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Subject: Wish List Requests Not Accepted
Date Posted: 1/22/2010 11:34 AM ET
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I have a long wish list, and one of the most frustrating things is when I get a Wish Granted message and request the book, only to have the person who posted the book completely ignore the request (not even send a PM explaining why they can't/won't send the book). The request eventually times out, and then I have to wait until someone else posts the book.

Has anyone else experienced this? Any ideas why someone who went to the trouble to post the book would ignore a Wish List request?

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 11:41 AM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2008
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I've had this happen to me as well twice this past year. Why would someone post a WL book and then not mail it? It is frustrating.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 11:47 AM ET
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Yes, this has happened to me.  But my gripe is about the 48 hours they allow the person wishing the book to respond.  I recently posted a book that had two people on the wish list.  I was first in line and my wish list notice went out.  Well, the person didn't respond and after 48 hours it timed out.  In the meantime I guess someone else posted the book because the second person who was on the wish list was no longer there. 

I think 48 hours to allow someone to respond to a wish list request is excessive.  If someone really wants a book, they can easily put it on auto request.  I am tired of having wish list books go through 2, 3 and sometimes 4 offers before someone accepts.  That means the book is tied up for sometimes a week or more.


Date Posted: 1/22/2010 11:49 AM ET
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I'm with you, Erica. I just don't understand why someone would take the time to post a wishlist book and then ignore the request. I have had this happen to me a few times and it's very frustrating. It also irks me that during the five days that I'm waiting for that member to accept my WL request, there are other members on the wishlist getting their request fulfilled. All my wishlist books are on auto request.

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Date Posted: 1/22/2010 11:50 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Sometimes people join, post a lot of books without checking to see if they are WL and then get overwhelmed.  Or they decide they don't want to do PBS at all and then just abandon the account. Sometimes people post books without checking and then go on vacation not realizing one of the books they posted was WL. 

I recently purchased a bunch of books at the thrift store. I posted them right away because I new they would all be heavily posted books.  Most were ones that if I sent out without reading I would be ok with that.  I bought them because they were .10 and looked never read.  Anyway, while posting the stack I accidentally posted one that I really, really wanted to read.  When I saw it up there, I said OK, I'll just read it quickly if it gets requested.  I was surprised to see it on WL hold later that day.  I mean it was a cheap romance and not a hard to find one either.  Now had I put my account on vacation hold and gone out of town-I might have missed that request there. 

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 11:55 AM ET
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I think the 48hrs is good.  Sometimes people run out of credits and it takes them time to buy or borrow a credit. Or if they have books in the mail it allows them time to get one mark received so they can accept the WL.   Also not everyone has computer access everyday.  I

Time outs help weed out the inactive accounts.

I still think PBS should have a once a month log in requirement to keep your account active.  Even people with limited computer access can handle once a month.  An automated email could be sent out to accounts that aren't on vacation and haven't logged in for say 2 wks.  Just a reminder that their account will be put on vacation if they don't log in by x date or something.  One of the things I like about Bookmooch is that it'll show on every account their last log in day.  So if you see that someone hasn't logged into their account in 3 months-you can avoid ordering a book from them.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 12:21 PM ET
Member Since: 6/12/2009
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I agree with Mary.  I think people join, post their books to get the free credits, order their free books, then leave.  I've had a lot of wish list books time out recently, which would only inconvenience the poster since the book is then removed from their bookshelf and must be reposted.  These things seem to go in spurts as the site is spoken about and advertised randomly around the country, and we get an influx of new members.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 12:28 PM ET
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I just had this happen to me.  I had an audio book i was one of two on the WL for.  A member posted it and I had it on Auto Request so I didn't even need to accept it.  The member never responded and my wish timed out.  Then the very next day the same member posted the same audio book and can you quess what happened....it timed out again. So frustrating!

