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Subject: any way to remember and not use, a seller here?
Date Posted: 3/22/2011 3:58 PM ET
Member Since: 2/7/2011
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I'm relatively new here and have had both very good and very frustrating experiences. 


My question pertains to the sellers that wait until the last minutes of request time, to accept the request, then wait until the last possible minute to mark as sent.  Then either never sends at all or send just days before the final arrival date is due.  I've had both situtations come up this month.  And it has left a sour taste in my mouth.


I would like to know if there's any way to block those retailers from filling books in my wish list.  I still have not received that one book, and have been given my credit back by PBS.  And there is apparently one available.  But I don't want to order from the same seller as before.  And there appears to be no way to know. 

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 4:02 PM ET
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No, sorry, there isn't.  But with the huge number of members here, the chances that you run across the same member from a FIFO swap is pretty slim.  If you're concerned, then keep your own list.  Also, keep in mind that every transaction like the one you described helps to weed out inactive members.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 4:04 PM ET
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Thank you Lesley.  Is there a way to see, once we've requested a book, who we are requesting from?  So that we can cancel if it is the same person?

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 4:08 PM ET
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Once you order a book, you'll see "order more from this member" on your "books I've requested" tab. If you click that, it will take you to their bookshelf and you can see their member name.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 4:10 PM ET
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When you look at the request in your My Account area there is a small gray PM button on the right hand side of the request.  If you click that you can see the member's name in the PM screen.  It's a little hard if the member doesn't have a nickname (there are probably more than one Jane S. registered on the site for example) it is an option for you. 


Edited to Add: Lisa and I were apparently typing at the same time.  laugh  Her solution works as well, I had forgotten about that option. 

Last Edited on: 3/22/11 4:12 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/22/2011 4:10 PM ET
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thank you both for the assistance

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 5:18 PM ET
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Also--regarding the book you ordered with only one in the system...The one in the system is probably from a different member.  When your original request timed out, PBS automatically removed the original copy offered to you from the system.  So, unless the person posted the original copy immediately reposted it after not sending it to you and letting the transaction time out, the book is being offered by a different member. 

And like Lesley pointed out, each time a transaction times out like this, it helps weed out the inactive members from the site.  PBS keeps track of these transactions and will suspend an account if it appears to be inactive.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 5:19 PM ET
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I would also add that members here aren't typically referred to as "sellers" or "retailers." We're book traders, and since PBS is based on FIFO (First In, First Out--the first person who posts a book is the first to have it requested, and the first people to wish for a book will have it offered to them first) it's hard to effectively use any kind of blocking system. You have to be willing to cancel requests if you see that you're ordering from someone you don't like--which means if it's a wishlisted book, you lose your spot in line.

PBS allows a certain length of time to accept requests and to mail books, and as long as people work within those guidelines--even if they take the longest time allowed--they aren't doing anything wrong. Different people have good reasons for doing things as they do, and it doesn't make them bad traders at all.


Date Posted: 3/23/2011 2:17 AM ET
Member Since: 2/7/2011
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The term "seller" was used for definitive purposes, since "book trader" could equally be party a or b in the scenario.

I understand that PBS has allowable amounts of time for things.  However marking something as sent and then not sending for two weeks (or never), does seem to fall outside of that "the member has til this day to mail the book". 

I have only been a member her for maybe 8 weeks.  In that time, I've mailed several books and received several, with no issues.  Unfortunately, this last month has been a month of issues and I was wondering how to resolve some of them. 

I do apprecate the assistance on navigating the site & learning how to find out who I'm requesting a book from.  This will solve my issue.

Losing the place in the wishlist line is a bit frustrating though, but if that cannot be help, C'est la vie.

Last Edited on: 3/23/11 2:21 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/23/2011 6:56 AM ET
Member Since: 5/15/2005
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If you're sure other members are mailing the book later than they said, then when you mark it received, enter the post mark date at the bottom of the page. The site will  send them a warning about mailing their book(s) late. 

Edited to add - if you cancel a non-wishlist request because you don't want to deal with a specific member, you will need to wait until their book is requested before you can order again, so you may not be saving any time by doing this.

Last Edited on: 3/23/11 6:59 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/23/2011 7:27 AM ET
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Lisa, the wishlist book you requested the first time that went lost is likely not going to be posted again by the same member.

Was the sender of the first copy of the wishlisted book from Hawaii, Alaska or an APO? Those books take longer to arrive by media mail. Media mail is unpredictable.

Patience is key on this website as members are given five days to accept a request and then several more days to mail as some of us can only go to the post office on certain days of the week.

If a book does go lost then you get your position back in the wishlist line and another member will fulfill your wish when that book is available again.

Hope you get a copy of the book you are waiting for soon.