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Subject: How do I post directly to a member?
Date Posted: 1/28/2009 2:38 PM ET
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Hi, I have struck a few deals with members on non-WL books and I'd like to post them directly to them.  How can I do that?

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 2:41 PM ET
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If they are non-WLed books, then they can order them directly from your shelf.  They just need to go to your profile and click on your bookshelf, scroll down until they find the book, and click the Order button.  There is no way to "post" non-WL books to a specific person- you just put them on your bookshelf and have them order directly from you.

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 2:47 PM ET
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Thanks -- I thought there was a way to post directly to a member.  I figured it'd be easier, but 6 of one/half dozen of the other I guess:-)

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 3:28 PM ET
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You can post WL books directly to someone's WL, because they have, in effect, already requested the book.  However, with non-WL books, they have to initiate the request from your bookshelf.

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 11:48 PM ET
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Posting a WL book directly to a member... Doesn't that bypass the waiting list?  If I'm #52 wishing for a particular book, and someone posts that book directly to me, then #1 to #51 just got bypassed, didn't they?

 

Doesn't seem fair, but maybe I'm not understanding it correctly.

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 9:23 AM ET
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It is allowable to bypass the wish list and post a wish list book directly to a member's wishlist, but TPTB do specify that it should not be a regular occurance. I do that with some of my Buddies, and they do it with me too -- one of the perks of buddydom. (I frequently will buy a book that is on a Buddy's wish list at a thrift store, knowing that my Buddy is looking for it and then post it directly to her list and she does the same thing for me.) And the book ultimately does get posted back to the general population to the next person in line.

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 1:31 PM ET
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Hmmm...  I had been hoping that I was misunderstanding this because it just seems... wrong to me.  I don't think I would do this myself.

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 1:44 PM ET
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I think most people post WL books to FIFO.  But sometimes if I know I have more than 1 of someone's WL books then I'll post them to that 1 person to help save on postage.  If a WL line is really long then I always post to FIFO because I know those top people have probably waited quite a while. Also when I post a WL book or get a book request I check that person's WL and see if I have something else they are looking for in my TBR pile.  Many times I have been able to read a book I have and post it to them to save on postage. 

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 1:59 PM ET
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I'm not trying to be judgmental, even though I realize it sounds that way.  It just sounds to me like the wrong thing to do so my choice is not to do it myself.  We each make our own choices, and since the system seems to allow it I can't fault anyone else's choice in this.

 

Date Posted: 1/30/2009 2:32 PM ET
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I had a few books to send to a buddy but could not find this button either.  My books are not on vacation.. Can anyone help me a bit more?

 

Date Posted: 1/30/2009 3:52 PM ET
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Janice, you just need to access the person's WL to post a book to them (the book must be on their WL for you to post it to them.)  Go to their profile, which you can get from your buddy list if they are one of your buddies, then click on their wish list.  The books on their wish list will be listed, and over on the far right is a big button that says "Post this book".  That's all there is to it- but DO make certain that the ISBN of the book you have matches the one they have WLed.  If it does not match, then you need to PM your buddy and tell them what ISBN you have and have them add it to their WL.  If the book is not WLed, then you would need to add it to your shelf, and have them order directly from you.

Date Posted: 1/30/2009 4:31 PM ET
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Posting a WL book directly to a member... Doesn't that bypass the waiting list?  If I'm #52 wishing for a particular book, and someone posts that book directly to me, then #1 to #51 just got bypassed, didn't they? Doesn't seem fair, but maybe I'm not understanding it correctly.

It doesn't seem fair to me either, but PBS allows it. There is a thread in the discussion forums (Paranormal) called "January Wish List Books Available" where members are listing their wishlisted books and asking if anyone wants them. If someone does they PM the poster and that member posts the books directly to their wish list.

Some of the books they are advertising are on my wish list, so yes I am a little bit bitter about it. Now I know why I can be #1 on a wishlisted book and still wait forever for one to be posted.

PBS is allowing this so I guess we really can't complain. Doesn't seem fair though.

Date Posted: 1/30/2009 4:52 PM ET
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See, that's what I'm concerned about Anne.  This allows little clique's to form, with members pretty much bypassing the whole WL process and only trading "good" books with people they like or who are in their clique.

 

As you say though, the system allows it, seems to encourage it in fact, so we really can't fault anyone for doing it.  The best we can do is choose not to do it ourselves.  To that end I've now made my WL completely private, even from buddies.  Sure, I'll probably miss out on some books, but it feels like the right thing to do.

Date Posted: 1/31/2009 10:30 AM ET
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Bernhard, you are not the only one who is disappointed by this practice.

Date Posted: 1/31/2009 12:42 PM ET
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part of the reason that we post in the forums is to try and send multiple books at once AND to know that the book is not going to go through multiple requestors, we know that it will be accepted right away.

I don't do this all the time, most of my books do go through the FIFO line, but now and then it is nice to know that I can send multiple to one person and save on shipping.  I could post a book to FIFO and then check to see if that person has more on their WL, but what if they don't have the credits or the books posted to their WL?  I'd have to ship to multiple people and some months I'd like to have the option to save some postage money wherever possible.