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Subject: WL without Credits, how common
Date Posted: 11/9/2010 6:21 PM ET
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Mind you I'm not complaining (someone in the queu has to want/have the credits), I'm just wondering how common this is.  I posted a book that had 15 members wish listing it.  At this point we are down to 10 members.  NOTE: it hasn't even been 48 hours so there were no time-outs.

Is this fairly common?  I was wondering because it might give me hope for those books that I am WL number 26 or 32.

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 6:36 PM ET
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It just depends. Usually I'd say I go through 3 people for a WL book, but last time I posted a ton of them, 45, and only two cycled on to the next in line. Color me surprised! I don't usually have that kind of luck.

I think it may depend on how long the WL was in the first place. A small one probably move quickly and people are still interested. A large one and by the time some people get to the front they forgot why they wanted it. Lol. And I do think people who get low on credits and don't want to buy any start turning them down to save them for the books at the top of their list.

If your lucky, people will reject the offer quickly so you can move on. You must have had a few react quickly. Not as good as everyone maintaining their WL and getting out of line if they really don't want the book, but much better than sitting through the whole 'time out' process for five people!

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 6:48 PM ET
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I would say it is fairly common -- these days it seems that most books that I post with a WL will go through at least 2, if not more, members before being accepted. The frustrating part is when it just continually times out and times out -- I would much rather have people not accept the WL book than just letting it time out.

And yes, on the other side -- waiting for a WL book, as I get closer to the front of the line, it does seem that the pace picks up because there are so many people who wished for a book months ago who are no longer participating in the site so I often seem to jump from being number 6 or 7 to being offered the book

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 7:03 PM ET
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I just gifted my sister a credit so that she could get a wish-list book that became available. She was out of credits and had 5 books on their way to others,hahaha. It's all my fault for getting her interested in PBS.

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 7:56 PM ET
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Wishlist time-out needs to be 24 hours and not 48 .  .  .which is not really 48 but 49 by the time the system alerts a next member in line.  I don't often offer wish list books but have one now within minutes of timing out on the second person.  I had one WL book last week snapped up in 4 hours of listing but usually I go through 3 or 4 people on the list.

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 8:14 PM ET
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I think most of mine are requested on the first requestor. I have cycled thru several requestors for some, but that is less common.

It probably depends on what kind of books you are posting ... I find that the books with small wish lists (I post more sci-fi and paranormal books than any other type of genre) tend to also be the books that are less well known, and so perhaps less frequently posted and more wanted here.

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 8:15 PM ET
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I think the holds are 48 hours to give as many members a fair chance of getting the book.  I practically sit on my PBS account (and most of my WL is on autorequest anyway) so I would probably get notice to accept within 24 hours, but many people don't check their email every day. 

It's hard when you're on the other side of it, but as with most things, patience is the name of the game. 

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 10:13 PM ET
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It's pretty common. This is exactly why I don't let myself get too excited if there are only a couple people on the wishlist.

Date Posted: 11/10/2010 8:57 AM ET
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I consider it a nice surprise whenever I get a notice that one of my WL books has come around to me.  I don't lose any sleep over waiting and wondering.


Date Posted: 11/10/2010 1:51 PM ET
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I've bought credits from PBS so I wouldn't miss out on a WL book. Most of the time I still want them if they're on my list. 

Date Posted: 11/11/2010 8:37 AM ET
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Even though it started with 15 in the WL and are now down to 10 in the queue, most likely those were not five wishers who declined your specific book--it's entirely possible that one or more other copies were posted during that time as well, and the declining queue is a result of that. Or, people may be putting their accounts on vacation hold, or put that book on wishlist hold...lot's of things going on behind the scenes that might be reducing the wishlist besides just people declining for no credits.

For me, this goes in streaks. Lately, every WL book I post is snapped up almost immediately. I am finding a lot more on auto-request lately and even those that aren't seem to be getting requested pretty fast. I posted a book last night before I went to bed that was auto-requested, got the request when I got up--which had a ridiculous 3-paragraph RC full of exclamation points, bold print, capital letters, etc. that I didn't even read and declined, thinking now it would be at least a day or two before I got an acceptance from the next person, which was NOT on AR. But fortunately the next person in line accepted right away so now I can wrap it and send on my way into work this morning, as I'd hoped to do.

Of course, tomorrow the 'other' side of the streak may kick in, where every WL book I post cycles through 2 or 3 or more people before locating someone who actually wants it. Mostly--it's a crap shoot! LOL