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Subject: wish list question
Date Posted: 10/27/2009 12:49 PM ET
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I have about 12 books on my wish list and am very far down on the list. like 124 out of 124. do I have a prayer of ever getting these books? sounds like a bunch of people

want them but not lots are posted. am I correct? thanks.

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 10/27/2009 12:54 PM ET
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Some books with 124 wishers move quickly. Others move slowly. Others not at all. It really, really depends on the book and edition.

If you're flexible, WL all the editions of a particular book. One of them is usually a faster mover than all the others.

Date Posted: 10/27/2009 4:17 PM ET
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Also the more books you have on your WL the more you are likely to get. So load up your WL. 

Date Posted: 10/27/2009 4:30 PM ET
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Well, I've received quite a few books where I have been in the 100s on the Wish List .... but they have all been fiction.

I took a peek at your Wish List and you seem to be wishing art books and non-fiction. those tend to move slower, maybe even a lot slower.

If you look at your Wish List, you will see a line where it will tell you when the book was last posted, or how many wishes were granted last week. If it was last posted recently, then the line is likely moving. If it was last posted in 2008 or earlier or if it says N/A, then you are in for a very long wait!

Date Posted: 10/27/2009 4:46 PM ET
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Art and craft books (sadly) tend to move very slowly as people hang on to them - unlike, say, a mystery or a romance where people are much more likely to read once and post.

Date Posted: 10/27/2009 6:31 PM ET
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that's kinda what I thought, thanks for the feedback. I have a large collection of crafting books that I refer back to and enjoy keeping so I can understand why people don't post 

them that frequently. 

Date Posted: 10/27/2009 11:09 PM ET
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I've gotten several books like that - had to wait a while.  You might want to check either Amazon's used book sellers or that site that sends out books  and doesn't charge for postage/shipping.   There are many art books on my WL and while I've gotten some in the past,many haven'rt been posted at PBS.  But if they are on a WL someone somewhere might see that and post them.!!


Date Posted: 10/28/2009 12:04 AM ET
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I'm in the same boat. All my wish list books are non-fiction, cookbooks, etc.. Some books on my wish list haven't moved in months.  Many seem to have never been posted at all so I guess it will be years till I get to the end of the line.  For fiction, my library  is pretty good and usually the lists move fast there and for mass market paperbacks, they are cheap enough to just buy new or wait a short time and get them at the used book store.


Date Posted: 10/28/2009 4:02 PM ET
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When ordering from Amazon used book venders (and probably similar services) remember those free postage offers do not apply to the vender partners.  For Amazon used books, there is a $3.99 shipping charge added to the cost of a used book.  I mentally add that in when finalizing my order...the new book for $9.50 + $3.99 shipping ($13.49) , or the new book for $12.50 and no shipping (if I add another book so the total amounts to over $25).  Many of the used books are priced under new price, but over new price when shipping is added.  Therefore, I tend to wait until I want a couple that total over $25 and get new books with free shipping.

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