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Subject: Is this new or just something I've missed...
Date Posted: 2/20/2010 3:46 PM ET
Member Since: 11/5/2009
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I just posted a bunch of craft books and Dover clip-art books and a lot of them went immediately into wish-list status.  It's a good thing I can afford to send them now because I certainly didn't expect that!  Anyway, I see on the Wish List Holds tab that there's a PM button by each book.  That gives me the opportunity to PM the member before actually accepting the transaction.  Is this new?  I thought that no one saw a PM button until the book request had been "accepted".   What is the purpose of having the PM button there before you accept the transaction and say you will mail the book?  Also, is the reverse true?  Does the person who had the book on their wish list have a PM button for me, before I accept and say I can send the book?  I don't remember ever seeing a PM button for the member sending the book when I accept a wish list offer.  But, that doesn't mean anything.  Sometimes I can't remember what I did yesterday!

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 3:49 PM ET
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It's always been there.

I usually use the PM button so I can see who the requester is, and then to see if I have any other books on that person's wishlist.

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 3:53 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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It shows up on WL holds but not book requests.  I wish they would add it to book requests. It would probably save a lot of frustration if people had the PM button there and could just PM "I see the request and I'm just waiting to accept until I get closer to payday" or "I'm out of town but will accept the request on Monday, I just need a few extra mailing days" etc.., 

I do the same thing as Britney: when I have a WL book on hold, I'll check their WL to see if I have anything else I can read and post to them to save on postage.  I've only been turned down once when I've offered. 

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 5:41 PM ET
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I never thought about looking at their wish list to see if I have any books they have there.  I just did it with one wish list book and found that I have a couple of other books I hadn't posted yet that are similar to books they have on their wish list.  So, if they want the books, I don't want to post them directly because that may make them go to someone already on a wish list.  I understand there's a way to directly post a book to a member.  How do you do that?

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 6:01 PM ET
Member Since: 4/7/2008
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To post a book directly to somebody's WL, you go to her WL, find the book you want to post and click 'Post This Book' directly from the WL (do not click on the link for the book and then post because that way it will go FIFO.)

If you post it to the person, it will say: You are posting this book to Jane (Doe) and you'll be able to make sure you're posting it to the right person.

But it would be good if you PMed the person first and ask her if she's interested in the other books. She may not want that book right at that moment, not have enough credits etc.



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Date Posted: 2/20/2010 7:03 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I always PM first.  Some people have to carefully plan their credits. I'd hate for them to use their last credit to accept a book I posted right to them when they were way down the line-and ahve them have to scramble to find a credit or miss out on a WL book that they were actually #1 for because I didn't check with them first. 

But I've only been turned down once by someone who said they didn't believe in jumping the FIFO line ever even if it helped save me postage.  The more money I save on postage the more WL books I can send out which helps everyone. 

Date Posted: 2/21/2010 6:43 AM ET
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Interesting comments (about PM'ing first before posting directly to someone's wishlist).  I have to admit I never thought of it this way and am glad you wrote.  If a person had to decline a direct-post because of lack of credits, they'd lose their place on the WL line.

Date Posted: 2/21/2010 7:37 AM ET
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But I've only been turned down once by someone who said they didn't believe in jumping the FIFO line ever even if it helped save me postage.

Huh? I tell ya, people have some interesting perspectives.

Unless we're talking about a rarely posted book, this 'sacrifice' didn't benefit anybody. You didn't save on postage, she didn't get a book she wanted and most likely you didn't  post it right away, Mary right? (I'm figuring you had it in your TBR and offered to post it to her to save on postage...so when she declined, you just left it to stew in your TBR?)

Also, it's not as if this has stopped you from posting books directly to people's WL, right? There's a reason TPTB gave us that option.

Date Posted: 2/21/2010 8:28 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I don't remember which book it was that I offered her.  I don't remember exactly what she said but basically it was like "it would not be fair for me (meanign her) to go ahead of the line just to save you (meanign me) postage money". 

If I remember right the book had a short WL so I read it and posted it anyway before it was no longer WL.  In the long run the extra $2.38 in postage I spent to send it out alone is one less book WL book I can send out. 

In the grand scheme of life-no big deal-but my postage budget is really tight now. To the point that I go on vacation to avoid book requests if I have credits to cover some WL offers. 

Date Posted: 2/21/2010 8:37 AM ET
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I always thought of direct-posting-to-wishlist a win-win situation for both the sender and receiver, moreso (imho) the receiver.  Personally I would welcome someone posting to my wishlist and see it as an act of kindness rather than what some perceive as selfishness to save postage.