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Subject: Irritated at the FIFO line
Date Posted: 6/4/2011 6:09 PM ET
Member Since: 4/24/2008
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I posted a book I think on Tuesday.  There are four wishers on the book.  It cycled just 40 hours on the first one until they decided they didn't want it.  It goes to the second one.  It cycles the full 48 hours.  It is now on the third one and they still have not responded.  I'm getting a little aggravated.  If you don't want a book why don't you delete it from your wishlist or just put the thing on hold?  It only takes a few seconds.  I went out Wednesday and could have mailed the book.  I am planning on getting out on Monday.  I hope it gets accepted by then. 

Date Posted: 6/4/2011 6:19 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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If there's a long wish list for this book, you may have run into members who placed the books on their wish lists months ago, and have since abandoned their accounts.  One plus is that when they don't respond, the book is removed from their wish list.  And if it's the second consecutive non-response, the server will place their account on hold.  So at least you're helping to weed out inactive accounts.

But I do hear your frustration!!  I hope someone accepts it soon!

Date Posted: 6/4/2011 6:31 PM ET
Member Since: 1/22/2011
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Kay - You are not alone. I find that the more people wishing for a book, the longer it takes to be ordered.

Patty - Thanks for that explanation! I couldn't understand why a really popular book would keep rolling over. The longer I'm here, the more I learn.

Also, I think some people do not check in every day. They then lose their chance to get the book and are also frustrated.  They miss the 48 hour window.

Last Edited on: 6/4/11 6:34 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/4/2011 6:32 PM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2010
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There was a member on here a month or two ago that went through almost 20 people on her WL book that she posted.  If I remember correctly, I think it went through everyone on the list and never did get ordered!!

Date Posted: 6/4/2011 6:40 PM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2010
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Check out this thread!

Date Posted: 6/4/2011 6:46 PM ET
Member Since: 8/30/2008
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Same thing happened to me with a book with 5 wishers. I was surprised that it had cycled through them all until there were 0 wishers and mine was the only copy in the system. It took another 2 weeks before someone requested it. Someone just posted recently that they missed out on a WL book because they had missed the e-mail and hadn't checked in at PBS, so anything could happen. The good thing, as it's been said before, it system can weed out the inactive members which is a big help across the board.

I'm waiting on a WL book right now - 4 wishers and it's on #2; if it completely rolls over I'll be the only one with the book so it's just a matter of time before someone wants it. Patience is the word of the day; not easy at the best of times.


Date Posted: 6/4/2011 8:08 PM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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Maybe they had the glitch that happened to me over the holiday weekend when I missed out on a WL book-- we have the data that shows the longest the offer could have been on my account is 42 hours, not the 48 per the rules--PTB are looking into it now.

Date Posted: 6/4/2011 9:24 PM ET
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The most I ever had a book go through was 7.  But a couple were autorequests that cancelled. 

I frequently keep my bookshelf on hold to control postage costs. One day I notice one of my posted books has 1 wisher. I unhold to get the book to be offered.  I always check the WL of people who request books from me so I can try and save postage.  So I saw the name of the requester.  It times out and goes back on my bookshelf on vacation hold.  A few days later, I notice it's WL again. Same person and they let it time out again!  I mean I can see once-you forget to check in or lose power or something. But to come back and then a few days later let the same book timeout? That is bad PBS etiquette.  The 2nd time, I left myshelf off hold so they couldn't WL it again and someone else requested the book.