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Subject: Question: Is there a way to decline a book offer without losing my position
Date Posted: 12/6/2010 6:45 PM ET
Member Since: 10/15/2008
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A book on my wish list was matched today. I accepted the offered book, but I received a "Cannot Mail" email. That's fine, it's happened before, but the sender in this case was a bit rude. Apparently, he was irritated because I have Requestor Conditions. It wasn't bad enough to make a big deal out of by reporting it. Who knows, maybe he was just having a bad day.

Anyway, several hours later the same book was matched again, which I thought was pretty unlikely. So I checked and sure enough, it was from the same guy. I decided that if his book didn't meet my conditions before, it probably didn't meet them now, so I wanted to decline his book (avoiding a possible dispute if he sent a book that didn't meet my conditions) and let it go the the next person waiting for it (who might not care about the condition). I chose "I do not want this book", and while that accomplished my immediate goal of rejecting this specific book, it also removed the book from my wish list. I added the book back to my wish list, but I'm at the back of the line again.

So, is there a way to decline a book offer without losing my position in line?

Alternatively, is there a way to block a particluar member from matching books on my wish list? That way I wouldn't have to deal with someone who, while they may not have crossed the line, isn't someone I really want to deal with.


Date Posted: 12/6/2010 6:51 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2007
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No, there is not a way to decline a book without loosing your place in line.. Its the sender that needs to cancel due to RC in those situations.

No you cannot block members.

I also am not understanding how he reported it? Did he just decline and leave a message saying why.. that is normal.

You were probably offered the book again because he relisted it, the member after you might have had RCs too. Or no response.

Date Posted: 12/6/2010 6:59 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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If he declined your RC the first time, his book should have been offered to the next person in line for the book. It would not have come back to you. This is what he should have done.

If he clicked on "Cannot Mail" the first time,  then his book was delisted and he listed it again, so in that case, the offer comes back to you. This is what he may have done, based on the fact that the offer came back to you.

You can maybe (maybe) get back in line if you contact PBS ... but that would be an exception to the way the system is supposed to work.

If you want the book, don't decline the book offers, accept them and then PM the person if you think there might be an issue with the order. In this case, the other member may not be clear on how to decline book orders if he can't meet the RC.

Last Edited on: 12/6/10 7:02 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/6/2010 7:01 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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Yes, at some point, perhaps with another wisher, he must have canceled, and then reposted the book.  That's why it went back to you.  By clicking that you don't want the book you are taking yourself off the wish list for it.  When he clicks that he can't meet your RC, that should move him on to the next wisher in line, and you would keep your spot in the WL line.