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Subject: No response, posted WL book
Date Posted: 12/19/2011 11:10 AM ET
Member Since: 7/10/2007
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SO I posted a book about 2 weeks ago, it is currently on it 5th wisher and will probably time out again soon. My question ism that some of these requesters are not inactive accounts. In fact, I could see at least 2 of them had logged into PBS at least twice while this book was sitting their, waiting for a response. How does PBS handle this? Is it simple for these people who have logged in to get their accounts reactivated? Personally, i do not care if you had the book on your WL and decided you don't want it, but just let me know about it! This timing out and rolling over is more annoying than anything.

Date Posted: 12/19/2011 12:17 PM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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I have had the exact same experience with apparently active members not responding to WL book offers -- it is incredibly frustrating. If you don't respond to X number of offers (apparently no one knows the exact figure) your account is put on hold, but I believe to reactivate your account you just have to respond to an email from TPTB. I have been beating this drum for  years but I would love to see PBS take a more proactive approach to members who do not respond and other signs of account inactivity.

Date Posted: 12/19/2011 12:28 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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Yes, it's unfortunate that people let offers roll over instead of declining them right away.

However, I do not believe that it is apropriate to do anything else other than suspend their account and let them easily re-open it when they are ready.

What other punishment do they deserve?

It's book trading. Nobody is harmed by book offers rolling over. If you find it does not meet your schedule to mail the book once it finally gets accepted, then cancel the order and re-post it some other time.

Date Posted: 12/19/2011 12:32 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Yeah I've had a couple time out on active forum posters.  People whose names I recognized instantly and it was really hard not to PM and say "accept it, decline it or h it Not Now already!".  You'd think active forum users at least would know how annoying that is by all the posts like this.   If they're out of credits than they can put books on hold it's not hard. 

The most I ever had one go through was 7 people.

Date Posted: 12/19/2011 2:15 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2007
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Also one of the problems I've had with WLed books rolling over, is that while you're waiting for someone to accept your book, others have posted, the books  been accepted, and by the time you've rolled over a couple of times, there are no more wishers, and your book winds up on your bookshelf.  Good luck.  Pat

Date Posted: 12/19/2011 2:53 PM ET
Member Since: 7/10/2007
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I'm just annoyed becuase I wanted to make 1 trip to the post office, but this 1 book is holding me up!

I just wonder if PBS keeps track on this, if they make it a habit to be logged in and ignore their requests, what happens? Is there a limit to what you can ignore? I am all for weeding out inactive members, but the active ones who can't be bothered to check  "no, I do not want this book" that is a little rude IMHO.

Date Posted: 12/19/2011 3:28 PM ET
Member Since: 4/7/2008
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Although I agree that long time members should know better and just decline offers they don't have any intention to accept, this is the Holiday season so a lot of people are really busy and are not monitoring their account carefully.

Let's just give them a break. cool

Date Posted: 12/19/2011 8:45 PM ET
Member Since: 10/26/2008
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I had put my account on vacation hold a while back.  After the vacation hold, I received an email saying that a book was waiting for me.  My husband was getting ready to deploy, I had appointments, DS had school, and life was wreaking havoc.  So, I made a mental note to decline the book request and totally spaced that it happened until just now.

On behalf of all of those people, I apologize.

Date Posted: 12/20/2011 1:04 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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I used to run to the post office to mail all my books, but then my work schedule changed which meant I can only get there one day a week when the window is open. That's the main reason I switched to the printable postage when it became available, so I could print, wrap and mail any book of any weight any time using the blue box. A side effect of that is that it did cut down on my frustration watching my requests and waiting for them to get accepted so I could time my P.O. runs...now I post a book and don't care if it cycles through a hundred people...when it's requested, I'll mail it. :)


Date Posted: 12/21/2011 9:42 AM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2010
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Printable Postage is definately a god send...

Very Peeved that the post Office Doesn't  have a drop box next to the Outdoor Bulk Box in my Townhome Sub-Division.
Books dont fit into the Useless slot...
I guess if i want the full Real Postal Service i can Live in a Full Real Housefrown

At least its only a mile out of the way to swing through the Drop box at the Post Office


Date Posted: 12/21/2011 11:00 PM ET
Member Since: 2/2/2010
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I am going through the same thing right now.  And the person that I am waiting on now has this book listed are "currently reading", so I assume she doesn't want my copy.  I have other books to mail and was hoping to make one PO trip!  So I feel your pain.

Date Posted: 12/22/2011 12:51 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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Christopher, I feel your pain...I live in an apartment building and we have a tiny mailbox so that most books I get have to be left by the mailman in the office for me to pick up up, and there is nowhere secure to leave outgoing pkgs so I have to mail mine from work. Fortunately there is a big blue box right in front of the hospital where I work so I just drop all my books in there and don't have to go out of my way at all. The blue boxes are slowly disappearing as the USPS budget gets tighter. :(