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Subject: Why do people post books and don't respond?
Date Posted: 11/12/2007 7:41 AM ET
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I received an e-mail that a member "just posted" a book I had on my wish list.  I ordered the book and its been 3 days and I haven't received a response.  I would think that if a person just posted the book, he/she would be anxious to send it and get a credit.

Any opinions?







Date Posted: 11/12/2007 8:52 AM ET
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I have no clue.. unless maybe they posted and then had something come up that made it hard to get to the computer?  You never know in an emergency came up or if they can only get to a computer in frequently.  Good luck getting your wishlist book!!

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 9:06 AM ET
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It's annoying, isn't it.  I just ordered a book and two days later got a cancelled response with the message "I don't have time to mail this book."  This one title was removed from her bookshelf by the system, but her bookshelf is still up, not on hold or anything. 

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 9:41 AM ET
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I am in a situation right now where someone posted a book to my WL, took a few days to accept, then couldn't mail within 2 days so she picked a mailing date further out...then never mailed it!  So, the request was cancelled, and THEN, she re-posted the book!  Again, I am first in line for the book on my WL, so now we are "waiting on member" to respond.  If she doesn't respond to the request by the end of the day, I'm gonna PM her.  So frustrating!

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 11:42 AM ET
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Lisa, that's VERY frustrating....been there myself.

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 11:54 AM ET
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I feel your pain!  I just had a WL book come up last week.   When two days went by with no response I checked their account and it said no longer an account holder.   Today I got the email saying it was going back on my WL.  I get all that but what I don't get is why I still had to wait the 5 days for the request to time out when their account was closed and their books removed from the system all along. 

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 12:21 PM ET
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Same thing is happening with me.  One of my wishlist books was posted on friday and I clicked that I wanted it immediately.  So, since Friday it has been saying "Awaiting Member".  Wonder what they're waiting for.

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 12:52 PM ET
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Some people may only have computer access during the week at work.  Also they may have posted it and not realized it was a WL book. When I first joined and posted a bunch of books I didn't realize several were WL books.  Luckily I work at home and check my account frequently.  Also some people put books on more than one book trading site and ebay.   I think this is ok with non-WL books. But if it's a WL book, don't post it here unless you intend to send it out.

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Date Posted: 11/12/2007 1:11 PM ET
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Thanks, Mrslefty.  I'm one of the ones who usually checks this site frequently weekdays from work, but not often during weekend from home.  Then, I missed receiving two wishlist books (sending me to the back of the WL on them) AND I missed sending out a book I've had on my bookshelf since forever (since I joined)  with many, many copies in the system (who KNOWS when that one will ever get re-requested).  Those three burns happened during the same weekend.

Since then, I try to check at least once during the weekend to make sure I don't miss anything.

I am one of the ones on the site GRATEFUL for the 48 hour response allowance time.  I -need- that time sometimes.  I usually don't use up the entire allotted response time, but glad to have that leeway, and a few times I have had to use all the time the system allowed me.  I hate other sites like Bookmooch, where there is only a 2-hour window to respond and then your wishlist book is unavailable.  Bad enough, their WL isn't even FIFO, but lottery-based as to which WL people get notified.  And then, to only have 2 hrs to respond???  I'm NEVER gonna see any books from that site... *sigh*    PBS is sooooooo much better, so much more organized and the PBS forum folks I've met online have been awesomely amazing!!!

I understand the wonderfulness of receiving new books and the anticipated excitement with which we await that great feeling, but I wish more PBS folks had a little more patience.  I get so sad and frustrated when I see folks posting rants about people like me that need the extra time to respond sometimes...  (not that I'm implying that Philly or anyone here was ranting, but I was just saying...)

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 1:21 PM ET
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Robin if you put your WL books on auto-request then you don't have to worry about missing a request and losing your place in line. Just make sure you have a few credits on hand to cover them.  You don't have to have enough to cover all your WL just a few incase one or two comes in when you can't on the computer.

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 2:45 PM ET
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Sometimes life just happens. I posted a bunch of books. A bunch were requested. Like one or two per day.  Then my 2nd grader got sick. He was out of school for a week. During which time I worked 12 hours shifts and took care of him when I got home. Then I tried to sleep a bit. Each day I tried to wrap books and get to the post office. Unfortunately it didnt happen. I had no idea he was going to be sooo sick.  Yes I mailed a few books late. But I have to say that I pm'd everyone and even offered credits back.  Everyone was very understanding.


