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Subject: Wishlist - Automatic
Date Posted: 6/8/2009 8:21 AM ET
Member Since: 5/31/2007
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A couple days ago, I posted a book that, according to the green WA on my TBR Pile, was on someone's wishlist with the automatic request set ON.  However, when I posted the book, it showed up as a wishlist hold, and it still hasn't actually been requested.  My guess is that either the person with it set to automatic on their WL had no credits, and it's waiting to see if they want to purchase credits, or that the icon on the TBR Pile was lagging behind reality and somebody else posted first so the automatic request had already been filled.  So I don't really have a question, I'm just annoyed that I'm planning on going to the PO this afternoon, but I might have to wait until later in the week to mail this book.  Although I posted it at 12:54 PM on 6/6, so if they're strict about the 48 hours, and the next person in line requests it right away, I could maybe still mail it today if I wait to go to the PO until later this afternoon.  There are still over 50 members wishing, so I'll be able to mail it and get a credit eventually, I'm just sort of impatient about transactions on here.  As soon as I know a book is wanted, I want to get it mailed as quickly as possible, and when I request a book I want it en route to me as quickly as possible.

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 9:05 AM ET
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Yep, when it's on auto-request and doesn't go into your "books to mail" tab after an hour, that means the other person has no credits and it goes onto 48 hr hold and stays there until it times out or the other person declines it.

It may not actually roll over until late tonight, the system likes to update things at like 3am.  It may be until them when the request rolls over to the next person.

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 9:25 AM ET
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That's why I quit, long ago, trying to plan post office runs based on posting wishlisted books. There are just too many variables and it wasn't worth the frustration. Most of the time I don't even know what's wishlisted or not when I choose a book and don't find out til I go to post it from my TBR pile. I read what I want, post the books, and deal with the requests as they come up, wishlisted or not. It's the main reason I started using PBS postage, too, since I can only get to the PO one day a week. This way I can print and mail daily if need be, even if the books are over 13 oz, as there's a blue box right in front of my work.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 10:06 AM ET
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Yeah, it's not a big deal.  There's actually even a post office in the building where I work, so it's not much of a hassle to make another "trip" downstairs.  (Although sometimes there is a long line.)  And I don't mind the books that have been sitting on my shelf at home for long periods of time without being ordered.  (Even the one I posted 10 months ago that was the only copy available, so I thought it would go quickly.  No hurry, it will go eventually.)  But for some reason, the way my brain is wired, once a request is initiated or once I've posted a WL book, I get really antsy to get the transaction completed.

 

Cheryl, I sort of admire your attitude.  I have a problem of ordering more books than I send out, so I never have a huge stockpile of credits.  So I do tend to read WL books before others, in an order to earn credits more quickly.  On the one hand, I want to read all of them (that's why they're on my TBR pile), so it doesn't really matter what order I read them in.  On the other hand, it's pretty silly that just the other day I printed off a list of which of my TBR books were on WL (and how many members were wishing), and the last couple of books I started have been chosen mainly based on looking at the list.

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 1:23 PM ET
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Sarah, I too have noticed that it's not always prompt about rolling over to the next person, etc., but rather seems to happen whenever the next update is.  But in this case, it happpened very quickly.  Now it's on a WL Hold for a different member, reserved on 6/8 at 1 PM.  I'll keep my fingers crossed that she accepts it in the next hour or so, so that I can take everything to the post office at once even with the hour delay for buyers remorse.

Or maybe even if I can't mail it today, I'll get lucky and more books will be requested from my shelf, to make the trip down to the PO later this week more worthwhile.

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 5:23 PM ET
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I think WA just means someone has it on auto-request, not that the first person in line does.  So it could have gone to a non-AR wisher.

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 5:59 PM ET
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It's Monday.  People won't be as prompt today.  Guess it's the first day of the week blahs but I rarely get any actiivty on Mondays.

Ruth

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 6:22 PM ET
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Kayote, the Wa IS supposed to mean that it is the first person in line who has it auto-requested. Otherwise, why would I have many books that have 100, 200 or more wishers with a red W? I can't imagine that out of 200 people, not ONE has it autorequested! But of course if they don't have credits it gets treated like a regular WL hold.

Ruth--I never notice any difference in activity from one day to the next. Is Monday really slower? I guess I just don't pay enough attention. LOL

Christopher--my laid back attitude was born out of a lot of frustration. I finally realized that I can't control what anyone else does, only my reaction to how I deal with things. It just isn't worth it sitting and stewing or trying to plot strategies to deal with what amounts to an infinite number of variables. LOL

Cheryl