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Subject: question about wish lists
Date Posted: 10/25/2009 6:53 PM ET
Member Since: 10/20/2009
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Hi - I just recently joined and was wondering about others reserving books from my shelf while they confirm if they have credits. Does this mean that the book is unavailable to others who would like to get it immediately? I ask because the same one has been put on "hold" for 48 hours for the third time.



Date Posted: 10/25/2009 7:05 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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Yes, that is correct.  The book is held 48 hrs for that member to decide if they want it or not.  During that time, it's not available to anyone else to order.

It may not be that the other member needs to come up with a credit, it could be that they just did not have the book on auto-request so they have to log in and manually accept it.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 10/25/2009 7:06 PM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2005
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When you post a book that's on another member's wish list, it goes into a "Wish List Hold" status. An email is sent to the other member, and she has 48 hours to respond. During that time, the book is not available to anyone else.

If the member who is first on the wish list does not accept or decline the offer within 48 hours, then the offer is automatically canceled, the first wisher is removed from the wish list, and the book is offered to the next member in line. If a member sets auto-request to Yes on her wish list, then the book is automatically requested for that person and it goes into a 1-hour "Buyer's Remorse Hold" instead of the 48-hour "Wish List Hold".

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 7:08 PM ET
Member Since: 5/22/2005
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I don't understand about "reserving" for 48 hours. A member can only request a book if they a credit to get it. The system does not allow them to process the order without a credit.

If you post a book that is wish-listed, the first member who is on the list for that book has 48 hours to respond.  And yes, while you wait, your book is not able to be accessed by other members. On my wish list, I can put a 48 hour hold on a wish-listed book and many members do that, because not everyone has daily access to accept a wish-list book, or yes, they have to get a credit.

Always wait for an order to time out, if not the order will go back to the same member.

I have 47 wish-listed books, for 24 of them I am 6 or less on the waiting list. Those books are on auto request because I have enough credits to cover them. the rest are on 48 hour.

Hope this helps and welcome to PBS.


Date Posted: 10/25/2009 7:28 PM ET
Member Since: 10/20/2009
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Thanks for the welcome.

Here's exactly what it says:

"Reserved On: 10/25/09 3:00 AM ET
Status: Waiting 48 hours for other member to confirm that they have credit(s) for this book."

It's no biggy. I just wanted to understand what that meant. I'm still learning. Thanks for the answers.


Date Posted: 10/25/2009 9:45 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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It sounds like you've had a run of inactive accounts. It happens sometimes. But each time out on the WL book moves everyone else up a notch in line and it also helps weed out some inactive members.  Whenever there's unanswered WL offers or book requests it puts a red flag on that account. If the TPTB see signs of the account being inactive then they put it on hold. Which removes them from all their other WL lines and also gets their posted books out of the FIFO lines-moving everybody else up.