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Subject: Question about sending a textbook
Date Posted: 1/16/2010 9:45 AM ET
Member Since: 8/1/2009
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A member requested a French novel from me that was used as a textbook in a college course.  I accepted, chose the latest mail by date, and PMed the member letting her know the condition and asking to confirm that she still wants the book.  It's been 3 days, the mail by date is approaching, and I haven't heard back.  I'm assuming that I have to cancel the request if I don't hear back?

This grinds my gears because in the header of my bookshelf, I state that the French books are being posted as textbooks and I need confirmation before sending them per PBS guidelines. 

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 10:15 AM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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Yes, you will have to cancel or let it time out, you cannot send the book without hearing from them. Luckily it sounds like a book that would not have many (if any) other copies in the system.

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 10:23 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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She may have never looked at your bookshelf header.  Some people don't have computer access everyday. 

I would send another PM and tell her you are going to cancel the request if she doesn't respond. 

Also keep in mind that you have 2 days after the mail by date to mark it mailed.

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 11:09 AM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2005
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I'd just let it time out rather than canceling.  I see no reason to cancel before the system does, though you might have to hurry and mark it mailed after they PM you even if you can't mail for a day or so after.

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 12:29 PM ET
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If the book was postable, I would pm a date several days out and send if the requester hadn't responded.  But under the textbook guidelines you must receive approval...wish there was a way to have this transaction time-out on her account instead of yours.  Hopefully she will contact you over the weekend :)