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Subject: How do you know how many people are on a wish list for a certain book?
Date Posted: 6/1/2011 2:42 PM ET
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I Know a long time ago you could check and see how many are on a wish list for a book. Can you still do that? I listed some new books and most were on wish list. They all have special conditions that want the book, my books are like new, but I just don't do conditions. I have declined three now so far. I just want to know how many people have my books on a wish list. Is there a way to tell?

Date Posted: 6/1/2011 2:46 PM ET
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Johnnie--If a book is wishlisted, it should show the number of wishers on the main information page for that book.  On the right side of the screen in the book details, you should see:  Members Wishing:  xx  (where xx is the number of people wishing for the book).

Date Posted: 6/2/2011 10:12 AM ET
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Thanks Laura, if all the people on the wish list have conditions and I have to wait 48 hours for each to get a noice my books could be there a year or more. 48 to 58 people want them. I guess I will just have to add more books or buy credits.

Thanks again Laura !

Date Posted: 6/2/2011 5:31 PM ET
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Johnnie, why not just send the book if it meets the requestor conditions?  I have never had any problems sending to people with RCs as long as my book meets their conditions.  You could have the books mailed and marked received by now and have your credit.

Date Posted: 6/2/2011 5:38 PM ET
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Well, even if everybody on the WL but the last wisher was inactive (which is highly unlikely) and the book rolls over all the wishers taking the full amount of time, then it would take a bit over 4 months for it to be requested. I've never heard of this happen though. Most books are requested fairly quickly.

 

Date Posted: 6/2/2011 5:42 PM ET
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Most likely one will come up soon without an RC. 

Date Posted: 6/3/2011 6:48 AM ET
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Thanks everyone  ! Rhonda, my books are in like new condition and meet the PBS conditions. I just feel like if people have higher conditions than PBS then they need to go to a book store and get it brand new.. I have never had any problems with any of my books I have swapped and want it to stay that way. I find it best just to decline them. I did have one request that seemed reasonalble to me and let them have it..

Date Posted: 6/3/2011 7:29 AM ET
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I agree with Rhonda - if the condition is clear and my book meets it, I accept.  

Here's an example of an RC I always accept:

1.  Not currently in a home with smokers.

and a few I decline and why:

1.  Not currently in a home with pets.  I have two cats.

2.  No smoking.  I get most of my books used, and don't know the history.

3.  No funny smells.  Too subjective.

Date Posted: 6/3/2011 7:59 AM ET
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Yes, what Rhonda said. You could have your credit by now. "I don't do RC's" is precisely why I do not have any. I do not really understand.

Almost all my bookshelf consists of like new books. I never worry about accepting RC's because I have confidence in my judgement of their condition.

Johnnie, do you have an RC in order to receive like new books?

Date Posted: 6/3/2011 10:32 AM ET
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Lori I am not sure what your asking. I don't ever put RC's on books I want, if thats what you mean.

Kirstin Your reasons are the same as mine, I have dogs, cats, some of my books come from yardsales and places and I also don't know the history.

 

I do have another question to ask. A lady that wants one of my books wants me to PM here before I turn her down she said she might still want my book.

I can't find a place telling me who she is so I cam PM her. Do I have to accept before I can pm her?

 

Date Posted: 6/3/2011 10:48 AM ET
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I do have another question to ask. A lady that wants one of my books wants me to PM here before I turn her down she said she might still want my book.

I can't find a place telling me who she is so I cam PM her. Do I have to accept before I can pm her?

 

Unless she provided her PBS nickname or some other way of reaching her in the RC, then yes, you must accept before you can PM her.

I personally try to avoid such instances. Logistically, you'd then have to PM her and wait for a response, all under the deadline of mailing the book. If you PM her and she doesn't want  it, technically she should cancel (there's a Help Doc about this) but might not want to if it's a WL book (because she'll lose her place in line). I am also (probably unfairly) not inclined to work with people who believe others should go the extra mile for them instead of having firm ideas of what book conditions they will or will not accept and communicating that in an RC.



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Date Posted: 6/3/2011 10:51 AM ET
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Thank you Sophia, I agree with you on that.

Date Posted: 6/3/2011 12:03 PM ET
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Johnnie-don't let people guilt you into accepting an RC you aren't comfortable with or just don't want to deal with at the moment.  I turn down the "new condition" ones too. Just like they have a right to have that RC, you have a right to decline it.  I especially decline them on a WL book because I know the next person probably won't have an RC at all-or it'll be an easy one like "non-smoking home" or "dust jacket". 

I also don't PM over RCS. If I can't tell from the RC what you want-I'll decline. I'm not going to negotiate about a used book for a $2.38 credit.  Turns fun swapping into work.