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Subject: RC's and how they apply to WL books
Date Posted: 2/13/2010 8:29 PM ET
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I wrote a suggestion to PBS to be able to set your RC to not apply to Wish List books.  I just lost a book I really wanted, probably because of my "not smelling like smoke" RC.  The person replied "The book is used" which makes no sense to me, but they still turned down my request.  I am more than willing to work to get cigarette smell out of wish list books rather than miss out on them.  Anyway, here's what they replied:

You can choose whether or not to apply your requestor conditions to your wish list books as long as your wish list is not on auto-request. The next time we work on the wish list, we'll consider allowing this feature for auto-request books as well.

Can someone tell me how to do this?  The last time this happened I was asked to turn off the RC and then respond to the request again and it went through.  This time I was just told it was cancelled and I am back on the wish list.  For some reason I seem to have gone to the end of the line too, which doesn't make sense to me.  I thought that when a wish was rejected because of an RC, you went back to your place in line.

So, how do I "choose whether or not to apply my requestor conditions to wish list books without turning off my RC alltogether?

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 8:34 PM ET
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Unfortunately, I think turning the RC off as the default setting makes the most sense.  Then, your WL books will auto-request without it, and you would only have to turn them on temporariily right before ordering books already in the system.  It may add the hastle of having to go to the Settings, turn on the RC, order the book as normal, then turn off the RC when you're done, but at the same time that's much less of a hastle than messing up your WL orders.

I think you're right, btw, about your position at the end of the WL line being an error.  You should be able to get that straightened out by contacting PBS.  They can at least see what happened and explain it, if nothing else

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 8:58 PM ET
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I have a few books that I want different RCs on so I do what they suggested. I put them on Auto-request No. Then when I see the Wish List offer I go into my RCs and adjust them to how I want them for that book (make sure to hit the button to Update so that the changes are saved); then I go and accept the offer for that book. Once I have accepted I go change my RCs back to what I want on my general RC.

The steps:

  1. Auto-request NO on any books you want to have different.
  2. Get offer (don't accept yet)
  3. Change or turn off RC
  4. Accept offer
  5. Change RC back or turn back on

If you have more books on your Wish List that you don't want the RC applied to, then I would do it the other way and have them turned off all the time and just turn on for the ones you want it on.

Sometimes there is a lag on getting back to the right spot in the WL line. If it doesn't correct itself after a short time, send in Feedback and ask the Team to look at it. If its a short line, it is possible you were offered the book at the end of the line if all the people in front of you are on Hold or had RCs denied too.

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Date Posted: 2/14/2010 4:25 PM ET
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 I think I would just turn off the RC for books all together if you know you are close on an auto request that you don't care is from a smoking home, then turn it back on when it's ordered.  That seems easier than playing the off and on again game.  If it's a rarely posted book, than maybe the best idea is taking it off autorequest all together, then you can turn it off by hand.


I guess the frequency posted would be the best thing to look at.  Just my 2cents. 

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Date Posted: 2/14/2010 4:56 PM ET
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Sometimes the solution is very simple but may elude you.  I didn't think about turning off my RC BEFORE accepting the book.  l guess I was just so excited that I was getting the book, I didn't even think about my RC.  I know what to do now.  If the book would just come up again I would be a happy camper. 

But, something weird is happening with that book on the wish list.  Yesterday I was 1 of 1 on one ISBN and 67 out of 67 on another ISBN.  Today I'm 66 out of 68 (that makes sense to me) and on the other I am 2 out of 35.  Now how did the 1 out of 1 become 2 out of 35?

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Date Posted: 2/14/2010 5:38 PM ET
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there could have been a number 1 who's rc was declined (for example) which would put them again at #1.

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 5:59 PM ET
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Or #1 had the book go lost in the mail or #1 had their account on hold or the book on hold on their WL.

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 12:31 PM ET
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there could have been a number 1 who's rc was declined (for example) which would put them again at #1.

I understand that.  What I don't understand is how it went from 1 of 1 to 2 of 34 in a day.  Oh well, at least I'm #2 on one list.

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 3:31 PM ET
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Kate, the reason that you went from #1 to #2 on that particular book is that someone had put that book on hold and now they took it off of hold. As far as the numbers going from #1 out of 1 to #2 out of #34, it must be a popular book. 32 other members signed up for it in one day. You were an early bird and found it before the others. Lucky you!

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 6:09 PM ET
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Did it say you were 1 of 1 for a long time, or did you just see that once? Sometimes the system does weird things while it is resetting a WL spot and it may be that when you saw 1 of 1 it was just a system issue and there really were 34 people in the line the whole time.

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 6:26 PM ET
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Maybe the book got mentioned on a popular TV show.   That could cause the wish list to jump.    Edith

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 9:53 PM ET
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I have books in my TBR that constantly go on and off WL-one week there's several copies in the system, a couple of weeks later there's several people on WL.  It ebs and flows for some books. 

And a movie, tv show, author's death and other things can cause a refreshed excitement in a book.