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Subject: Waiting for Member
Date Posted: 3/26/2009 2:05 PM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2005
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I requested 3 books about 3 weeks ago all from different members. Two have been received.   One of them still says waiting for member, but the request date has changed 3 times.  How long do we wait for member.  It is not a hard to find book and I was thinking maybe the first person didn't respond, and it was then requested from second then third person.  Does that sound logical?  I can't see that it would wait this long for the first person to respond.  I guess I just keep waiting and eventually my request will be accepted from someone.

Date Posted: 3/26/2009 2:24 PM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2006
Posts: 6,633
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Jackie, that sounds like what happened.  After 5 days with no response,  your request went to the next person in line with that book.  I recommend sitting and waiting it out, as this helps weeds out inactive members.  If you cancel your request and re-request the book, the request will go back to the same person.

Hopefully the book will be accepted soon!

Date Posted: 3/26/2009 2:27 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
Posts: 26,510
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unfortunately there are some dead accounts out there and this might happen sometimes. 

Anissa (WVgrrl) - ,
Date Posted: 3/26/2009 2:28 PM ET
Member Since: 1/16/2009
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I think your possible scenario is correct. The request has gone through several members. That happened to me with a book I requested in January. To make it worse, the book ended up going lost after the person who accepted the request (supposedly) mailed it. I finally got a copy last week, after requesting it from someone else. Anyway, my point is that you should just wait and not fret too much. You'll get a copy sooner or later.

Date Posted: 3/26/2009 3:08 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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Yes, that's most likely what happened. The problem of inactive accounts is supposed to be getting better since PBS now has some sort of automated system in place to put people's accounts on hold if they don't respond to a couple of book requests, which then suspends their books from the FIFO queue, but I'm still having it happen occasionally when requesting books.

It is best to wait it out, because if you cancel and re-order it goes right back to that person again. Think of it as doing PBS and your fellow members a favor by weeding the deadwood out. :)