks for the info.  As far as I know, there's only one copy of these books that's been posted, so I'll check to see if they're on my reminder list after the time's up.  Easy enough to put them on the WL after that. 

 

Thanks for the help! 

 

 

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 9:23 AM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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One mistake that people often make in this situation ( I did when I first started) is to get frustrated when your request is not answered, cancel, and then re-request.  This does absolutely no good, because your request goes right back to the same person.  So, I know it is tough to be patient and wait it out, but if you let the system do all the work, your request will go from person to person to person until some accepts it. 

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 11:30 AM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2008
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Hi, Lisa --

 

Thanks to these forums, I at least knew not to make that mistake.  But I can see how it could happen -- especially when you can take a look at someone's bookshelf and know that the request is going to sit there unanswered.  I wonder how many times that has to happen before the account finally gets removed? 

 

Two of them have expired now and they went straight to the wishlist. 

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 11:43 AM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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That is very frustrating - but I can tell you that your experience is not typical, so don't give up hope!  I think maybe less than 5% of the books I've requested (in over 100 books received at this point) have had the request "time out."  So, I think you are just having a run of bad luck.  Too bad it had to happen to you so early on!

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 6:57 PM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2008
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Hi, Lisa --

 

Actually, I'm used to it.  Whenever anyone gives me directions and tells me to turn right at the big red house -- "you can't miss it" -- I remind them who they're talking to.  I definitely *can* miss it, and just because they said that, I will.  ;-) 

 

This is my life.  Just a new chapter.  I have two that have already timed out, one more that should time out today, and at least one more that I have little hope for.  They really do look like accounts that posted books and, for whatever reason, didn't come back. 

 

Like I said, if this helps weed these accounts out, that's fine and I'm glad to help.  Hasn't happened so far, but time will tell. 

 

I'm having a good time watching my map get all kinds of neet little lines and circles on it.  And I'm not adverse to buying something that I *really* need.  So far, my requests have been mostly things that I probably wouldn't buy, but would like to have if they get here. 

 

So it's all good.  ;-) 

patticom - ,
Date Posted: 2/15/2008 8:10 AM ET
Member Since: 11/3/2007
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Just be careful with that... I had one that I thought had timed out, and I went and ordered the same title from someone else, then it timed out, popped to my wish list, and apparently defaulted to autorequest for some reason because now I'm showing 2 of the same title coming in the mail.... oops!