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Subject: How Long?
Date Posted: 1/15/2012 11:00 AM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2012
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I'm new and I'm always ansy.  I'm kind of a "I want it...I want it now" personality type.  So my question is how long after I've requested a book should I wait for the prospective sender to print a label or even pm me and let me know they are interested in sending the book? 

I check my e-mail daily but there have been times in my life, before I retired, when I could go quite awhile before checking my e-mail.  So I'd really like to get a concensus of what a reasonable amount of time would be.  Thank you for your help.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 1/15/2012 11:42 AM ET
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Hi Tammy, welcome to PBS.

The nice thing about this site is that once you submit a request for a book, you don't need to think about it again until it arrives in your mailbox. The system will work to find someone to send it to you, starting with the first person who had posted the book. Each sender has 5 days to accept and then up to 7 days to mail the book. If either deadline is missed, the system will automatically roll the request over to the next member.

You won't get emails telling you the request has been forwarded to a new sender, and you will only very rarely get a PM from the sender prior to mailing the book, so don't expect a lot of communication about the request. You will get a notice when the book is mailed, unless you turn that email off.

Date Posted: 1/15/2012 12:32 PM ET
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Thank you.  It's nice to know that it's all automated and I don't have to do anything.  Also the site seems to do a bunch of the tracking for me.  That's another feature that I appreciate.  Thanks again for responding to my question.

mistie -
Date Posted: 1/15/2012 1:22 PM ET
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As Cathy has written. the site is set up to do it all for you.

Whatever you do, don't get impatient, decide the person is taking too long, cancel your request  then re-request the book. At that will do is send your new request back to the same person (still at th etop of the FIFO queue) and reset the whole PBS clock.

and, welcome to PBS.

Date Posted: 1/15/2012 6:26 PM ET
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Patience is very important. Even if the sender accepts right away and mails it quickly, then comes media mail....
Date Posted: 1/16/2012 2:58 AM ET
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Welcome to PBS Tammy!  What they said...the PBS FIFO (First In, First Out) system is completely automated.  The number of days is set by the system, if it times-out (lack of response by sender) your book request is automatically offered to the next person in line with the book.  You shouldn't have to do anything else until the book arrives in your mailbox and you mark it received!

If you are offered a book from your wishlist (and you do not have it set to auto-request) you will be asked to confirm within 48 hours that you still want the book.  Once you confirm, your request again works it's way thorugh the PBS and Media Mail systems.

Last Edited on: 1/16/12 2:59 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/16/2012 7:51 AM ET
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E-Mail ? What E-Mail ? I always check my PBS ---I rarely look at my E-mail anymore. LOL . I even look at my Facebook  less and less.



Is there a 10 step program for PBS addiction?

Date Posted: 1/16/2012 9:25 AM ET
Member Since: 6/27/2008
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I'm with Fara - I seldom check my email and have all the notifications to my email turned off.  I just come here and poke around.  It's much more fun!