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Subject: Picking which copy you get...
Date Posted: 7/22/2008 8:22 PM ET
Member Since: 7/13/2008
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If you search for a book, are you able to see:

- How many copies are available of the book?

- Where the copies are located (so you could order the closest one)?

- Contact the different owners to find out the condition and cover art of the book?

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 8:24 PM ET
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If you put the book on your reminder list, you might be able to see how many books are in the system.  I think you can still do that.  As for your other questions, the answer is no and no.  PBS works on the FIFO system (first in, first out) so when you order, you get the next copy in line.  You can't contact the owner until after the order is placed.

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 8:38 PM ET
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ok, thanks that helps out.

not really what i wanted to hear, but i guess it's a fair deal.

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 9:02 PM ET
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Also Jamie, the longer you are here the more you will get to know people and their bookshelves.  When I receive a book in really good condition, I check out that person shelf and go back to it whenever I want to see if they have something I am looking for.  Generally, I would say that 90% of the books I get are in pretty good shape (keeping in mind the age of the book).  I think you will enjoy this site very much!  Welcome ~ Carol

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 9:24 PM ET
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If you have a specific cover that you want for a specific book, you could add it to your requestor conditions.  You could say:  For Book X ONLY, I am seeking Cover X" or something along those lines.

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 10:02 PM ET
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Just wanted to say that ordering a book from someone close to you doesn't mean you'll get it in a timely manner.  LOL, I've had books arrive quicker from halfway across the country than from an adjoining state or one state over.  Quirks of the postal system, maybe? 

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 10:05 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/22/2008 10:06 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/22/2008 10:14 PM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2007
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Just wanted to say that ordering a book from someone close to you doesn't mean you'll get it in a timely manner.

No kidding!  I always use DC and I once sold a bible to a guy on eBay - he's in Chicago, I'M in Chicago... the bible was scanned in Massachusetts a week after I sent it.  Hit the hub there and came back to Forest Park's hub... then to him.  Took 13 days.  I could have WALKED it to him faster.

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 11:37 PM ET
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I've actually considered taking a book to someone that was only 35 miles away!!  Here in VA it seems they can't get a book to me from someone in VA within the time limit here on PBS. It's happened every time but once - and that book went from a town in VA to a hub in N.C. and then to me...so it had to go out of state to get to me!!   It's crazy.  But it confirms what I already knew about the PO here.  Absolutely untrustworthy!!

Ruth

Date Posted: 7/26/2008 5:14 PM ET
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14 days to go 7 miles.  And that was priority!

From a Philadelphia suburb to center city Phila.  Didn't realize until after I'd printed off the postage that I walk past the requestor's building on my way to & from the train station each day... live & learn!

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 2:30 PM ET
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If you're looking for a specific cover for a book that has multiple copies posted-you could always advertise what you want in your signature or the book bazaar.  Some people collect series or authors and want the covers to match.  But with the publisher's reusing ISBN's all the time-it's really not practicle for PBS to require that cover pictures match.