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Subject: What if you go out of town and someone requests a book?
Date Posted: 11/18/2008 1:58 AM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2008
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Just joined and getting ready to post my 10 books.  Then realized I'll be out of state for the 10 days around Thanksgiving.  I'll have my laptop so i can check email, but won't have the books if anyone asks for them. 

How is that handled?  Just email them and let them know?  Or do I have to stay home from now on, so as not to frustrate prospective readers?



Date Posted: 11/18/2008 2:01 AM ET
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A little checking and answered my own question.  Under My Account there's a setting for Vacation Hold.  Someone already thought up a solution to this.





Date Posted: 11/18/2008 2:35 AM ET
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You've got it!  If you have wish list books on auto-request, they'll still come to you, but everything else will be on hold.

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 9:22 AM ET
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Yep, Vacation Hold is great! If you do decide to list your books now, do a search on the ISBN before you post them, and be sure that none are wishlisted. (If a book has no copies in the system and is wanted by other members, it will not have an "order this book" button and will show the number of folks who have it on their WL in the book details.)

If you list books that get offered to someone, and then they don't respond by the time you leave and put your shelf on Hold, that request still remains active and will either time out if you don't respond or you'll be obligated to mail it. So if a bunch of your books to list are wanted by other members, it may be best to wait til you get home to activate your account by listing books then.


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Date Posted: 11/18/2008 9:28 AM ET
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And, it's nice because you can do it far in advance if you want to.  For example, I have a baby due in early March, so I have already put my account on vacation hold for the month surrounding my due date.  Not that that would particularly apply to you, Dan, but I'm sure there are situations in which you could apply it.  :-)