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Subject: How did this happen?
Date Posted: 9/9/2008 8:06 AM ET
Member Since: 11/26/2005
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I was ordering 6 books from someone last night and I was on their bookshelf.  I put the Title of the book in to find it on their shelf.  All the books got ordered and I thought they all came from that shelf.  It turned out that 1 book (a different version) went to another persons list.

Lucily since it was a paperback and the book I ordered from the other shelf was a hardback, and she asked if a paperback was ok...so I caught the mistake.

I am going to go back in and see if I searched incorrectly, but since I did stay in that persons list, I don't see how I made the mistake. 

Has anyone else had this happen? 

Thanks, Susie

 



Last Edited on: 9/9/08 9:55 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/9/2008 8:14 AM ET
Member Since: 5/14/2007
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This happens a lot! If you click into a book's description page you have left that person's bookshelf.

Always remember to order from the bookshelf screen.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 8:25 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Also you need to tell that person that if they have a paperback they need to repost the book properly. 

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 9:59 AM ET
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That is what puzzled me as I thought I was on the persons list.  I did the search of the titles while on their list and all but one came out correctly, so I didn't think I got off the list.  And, I didn't realize that it was a hardback I was requesting, not that it mattered....but the second person asked if paperback was ok instead of hardback.  That puzzled me also.  It was as if she knew I requested a hardback...but if I was doing it from the system and not the list why would it even have gone to the other person if I requested a hardback?

I think this is just one of those things I will not be able to figure out.  I don't know if the person has the book posted correctly or not as I did not look into that one. 

Thanks, SUsie

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 10:03 AM ET
Member Since: 8/1/2007
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When you are looking at the choices on someone's shelf and order from there.. it goes to that person... but... often you will see a book and think.. Hmmm.. that looks good... what is is about... and you click on the book to read more.  At that point, you are no longer on their shelf but in PBS generic land.  If you click order from that description page.. it goes to whoever posted it first.

So... after you read a description, make sure you click the back button to get back on their shelf before you order it.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 11:34 AM ET
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One thing I've started doing is when I am browsing someone's shelf and want to see more info on a book, I right click the link and select open in another tab (or another webpage for those not using a browser with tabs) that way I know I never leave the shelf.  SInce I've started doing this I have not made that mistake.

one down, hundreds to go!  LOL 

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 1:29 PM ET
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Or...maybe, and this is a minute chance, but perhaps as you were requesting it someone else beat you to it and it was then sent to another individual.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 1:55 PM ET
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I have 2 windows open when perusing shelves for a deal so I don't accidentally order it from FIFO. Also maybe they discovered the book was damaged and declined or cancelled the request-not realizing that it would put the request through FIFO. People make this mistake regulary when offering deals. Someone with conditions orders a deal from them-they decline for conditions or cancel because someone else requested the book as a freebie-and it puts the request through to FIFO.  Of course the next person isn't obligated to give you a deal. So I always keep a close eye on the order when I'm getting a deal from someone, to make sure it's the same person and that it gets marked mailed on time.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 9:20 PM ET
Member Since: 11/26/2005
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Thanks for all the ideas.  At least maybe next time I won't make the same mistake, and I will be more cautious.  That is one of the reasons that I wish we could see who the book is coming from before the order goes through...just in case I mess up and don't catch it.  LOL 

Susie

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 9:29 PM ET
Member Since: 10/23/2005
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You also have an hour after ordering for "buyers remorse" before the other member sees the order. By going to your Main Account page and clicking on the PM button on each book, you will be able to see the senders name. If the names dont match, you can cancel the book that doesnt match. Then by clicking on the members name on the PM form, you can go back to their shelf and order the book from them. 

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 7:00 AM ET
Member Since: 10/19/2006
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"You also have an hour after ordering for "buyers remorse" before the other member sees the order. By going to your Main Account page and clicking on the PM button on each book, you will be able to see the senders name. If the names dont match, you can cancel the book that doesnt match. Then by clicking on the members name on the PM form, you can go back to their shelf and order the book from them."

I never realized you could do that! That could really come in handy if you have had a bad experience with a swapper (like I have) and don't want to order from them again. However, if they have a common or popular name you wouldn't know if it was the "right" Mary or Jessica or John...etc. Luckily my bad swapper had a pretty unusual name so this would be a good way for me to cancel any prospective swap I would maybe have with her.