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Subject: How do you PM someone before ordering a book from them?
Date Posted: 10/23/2007 3:49 PM ET
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I have a book on my wish list. I keep getting notifications of people that post similar books, but not the exact book I am wishing for. I would like to PM one of these people to ask how the book differs. How do you PM members without having received a book from them yet?  Thanks!

Date Posted: 10/23/2007 3:53 PM ET
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You can't.  Usually it's just a different print either paperback when you have hardback or viceversa.  If you look up the title of what you are looking for you can see what versions are available now.  Then you have to decide if you want to wait for the one you have WL or not.  Sometimes multiple versions of a book are issues in the same format but w/a dif ISBN#. I posted a WL book recently that had 2 people on WL for my paperback ISBN# and 30 for the same style paperback but w/a dif ISBN#. 

Date Posted: 10/23/2007 3:55 PM ET
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I could be wrong (I haven't gotten one of those emails in awhile), but doesn't the email tell you how it's different?  Like, I thought it said at least whether the posted version was paperback or hardback or whatever.

Date Posted: 10/23/2007 5:51 PM ET
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The emails I get like that contain a link to the book that it is talking about, which should show what the difference is (usually isbn or binding).  If you don't care about any of that and just want any copy of the book, just follow the link and request the book as fast as you can, before someone beats you to it.

Date Posted: 10/23/2007 7:16 PM ET
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Someone always beats me to it! LOL

Date Posted: 10/23/2007 7:29 PM ET
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I have some James Patterson and a few other books on WL for audio CD.  The emails that come everyday say something like "great news blah blah blah by James Patterson has been posted by another member.  This book is not the version you have on your WL".  Then I think it gives you a link but I've never followed the link. I want these on CD and only on CD.  I'm ok with waiting.  Although the 10emails a day over them is getting kind of annoying.  I'm tempted to shut them off.  I have some books on WL but nothing I'm desperate for and I have so many other unread books. 

Date Posted: 10/23/2007 8:05 PM ET
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If you click on "order this book" you'll get something that asks you "order more from member".  You can click on that and find out what the member's name is.  I can't remember if there'a pm link there or not but at least you can find out who it is.  As long as you don't click the button that processes your order, the order doesn't go through and your safe if you just want to check out who the person is.

Date Posted: 10/23/2007 8:38 PM ET
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When you get those emails, you can also add that version to your wishlist if it's already been taken.  That way, the next time it's posted, it will be reserved for you.

Date Posted: 10/23/2007 8:39 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/23/2007 11:07 PM ET
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lilynlilac - I do have their name, but I couldn't find any way to contact them.

The book I am wishing for originally came out in the 80s and has illustrations by Edward Gorey. I have looked at amazon and on the net but I can't find out if the 1993 edition that I keep getting offered has the same illustrations.

What do you think would happen if I requested this newer book, with the requestor condition that it has to have the Gorey illustrations? The person would have to say they couldn't meet the condition if it didn't have them, right?

Date Posted: 10/24/2007 1:15 AM ET
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I suppose you could do that but you take the risk of getting the book anyway if the person doesn't know what you're talking about.  I would think the book would say who the illustrator was.  There isn't an Edward Gorey website that lists the books he illustrated?  Try posting in Book Bazaar the book you are looking for and that you want the one w/Edward Gorey Illustrations.  Maybe you'll get lucky and the person will see your thread.

Date Posted: 10/24/2007 7:06 PM ET
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I have this same problem. I was looking at a copy of the Hobbit and wanted to ask the seller a question but he has no profile, thus no way to PM them.