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Subject: I need a refresher...how does this work?
Date Posted: 2/22/2016 9:47 AM ET
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I posted a book a few weeks ago and I was number 3 in the people who had that book available. This weekend somebody requested my book and I am still number 3. So the person requesting jumped over the others to get my book. Also the person requesting lives about 100 miles from me in my state. So this must be that thing where somebody was able to see where I lived before they requested. How does this work? Does the person requesting see where I lived before they request? or does pbs do this automatically.

Date Posted: 2/22/2016 9:53 AM ET
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Directed Delivery - When multiple copies of a book you order are available, we’ll determine the most expedient route to you. We take into account several factors to get your book to you as quickly as possible, putting special emphasis on the closest geographical location for “Greener swapping”!

 

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Date Posted: 2/22/2016 2:54 PM ET
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THis feature is one thing that I really disagree with - PBS totes being all about FIFO, yet directed delivery totally makes a fallacy of this. sute it's nice for Charles who got his book requested, but, what about the other two members who have copies posted before Charles. They may well have had their books posted months earlier, yet, because of where they are physically located, they are disadvantaged. To me, it just seems very unfair. IMO, if TPTB want to have Directed Deliery, it should be something we can opt in/opt out of.



Last Edited on: 2/22/16 5:52 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/22/2016 3:24 PM ET
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I think this must be a perk of the standard membership. Limited and alc do not get this.

Date Posted: 2/22/2016 3:39 PM ET
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It's a perk for Limited and Standard members.

Date Posted: 2/22/2016 5:22 PM ET
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It is not a perk at all. Mailing time is the shortest component of the process. 48 hours response time and 5 day mailing timeframe and dorment accounts all are more untimely then geography, once a book has been mailed. 3 to 5 business days is the norm for UPSP media mail. Directed delivery saves at most 2 days. Pointless.

Date Posted: 2/22/2016 5:27 PM ET
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Another possibility -- if the request had Requestor Conditions on it, it's possible that the first 2 senders declined the Requestor Conditions.

Date Posted: 2/22/2016 6:00 PM ET
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It is not a perk at all. Mailing time is the shortest component of the process. 48 hours response time and 5 day mailing timeframe and dorment accounts all are more untimely then geography, once a book has been mailed. 3 to 5 business days is the norm for UPSP media mail. Directed delivery saves at most 2 days. Pointless.

A sender's response time is taken into account in the selection, it is not just geography.

Date Posted: 2/22/2016 9:02 PM ET
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Yep. What Melanie said.

Also, it could very well be that someone clicked on your bookshelf since you're active in the forums and ordered directly from your shelf.

Date Posted: 2/23/2016 7:22 AM ET
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I am disappointed that it is not FIFO much of the time. I respond very quickly, mail quickly and have this one book posted for about 5 years. Clearly not a bestseller. I have been first in line for 2 years, someone just ordered it from someone else again. I'm sure they could have ordered with other books or directly from someone's bookshelf, but this directed  delivery is for the birds.

 

Date Posted: 2/23/2016 9:31 AM ET
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I'm curious how you know where you are in the FIFO list.

Date Posted: 2/23/2016 2:03 PM ET
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me too deborah. ????

 

Date Posted: 2/23/2016 2:14 PM ET
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put a book you are curious about on your reminder list. Once it is there go to your reminder list and look for that title.

Date Posted: 2/23/2016 2:30 PM ET
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There is no way to know "where" your books are on the FIFO list.

 

Date Posted: 2/23/2016 6:19 PM ET
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thanks Carol

That's what I thought.  

Date Posted: 2/23/2016 6:35 PM ET
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If your book is low enough, like I posted a book to my bookshelf  that had 0 copies in the system with no wishers. A couple of weeks later I clicked on the title and saw 2 books listed. I can guess I was the first book. I think it gets confusing if you have a lot of books with a lot of copies in the system.

 

Date Posted: 2/23/2016 6:39 PM ET
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What Charles described only tells you how many copies are already available, not where in the line your book is.  This really only helps BEFORE you post your book. 

Date Posted: 2/23/2016 11:39 PM ET
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My experience, based upon decades of receiving mail, is that the further away the mailing post office is, the quicker I get whatever was sent to me. For PBS, this doesn't include books sent from Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico.

Date Posted: 2/24/2016 5:14 AM ET
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I'm sorry I got reminder and wish list confused. On my wish list there is an indication of where I am on the list of people wishing for a book. I got that mixed up with the reminder list.