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Subject: Want to Cancel Swap But....
Date Posted: 8/29/2008 8:55 PM ET
Member Since: 6/29/2008
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Hi:  I've been swapping for several months now and I just love this site!  I do have a question though:  I posted a book and have agreed to mail the book out.  However, I have decided to keep the series.  Can I mail the book to the requestor so she can read it and ask her to send it back to me?  I guess I could just put it back on my wish list too. 

I don't want to be rude or upset anyone, so please let me know the best way to handle this.

Thanks!

QueenJ

 

Date Posted: 8/29/2008 9:00 PM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2007
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Hi Anita--

The best thing to do would be to cancel the transaction on your end, then PM the requestor and politely explain why you are no longer willing to send the book.  Sending it and asking her to return it isn't a good option, and it costs the recipient to return the book to you.

Cheers,

Catt

Subject: Want to Cancel Swap But....
Date Posted: 8/29/2008 9:10 PM ET
Member Since: 6/29/2008
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Thank you Catt!  I really hate to cancel.  I will probably just go ahead and mail the book.  It's not her fault I changed my mind at the last minute!  Besides, I'm not sure where I think I am going to find room on my book shelves to put another series of books!!LOL

Thanks again for the suggestion :)

 

QueenJ

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 7:31 AM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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I think the best thing to do would be to send the book since you did agree to send it, and then re-request it through the PBS system from someone else.  It all evens out in the end that way!

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 11:38 AM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2007
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Is it a WL book? If not, the person's request will roll over to the next in line when you cancel, so there's really no harm done, just a delay. As long as you're polite, it shouldn't be a big deal.

The cancellation of a WL book is often more frustrating for the person who orders the book, but that person will go back to the head of the line, and should see it soon. Especially if it's a series book. (I've found that books in a series really move quickly here.)

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 1:39 PM ET
Member Since: 7/11/2008
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Personally, I'd just cancel the transaction and send a polite PM with your explanation.  If you send it off, you pay shipping to send it. Then when you request a new copy for yourself, you are paying for a credit to get the same book back.  Make sense?  (you'd save yourself about $6-7 by keeping the book that you have now).

Again, that is just MY 2c and how I see it.  Everyone is different so don't fret over it. Things like this always work out in the end.

:)  Dawn

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 9:49 AM ET
Member Since: 8/25/2007
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When I have done that, I generally end up sending the book and either ordering it again from here (if it's an available book) or just buying another one for myself if it's a WL book.  I personally don't think it's fair to person who ordered it to cancel, esp. since I was the one who put it out there to be ordered in the first place.  JMO.

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 9:06 AM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2005
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You should definitely mail it, since you agreed to do so. 

ETA:  From the Help Center:

Before you Post:

  • Please make sure to post only books that you are ready to part with. Posting a book that you are not prepared to send when it is requested creates a false sense of expectation in the member who requests the book.


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Date Posted: 9/1/2008 9:11 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/1/2008 10:10 AM ET
Member Since: 10/20/2007
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I picked up a bunch of books at Goodwill and posted the ones I didn't think I wanted to read.   Someone requested one of the books, and it really seemed like I should have not posted it.  If I would have been a little more careful, I would still have the book and would read it.  But, alas, it is with someone else now.  And - my TBR is so large, I don't feel like I cheated myself. 

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 10:44 AM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2005
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Phyllis - that has happened to me once or twice.  If you just decide you want to read it (not KEEP it), you have 5 days to mail it - so maybe you could squeeze in a quick read before you mail it out!