I have also been on the other side of the coin. I know it is frustrating that no one responds to your requests. But I just stop and think that things happen. 


Just my humble opinion. 


Date Posted: 11/12/2007 3:21 PM ET
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Robin if you put your WL books on auto-request then you don't have to worry about missing a request and losing your place in line. Just make sure you have a few credits on hand to cover them.  You don't have to have enough to cover all your WL just a few incase one or two comes in when you can't on the computer.

Yes but then you have what happened to me this AM....

"we're sorry but the book you requested cannot be mailed, the sender says, "sorry I just sent this out on mooch, you missed it by an hour"   

The new-to-club sender doesn't realize that auto requests aren't visible for the first hour due to buyer's remorse, so I had it on auto request and missed out anyway.

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 6:13 PM ET
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Everyone's life and schedule is different. I know that it is very rare for me to mail on other than Tuesday. That is the only day that my local post office is not a complete mess and that I usually have time to go there. So, if you order one of my books on Tuesday after I've been to the PO it might look like it takes me forever to respond. On the other hand if you order on Monday I look like Super Speedy. It all balances out in the long run
Date Posted: 11/12/2007 7:19 PM ET
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I've been very lucky requesting and receiving books since joining in May of this year, but suddenly four of the books I requested on the 8th (that's last Thursday) have had no response.  Seems odd that four different people would go 4 days without replying.

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 7:52 PM ET
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This has been a holiday weekend and some people may simply be out of town.

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 9:23 PM ET
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"we're sorry but the book you requested cannot be mailed, the sender says, "sorry I just sent this out on mooch, you missed it by an hour"   

This is why I'll post books here first and check my bookshelf before posting to other sites.....2 books I had no idea would be WL'd were and thankfully I checked before posting them elsewhere as well!

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 11:01 PM ET
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I had Lisa's problem awhile back.  I think the poster realized it was a wishlisted book and posted it as soon as they received it hoping for a quick credit.  Unfortunately it took them longer to read the book than the allowed 7 days so the request timed out.  They re-posted the book as soon as it timed out and I since I was on auto-request my request got tied up in it again.  Luckily they managed to get the book read and the request didn't time out a second time.

Date Posted: 12/9/2007 11:48 PM ET
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I have all I can do to have books listed on PBS.  Using more then one book swapping site would be having too many irons in the fire. I go by the "less is better"!

Date Posted: 12/10/2007 7:44 AM ET
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Do a lot of people post books, then read them?  This just seems odd.  I can understand wanting to motivate yourself, but I can't understand putting this type of pressure on myself.  If I wanted to read books on a time line, I would just get my books from the library.  I'm hearing more and more incidents where the poster couldn't get the book read in time, so the trans action timed out.  I guess I'm trying to figure out if I weird, because I post books when I finish them, not before I read them.


Date Posted: 12/10/2007 9:34 AM ET
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I don't post books unless I know for sure I don't want to read it or if I am nearly done with the book and know that it will be done by the time it is requested and I accept it and ship it.  However, it is very rare that I do that and usually only when a WL'd book

Date Posted: 12/10/2007 9:44 AM ET
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I just had something similar happen. A WL book was posted into the system, I was number one. I accepted, checked out their shelf, didn't see anything else screaming for me and waited. It timed out, was reposted and now I"m waiting on the SAME member again! UGH! I have no RC, nothing, I just want my book! UGH!

Date Posted: 12/10/2007 10:59 AM ET
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I always add books to my TBR pile before I post them, that way I know if they are wishlisted.  Also, I don't post anything I haven't read or do not want to read.  I get a lot of books to post from the library bookshop and Goodwill, sometimes buying them JUST to post.  But anything I want to read just goes on Mount TBR and I post it when I'm done with it.

Date Posted: 12/10/2007 12:12 PM ET
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A quick note: There is a huge ice storm event here in the central US, and it started back on Saturday. Over 200,000 people in OK have lost power, and more power losses are expected as more trees fall from the ice. If anyone placed an odrer from a member in this region, expect delays.

Date Posted: 12/10/2007 6:12 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/10/2007 11:23 PM ET
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Is it just me or is it mostly the more obscure books that get posted and then the poster never responds?