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Subject: Mailing question...is this acceptable?
Date Posted: 6/28/2008 7:03 AM ET
Member Since: 6/18/2007
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Someone posted a WL book to my shelf.  I accepted, and now I received a pm from the person saying they are going on vacation and the drop down menu only went to July 2, but they won't actually be able to mail it until July 7... hope that's ok.

Now I'm not in any huge rush to get the book, but is this against the rules?  Because won't the request get cancelled since it won't be marked mailed in time, and I'll get put back to number 1 on the WL and could possibly be offered it again in the meantime from someone else?  If that happens i wouldn't want to decline the second offer since there's no guarantee that the first person will actually get it mailed anyway.

What would you say to the person or do in this case?



Date Posted: 6/28/2008 7:24 AM ET
Member Since: 8/25/2007
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Maybe he/she intends to mark it as mailed before leaving but won't actually mail it till they return?

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 7:49 AM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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In order for the order not to be cancelled before the 7th, she will have to mark it mailed by the 2nd (well, technically she has 2 days after that to mark it mailed, so by the 4th).  So, she is breaking a rule if she does that because it sounds like she's not able to mail it by the 4th.  However, if she doesn't do that, the order will be cancelled.  I'd just advise her of this and then she's gonna do whatever she's gonna do.

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 8:52 AM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2007
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OK, I wanted to go check this out on the Help Section before I said that she is NOT breaking a rule... here is the Help Desk comments...

  • If you have accepted a request but know you will not be able to mail a book within 2 days of when you said you would mail it, you should ask the requestor's consent to mail the book late. 

    • You can contact the requestor by clicking the button on the request for the book on your My Account page--it will be on the Books to Mail tab after you accept it, and before you have marked it mailed.
  • If you accepted a request and something comes up unexpectedly, contact the sender to let him or her know that mailing was delayed, as soon as you have mailed the book. Most requestors don't mind a little delay, as long as they are kept informed of the situation. 

  • If you do arrange late mailing with a requestor, you should mark the book mailed before the deadline to prevent the transaction from being canceled.