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Subject: Why why why why...
Date Posted: 2/8/2008 6:21 PM ET
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WHY.....do people list books and than say they cant send them.. ok ok ok i know life happens i do. just venting.

Harry potter 5 came up my turn to get it HURRAH they waited almost the full time to click accept..ok cool no problem. marked mail in 5 days ok...fine hey i am getting my WL book..

today they canceled. reason given. "Cant mail within the time frame"

*FUME* ok ok deep breath...nicely pm saying i dont mind if its a few days later or what not I really was looking foward to this book.

Pm back "oh ok i will let you know but it will be a while"

Errrr pardon my vent but WHY list the book than?

Date Posted: 2/8/2008 7:16 PM ET
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Maybe they had a family emergency or something that happened after they posted the book.  Maybe they realized they have no money until the next payday 2 wks from now. 

I had a lady offer me a BOB.  I picked my books and accepted. She had a death in the family and couldn't mail them for 2 wks.  But with BOB there is no real deadline so she didn't have to cancel the deal. 

Of course it's also possible that they had it listed on another site and then posted it here not realizing it's a WL book. Then they fibbed when filling out the cancellation. Or they loaned it to someone.

Date Posted: 2/8/2008 8:08 PM ET
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i know things happen..i do. I am not being unbearable i hope. I have just had this happen several times....lately all on WL books i glanced at the profile shes a brand new member joined and has 4 books listed...so I dunno.

but thanks for letting me vent guys. I normaly try not to.

Last Edited on: 2/8/08 8:08 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/8/2008 8:21 PM ET
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I understand your frustration; a lot of areas are having various weather disasters and influenza outbreaks at the moment too, so perhaps that is part of it.  Since it is a new member, you might take advantage of the opportunity to politely inform her of the feature that will allow her to put her bookshelf on hold.  Per the Help Center:

"If you are away from your home and cannot send out books within this timeframe [7 days], your account should be on hold to prevent incoming requests."



Date Posted: 2/8/2008 10:49 PM ET
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I did nicely suggest that. I know i shouldnt have complained but ugh its just been a rash of that lately.

Date Posted: 2/8/2008 10:53 PM ET
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In my case a family member borrowed one on my  posted list - so I'm hoping noone requests it until she's done!

Date Posted: 2/9/2008 1:17 AM ET
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You can put just that book on hold on your bookshelf. When the family member returns, then you can post it again. That is what I like about the new Bookshelf. You do not have to remove books that people borrow or that you are using in a swap. You can just put it on hold.
Date Posted: 2/9/2008 1:26 PM ET
Member Since: 1/15/2008
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An excuse I get a lot is: "It was taken on another swap site and I forgot to delete it on here" or "Sorry...it just sold on E-Bay".

Cross listing on multiple sites is a common practice




Date Posted: 2/9/2008 2:10 PM ET
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I got one last month - a WL book - posted that afternoon.  After I accept, I get a PM stating "Sorry, I only have one copy and I sent it to someone else this morning."  Ummm... this morning was before it posted to my list!!!

This is why we need a do not trade list!

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 6:33 PM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2008
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I had someone request a book that I sent as part of a 3 for 1 deal and forgot to take it off my bookshelf. I am VERY careful about that now. I felt horrible. But we are all human so who knows what happened.

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 6:38 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2007
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I had a similar problem, I pulled a couple books to use in a swap, and then I had them ordered!  Oopse!  I forgot to take them off the bookshelf!!

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 4:59 PM ET
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I've been on both sides of this Katie! We sold our house last April and moved fairly quickly. I had about 100 books posted on my bookshelf. I was so careful to try to box them all together, in 3 boxes. I had, I think 3 different books requested off my list that I just could not find. Two of them I still haven't. One when I did find it I pm'ed the person to see if she still wanted it. I felt so bad about all of them. I finally printed out my bookshelf list, went through all my books and now make sure I know where all my books are. I have had this happen to me too.

One funny story about a wish list book I requested- it was accepted, label printed, checked mailed. When it was just about to go missing, the sender sent me an email saying that their father had dropped it in the driveway on the way to the mailbox and it was destroyed in the rain. Okay, so I was disappointed, I had really wanted it. About 2 weeks later I received a pm from the member- guess what? I found the exact same book at a garage sale, so I will send it right out to you!!! They did too! I often wonder though, if they had lost it, didn't want to admit it, then eventually found it!! LOL!

Anyways, don't give up hope, hopefully you will get the book you want soon!