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Subject: WL book expired
Date Posted: 10/26/2009 10:02 AM ET
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Date Posted: 10/26/2009 10:13 AM ET
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Olivia, what a bummer! I know you don't want to set all your #2 position books on auto-request. But, with the new sort feature, you could sort your WL by "Estimate" so you can see all your top (#1 and #2) books at a glance. Then choose just 1, 2, or 3 of the most important ones to auto-request. Especially the ones where you have been waiting for a year.

Date Posted: 10/26/2009 10:20 AM ET
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If you had put your account on vacation hold you'd still be #1.  The 48hrs is listed in teh rules when you join. Many people think that is too long and it should only be 24hrs.

When I go out of town I go on hold if I won't have computer access.  I autorequest anything out of print or rarely posted that I'm near the top for just incase.

Even when I'm super busy, sick or whatever I can at least check my email once in a 48hr period. 

When my power went out for 4 days, I went to the library to put my account on hold. 

Date Posted: 10/26/2009 10:50 AM ET
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yeah i know there's the auto request button, i can't be auto requesting all the book that i'm about to receive cos there's a lot of them i'm number 2 in position, it's not practical.

If you want them, then yes, you'll need to have credits on hand and be ready with the Auto request turned on, or put everything on hold.

If you're very close, #2 on most of them, then what would you do if you get several offers at once? You'd still have to find credit for them or miss out. Since you know you want them, arrange to buy some credits to cover the weekends, and don't spend them for anything but WL books.

It's just the way it works. If you really want it, you have to be prepared for when it gets offered. And since that could be at any time, you need to have some credits waiting. Even just having two or three credits on stock at all times for a large WL should help cover most weekends.

Date Posted: 10/26/2009 10:51 AM ET
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why can't we get a second chance if our WL expired

You can get a second chance...when you work your way back up to #1.

I'm sorry, but TBTP have several features in place to help prevent us from losing out on WL books.  Vacation hold.  Auto-request.  Even putting individual WL items on hold.  The fact is that you knew you might not access the internet within 48 hours, yet you chose not to use any of these features. 

Plus, if you auto-request everything that you are #1 and #2 for, what are the chances that they'll all come in at once?  Pretty slim, I'm guessing. 

Or, you can put your account on hold the last time you log on before the weekend (Friday afternoon or evening, say), and schedule it to come off hold Sunday, and you won't miss out on any WL offers if you check in on Monday. 

I'm tired of WL books timing out.  Several times I've posted a book with 4 or 5 wishers, and while my copy was stuck on 48 hour hold waiting for someone who never responded, the remaining wishers were no longer wishing (i.e., there was no longer a WL for the book after my book came out of 48 hour WL hold).

Date Posted: 10/26/2009 11:45 AM ET
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I've waited for a WL book for at least a year.

How have you been on the WL for at least a year when you just joined in April?

Date Posted: 10/26/2009 12:12 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/26/2009 4:32 PM ET
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Six months isn't considered too terribly long of a wait here. You'll get another chance at the book when you go through the list again and make it back to #1.

I have books on my WL that have been there pretty much since I joined nearly a year ago, and I'm still not in any of the top spots for a lot of them.

You've gotten some great advice here. The fact is, the responsibility of keeping up with our WL is on us. Whatever you need to do to insure you don't lose out on your WL books, that's on you to figure out. 48 hours is generally considered to be a lot of time. If that's not enough time for your circumstances, then you'll need to do something else.

Date Posted: 10/26/2009 5:04 PM ET
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I agree with the others. I want all the books on my wishlist and have the whole thing auto-requested. I don't have credits to cover all of them, but I cannot imagine having all 200 of them come up at once--that is a problem I'd love to have! I haven't had to buy a credit since my first six months here.

I love getting those surprises when I check in and books have been automatically ordered for me. I'm here every day but still autorequest them. If I were spending time away from the computer, I would DEFINITELY make sure to autorequest those I really really didn't want to miss. Some of my WL books have been there over 2 years, and I've waited as long as 3 1/2 years for a wishlisted book!


Date Posted: 10/26/2009 7:14 PM ET
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Why did you delete all of your posts?

Date Posted: 10/26/2009 11:23 PM ET
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Why does anyone delete their posts?

They don't like the response they received.

It's a bummer to miss out on a book.  Been there, done that.  Like when I was traveling and I should have had access, but due to a whole weird string of events (request came in right after I left, flight was delayed, missed connecting flight, stayed in hotel w/o net, etc etc etc) I logged on just in time to see it expire.

Since then, anything I want badly is on Auto-Request.  Most stuff I am 1 of whatever for is on AR.  If I know I'm going to be away, I set myself to Vacation Hold, no matter the length.  Haven't missed a request since.

Date Posted: 10/30/2009 12:50 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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So sorry you missed a book you really wanted Olivia.  Fortunately, as mentioned above, there are options to keep that from happening again.  Members here are always happy to give advice, so just ask! Makes our day to help you understand how to maxamize your PBS membership!!