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Subject: New WL, shows WL jumping the line?
Date Posted: 4/1/2009 10:52 AM ET
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I always put a note on my WL books showing what position I am when I first WL a book. I like to see if they are making progress so if its a book I really want bad enough, I will order it from  Amazon rather than wait.  On 2/5/2009, I WL'ed a book, I was  9 of 9.  The new WL reads " Your position: 7 of 10 Wishes granted this week: 3  ... My question is, so who got the other book? If 3 were granted, I should be #6 in line.  I am sure someone probably posted directly to someones WL.  Dosen't seem right, oh well.  ~~sigh~~

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 10:54 AM ET
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Mine shows the same thing. For 2 books I've always been #1 on the WL, and both say there were posted within the past month, but couldn't have been through FIFO. I think it's interesting to see how often (or not) FIFO is bypassed.

ETA: it doesn't really bother me, though.  I still get plenty of WL books, and have no problem buying books new if I'm not getting them here.

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Date Posted: 4/1/2009 11:01 AM ET
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You said you checked the book on 2/5 and you were 9 of 9. It's possible that between then and the time the new information became available yesterday, someone who had their wish list on hold came off it, and one of the books was posted to them. When someone has their account on hold, they don't show up in the wish list "queue" numbers. At least that's the way I understand it.

But yes, I do believe that people bypass FIFO more often that a lot of people realize. It's a good reason to become a regular in the forums!

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 11:05 AM ET
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It could be someone posting directly or someone might have gotten the book and then had a problem or had the offer time out so was put back in front of you.

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 11:30 AM ET
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The position it shows for you doesn't take into account people who have their account on vacation and books in transit or pending that may be marked RWP, go lost or time out without a response from the sender. 

I think most books go through FIFO as the active members of the boards make a small percentage of the PBS community.  I'm a very active board user and I'd say maybe 5% of the books I post go directly to someone's WL and the other 95% go to FIFO.  I don't have that many posted to me either-just every once in awhile when someone has more than 1 of mine.

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 11:41 AM ET
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Thanks for pointing out some of the different scenarios I hadn't considered. Its a book I REALLY want ( After the Rain :: Karen White ) She is an author I enjoy and have read all her books that I can get my hands on .

But my library does not have it and Amazon and Ebay only have it listed for a small fortune. Same thing with Falling Home :: Karen White .. I will just keep biding my time with this one. Maybe I can find it at a garage sale over the summer.

On another note, the new system tells me that another book I have wish-listed will only take another 99 weeks to get to me :-)

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 11:59 AM ET
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Well someone on the CMT just posted that they can expect to be #1 on one of their WL books in 333-wks so it could be worse.  I haven't looked at any of mine.  I have so many books to read that I just don't pay attention.

Almost all of mine say insufficient data.  Only a couple give an idea: 1 says 60 wks and it's been on my WL since I joined almost 2yrs ago-I will probably never get it as I don't want it bad enough to try and buy is somewhere.  Another says 47 wks although I suspect it'll be quicker than that. I saw the book at Walmart yesterday and my guess is pretty soon there'll be several copies a week being posted. I might even just buy it myself since it's one of those books that'll be heavily posted pretty quickly. Another one says 2 wks.

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Date Posted: 4/1/2009 12:24 PM ET
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I am 1 of 12 for a book that was posted, but timed out a few weeks ago... but it still shows as being posted at that time even though it wasn't "successfully" sent.... so, one of those "3 posted" could have been a similar situation... "not really posted" but the system says it was.

or it was a book posted & lost so the person got their place back in line.

Last Edited on: 4/1/09 12:25 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 4/1/2009 12:40 PM ET
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You mentioned your library doesn't have it, have you ever asked about an interlibrary loan? I would ask the librarian next time you are there, you may be able to get it shipped in from another library.
Date Posted: 4/1/2009 12:45 PM ET
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Whats the books title? I am sure one of us could look up in Worldcat which libraries have that book :)

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 1:01 PM ET
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xengab - she posts the book title about halfway through the thread.


Date Posted: 4/1/2009 5:21 PM ET
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Well,  HUGE thanks to Sara K. She recommended a book store online and they have a used copy that they will be sending!!! Thank you all for your help and suggestions. Everyone is SO helpful, this place ROCKS!