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Subject: How Many Books currently in FIFO?
Date Posted: 10/24/2010 11:09 PM ET
Member Since: 10/14/2010
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I've ready many threads where posters reference knowing where their posted book is in the que for the FIFO.  How is this information found.  It would be really helpful in my current situation.


Expanded Situation (for those who care):  I have inherited a significantly large number of paperback books, I am looking to get rid of most of them but I would like to know whether they are actually moving or not (if the boxes have to sit around my house for the next 5 years this isn't going to work and they will be donated to the library or a local second hand store).

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 11:12 PM ET
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If any books are by same author  or in a series, they are more likely to move if you offer a deal.

If you put the books on your reminder list, it says how many are already in the system.

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 11:18 PM ET
Member Since: 7/28/2006
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If you add a book to your reminder list, you can see how many books are posted into the system.  However you have no way of knowing where in the FIFO line you are exactly.  There is currently nowhere on PBS you can see that information because sometimes a book can be ordered directly from your bookshelf, there are members taking their shelves on and off vacation hold, and other complications. 

However, you CAN see where you are at in a wish list FIFO line.  That information is shown when you view your wish list. 

If you're wanting the books to move fast, but there are already many copies in the system I would also suggest offering a deal in the forums for your shelf. 

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 5:32 AM ET
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I definitely would offer a deal in your situtation.  It doesn't have to be a money loser in regard to postage cost. If you offer a deal that starts with 2 credits, (say 6 for 2), the postage will be less than the cost of 2 creidts.

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 7:28 AM ET
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I've foudn that fairly new books with a lot of copies in the system will often still be ordered pretty quickly.  I posted a book a couple of wks ago that had over 100 in the system and it was requested from FIFO yesterday.  It's only been in print a couple of months and when I bought it new there was a short WL, then it was somewhat heavily posted-but it's apparently moving steadily through the system.


Now if what you have is mostly Nora Roberts, Grishams, Pattersons, Browns etc..,-authors common to have frequently over 1,000 in the system of many of their books.  If that's the case then running a deal might be a good option.  If you don't want to take the time to post them all-you could jsut post some and then list others in the book bazaar to give as freebies with whatever deal you have offered. 

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 11:17 AM ET
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I find it really difficult to tell.  I have a couple of books on my shelf with only 2-6 copies in the system that have been sitting there for over a year.

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 12:48 PM ET
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The Admin Team doesn't tell us how many (or what percentage) of RWAPs will cause an account to be flagged, but we do know that a human being looks at it to see what the pattern is, and whether there were Requestor Conditions in place.  They can easily see any PM exchange that originated either from the page where we mark a book received, or from the transactions archive.  Normally cigarette smell wouldn't be a reason to mark a book "received with a problem," but assuming your RC about no cigarette smell was in place, that would be a "didn't meet requestor condition" problem, and thus a valid complaint.

Date Posted: 10/26/2010 3:52 PM ET
Member Since: 10/14/2010
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Thanks for the replies,


How do you go about offering deals for books?  Especially given the large number of Harlequin romance novels from my grandmother I figure this could help.


Is there a place in the forums, or maybe altering the footnote in my account or something?

Last Edited on: 12/5/10 5:55 PM ET - Total times edited: 18
Date Posted: 10/26/2010 4:09 PM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2010
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You can offer deals in the Book Bazaar forum and to put something in your sig line go to your profile and edit the "about me" area where you will find the signature box. 

Also you can offer deals in the Header section of your Public Bookshelf.