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Subject: "similar book" email
Date Posted: 8/8/2009 12:10 PM ET
Member Since: 4/3/2007
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I just got one of these emails:

This is a quick email to notify you that the book 'Tree Girl' by Ben Mikaelsen, has been listed into the system by another club member.

NOTE: This is NOT the exact same book you are wishing for, but rather a different binding type of the book. Please keep in mind that this book is NOT being held for you and is being offered on a first-come, first-served basis to all of our members.

If the book has already been requested by another member when you click the link below and you would like to put this version of the book on your Wish List as well, you can do so by clicking the 'Add to Wish List' button.

Click the link below to see details about this similar book:     [etc.]

 

I immediately clicked on the link  (I mean within seconds of receiving the email) and saw no book available.  Does that just mean that someone else was faster?  Or did I need to do something else?

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 12:32 PM ET
Member Since: 5/14/2009
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Did it give the ISBN?   If so I would search the ISBN to see if there are any copies.  Or search the book and author. I would do it to be sure. I think everyone  gets that email so you may have missed out. I  may be wrong on the similar email...I am sure someone will either confirm or not that the email goes to everyone. 

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 8:18 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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It does go to anyone/everyone with that title on their WL.

Ruth

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 8:32 PM ET
Member Since: 11/30/2007
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Yes, that email goes to everyone as Ruth said that are on the book's WL. I know because I was 5th once on a wishlist and received the same type of email.

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 11:58 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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Yup, it goes to (almost) everyone with the book on their wishlist with another ISBN...the almost being because those who have opted out of the e-mails don't get them. I've gotten a few of my wishlisted books that way and you do have to be quick or lucky. (One time I just happened to check my email about 3 minutes after I got that notification!)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 12:32 AM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2009
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Spuddie is right - if someone checked their email minutes or even longer before you did, they could react quicker.  Face it, unless we sit in front of our email all day watching it  (like that's going to happen!  lol) we are liable to miss something when logging in later than someone else does.    :)     D.

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 4:22 PM ET
Member Since: 4/3/2007
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Well, that's the odd thing, gardngal.  I was at work and had my email open.  I saw the email arrive, opened it immediately, clicked the link immediately, and apparently the book was already gone.  Maybe it was because we have a pretty slow server here, or something like that.  I really just wondered if I was doing something wrong.  I guess someone else was just faster, or got the message faster.

Thanks for the answers!

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 4:48 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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I think there is a delay in the email too. Someone could have been on the site and saw it come up on the newly posted list and got it requested before the email was even sent.

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 4:48 PM ET
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The other thing could be that when the book was posted and appeared on the homepage of "books just posted," someone clicked on it and ordered it that way, too. It wouldn't necessarily have to have been one of the people who got the email about alternates. Sometimes it can be like the Macy's after-Thanksgiving sale in here...first come, first served and watch for flying elbows and people trodding on your toes! LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 8/11/2009 2:55 AM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2009
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Well, that's the odd thing, gardngal.  I was at work and had my email open.  I saw the email arrive, opened it immediately, clicked the link immediately, and apparently the book was already gone.     

Oh, I just hate it when that happens!!!       :-P      D.