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Subject: Perplexed about a wish list situation
Date Posted: 4/5/2009 10:23 PM ET
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I'm wondering if someone can offer me a plausbile scenario to explain why the following might have happened. I received notification that one of my wish list books was available and I clicked to request it. Today I received a message from PBS that the book cannot be sent (cancelled by the sender, because she posted it by mistake and doesn't actually have a copy of the book). Of course, the PBS message said that I would be returned to my original position on the wish list. Okay, no problem, these things happen. But when I checked my wish list it said that I was #3 on the list. This seems strange to me. If I was offered the book, wouldn't that suggest that I had been first?

I'm sure I'll get the book soon, since it does seem to be a quick-moving title, but I'm still wondering how this could have happened.

Date Posted: 4/5/2009 10:37 PM ET
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same thing happened to 2 of the people in line ahead of you? Their requests got cancelled for one reason or another and they reverted back to positions ahead of you.

Last Edited on: 4/5/09 10:45 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/5/2009 10:46 PM ET
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It is very common to get offered a book when you are not the first in line. My first guess would be that the two people in front of you have their shelves on Vacation Hold and do not have the book on Auto-Request. Another is that the two people in front of you had Requester Conditions that were denied. There could have also been some RWP or lost books that happened and these people were returned to the front of the line.

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 6:59 AM ET
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The same thing happened to me.  The book was offered, I waited 11 days for it to time out, but now I'm 6th in line.  It was a really fast moving list, so it seems very strange that 5 other people are still waiting for the book.

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 8:14 AM ET
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It's probably a combination of  people coming off vacation hold, requestor conditions for some of them, other lost or RWAP books putting people ahead of you in line. 6 does seem like a lot, but if there are a lot of people on the WL for it and it's posted fairly frequently, that is more likely than to be #3 or #6 on a book that only got posted twice last year. LOL


Date Posted: 4/6/2009 10:34 AM ET
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Hello WVgrrl,

I have no helpful information to offer. I saw your location and wanted to pop in and say hello. Binghamton is my home town. I left it, midwest bound, in '94. It was awful to hear about the shootings the other day. Aside from that, I hope all is well in Bingo town. :-)




Date Posted: 4/6/2009 11:26 AM ET
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Wishers 1 and 2 might have RCs that caused the sender to skip them and post the book to you.  Many times I know I've been #2 on the WL but got offered the book, and I'm guessing it had to do with RCs.


ETA: I have a brother in Binghamton and was thinking of you guys on friday!

Last Edited on: 4/6/09 11:27 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Anissa (WVgrrl) - ,
Date Posted: 4/6/2009 12:47 PM ET
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Thanks to everyone who offered answers to my puzzle. I hadn't really thought about members with vacation holds being ahead of me. That seems like the most likely of the choices. I hope it wasn't that the first two people in line were turned by the sender for RCs. That would mean that she didn't realize she didn't actually have the book by the time the offer got to me?

Also, thanks to everyone for their good thoughts for Binghamton. It wasn't something anyone I know ever would have expected to happen in a city like this. (Although I guess anyone who doesn't live in a metropolis always says this when something tragic happens.) I actually felt a little nervous getting on the city buses to go to work this morning, as the public transit system seems a much more likely place for an unstable individual to go on a rampage than a location like the civic association. I'm sure I'm just being paranoid, though.