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Topic: Is there a way to tell what number you are in the FIFO line?

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Subject: Is there a way to tell what number you are in the FIFO line?
Date Posted: 3/23/2012 5:54 PM ET
Member Since: 12/1/2005
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I know this has been covered before but after searching I can't for the life of me find it!  So, when posting a book that already has at least one other copy in front of it in the FIFO line is there a way to tell what number your copy is?

I'm asking because I want to thin my books and donate any that aren't going to be requested  to the library but I don't want to get rid of any that have only one or two copies in the system in case they're something someone really wants.  Does that make sense?

Should I just assume that if there is an "Order now" button I should donate my copy since it will never be requested?


Date Posted: 3/23/2012 6:33 PM ET
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First of all, there is no way to know except for when you post the book. You can add the book to your reminder list, check to see how many copies there are & then when yours is added, you can assume it's the next in line.

Even if there are a lot of copies of a book, sometimes people do order books from you.  And yes, if there are only a handful of copies of a book, it would be wise to hang on to yours but even if there are a lot of copies, sometimes those books will get ordered from you eventually.  Say for instance someone orders one of yours that is the only copy, they may order a 2nd book from you at the same time (it doesn't always happen, but it could).

Never assume that just because it says "Order now" that you should throw out yours.  You could put all of yours on your shelf & offer a "book deal" to people, like a 2 for 1 where they get a free book if they order one.  In those instances, having a bigger shelf can come in handy, even if you do have books that a lot of people have posted on here.

Date Posted: 3/23/2012 6:46 PM ET
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Good to know about the reminder list thing.  I'll have to try it.  Thanks.

Date Posted: 3/23/2012 6:57 PM ET
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What Amber said.  You might try offering a deal in the Book Bazaar to try to help thin your shelves, but you never know what will get requested -- someone might look at your shelf and choose the "Order More from this Member" option, or order directly from your profile instead of FIFO, a gold key friend might place an order, etc.  You could also offer logical deals to folks already ordering from your shelf -- i.e. you've got several books from series posted, if someone orders book 3, let them know you've also got book 5 and you'll be happy to give them a 3 for 2 deal if they want, or whatever.

To answer your original question, no, there's no way to really tell where you are in the FIFO line if you didn't see how many copies were in the system when you posted it, and this is somewhat intentional, since there are all sorts of ways books can get ordered out of FIFO order.

You've got an interesting assortment of genres on your shelf.  If you're looking to get more bookshelf action, trying getting involved in some of the genre or other forums, which will make you and your shelf more visible to other members.  You might also add plot descriptions, cover photos and any other details missing from your bookshelf, to help increase their appeal.  If you aren't familiar with that process or have questions, feel free to send me a PM.

Date Posted: 3/24/2012 6:56 AM ET
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I also include my deal offer in my forum signature.  That way, everyone sees it.

Date Posted: 3/24/2012 11:30 AM ET
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The number of copies in the system really isn't useful information towards whether or not your book will be requested in my opinion. I've had books that were the only copy, or one of a few, that sat on my shelf for years. I've had books with many copies available go rather quickly. A lot of copies could just mean a lot of readers so the book will be requested a lot, and few copies could mean that there is little interest in the book. 

Date Posted: 3/24/2012 2:09 PM ET
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Also I have ordered a copy of some rather common books as an additional item from someone I was ordering a wish list book from.   So the person got rid of that one quicker than they would have through the FIFO.

Date Posted: 3/24/2012 2:47 PM ET
Member Since: 8/30/2008
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Exactly what Melanie wrote, for me, too. Sometimes it's just taking advantage of seeing a book on someone's shelf, something a member has been thinking of reading and it's there, on your shelf. And they grab it.