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Subject: WL'd book timed out!!!
Date Posted: 1/17/2010 2:54 PM ET
Member Since: 10/21/2009
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I only had the one fiction book in my WL--other two are plant books--and it finally showed up last week, but I had no credits.  I had to do a deal to earn the credit in order to accept the WL book.  Then it sat in the account with no activity until the order was cancelled.  I think this is so rude to ignore when someone orders a book!  I sent a PM to the person asking if they were sending the book, and that went unanswered, as well.  Meanwhile, I've sent four books out and all but one has been received during this same time period.  I'd also searched for someone with two books in a series awhile back and ordered them.  When they finally arrived, i realized the sender was actually local.  From the time they were mailed and the time they reached me had only taken one day.  But again, that sender hadn't sent the books out when the order was made, but waited a number of days to get around to it.  Is this the regular practice of most people?  I honestly don't use this site that often; only when I have book orders to take care of, and that one time when I received the email saying my "wish was granted."   

Date Posted: 1/17/2010 3:05 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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Sorry you missed out on a Wish List book. Was it an active member? A lot of times people join and post Wish List books, then realize the site isn't something for them and they never mail the books or come back to the account to close it or maintain it. Some members also don't know how to tell if the books they are posting are Wish Listed and post, then leave without realizing that they have an immediate request.

But again, that sender hadn't sent the books out when the order was made, but waited a number of days to get around to it.  Many, many members use the alotted time PBS gives to mail out books. Did this member mail it past the date they indicated they did? If they did and you filled out the survey on the postmark they'll have gotten an email letting them know they need to mail books on time. If they mailed it within the PBS time, then they did nothing wrong. There are a lot of members that mail one day a week. They may have been waiting for another request so that they could do all of their mailing at once. For me, I wait until I can pull the book and inspect it before I accept the request, so sometimes mine have to sit a day or two until I am at home with enough free time to go downstairs and get the book.  

PBS does require patience. Members are given ample time to respond to requests and offers so that everyone can get to them with their life allows. Because the site is free, we also have to have patience to ride out those who join, post, and then abandon their account.

Date Posted: 1/17/2010 3:37 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2005
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 I'd also searched for someone with two books in a series awhile back and ordered them.  When they finally arrived, i realized the sender was actually local.  From the time they were mailed and the time they reached me had only taken one day.  But again, that sender hadn't sent the books out when the order was made, but waited a number of days to get around to it.  Is this the regular practice of most people?

As Melanie has said, if this person sent them out within the PBS alloted time, they did nothing wrong.

Some people may rush out and get a book out the same day. And other's, like me, have to make a special trip to the P.O. since we don't have local pickup and no blue boxes around. If I've got orders coming in, or WL books I've posted on hold, I may wait to see if I can consolidate my P.O. trip from every day to one day, one trip.

Also, I always pick the latest "mail by" date. I usually intend to get them out before then, but sometimes things happen, and that give me a little leeway. So if someone pick the last day, you may be surprised they get it out earlier.

Sorry you missed out on your WL book though. Sometimes I think new people post books, trying the site out, but lose interest and don't come back. Hopefully someone will post it for you soon.

Date Posted: 1/17/2010 4:18 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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If you are sure the book was mailed late, note that under comments on the log in page.  On the same page, there's a place for postmark (which can be applied anywhere enroute) so use that entry.  But if the package uses USPS postage, the date is the actual mailing date and you can note this to PBS in comment section.  If the member has a history of mailing late, your info may result in action.

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 11:15 AM ET
Member Since: 10/21/2009
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Thank you all for responding.  It's very possible the second sender waited to send out books in one trip, I'd never thought of that.  I think I was just focussed on that when they did get around to mailing that it only took one day.  She probably set the send date as far out as possible.  I went back to her tower to order a third book, and the tower was on vacation hold.  And it was during the holidays, so I ordered from someone else that had the next two books on my list. 

I keep adding to my tower, but I've been told that it takes some time for the books to work their way up there to be ordered, so I never have many credits.  My orders are few and far between.  You can imagine how frustrating it is that when I do place an order and wait, and wait, and wait. . .and I also have relatively few book requests, about one a month so I tend to take care of those right away.  With only the one fiction book on my WL, I was pretty excited that it came up.  It was resolved, too, the system sent it to the next posted book, and someday that book will show up. 

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 12:08 PM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2007
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You could try doing a deal in the book bazaar to earn more credits. Also posting in the forums helps with moving books as well. People begin to know your name.

Another thing is to keep adding to your shelf. Many of us have outlets for inexpensive books (FOL's, UBS, thrift stores) and we keep adding and rotating stuff. I volunteer at an FOL plus have a couple really good ones near me, so that helps but I realize that's not a solution for everyone.

This really is a fun place so hang in there!  I am sorry about that wishlist book though. I've had that happen a few times. I just shake my head and wonder why the posted it to begin with! lol 



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