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Subject: Why did this happen?
Date Posted: 12/18/2008 9:01 AM ET
Member Since: 12/19/2007
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Sometimes this place still confuses me! When I logged on the other day, I noticed that one of the books that I have on WL was listed as "available". I clicked on it and sure enough, it allowed me to order it. It is the same format as the book on my WL. Now, the book is on its way to me from New York and I still have the title on my WL and it still shows that I am "7 of 7" on the list. Here's my question. If there is a Wait List for a title, why would it be available for the asking on the log on page?
Date Posted: 12/18/2008 9:08 AM ET
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Probably a different ISBN. Check the ISBN on your WL book and the one that you ordered. I'll bet they're different.

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 9:15 AM ET
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Hmm...you're probably right. I just worry about the other six people on that WL. I now have a book that they probably want only because I happened to log on at the right time. Serendipity, I guess.
Date Posted: 12/18/2008 9:55 AM ET
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Some members only add certain binding or book types to their Wishlists. Others add every ISBN. Depends on if they have preferences about mass market paperbacks, trade paperbacks or hard covers. Sometimes I want to read the book as soon as possible, sometimes I will wait for the MMP since that is what I prefer to read and mail.

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 11:31 AM ET
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Sometimes people just don't know about other versions either. 

I've noticed that with Charlaine Harris books recently.  I bought one of her mmps that I new was WL.  I got to post it here and there's 1 copy available already.  But  there are 30+ people on WL for the older version.  Same binding-both mmps.  I just figure people put the older version on their WL then never added the newer version.  So I tagged the WL one with the ISBN that was posted.  There still isn't a line for the newer issue. But it's also no longer available and mine was ordered right away. 

I know I pay very little attention to my WL.  The only time I look at it is if I'm removing a book I got from some other source.  I rarely search for other versions that might be available or also WL.  If I happen to come across another version while browsing PBS I'll add it to my WL or order it if it's available.  I have a large TBR and a well stocked local library. So I just don't pay much attention.  I get them when I get them.  I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Also PBS will send out emails if a different version of a WL book is posted unless you turn that feature off.  So other members probably got the email and you just got to the book first.

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 11:36 AM ET
Member Since: 8/1/2007
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If I "kinda" want a book I will just add it to my WL when I see it and not worry about checking for other ISBNs.

If I REALLY want it, I will do a search and add every single ISBN, both Hardback and Paperback to my WL.

ETA:  I got a copy of Marley and Me very quickly this way because there was one ISBN that no one had wishlisted... so the first one that came, came to me.  I was deep in line on the other versions.  That was a great break for me.

Last Edited on: 12/18/08 11:37 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/19/2008 7:49 PM ET
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I find that happens with the "newly listed in your genre" a lot - an odd book will get posted that I think usually has a long WL and it just happens to be a different binding or something.

I'd read it quickly and send it on the way again, hopefully to someone on the WL.

Date Posted: 12/20/2008 8:48 AM ET
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This is one of the little "surprises" on PBS that I love.  It's almost like a detective game.  I know it probably isn't "fair" - but you snooze - you loose.   And I'm pretty active when it comes to books I really want.  Besides - it's great fun!