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Subject: Can't order duplicates... I get it, but it's a pain...
Date Posted: 5/15/2009 10:54 PM ET
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I ordered a wonderful OOP book and showed it to my co-worker.  She liked it so much she offered me $5 for it. 

I paid $2.85 for the credit I used, and there were five more copies in the system, so I sold it to her and ordered another copy for myself.  (The system used a pop-up to remind me I had already ordered it once.  That was cool.)

Now she wants another copy for her daughter.  The member I ordered from hasn't responded yet, and the system won't let me order another one.

I get it -- it keeps people from scooping up all available copies of something.  But it's a pain.  And there are only three more copies -- so I'm afraid if I have to wait the five days for it to time out then I might not be able to get another copy.

(I'm keeping the next one I get and only selling if I can get yet another copy)

Date Posted: 5/16/2009 12:25 AM ET
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OOP ?

Date Posted: 5/16/2009 12:48 AM ET
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OOP = out of print

I didn't realize that there is a limit to how many copies you could order for the same book. I've never tried it, but I thought I have seen other people say that they have done that when they need books for a reading group or similiar.

vic8 -
Date Posted: 5/16/2009 1:01 AM ET
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What's the name of the book? I promise not to swoop in on it. Just curious. You can PM.

 

 

Date Posted: 5/16/2009 7:18 AM ET
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Date Posted: 5/16/2009 8:19 AM ET
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I don't think there is a limit to how many copies you can get of one book.  - No there's not a limit of the number you can order over time, but there is a limit on the number you can have requested at one time. The first request needs to be marked mailed before you can request another copy.

You can always have another member request a copy for you. You can buddy the credit and PM your addy and have them use the alternate mailing address to have it shipped to you. The only bad thing is that you lose the ability to mark the book as Received With a Problem when you mail to an alternate addy.

Date Posted: 5/16/2009 9:11 AM ET
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I hear you! Good idea in theory, but sometimes it can be a real pain! Oh well :-)

Date Posted: 5/16/2009 9:53 AM ET
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You can always have another member request a copy for you. You can buddy the credit and PM your addy and have them use the alternate mailing address to have it shipped to you. The only bad thing is that you lose the ability to mark the book as Received With a Problem when you mail to an alternate addy.

I hadn't thought of this work-around.  A Tour Guide contacted me and offered to do it for me.  So hopefully I have two copies on the way.

This is the best place!  (My friends don't understand how I can be so enthusiastic over a 'swap site.'  I tell them to join and they'll get it.)

Date Posted: 5/16/2009 3:57 PM ET
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I was going to complain about this too.  I always read the same books as my son does (for school) and I was online ordering them here and it wouldn't let me order a second copy for me.  REally annoying.  I'm an adult.  I don't need to be told I've already ordered a book.  No kidding?!  And if they want to tell me, fine, but I don't want to be stopped from placing a second order.  I find it insulting.

Date Posted: 5/16/2009 4:15 PM ET
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Julie:

Once the book has been marked mailed, you can order again.  I would imagine it's something in the auto-reorder software -- if the first book times out then you'd go to the next in the FIFO line, but if you had ordered again, you'd already have your name on the next in the FIFO line.  I can see how this would cause confusion among the circuitry...

Date Posted: 5/16/2009 5:08 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/17/2009 2:49 PM ET
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In the same vein, I own two copies of the same book. (One I bought, one I was given.) PBS won't let me post two copies of the same book to my bookshelf. Is it so inconceivable that someone might wind up with two of the same book?

Any suggestions for a workaround would be appreciated!

Date Posted: 5/17/2009 3:19 PM ET
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In the same vein, I own two copies of the same book. (One I bought, one I was given.) PBS won't let me post two copies of the same book to my bookshelf. Is it so inconceivable that someone might wind up with two of the same book?

I don't have a workarounf to offer, but I've had this situation before, and what I do, is, I make a PBS note on the book saying that I've got 2 copies, and then when the book is ordered, I know to repost the second copy right away.

Date Posted: 5/17/2009 3:28 PM ET
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I think (on both ends of the situation) that it's just a way to assure that PBS is being used by readers and not people who are getting multiple copies of a book to sell elsewhere. (Or who bought a job-lot of books at a book auction, or has a box of the same book that didn't sell in their bookstore, for example--they can only list one copy at a time...this discourages misuse of the system) Since PBS is meant to be for the average reader to trade their own books, it's a rare situation when the average PBSer would want or need more than one copy of a book at any given time.

I myself have traded off TBR books I hadn't read yet in the past and then at a later date changed my mind and re-ordered it again--and yes, I did get the warning that I had previously ordered the book, which is fine. I have also received two copies of a book on occasion (when the first person didn't mark a book mailed in time, so ended up with a duplicate) and had to list those one at a time--which is also fine with me, I don't mind waiting. As soon as I mail one book, I can post the other to my shelf. Even if I end up waiting a year before it gets selected again, it's no big deal to me. I would rather take my turn waiting than open the door for misuse of the PBS system--and you can bet your boots, there WOULD be people who would abuse the privilege of posting/ordering a bunch of the same book if it were allowed.

To the OP, I can't imagine that waiting a few weeks for another copy would be a big deal for your friend! If someone else gets the other copies, you simply wish-list it and give it to her when you get the next copy. If there are 5 copies in the system now, it surely isn't all THAT rare that you would worry about 'never getting another copy.'

Cheryl



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Date Posted: 5/17/2009 4:51 PM ET
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Getting another member to order another copy for you sent  to your address works well.  I have done it several times for people who wanted several copies for a class they were teaching to kids who didn't have the $ to get themselves a book.  (Or other obviously valid reasons.)  The 2 times that I recall this  the books were oones that had multiple copies in the system, so nobody would mind losing some of them all at once.  If you need a book ordered for you, let me know and I'll be happy to do it for you.  The being unable to mark a book RWAP is a reality, but how many times have you marked an order such?  I think the ultimate recipient could send you a note if you ordered one for them and you could mark it RWAP if necessary.

Date Posted: 5/17/2009 11:41 PM ET
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I'm a teacher and order multiple copies often for classroom use.  As soon as the request is "accepted", you are able to order the book again.

You can repost another copy of a book, after you have marked it mailed.

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 1:14 AM ET
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Winston, the point is you are unable to mark a book RWAP if it is sent to a different address because the RWAP button doesn't exist. I think that is unfair because I sometimes have books for myself sent to a different address, I have gotten around that by changing my address to have them sent where I actually am at that time. I also think it is unfair that someone could sent out an unpostable with no accountability if it goes to another address.