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Subject: Wish Listed Books
Date Posted: 6/14/2008 2:39 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2007
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If a person has a book WLd and they let it sit the obligatory 48 hours and it goes on to the next person:

1.  Does the first person completely drop out of the WL    OR

2.  Do they  drop to the bottom of the WL?

Is it better to let the 48 hour wait expire in lieu of saying you don't want the book, or don't have the credit, etc.?

I've had quite a few WLd books posted where the 48 hour wait went through 3 and even 4 people before someone took the book.


Thanks   Pat

Subject: from the help docs...
Date Posted: 6/14/2008 3:43 PM ET
Member Since: 10/21/2007
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Getting a Wish List book:

  • When an ISBN on your Wish List is Posted into the system, and you are #1 "in line" for that ISBN, you will get a "Wish List offer" email from PBS.
    • The book will be held for you as an "exclusive" for 48 hours
    • To respond to the email offer, log into PBS and click on the offer to accept or decline it
    • If you do not have credits to request the book, you will be given an opportunity to buy credits
    • If you do not respond to the email within 48 hours , the exclusive hold will expire, and the book will be removed from your Wish List.  It will be moved to your Reminder List, and you will be able to "convert" it back to a Wish List item from there.
Date Posted: 6/14/2008 7:58 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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It's more considerate to decline the WL quickly so the other member doesn't have to wait.  Also a bunch of timed out WL offers can send a red flag to PBS that you might be inactive which could cause you account to be put on hold by them.  But either way, you end up having to start at the end of the line again.,

Unfortunately a lot of people join and then forget about PBS altogether. Or they forget to put their account on hold when they go out of town.  Sometimes it's just because life gets in the way and they can't get to a computer for a few days.