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Subject: what do you use the club wish list for?
Date Posted: 1/9/2008 5:28 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2007
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im curious what you use this feature for.  someone mentioned one use in a different thread earlier.


so what do YOU use it for?

Date Posted: 1/9/2008 6:19 PM ET
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Some people who have handheld Internet access bring it up when they're standing at their library booksale, so they can put in a book that's in front of them and see if it's wished for before they buy it.

Date Posted: 1/9/2008 7:10 PM ET
Member Since: 10/25/2005
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The wish list is like my own personal book shopper.  There's something faboo about getting an email telling me a wished-for book is waiting for me to request it.  Yes, I am a dork. 

Date Posted: 1/9/2008 7:12 PM ET
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Here's how I used it recently.  I have a boxed set that I am considering posting, and I'd really like the books to all go together with the box to one person.  I suspected that they may be WLed, so if I posted the books directly to my shelf, they would be offered to the people on the WL for those books and therefore could not be sent together.  So I checked the ISBNs to the club WL, and sure enough, all of them are WLed, so it's good that I checked before I posted.  If/when I am ready to trade my boxed set, I can offer them in the BB instead, so that they can all go to one person.

I have also checked the club WL a time or two when I was considering WLing a book for myself- to see how long the waiting list was.  On a couple of occasions, it was longer than I wanted to wait, so I bought the books in a UBS instead.  I also sometimes go to garage sales and thrift stores and pick up books to post, so it's nice to know what to keep an eye out for when I go.

Date Posted: 1/9/2008 7:13 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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I occasionally browse thru it to see what other people are looking for.  I've been surprised at books that I own that other people are wishing for.  Stuff I'd never thought about posting because I didn't think anyone would want it.


Date Posted: 1/10/2008 2:19 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I live on an island. I have a small UBS in town but most of the books there are available on PBS and I would rather use credits to get them since I have a lot of credits.  But about once a month I take a trip to the mainland and stop at Half-price books if I can. It's an hour away-not a big deal but not a weekly trip either.  If I think I'm going to stop then I'll look at the WL and see what people are looking for that I might be interested in reading. I can't find good enough deals to buy books just to post them here.  But  I've found a lot of books I want to read that are WL here.  I've started putting Club WL books on my RL.  These are books that I'll look for and if I find great-I'll read them and post them. But not books that I necassarily want on my WL.  By putting them on my RL I can check them easily before I go shopping.  I'm not a computer savvy person. I tried to transfer it to my PDA but I couldn't figure out how to do that.  So one day while watching TV (it's next to the computer in the playroom) I typed up a list of WL books I wanted to look for including the last 4 ISBN. Now I just do a quick update before I go out or if I'm fooling around on the computer.

Some people have places where they can get books for super cheap and so they buy books just to post here.  They use the Club WL to see what people are looking for in hopes of finding them cheap.

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 5:45 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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I personally don't use it at all. LOL I just read what I want to read, post it to the system when I'm done. If It's wished for, great! If not, it will sit on my bookshelf til someone wants it. When I go to the FOL (Friends of the Library) sales at my local library twice a year, I buy on instinct, knowing the "type" of books that are usually wanted, and usually do quite well with a great percentage of those flying out the door pretty fast even if they aren't wishlisted by anyone.


Date Posted: 1/10/2008 5:56 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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I went through the entire Club Wishlist when I first joined, one or two letters of the alphabet per day, and found some interesting books to get my own wishlist started.  (I also read the manuals that come with electronic devices, and browse the Help Docs here.  It's sort of my thing.)

Date Posted: 1/12/2008 11:51 AM ET
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I have a ton of books waiting to be read, so when I was first on PBS I used the wishlist to help me prioritize what to read first - I didn't religiously read things in that order, but it added one more reason to help me decide. It was especially great to realize that I had a couple of books I'd started but gotten distracted from that were wishlisted - that was a really quick fix for my posting yearnings! After I had 20 credits or so I stopped doing that; but then I moved three months ago and I went back to prioritizing the same way for a couple of months beforehand, to clear a few more things out. Likewise, I sometimes check the wishlist to decide whether to post a book or just donate it someplace, especially for hardbacks (my husband and I go through a fair number of books, and also we found ourselves purging books both before and just after the move, so I actually sometimes - gasp! - have more books to post than I feel like keeping around for very long).

Date Posted: 1/13/2008 1:05 PM ET
Member Since: 5/29/2007
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I have actually never used it, or looked at it.  Perhaps I'll do that.