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Subject: Vacation Hold VS Books On Hold
Date Posted: 7/16/2008 3:34 PM ET
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At the end of this month, I plan on putting my account on hold. I have plenty of books for awhile, a long while. And, all these trips to town are starting to get expensive. I'm trying to decide if I want to put my entire account on hold using the Vacation Hold or just put all of my books on hold. Is there an advantage of one over the other?

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 3:50 PM ET
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if you use vacation hold you do not lose your place in line if you have a book with multiple copies.  However, unless your WL is on auto accept you won't be given WL books

Hold puts your books on hold and you don't have to have your WL on auto-accept but you lose your place in line of the books you have on your shelf

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 4:03 PM ET
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My wishlist is more of a private joke than anything else. And, my books have such low numbers that losing my place in line isn't that big of a deal. I guess that for me, there's not much of a difference at all.

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 4:40 PM ET
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if your wish list doesn't matter, I'd do the vacation hold

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 6:51 PM ET
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LOL at Tim's wish list! I am going to be looking for those books next time I head to the UBS just so I can fulfill your wishes! (I'll probably read them first though to pick up a few tips. LOL)

Vacation hold is easier, I think--you can do it with one fell swoop, and you can retain your place in line, and you can specify when you want the account reactivated. But if retaining your spot in line really doesn't matter, you can certainly put each book on hold, too.

Keep in mind that while there might only be a couple of copies of the books you have in the system now, if a bunch of copies do perchance get posted while you have your books simply held, you would step in line behind those copies when you take them off hold. If you're on vacation hold, you'd step to the front of the line since you retained your place. I'm somtimes amazed at how quickly that can change. I have a couple books on my reminder list that a couple months ago there were only 1 of available and now there are 20!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 7:40 PM ET
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You should have seen my wishlist before I removed all the "Evil Genius" books. I was afraid someone was going to fulfill those, so I removed them. The four I left I wouldn't mind having.

I think you and Leslie are right. Vacation hold does seem to be the way to go. Although I don't think a lot of copies of my books will be showing up. Most of mine are older. Typically it's only the newer ones that start flooding the system. Besides, I get rid of books that have that many in the system. I don't have enough room to be patient. I'm working through my books now to get them to less than 10 per book in the system. Hopefully, that'll be enough.

In a few weeks, I'll put my account on vacation hold.



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Date Posted: 7/17/2008 9:57 PM ET
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I think Vacation Hold would be less time consuming.  Then marking individual books. If there's something on your WL that your near the top for you can always put that on autorequest just in case. The one's on hold will just move up the line.  I've had my account on hold for a long time because I have 300 unread books and am in the midst of a cross country move. (I'm relative hopping right now until our new house is available). I got rid of most of the one's that were either not moving or had a lot in the system. I posted some TBR books that were plentiful in PBS b because I'll move up the line and then I packed them up as take alongs for our trip. I've managed to read 3 of them.

I had a couple books go WL while my account was on hold. I just took it off for a minute so it would offer the book to the person wishing and then put it right back on hold.  So I was able to send the books out w/o getting any offers for WL books myself. 

While I'm here I think I'll check my WL out. I might actual have books on there that aren't WL anymore.  I'll have to see if I'm 1 of 1 of anything and if it's actually still a WL book.

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 10:09 PM ET
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I'm glad I checked that out. There are now 9 copies of one of my WL books posted into the system.  I put it on my RL.  I don't want it to automatically order the book for me when I take my account off hold.  I might be able to do a BOB for it instead. 

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 10:36 AM ET
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I've seen books listed go from a few books to several almost overnight.  One book I posted on 6/12/08 had 33 books - it now has 49 books listed; another in April started with 17 and now has 46; one posted on 7/0 has gone from 34-38, and there are more.  If it were me I'd do a vacation hold.  Pat

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 12:26 PM ET
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That's really common with current best sellers. I remember not that long ago I had a WL book get offered to me.  There 80+ in line for it when the offer came in and less than 30 by the time it got to me.  I read it right away and it was no longer WL by the time I was ready to post the book.  Some of those lines move really fast.  It's the blockbuster sellers from a few years ago that can move really slow up the FIFO ordering line because so many people buy them and then post them here. 

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 12:49 PM ET
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Marking individual books to be put on hold isn't nearly as time consuming as you might think. Your bookshelf is one of the few places that have an "All" button. Sure, that's only 50 at a time, but it can speed up the process.

I'm deliberately getting rid of the blockbuster type of books. Most of my books are older, so there won't be a sudden influx of hundreds of copies of them. I'm also deliberately sticking with low count books. That is, books that have few copies in the system. My storage space is extremely limited and getting more limited on a daily basis. So, I can't store the latest Grisham or Patterson and wait for it to work through the FIFO system.

Because of space, I've just removed all books where there were more than 10 in the system. Books with 4 to 10 copies are currently being offered in a deal. When the deal expires Sunday, they will be removed as well. I'm still left with almost 350 books plus the ones on my TBR list. While my shelf is on hold, I fully expect a few of those to get enough copies that I will remove them as well. But, only a few. Many of those on my TBR list already have too many copies and I'll need to eliminate them after I read them. I can deal with that.

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 2:02 PM ET
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ruralrogue- how can you tell how many copies of books are in the system?  I'd love to know that information

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 2:19 PM ET
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Jane - go to a book's lsting page and add it to your Reminder List.  Then go to your reminder list and look at it - it will tell you how many are in the system.

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 12:03 AM ET
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Tricky!  Thank you!