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Subject: transaction cancelled, back on WL question
Date Posted: 4/7/2008 6:13 PM ET
Member Since: 9/20/2005
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A book on my WL was posted and I ordered it but the the sender took too long and the transaction was cancelled. I have had this happen before so I'm not surprised by that. What I'm surprised at is that I was put back on the waiting list as #2 not #1. Why wouldn't it put me back on at the head of the line? Not a big deal, just made me curious.

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 6:18 PM ET
Member Since: 10/24/2007
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There are a whole lotta reasons somebody could have "jumped" ahead of you.  The same thing could have happened to them, or their copy could have gone lost.  Or maybe that person had their shelf on vaca hold and the book was not on AR.  When they took their shelf off of AR, they would have gone back to their spot in line.  There are some other scenarios that I've seen discussed too, but that's what I'm coming up with off the top of my head.  Hope that helps!

Last Edited on: 4/7/08 6:18 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/7/2008 7:10 PM ET
Member Since: 5/27/2006
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Here's the section of the help center that addresses this:

Why did I move *backward* on my Wish List? This happens when another member who was "ahead of you" in line previously (and who got an offer of the book already) gets back into line, for one of several reasons:

  • The member's Wish List book never arrived, and was declared lost in the mail
  • The member's Wish List transaction was canceled by the sender
  • The member had had her account on hold, and has now returned from vacation and unHeld her account. She will go back into line at her previous position when she does this: if she was "ahead of you" before, you will move back a space.

Please be assured that we would NEVER put another member ahead on the Wish List without good cause--in order to go ahead of others on the Wish List, a member MUST have Wish Listed that item earlier (on an earlier date) than they did.

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 7:35 PM ET
Member Since: 9/20/2005
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Thanks for the explanantion! I figured there was a reason so I was curious.