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Subject: Posted to FIFO, then given away via PM?
Date Posted: 3/7/2012 1:05 PM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2009
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Is this something I should report to TPTB? I had a wishlisted book offered to me, which I accepted. Several days later I got a Cannot Mail notice with the following note: 

"I sent this to another PBS member that requested through a private message"

Is this something I should report? It's not a huge deal to me in this case as it's a book that will be posted again soon, but perhaps this member needs some education on how PBS works?

Date Posted: 3/7/2012 1:17 PM ET
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Probably not technically against the rules, kinda rude tho.  If the sender was tacky enough to make other arrangements after the book was offered to you, they should have been a bit more tactful and said something like, 'discovered the book is unpostable,' or 'misplaced the book,' etc.

Date Posted: 3/7/2012 2:47 PM ET
Member Since: 5/4/2009
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I think it is against the rules. When you post a book, you are agreeing to mail it to the first person who requests it. I would have replied to the PM telling them the same thing, as well. How did the orderer know they had the book? Was the poster offering a deal in the bazaar? In that case the orderer may have ordered one book from them via the system and then PMed them additional title(s) to be included in the deal. If that was the case, the Poster should have explained that mroe clearly in the PM.

Date Posted: 3/7/2012 3:56 PM ET
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When you post a book, you are agreeing to mail it to the first person who requests it.

Not really. You are agreeing to mail it to the first person who requests it, whose RC you don't mind meeting, and if you don't discover some other problem with it after you post it, if you can make it to the Post Office in the next 10 days, if you are not going on vacation, etc.

I wouldn't bother reporting this to PBS. People can cancel book transactions for any reason they want to. Yes ... any reason they want to.



Last Edited on: 3/7/12 6:52 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/7/2012 4:05 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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It could be that the person did not understand how to post to a bookshelf.   If you do it wrong, it goes FIFO.

Date Posted: 3/7/2012 5:25 PM ET
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Embarrassing but true Emily, I managed to make that mistake a couple times before getting the hang of it.

Date Posted: 3/7/2012 6:20 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2009
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I think it's likely that some sort of deal was made through the "WL Multiples" thread in the Book Bazaar (or something similar) and the person accidentally posted it to FIFO instead of the person to whom it was promised.

 

Date Posted: 3/7/2012 7:32 PM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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the OP said it was a WL book so it wouldn't go thru FIFO. as soon as sender posted it , it should have gone to WL hold to the OP .
Date Posted: 3/7/2012 7:52 PM ET
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What they are saying by FIFO is that they meant to post it right to a specific persons WL but made a mistake and it went to FIFO instead and Becca happened to be the first in line.

I made that mistake a couple of times myself when I was new here.  I just used "posted by mistake" or something as an excuse. 

It happens.  I wouldn't report her.  If she has a habit of cancelling WL books, PBS will take it up with her.

Date Posted: 3/8/2012 12:22 AM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2009
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OK, I'll just give them the benefit of a doubt and assume they meant well. Thanks!