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Subject: Vacation hold question
Date Posted: 4/1/2011 12:14 PM ET
Member Since: 1/4/2011
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I am leaving on vacation in a couple of days but I will still be able to check my emails etc., I just won't be able to mail any books if they are requested. My questions are, if I have books on my wish list will I still be able to get them and not lose my place in line? Is there a way to just put my bookshelf on hold? Also, if I can't get my WL books, will I still get them if I have them on auto request? Hopefully that sense. Thanks for any and all help.

Date Posted: 4/1/2011 12:27 PM ET
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If you're only gone for a couple of days you don't necessarily need to put your bookshelf on hold if you don't want to.  Especially if you have access to your account.  The site gives you 4 days (I think) to accept orders and then another 4 days (I think) to send books.  Time frames might be longer than 4 days--I'm sure someone who knows for sure will post the correct time frame.

But, if you do want to put your bookshelf on hold, just put any books on your wishlist that you definitely want to receive on auto request.  As long as you have credits, any book on auto request will still be offered to you when your account is on vacation hold.

Date Posted: 4/1/2011 12:45 PM ET
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Tonya, what I would do is to go through the WL and see which ones you are next in line for (It should state your position in line - 2 of 13, etc.)  I would put the ones that I am close to getting (position 3 or lower) on auto-request. That way, if your wishes for them are granted, the system will automatically request them for you. And I would also put my shelf on hold. That way, you won't get any requests for books while you are gone.



Date Posted: 4/1/2011 12:55 PM ET
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You get 5 days to accept a request, then you can choose 5 days to mail, then it gives you 2 days on top of that to mark mailed. So you could conceivably get 12 days.  If I was goign to have internet access, I wouldn 't even go on vacation for just a few days. 

But you can just autorequest any WL books where you are near the top.  I usually don't bother unless it's something rarely posted.

Date Posted: 4/1/2011 2:16 PM ET
Member Since: 1/4/2011
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I will be gone for almost two weeks so I will take your great advice and put anything I absolutely can't live without on auto request. Thank you so much for your help!!!


Date Posted: 4/1/2011 2:26 PM ET
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I want to add a reminder- don't use the bookshelf hold.  Use the vacation hold.  Bookshelf hold puts your book at the end of FIFO. 

Wish List hold keeps your place.  Same term, different results.

Date Posted: 4/1/2011 8:45 PM ET
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Thanks Emily, although to be honest I didn't even know I could put my bookshelf on hold....lol.

Thanks again.

mistie -
Date Posted: 4/2/2011 11:33 AM ET
Member Since: 9/27/2007
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JMHO, but.  personally, if I was going away from anthing over 4 days or do, I would put my account on vacation hold, (and some wishlist on auto-request). Even though "the system" gives you 12 days to get a book in the mail, my personal choice is not to do that- mainly due to consideration for other members. If I'm requesting a book, I don't want to wait 12 days for it to be mailed, so, why would I give another member that timeframe. I think it is more considerate to put my shelf on vacation hold - that way, if someone requests a book (hopefully) they will get it from a member who will mail it promptly, and, when I take my acocunt off vacation hole, I am still at the top of FIFO for the next request.