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Date Posted: 1/22/2010 12:32 PM ET
Member Since: 9/2/2008
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Had it happen to me.  I had one that was granted, timed out and now I'm #2 on the WL!  Someone came back.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 1:11 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/22/2010 1:26 PM ET
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It happens and I know from experience how irritating it can be. It seems to me like new members are a good source of wishlist books, but unfortunately they are also much more likely to do something like let a request time out because they don't understand how the site works yet. It seems like most of mine happen because the person didn't realize that they were posting a wishlist book, or didn't realize that that would mean they would get an order rather quickly. For instance, I was offered a book on midwifery that was on my wishlist only to get a message a few days later from the sender saying she needed to cancel because she had just given birth and could not get to the post office. 

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 1:30 PM ET
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Particularly over a holiday weekend, the 48 hours is often not enough for people. They don't think about putting their account on hold, since they are only going away for the weekend, but then a WL book pops up, and the 48 hours suddenly isn't long enough at all.

Even on a normal basis, not everyone checks their account everyday. Some people have very busy lives, children, jobs, etc, and cannot get in here everyday, and they shouldn't be punished for that inability. The 48 hours gives everyone time to get in atleast every other day to check for WL books.

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Date Posted: 1/22/2010 1:56 PM ET
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Before I put my WL books on AutoRequest Yes, I would miss WL books offered to me over the weekend, because my weekends were frequently so busy I didn't have time to get to my computer, even though usually I'm quite an active member on here, logging several hours minimum each weekday.  But I missed several WL books offered to me that I really wanted, because the 48 hours was not long enough to make it through the weekend before I logged in again on Monday.

So, I'm in favor of the 48 hours time, and I'd extend it for weekends if I could!

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 2:33 PM ET
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48 hours is reasonable to me. Especially if people cannot access a computer over weekends. There is always auto-request, which I take advantage of - I mark all the books that I am below 3 or 4 in the wish line as auto request. Then I can participate in real life and still get the books I want.

Ive got so many TBR books now that I cant even decide what to read anymore anyway.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 4:09 PM ET
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I think that happens to all of us Erica. :)

If somebody hasn't accepted the request, they can't PM you either. That button becomes available once they accept the request.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 5:11 PM ET
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Though patience is not a known virtue of mine, I do agree with the 48 hours to respond.  Seriously, if someone can't wait that long for another member to respond, then go out and buy the book yourself.  

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 10:39 PM ET
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I've had it happen to me too and it is frustrating, especially if it's a book you've been waiting for a long time.  And I agree with Mary about the once a month log in idea.  It would definitely weed out the inactive members.

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 3:13 PM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2007
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I've had it happen to me too. Not too often but a couple times.

Recently I posted a WL book and it went through all 7 wishers before the last one finally accepted! Lol, definitely cleared off that WL (and only one person took the time to actually say they didn't want it instead of letting it time out).

Subject: I've a question on the WL
Date Posted: 1/23/2010 3:39 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2010
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New here, so still learning.  I haven't put anything on my wish list, but I have several on a reminder list.  I thought it best to just have it on a reminder and then put it on the wish list when I knew I had the credits.  I had 11 credits (I've posted 15 books) with some not received yet so credits waiting.  Only one book is still out for someone to want. 

Anyhow, I picked out three books I  had on my reminder and just ordered them that way.  I was worried that I might want a book and have the credits used for books that are in a lower priority.  If I want book A but there is a higher demand, so my credits are used up for books B, C, and D, then I lose out when book A is ready due to using up all of my credits. 

Am I wrong in thinking that?  I intend to use the credits, just want to pick and chose when I order a book.  So far the ones I want there are either plenty of, or I will just go ahead and buy it new. 


Date Posted: 1/23/2010 4:03 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/23/2010 4:29 PM ET
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Erica, I'm experiencing the same thing right now. I've been offered the same WL book 3 times in the past 2 weeks. The request timed out on the first member I got the offer from (her account is now on hold; not sure she realized the book would come straight in or if she just realized she wasn't ready to send it, or what). The book has been offered to me twice from the same member, and they have let it time out once. It was posted again today. I wonder if this person only has internet access on the weekends and doesn't realize that the book is WL (if they did, maybe they would have stuck around to accept the request, since it's on auto-request and will show up after an hour).

I agree; it's extremely frustrating, but I also tend to try and give people the benefit of the doubt -- I doubt people post WL books with the intention of not accepting them or letting them time out.  (I took a look at your WL -- sorry I don't have any of the books on it!)