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Subject: Two identical WL books became available!
Date Posted: 12/27/2009 9:37 PM ET
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Book two of a series became available two days ago.  I accepted it and it still has not been "accepted" by the sender.  Today I get an email saying that another copy of book two is available until like midnight tomorrow night.  Sender 1 has until the 30th to accept my request though.  Should I delete request 1 and accept 2?  Does this make sense?  I want to give sender 1 the opportunity to send it.  I am willing to wait to get the book too.  It's not that.  It's more my fear that my request will time-out on sender 2 and then sender 1 will cancel transaction or not accept it or whatever. 

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 12/27/2009 10:05 PM ET
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I would wait until close to midnight tomorrow, then, if sender 1 hasn't responded, cancel request one and take request 2.

I know it could end up putting you in the back of the line for ISBN 1, if request 2 falls through, but it's what I would do. Maybe someone else will have the 'perfect' answer.

Now when a WL book comes up I compulsively set every other WL'd version of the book on hold.

Date Posted: 12/27/2009 10:09 PM ET
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I have had that happen to me. I accepted them both because I was afraid that if I cancelled one, the other would have gotten lost in the mail or something. I got both within days of each other and gave one to a friend here at PBS who was also wishing for one. Two books are better than none, IMO.

Date Posted: 12/27/2009 11:09 PM ET
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I'm assuming you don't mean "identical" as in identical ISBN...one is hardcover, another paperback or something? Or at least 2 different ISBNS, yes? Because you cannot accept (or even be offered) two exact copies of the same book unless there's a glitch.

Keep in mind that if Sender 1 doesn't respond or declines it, you will at least be moved to the front of the WL line when the offer times out. If you cancel that request, you're out of luck if sender 2 also falls through, although you would then be moved back to the beginning of the WL for that too. Depends on how badly you want the book.

I have very few books with more than one version wishlisted, but when it has happened, once the offered book is accepted, I take the other version off auto-request, and once it's marked mailed, I delete the other version because I've usually got a full wish list and need the space.


Date Posted: 12/27/2009 11:26 PM ET
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The new individual book 'hold' feature is working great for situations like this

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 12:27 PM ET
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Because I have some extra credits around, I usually accept both WL offers. It's easy to re-post the WL book to get one of the credits back, but that way I don't end up losing my place in line and ending up back in line for the other when it falls through. I pick the best copy for my shelf (if it's a keeper) and turn around and post the other. Works for me!

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 1:21 PM ET
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Denise, I hadn't thought of that--haven't had a book with two versions come up in a long time, but yes--the WL hold would be GREAT for this situation!!


Date Posted: 12/28/2009 1:36 PM ET
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I've also written a RC (well, when a WL book fron AK was late and become lost) that applied to a single book.  Basically asking the person to turn down my request as I was waiting on another copy of the book.