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Subject: What Happens next...WL question
Date Posted: 8/10/2008 2:28 PM ET
Member Since: 12/21/2007
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I had a book on auto-request for my wishlist and received the email that it was accepted into the system just a day or two ago. Today I received a "cannot mail" message from the person. She can't mail due to a recent health issue. I was put back on the wishlist (at number one--I think I'm the only person requesting the book anyway).

The book doesn't appear on her shelf at the moment, and her shelf isn't on vacation hold (I sent a polite PM and said she might want to consider putting it on so that she doesn't get more orders until she's recovered).

 

What happens now? Is her book kind of lost in limbo land and can't ever be offered to me again? I understand what happens if a book is turned down due to can't meet requestor conditions but what  if it's just a cannot mail message?

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 3:09 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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Her book was removed from her shelf when she cancelled the order. It won't reappear until she reposts it, at which time, if you are still first and haven't rec'd one from anyone else, it will be reoffered to you.

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 3:56 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Anytime you cancel a book request or decline one for reasons other than requestor conditions it just removes the book from your shelf and you have to repost the book.  And you're right-she should put her bookshelf on vacation if she's unsure about when she can mail books out again.

ETA: if this were a non-WL book it would have ordered the book from the next person in line.  So if you're doing a deal in the book bazaar and someone cancels, make sure you cancel that 2nd request.  Because that next person is not obligated to give a deal. 



Last Edited on: 8/10/08 3:57 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/10/2008 4:41 PM ET
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Thank you both for explaining! I had no idea what would happen. Your answers clarified it for me.

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 5:24 PM ET
Member Since: 5/14/2007
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Why would you post a book if you were unable to mail it? If it was a wl book it would have been posted just shortly before she cancelled.

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 12:10 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Things happen sometimes.  I had a WL book get wet after I had posted it and it was accepted.  I had to cancel.  She may have a chronic illness that flared up right after posting the book.  She may have found out she needs to go the hospital.  She may be pregnant and unexpectedly put on bed rest.  She could have badly sprained an ankle on her way out of the house. (this happened to me a couple years ago although I wasn't a PBS member at the time. I had to cancel a lot of things because I was immobile for a week).  One member had a bad car accident with a bunch of PBS books ready to be mailed in her car.  She was in the hospital for a while and missed the mail by date on all of them. She had to get her account and credits reinstated.  Lots of things could have happened. 

 

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 6:53 AM ET
Member Since: 5/14/2007
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You're right, of course.

I am just bitter because i had a similar situation occur to me. Book poppd up while I was online and I instantly accepted (so there's 1 hour) and then 5 minutes later they marked as cannot mail as they no longer had it. I am sure a friend decided they wanted it but it really cheesed me.