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Subject: Wish list offer replies
Date Posted: 2/10/2009 9:32 PM ET
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Is anyone else noticing that it seems there is a longer waiting period before members respond to wish list offers?  Or is it just mine they're not responding to as quickly and sometimes not as all, making it roll over to the next wisher?

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 10:02 PM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2008
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I had one respond right away this morning and actually felt like writing her a little email saying THANK YOU! :-) Hey, if you post to me, I promise to respond IMMEDIATELY! :-) hee hee. Well actually, I'm getting into bed to read now, but otherwise... anyway, I wish you much speediness in the future.

PS: I also practically fall all over myself to respond when I get a WL offer. I know you have two days and it's not going to get stolen out from under you like on another site. I don't know why. I'm sure it's pure excitement (I got two today and I hope it opened the floodgates) but I just feel like I have to respond super fast!

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 10:31 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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Mine seem to be taking a while to respond as well.

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 11:13 PM ET
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It's so variable...and it seems to go in streaks for me. For awhile, WL'd books i post will get snapped up right away, then I'll have a run of several where it takes 2, 3, 4 or more people to wade through to get to an acceptance.

I took my account off vacation hold yesterday after several weeks...we moved and I wanted to wait til I was settled and had books all unpacked and inspected and such. I had been posting all the books I'd read during the hold time to my bookshelf as I went along, so when I released the hold, I had something like 20 wishlisted books go out on offer right away. That was yesterday morning, a day and a half ago. There's only 5 still waiting for a response from the first person those books have been offered to, so that is actually much better than I anticipated given how things go sometimes. We'll see if any of them get accepted overnight--if not, they'll move on to person in line #2 tomorrow and we'll see if THEY want the books. Weeding the wishlists, that's how I look at it.

Updated: now only 1 wishlist hold remains. A couple accepted right away on the second round, and a couple others must've only had one wisher because they went back to my shelf. So, not bad!

My own WL is all auto-requested so sometimes a book will be offered to me, accepted by the sender and mailed before I even notice it--I love those kind of surprises. :)


Last Edited on: 2/12/09 9:35 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/10/2009 11:16 PM ET
Member Since: 6/12/2007
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I can vouch for Heather's response, those two WL book offers came from me.

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 8:39 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Whenever I post a heavily WL'd book to FIFO they time out on the 1st person.  You'd think with a super long WL line this person would be excited to get the book. But no.  It's the time outs and slow responses that prompt people to post directly to others instead of using FIFO.

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 9:10 AM ET
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Well, then thanks Melissa, you have awesome taste in books! I looked at your WL and we had tons in common. I was so psyched to not only get those WL offers, but that you accepted them to mail really quick instead of how some people leave it for days. It made my entire day!

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 9:12 AM ET
Member Since: 12/29/2008
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I've been having the same experience lately, where heavily WL books I have posted to FIFO have timed out after the first, second or third person....  I gave up and offered a few other books on the WL thread in my genre, which also helped me save on postage.

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 10:23 AM ET
Member Since: 12/17/2007
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This is how I've started looking at this - everytime I post a WL book and it goes through 2 or 3 or more people before being accepted, I picture the same thing happening with all of the books on my WL.  I might be number 20 or 30 on the list, but if half of the people don't accept, then I'm really only 10 or 15 books away from getting my wish.  So for every book that isn't accepted - there is someone further down the list who is thrilled that they're moving up.