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Subject: You snooze you lose
Date Posted: 2/21/2012 8:43 AM ET
Member Since: 4/24/2008
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I got a request for a book on Saturday, too late for me to mail out.  I know I won't be able to mail out on Sunday and Monday the post office was closed due to President's Day.  I had planned on printing address on Monday night to buy me more time to send the book out.  I live in the sticks and don't get to the post office every day.  Anyway yesterday the person requesting it cancelled.  Had I printed they would not have been able to cancel.  Oh well, at least I am in the top of the FIFI list of 15 people to send the book out.

Date Posted: 2/21/2012 8:58 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I don't rush to print labels just so people can't cancel the request.  I'd rather lose the "sale" then send it to someone who really doesn't want the book anymore, found it elsewhere (like their own bookshelf) or something. 

Date Posted: 2/21/2012 5:20 PM ET
Member Since: 7/5/2007
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I don't rush to print labels just so people can't cancel the request.  I'd rather lose the "sale" then send it to someone who really doesn't want the book anymore, found it elsewhere (like their own bookshelf) or something.


yesyes

There's always the offchance that an unhappy recipient may fabricate an issue with the book or fail to mark it received in order to regain their credit.  It probably doesn't happen often, if at all, but why take that chance for the sake of getting that credit sooner?

Date Posted: 2/21/2012 6:45 PM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2010
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I may be one of those people soon. I actually hope to be.

I had a WL book get marked as lost on Monday (the middle of a three-day weekend, of course) I actually have another that's about to go lost, the only two I have coming to me now. I think the mail carrier is goofing off, but that's another story.

So this afternoon, I got a notice that my Wish for the book has been fulfilled again. I figure I have two days to accept, so I'm hoping the book comes by then. If not, I'll Accept the new book and hope the mailer takes all the time to print out the wrapper, so if the first book shows up, I can cancel the second order. I'd really like to avoid getting a book that I just have to instantly repost, even if it is WLed and will go out right away.

So that answers two questions--why Wishers sometimes take all their time and why someone would cancel an order for a WLed book!



Last Edited on: 2/21/12 6:46 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/21/2012 8:46 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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Craig, have you thought about using the new Not Now button? It would leave you first in line, but pass that copy on to someone else so that you would have a little more time for the last copy to show up. The book would go on Hold on your Wish List so you'd have to remember to take that off to receive an offer again.

Date Posted: 2/22/2012 9:00 AM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2010
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I never noticed that there, as I've never not wanted a WL book. I will use that if it doesn't show in the next couple days. Thanks!

How do I get back into the list again, or is that apparent once I click Not Now? I suppose I could go look it up...



Last Edited on: 2/22/12 9:49 AM ET - Total times edited: 1