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Subject: How much "waiting" is typical??
Date Posted: 7/1/2010 3:18 PM ET
Member Since: 6/12/2010
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how long should I wait after I've requested a book from a member?  It's been four, five days already.  Should I assume they're not going to send it or is this typical?  It still says "waiting for member."  Thanks!

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 3:33 PM ET
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They have 5 days to respond. After the five days, the request will roll over to the next member and they'll have five days. If you look on the 6th day, it should have that days date as the new request date which signals that it rolled over to another member because the first didn't respond.

Keep in mind some people knowingly wait the full 5 days to accept so that they have longer to mail. 

If you cancel the request before it rolls over to a new member and re-request it, it will just go back to that first member you're currently waiting on and you'll have to go another 5 days with them. It's best to just wait it out.

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 3:50 PM ET
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thanks!

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 6:18 PM ET
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Letting them time out also helps weed out the inactives and gets their books out of the FIFO lines.  A time out flags an account and then admin will review and if their are other signs of abandonment they'll put a hold on the account.

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 7:00 PM ET
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Then, after they accept, they can choose to send it up to 5 days later.  Then there are two days after that before the accepted order cancels and rolls over.  So it can be a very long wait for some books.  Add in the time for media mail....

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 7:31 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/1/2010 9:04 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/1/2010 10:04 PM ET
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I have found that some genres of books get rolled over requests more than others, too.

Like children's books seem to roll over, for me. I could go thru several members before they get mailed.

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 11:39 PM ET
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For me it's been the heavily posted books.  Not that I order that many of them.  But when I have they'll usually time out on at least 1 person.  Probably because they had nothing but heavilly posted books and lost interest in PBS by the time they got to the top of FIFO.