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Subject: I want this WL book, just not your copy. URGENT!
Date Posted: 1/31/2009 11:02 AM ET
Member Since: 2/2/2007
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I had a WL book offered to me on 1/19. It happened to be a workbook so I accepted with the following RC: "

If this item is a workbook or textbook, please pm me with a description of the book's condition (per PBS guidelines). I may still want the book with highlighting, missing pages, etc so please don't decline a Wish List book from me without checking first. 

Thanks, Char - thezookeeper  This only applies to workbooks & textbooks."  (I always put my name and ID in the message so they can contact me before accepting).

This member accepted, then pm'd me to say that 88 pages were completed in the book. I pm'd back to say that was too many pages written in and please cancel from her end so I wouldn't lose my place in line. So no problem, she cancelled it.

Yesterday the WL book is offered to me again by the same member. I'm not sure how that happened unless she took the book of her shelf and put it back on again.

So what do I do now? I don't want to be in an endless loop with this member. If I decline the book will be taken off my WL  and if I let the 48 hours go by, it will be taken off my WL, so I'm not sure how to approach this one. I'm the only one on the WL right now.

Date Posted: 1/31/2009 12:26 PM ET
Member Since: 5/22/2007
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What you can do is tell her you're going to order it again but this time tell her to Decline stating the book doesn't meet your requestor conditions. Then it shouldn't be offered to you again as far as I know. Tell her NOT to accept it and then decline it.

Here are some relevant Help Center documents on it:

  • Your Requestor Conditions should NOT ask the sender to "PM me if you are unsure"
    • There is no mechanism for the sender to PM the requestor from a request without accepting it
  • If you want the sender to communicate with you about the book, you should phrase this "If you are unsure whether or not your book meets these conditions, please ACCEPT this request and then send me a Personal Message about the book."
    • If the sender does this, though, YOU will need to cancel the request if you decide that the book does not meet your conditions.
      • The sender would have to repost the book after cancelling it, so if YOU ask the sender to contact you to discuss the book, YOU must be the one to cancel the request if the sender contacts you and you don't want the book.
      • The exceptions to the above are:
    1. a sender who accepts and then sends a message about an unpostable book
    2. a sender who accepts and sends a message about a book that clearly does not meet your Requestor Conditions (no further communication or clarification was needed)
    3. A sender who accepts and sends a message when your Conditions did not ask to be contacted to discuss your Conditions
I hope this helps...

Date Posted: 1/31/2009 12:37 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2007
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I would think that those rules don't apply to the workbook/textbook situation since those require a PM anyway

Date Posted: 1/31/2009 12:43 PM ET
Member Since: 5/22/2007
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Help Docs again:

writing or highlighting on the text pages is NOT OKAY Exception: if it is a textbook or workbook, these are expected to have highlighting/underlining/writing

  • if you post a textbook/workbook, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
  • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO before the book is sent
  • This is the one of the ONLY two cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 1:08 AM ET
Member Since: 2/2/2007
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Thanks. I pm'd her and it's taken care of, I hope. ;p

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 8:47 AM ET
Member Since: 10/23/2005
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Char, that is exactly what happened, by cancelling the order, the book was removed from her shelf. When she posted it again, it was offered to you since you are first in line. This time she will need to decline due to RCs and you will be first in line for the next copy posted.