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Subject: Is there a way to put your shelf on hold, but not your Wish List?
Date Posted: 11/10/2016 9:06 AM ET
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Is there a way to put your pbs book shelf on hold, but not the rest of your account, especially not the Wish List?  For instance, I'd like to not send books out for a while, but still be able to get wish list offers. 

I currently have more credits than I want/need from sending out a bunch of wish listed and other books the past few months.  I did weed through my bookshelf and removed a lot.  I supposed I could remove the rest, but would hate for all that work with posting and submitting edits for them to go to waste.

Date Posted: 11/10/2016 10:27 AM ET
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Is there a way to put your shelf on hold, but not your Wish List?

No. 

I wish we had the option for "just hold the shelf" on vacation hold.  That would be great! 

There are some things you can do:

  1. Manually put each book on bookshelf on hold and lose your place in FIFO line. 
  2. Not have a bookshelf and just offer wl books.

Also sometimes life throws us a curveball and things happen suddenly without warning.  "Cannot Send" is an option if it's not possible to mail a book. 

 

 



Last Edited on: 11/10/16 10:28 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/10/2016 10:48 AM ET
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Yes, in a way. Hold your bookshelf like you normally would then put all the books on your WL on automatic request. Needless to say, this works best if you have spare credits to cover any WL books that are granted to you.

Date Posted: 11/10/2016 11:03 AM ET
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I forgot that one about setting wl to auto-request.  That's a good option if you have a decent amount of credits.  If you do not have enough credits does it convert to a 48 hour offer?  

Date Posted: 11/10/2016 11:10 AM ET
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Thanks Valerie and Sally for confirming what I was thinking (that No I can't).  I think I'll do nothing else for the time being.  Update: Someone ordered a book from my shelf, so I'm mailing it out today. (Can't help but think that someone read this thread and then found a book off my shelf to request. lol.)

So I just now put a hold on each of the remaining books. It was easier than expected. Next to "Mark" I clicked all, then I clicked hold.  I had to do it on each page, but only had 2 pages of books.  Between the two of us, we'll try to find some books to request from others shelves to use up some of the excess credits before we post more books or make our current books "live" again. 

Since my WL is at the maximum amount and I don't have emough credits to cover the whole list, I'm not going to put it on auto accept (even though it's doubtful that I'd get even enough WL offers to equal my number of credits).



Last Edited on: 11/12/16 7:17 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/10/2016 11:36 AM ET
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Yes, Valerie, if you do not have an available credit it converts to a 48-hour hold.

I have always been curious why people don't use automatic request more often than they do. As Gordon says, he doesn't have enough credits to cover his entire WL...neither do I but it doesn't stop me from using auto request. The most WL offers I've ever gotten at one time was 12 over a 4 day period, which has happened once in 9+ years.

Not to high jack this thread, but why do people not use auto request?

Date Posted: 11/10/2016 12:31 PM ET
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I've always wondered this as well.

Date Posted: 11/10/2016 1:06 PM ET
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When I go on vacation and place my shelf on hold, I only put a few books on auto-request. I look at which ones I am # 1 on or close to #1 if several  copies are being posted per week. 

Date Posted: 11/10/2016 1:07 PM ET
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I was going to ask about vacation hold but I found the answer in the Help Docs.

When your account is on vacation Hold,  WL set to auto-request Does Not convert to 48 hour offer.  

Which makes sense.  So many nuances to remember!  

If you use auto-request for a Wish List item:

  • When the book becomes available to you and you have credits, you will NOT get an email offer
  • The book will be requested automatically by your account when the book becomes available
    • The sender again will have 5 days to respond to the request
    • This will happen whether or not your account is on Vacation/Hold at the time.
  • If you have an item on auto-request and you do not have credits OR (if you are not a Standard Member) enough PBS Money for swap fee or any free Swap fees (and your account is NOT on Hold)
    • The auto-request will be converted to a regular Wish List offer: you will get an email notification, and you will have 48 hours to respond, just as explained above.
  • If you have an item on auto-request and you do not have credits OR if you are not a Standard Member and you do not have 49 cents for the swap fee or a free swap fee (and your account is on Hold)
    • You will simply be bypassed for that book, and you will remain in the same "place in line" in the Wish List.
    •  


Last Edited on: 11/10/16 1:07 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/10/2016 1:15 PM ET
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Thanks for pointing that out Valerie! I stand corrected. As you said, so many nuances!

Date Posted: 11/10/2016 5:02 PM ET
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I have had my entire WL on AR the entire time I have been a member. Unfortunately, my credits are usually at zero because I tend to spend them as soon as I receive then. I believe the most WL offers I have ever received at once are maybe 9 or 10. Never had an issue with it. If I needed credits, I just bought them from the bazaar or kiosk.

Pam



Last Edited on: 11/10/16 5:03 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/10/2016 6:49 PM ET
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I keep about half of my wl on auto-request, but not many on my list are mainstream, so I've never had a flood of offers.  I try to keep between 10-20 credits and I've never had a problem in 10+ yrs.

Date Posted: 11/11/2016 12:30 AM ET
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The main reasons that I don't use auto request are because I share the WL with my wife and because we sometimes no longer want a wish-listed book that becomes available.  We both need to go through the WL and see if there's any that we don't want any more.

Another reason right now with being close to Thanksgiving and Christmas, I wouldn't want to have auto request because of possibly going out of town during the holidays.

Date Posted: 11/11/2016 6:50 AM ET
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In answer to the question as to why people may not use auto-request.....Often times books stay on my Wish List for a year or two (or three) before they are offered to me.  Sometimes by that point I have no idea why I ever wanted to read that particular book because it no longer sounds interesting to me!

Date Posted: 11/11/2016 11:12 AM ET
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I don't use auto-request because I can't have my Requestor Conditions on.

Date Posted: 11/12/2016 10:18 AM ET
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Ditto Gordon & Robin

Gordon, you realize by placing your books on individual hold, they have lost their place in the FIFO line? If you use vacation hold, they keep their place.



Last Edited on: 11/12/16 10:20 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/12/2016 1:16 PM ET
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Yes, I was told that on other posts up above. It's not that big of a deal for me as most of my books don't have a whole lot of copies in the system.  Most either had none or just a few. 

Putting the books from my shelf on hold will stop the orders from coming in and give us a chance to find posted books and hopefully get WL offers to spend down some of our credits. If I was on vacation mode, I wouldn't get WL offers.



Last Edited on: 11/18/16 1:39 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 11/13/2016 12:05 AM ET
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Actually you can have your RC on with Auto-Request. You just cannot turn it on and off. It has to be always on. Or off.

Date Posted: 11/13/2016 9:13 AM ET
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Actually you can have your RC on with Auto-Request. You just cannot turn it on and off. It has to be always on. Or off.

I did not know that! Thanks for the tip.

smiley