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Subject: Red W Question
Date Posted: 2/27/2015 3:03 PM ET
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I have several wish listed books but they have a red W which as I understand it means maybe they do not want it. I am not posting because I am not interested in multiple post office trips. Any way to just find out who wants the books no waiting  just go to the post office in the morning.

FYI the titles are

9787250048646 The Ghost Horse Joe Layden

9780007547425 The Monogram Murders (Hercule Poirot/Agatha Christie) Sophie Hannah

If anyone is interested let me know and have it(them) on your wish list.

Mary Anne

Last Edited on: 2/27/15 3:04 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/27/2015 3:15 PM ET
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The Red W just means that the book is on a Wish List.

The Green W means that the first person in line has the book on auto-accept.

(So, it has nothing to do with not "really" wanting it ... sometimes people just don't notice that they are #1 in line, or maybe they keep a low credit reserve and so don't use auto-accept as they need the couple of days to come up with a credit ...)

It could happen, of course, but it's not super likely that you would have to make multiple trips to the PO ... people only have 2 days to accept a WL offer, so even if the first one gets accepted right away, you have 12 days before you would need to mail it out, to let the other book go thru up to 6 people who let the offer time out (if necessary).  I've never had a WL book not get accepted by the 2nd-3rd person, although I've seen people post that they have gone thru more wishers ...


Last Edited on: 2/27/15 3:19 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/27/2015 3:19 PM ET
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If you're seeing the RED W on your bookshelf. It probably means that your bookshelf has the book on "hold". If you decide to un "hold" it, it will be requested right away. Just make sure you have the book before you un "hold" it.

Date Posted: 2/27/2015 4:44 PM ET
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I've found that the red vs the green W is not always accurate. These books are on Wish Lists. You will have a hold or order start right away. But the colors do not take into effect the options of holds, RCs, and the Not Now button. 

I cannot expect the order to go according to the color. Maybe the color has a delay to update? 

Date Posted: 2/27/2015 4:48 PM ET
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A red W simply means that the first person wishing for it has it on the 48-hr hold option instead of auto request. It doesn't mean they don't want it nor does it mean anyone's shelf is on Hold. The W turns green when they use auto-request. There isn't a way for you to search the wishers (and it is against the site rules for you to offer postable WL books here).

The person with the 48-hr hold option may very well accept the offer right away, they just might need time to get the credit, swap fee, need to use an alternate address, adjust a Request Condition, or not want to use auto on any of their wishes. The W means there is a wisher waiting for the book.

Date Posted: 2/27/2015 9:21 PM ET
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If you have more than one wl book and would like to offer it in multiples you can do so here


Date Posted: 2/28/2015 9:47 AM ET
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All my WL books are on red "W" and I usually accept WL offers within 5 minutes because I'm so excited to get any ;-)