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Subject: This seems really weird
Date Posted: 11/16/2012 5:22 PM ET
Member Since: 1/23/2010
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This month 3 different books have been requested from me and less than 24 hours later the request is cancelled. I know they didn't time out. I'm so addicted to this site I can't stay away for more than a day.

I don't remember that happening before. Maybe this has been going on the whole time and I just noticed now because I went to my Transaction archive to see who I sent a specific book to a while back. But it felt really weird. I saw a ton of big red X's and freaked until I saw that they had been cancelled by the requestor. I didn't even know they had been requested. Is this a common occurance?

Date Posted: 11/16/2012 5:52 PM ET
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I don't think that's ever happened to me, not that I've noticed anyway.  But I don't keep a lot of books posted to my shelf usually.  It does seem a bit odd though!

Date Posted: 11/16/2012 6:37 PM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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It probably happens more than you are aware because when a book is requested, you don't receive that request until an hour has passed -- a buyer's remorse period, an hour when the requesting member can cancel the book easily.

Many times when I am looking to request several books from a series I might request one book from one member and then another book from another member, but when looking at the second member's bookshelf I see that they might have several books in the series, so I then will cancel the first book I requested from the first member, who did not have any further books in the series, in order to request the first book from the second member. Sometimes then when I get to the third member to request more books in a series then I find that perhaps they have all the books I requested from the second member and others as well, so then I cancel the books from the second member in order to request more books from the third member...trying to get as many books from one member as possible. You get the drift...that is a scenario on why someone might request several books and then cancel the request shortly thereafter. Because all that occurs within a hour of the request, none of the first two members I requested books from will receive the request and will be totally unaware of it unless, like you, they happen to look at their transaction archive.

Date Posted: 11/16/2012 6:53 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Yeah you've probably just never noticed before if don't look in your transaction archive.  I sometimes go into mine to see when I mailed out a book to give me an idea of when I read itto log it in on goodreads.  I've noticed cancelled requests in there that  I never noticed. 

Although I did have one book get requested and cancelled 3 times in a short period.  The orders were there long enough to appear on my main page.  It was a heavily posted 1st book in a series and I think it was probably a combo of people getting it in a deal or deciding they could wait for it afterall.

Date Posted: 11/16/2012 8:14 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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I've seen that in my account occassionally, 3 in a short time seems a bit much...must be your turn  crying

Date Posted: 11/16/2012 11:19 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2007
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I've done as Sally above does, especially with children's books, so that a member can take advantage of postage when mailing several books.  Sometimes it backfires on me though, in that I'll order several books from one person, and they'll either cancel or let it ride for the whole time, and then instead of getting several books from one person, I get them singly from several members. It's not unusual to have the books canceled and you probably won't ever know it happens unless you check your "Transaction File" regularly.  Good luck. Pat

Date Posted: 11/18/2012 4:26 PM ET
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I had a couple of those recently but NO I would not think it's common.  I assumed they had very few credits and found another title on someone else's shelf they wanted more than the one on mine.