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Subject: Please remember........
Date Posted: 2/8/2009 3:58 PM ET
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If you have a book on your wishlist that you are no longer interested in receiving, please remember to remove it.  I say that, because there are alot of people that read books based on books that are wishlisted and when they time out that frustrates people (me included, as I just spent the last couple of days reading two books that were wishlisted and then no one wanted them and a third I had posted as it was also a wishlist book -was going to read next and again that one wasn't wanted either--guess I can read something else)

Thanks

 



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Date Posted: 2/8/2009 4:45 PM ET
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I second that reminder!!!

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 5:00 PM ET
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Oops. I feel bad that I made this mistake once. I was new (I mean brand new) and didn't really understand the uses of the WL and RL yet, or the difference between them. So, I put a book on my WL, which then became available, but I didn't want it enough to buy a credit for it (I hadn't had a chance to send any books yet), so I declined the offer. I feel bad, now that I understand the whole point of the WL, but it was an honest case of 'newbie doesn't know'. I'm much more careful with my WL now.

Date Posted: 2/9/2009 8:43 PM ET
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I don't think many people spending time in the forums generally do that.

 

Sally, your  signature is cut off. I can't read it all. I think the system only allowes a certain amount of lines.

Date Posted: 2/9/2009 8:57 PM ET
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I sometimes really wonder how many PBS members ever come to the forums.  I do checks on my WL pretty often.  I did just last week let one slip because I forgot that I ordered 3 books of a series and then the next day one of those which was on my WL was offered to me from another member's list.  I thought it was odd that I'd found it and ordered it before it was offered to me and it was 2 different members.  But at least I got to it in time for it to be canceled before the 2nd member had much time to get it ready for mailing.  I felt badly that I hadn't gotten it off my WL.  But it's all cleaned up now.

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 2:23 AM ET
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Over half of my recent book requests have timed-out without response from the other member, it's very frustrating to wait days just to start over again with a new member...sometimes to wait days again, when there are copies in the system.  What's up with that?



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Date Posted: 2/10/2009 11:06 AM ET
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Date Posted: 2/11/2009 12:05 AM ET
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I have wondered that as well Ruth!

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 8:19 AM ET
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I enjoy going through my wishlist once a month.  I check by author names to look for other listed versions, I make sure I still want all the books, and I look for books that I got either through PBS or at my thrift store and forgot to take off the list--there's usually at least one of those (I never seem to get the message asking if I want alternate versions taken off my list). 

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 11:10 AM ET
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I don't think it's a big deal, as long as the member cancels right away.

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 7:48 PM ET
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bump

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 10:40 PM ET
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I used to dislike having to wait, but I've realized now I'm just helping clear the system of inactive users.

If it's someone cancelling before it times out then I really don't see what the big deal is. Wouldn't you rather your book go to someone who really wants it? That's what I don't get about a lot of the posts I see on here. People saying they like fulfilling wishes and getting books to people who want them then complaining when someone who doesn't really want it cancels on them.

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 3:25 PM ET
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I don't mind when people cancel quickly. It's the timeouts that are annoying.  Especially when you have other books to mail and you are just waiting for that 1 WL book to get accepted.

I suggest people go through their WL pretty regularly.  Yesterday I was looking up books to make links to reveal them in a game.  2 of the 3 books I offered were still on my WL. I got them through PBS and it never asked me to remove other versions.  So I went through my WL and found 5 books on there that I already own and got through PBS. 

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 4:51 PM ET
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Yeah, but my issue is that I have about 12 books that are on people's wishlists and I read them in order of thickness (shorter ones don't take as long to read) and if I am reading a short one to get it posted so someone can request it but then doesn't want it, that takes me away from reading one that does have people that want it that are thicker books.

Theresa

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 5:41 PM ET
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I never count on a book with 1 or 2 folks wishing as a likely credit until the label is printed.

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 6:05 PM ET
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I also put different versions of the same book on my WL if I really want it. One day I got offered 2 versions of 2 different books on the same day, so I had to cancel 1 of each, but I did do it right away.

Kathy

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 7:05 PM ET
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I have one now going through the same thing, Theresa. It will be requested sooner or later, even if it works its way through all the Wishers, since it will be the first one ordered, when someone wants it.

I agree that everyone should do regular housekeeping on their Wish Lists, and I do it myself every month or so, but there are times that something gets past me. I marked one RWAP last week, and before I was ready, I was offered another copy almost immediately. I had to cancel the second one. I did cancel it as soon as I saw it so the order would go on to the next Wisher, but I still felt bad about canceling a WL offer.

I dont read books based on those red or green W's anymore. Too much pressure for me to beat the clock. Now I just read what book I would like to read next, and post it. If someone has it WLed, and orders it great, if not, I would have posted it anyway, so that is fine with me also.



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Date Posted: 4/15/2009 8:00 PM ET
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That is why I'd never choose my reading interest by what's got a big W by it!   I just don't quite get reading that way.    I posted a book a few days ago that's on the wish list - hasn't been accepted yet.   It really doensn't bother me.  Yes, I went to the post office yesterday and could have mailed it.  But, I'll be going next week and will take it then if it's ordered.    

While I can see how it'd drive you nuts if you had no credits, I don't understand the big hurry if you don't.   

Honest question.  Do most of you really check books to see if they are wish listed before choosing what to read?  That really would never occur to me. 

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 8:23 PM ET
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I never check what is wish-listed before deciding what to read.  I read what I want to read.

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 9:36 PM ET
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Well I have been reading what is wishlisted lately as I have created two monsters with "Mom did I get any books today?".  Between the wishlist and the Reminder list, there are over 300 books that are ones that they want and just have to have.

Theresa

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 10:30 PM ET
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I never look to see if books I'm reading are wish listed. Especially since I keep a lot of the books to reread in the future. I guess I mostly post wish listed books when I need the credits (otherwise I let the rest of my books work their way down the FIFO line). I can see how it might be annoying if you really needed credits and they were letting them time out. I'd tell your kids to check out the school library or even the public library. 300 is a lot! They should give mom a break and supplement the PBS books with library books. ;)

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 10:31 PM ET
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I never check either, Cozi. I read a pretty good mixture of older, non-wishlisted books and newer ones that are, so I have plenty of credits. But I read what I feel like reading, post it when I'm done and let things fall as they may. Heck, these are MY books...I'm not going to read something I'm not in the mood for just to kow-tow to the red and green W's, especially when half the time, the W's are a lie anyway. LOL If I were low on credits, I'd rather buy some than try to hurry through a bunch of wishlisted books just to get credits. That way lies frustration on many levels!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 12:07 AM ET
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Ahhhhhhh the reading monsters problem Theresa - now I understand.  Truly I do.

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 12:18 AM ET
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I put multiple versions of the book on my wishlist. When the book arrives, the system asks if I want the others removed from my wishlist.  I say "yes" but it only seems to work some of the time.  I do go back through and regularly scrub the list but I often find "strays" of books I already received.

I have rarely turned down a wishlist book, but when I do, I do it fast so that it can get onto the next person!

 

This stuff can be frustrating,  but honestly think that part of being happy with trading books on PBS is learning to be a little relaxed about this kind of thing.

 

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 2:30 AM ET
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ALL of my books are on automatically accepted.  That way I'm not making anyone wait. :)  Yay for me?  lol

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