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Subject: Oh uh. I posted a book by mistake -- now what?
Date Posted: 3/1/2009 8:21 PM ET
Member Since: 2/15/2006
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I just posted a book to my bookshelf by mistake -- but it's a book that is on several members' wish lists. On my bookshelf listing, it is "awaiting member wish list" so I can't cancel it.

Do I just wait until it is requested, then cancel the request and remove the book from my list .... or ????

Any advice would be appreciated!

Barbara (GrannyGamer)


Date Posted: 3/1/2009 8:23 PM ET
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yep that's actually what you do, wait til someone requests it, and then cancel.

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 8:33 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/1/2009 8:35 PM ET
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If it looks like it's going to time out-put your shelf on hold.  This should keep it from being offered to the next person. It used to do that to me when I had my shelf on hold. I remember repeatedly having to come off hold for one book that went through 7 people before being accepted. 

Everytime it timed out or was declined it would go on my shelf on hold with the other books.

Also don't decline for RCS if the 1st one has them. That won't cancel it-it'll just pass it to the next person.

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 9:01 PM ET
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When you decline, just click the cannot mail button. It'll be removed from your shelf without ever going to another person. If the person never requests it, I'd just wait until someone does do so through the WL and then do the same thing. It's less annoying than putting your whole shelf on hold, but you can do it that way if you wish. You can always explain the situation when you say you cannot mail the book, and the person will understand.

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 9:46 PM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2006
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The person may understand but will probably still be a little bit annoyed, especially if they have waited a long time for the wishlisted book and got excited thinking they were finally getting the book. I guess it goes without saying it would have been better to have been more careful in the first place and not posted a book you didn't want to pass on.

Though I do understand how it could accidently happen, I am not trying to be bitchy.  I am just saying....

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 3/2/2009 5:58 PM ET
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I posted one by mistake and it wasn't WL'd it got requested!  Instead of canceling I accepted and PM'd that it was posted in error.  I told the person I thought I could read it and mail it before the deadline but it might be a day later if they were willing to wait. 

The reply was that they would wait.  I breezed through the book and actually got it out right on time.  It was a 300 page book and I can do them in a day or day & a half.. 

No I don't spped read I suffer from insomnia - six hours of uninteruppted reading from about midnight til six can polish off quite a few books..lol

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:47 PM ET
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Thanks for all your suggestions --

LaurieAnne -- you're absolutely right. I do need to be more careful when posting these.  In my defense, in my 3+ years on PBS (and 496 books mailed) this is the first time I have done this. But I know very well how disappointing it can be to have a wish list "find" fall through!