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Subject: question about FIFO
Date Posted: 4/9/2008 4:09 PM ET
Member Since: 2/4/2008
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I know how to tell how far down you are on the WL books, but is there a way to tell how many books are ahead of you on your listed books?

Date Posted: 4/9/2008 4:16 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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Unfortunately, no there is not. You can see how many at the time you post it, by putting it on your RL list, but then as soon as one is ordered, or another added, you have no more idea where you are.

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 6:05 PM ET
Member Since: 3/15/2007
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Anyone know enough about possible enhancements on the site to know if this might be something we'd ever see? Or who we might recommend it to?



Subject: Question about FIFO
Date Posted: 4/14/2008 8:14 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2007
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Here's what I'm doing: 


1.  Depending on how I post the book, I either put in the ISBN # and have the data page come up or I use the data page to post the book.

2.  When that page comes up, I copy just the portion that I want - Book name; author, etc., down through BOOK TYPE

3.  Then I put the book in my "REMINDER LIST", and see how many books are there.  Then on the data page that I've copied, I write down the # of copies available.  I also write on the page the date I posted the book (however you can use the date in the bottom right corner of the page you've printed). 

4.  Then periodically (and this isn't sent in concrete because you're going to miss some of the books either postsed or taken) I check (from the reminder page)  to see how many books are left, and write it down on the page that I've copied.  I also write down when a new copy has been posted.  I put these pages in a 3-ring binder.  This gives me a general idea of how the book is moving. 

HTH.  Pat

Subject: I agree with miz-rachel
Date Posted: 4/18/2008 4:40 PM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2006
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There should be a way to check to see how many books are in front of yours for FIFO. If there are 1000 I would just go ahead and put it in a garage sale just to unclutter the shelf. I am going to email Tech support and hope they forward it to the powers that be.


Date Posted: 4/18/2008 4:52 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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I think that is why they don't offer that information  - the book count would not be as high as it is if everyone did that with their books. The number of books in the system is important to the site because they need a book in the system to match every credit in the system. If there are less books on people's shelves, then the site needs to sell to have the cash on hand to cover those bookless credits.

Also - your position in FIFO, doesn't always indicate when your book will get selected. People in the forums often check out shelves and order directly from someone. When you get an order from your shelf, people will check it out to look for more to order so you may get rid of some that were way down in the FIFO list. 

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 5:36 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2007
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I sent in a suggestion a few months ago about this very idea.  So, the more people who suggest it, the more likely they might consider programming it!

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 5:55 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2007
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Another reason for not specifying your location in FIFO is that the line can be bypassed.

Perhaps someone decides to check out your bookshelf after reading one of your posts? Members can order directly from another member's shelf.

Also, if someone orders one of your other books, they have the opportunity to order more from your shelf at the same time. So if you have books 2, 3, and 4 of a series on your shelf, and someone orders #2, that person might order 3 and 4 to try to simplify the process.

Also, you can always offer a deal in the bazaar. If they're paperbacks, it really doesn't cost much more to ship two books than one, and it's still far less than the $3.45 per credit. (I think there's a processing fee, too...)