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Subject: Tip for Requesting WLs with Long Lines
Date Posted: 3/11/2008 4:43 PM ET
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I posted A Thousand Splended Suns to my bookshelf just a little bit ago.  There were 1415 users on the waiting list for this copy.

To my surprise, the book was snapped up immediately!  The savvy user must have seen the cover under the books just posted (or whatever) on the home page and ordered it directly from my shelf since I didn't get any other requests. 

I'm impressed and a little ticked that I didn't discover this myself. 

 

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 4:48 PM ET
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Huh?  I would think that would mean that the first person on the wishlist had it on 48-hour hold and was online at the time you posted it, so immediately accepted when offered (as the autorequest option does the 1 hour remorse period business, which strikes me as very odd).

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 4:51 PM ET
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I think you might be confusing PBS with another swap site where WL books are first come first serve (snatch).

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 4:53 PM ET
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Maybe you're right.  In any case, I have to get crackin' to finish the book.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 5:07 PM ET
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It will appear in the books posted even if it's on a WL.  It just can't be ordered from there.

Sounds to me like it was an auto-request.  Idon't think ARs have the 1 hour buyer's remorse.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 5:18 PM ET
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yes, Auto-Request on WL books have the 1 hour buyer's remorse....

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 5:19 PM ET
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In any case, I have to get crackin' to finish the book.

Ange, it's not really wise to post books that you're still reading.  Since you're on a time constraint for sending them out, it's best not to post the book until you're acutally done reading it.  

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 5:29 PM ET
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I post books before I'm done reading them - especially WL books because sometimes you have to wait while the system cycles through wishers.  I don't see this as a problem, especially since you have a 5 day mailing window.  I always accept right away and choose the latest mailing date.  I'm a fast reader so I fail to see why this is a problem.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 5:36 PM ET
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Posting books you are currently reading is a problem if you refer to the HC:

Before you Post:

  • Please make sure to post only books that you are ready to part with. Posting a book that you are not prepared to send when it is requested creates a false sense of expectation in the member who requests the book.

What happens if life gets in the way and you can't finish the book in 5 days? 



Last Edited on: 3/11/08 5:38 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/11/2008 5:46 PM ET
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I would send it anyway.  I am a Class A PBSer!!  Just teasing!  I would send the book no matter what - it's not an issue for me.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 5:54 PM ET
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I had about 25 pages to go to finish reading the book.  Like Amy, I am a fast reader.  I'll post a book when I am down to finishing the book within a day -- especially when I know a book I am reading is on a Wish List. 

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 6:10 PM ET
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As long as a poster is willing to send the book without finishing it, there shouldn't be a problem. I have some unread on my shelf that I could finish in a day if it got ordered. I sent a Joan Hess book when I was 2/3 of the way through it. It was a great book, but I had to mail it.

WL books cannot be ordered directly. They are held for the WL line. The WL requester can accept the order during that 1 hr hold so if they were online when it was posted, it could appear to be snatched right up.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 6:13 PM ET
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Sounds like the first person in line had it on auto request so you got their wish immediately upon posting the book.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 6:43 PM ET
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I post them sometimes before I've finished them.  I don't make a habit of it and only after I've read a good chunk of the book.  I was glad I posted Sex, Murder & a Double Latte before I finished it since it went through 6 or 7 people on WL before it got accepted.  I was long done with it by then.  I have a few on my shelf that I haven't read yet. I try not to post too many that I want to read.  I posted these because there were over 100 of each of them in PBS already. Plus my shelf is on hold for now.  So I wanted them to work their way up the FIFO line.  Now I just have to hope that more than one doesn't get requested in a BOB.  I've already set them aside to take on our cross-country move with us.  I'll have a lot of hotel room reading time and then we won't have our TV and most of our stuff for a while at the new house.  By that time hopefully they'll be further up the line.