Discussion Forums - Questions about PaperBackSwap Questions about PaperBackSwap

Topic: Wishlist Book Vent

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Wishlist Book Vent
Date Posted: 7/7/2011 1:00 PM ET
Member Since: 6/16/2006
Posts: 19
Back To Top

A couple of months ago I picked up a hardcover book without a dustjacket at a book sale. I recently posted the book and saw that it was wishlisted. The first two people who were offered the book had requestor conditions for dust jackets, so of course I couldn't send it to them. Since then I have had the book offered to four more people with no response each time. Tonight it will roll over to the seventh person to be offered this book. I just checked and there are 128 people on the wishlist for this book. It was released in late 2009. I understand I am doing my part by working through inactive members, I just wish this book would be requested so I could send it out!

Date Posted: 7/7/2011 1:05 PM ET
Member Since: 4/30/2007
Posts: 2,728
Back To Top

Wow- vent away!  That beats my record for the most people a book has rolled over to!  I imagine that since it's summer, a lot of people are on vacation or are otherwise busy, and failed to put their bookshelf on hold.  All you can do is be patient...there has to be at least 1 out of 128 who will want the book!

Date Posted: 7/7/2011 1:11 PM ET
Member Since: 5/15/2005
Posts: 1,328
Back To Top

I'm in a similar situation. I listed a hardcover that's soon to come out in paperback. It has over 100 wishers and I went through 1/2 dozen of them so far. It just keeps either getting declined or timing out and rolling on to the next requester. I think some people may have had it on their wishlist so long they forgot it was even there. So I'm just going to treat it like a book on my bookshelf rather than one on wishlist and if it ever gets requested - great. If not, no big deal.

Date Posted: 7/7/2011 2:07 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
Posts: 26,510
Back To Top

My record is going through 7 people.  A couple were autorequests that were cancelled though. So it didn't take a full 2 wks

Date Posted: 7/7/2011 3:53 PM ET
Member Since: 7/28/2006
Posts: 4,984
Back To Top

Bummer!  Waiting for a wish list to be requested is always disappointing.  I think the record (if I remember correctly) is around 13 members.  Hopefully yours will be requested before it gets there.  :)

Date Posted: 7/7/2011 5:13 PM ET
Member Since: 5/4/2009
Posts: 433
Back To Top

My personal record is 20 people and none of them ended up wanting the book ! I don't recall anyone cancelling before the 48 hours was up, but of course I wasn't watching it the entire month and a half it was on wish list hold. I posted the book somewhere else and now of course there is someone wishing for the book again.

Date Posted: 7/8/2011 9:10 AM ET
Member Since: 3/4/2011
Posts: 286
Back To Top

My record is five people not responding until the request expired and moved to the next (out of a waitlist of about 12).  The sixth person was very happy to get the book.  I didn't mind waiting.  I knew that someone would want it eventually, even if it had gone through the entire list.

Date Posted: 7/8/2011 2:27 PM ET
Member Since: 10/22/2009
Posts: 1,452
Back To Top

Wow!  I've been extremely lucky!!  I don't think I've ever had a book go through more than three wishers before someone actually wanted it.

Date Posted: 7/9/2011 9:17 AM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
Posts: 4,602
Back To Top

I think my record is 7 also, although that was a few years back now...recently it's been 2 or 3 when it's not snapped up right away. Wow, 20!! That would be totally frustrating!


Subject: wish list vent
Date Posted: 7/10/2011 1:32 AM ET
Member Since: 2/23/2011
Posts: 3
Back To Top

Twice I have been told that a book on my wish list was available but that I lost the opportunity because I hadn't responded in 48 hours, when I had never received the original email. And it wasn't in my junk mail. They were books I really wanted. I suspect this happens pretty often, given that so many of you have posted that you have "gone through" so many requestors. I seem to get all of the other emails from PBS, except for the ones notofying me of a book on my wish list being avilable. Funny thing about that.

Date Posted: 7/10/2011 7:51 AM ET
Member Since: 3/4/2011
Posts: 286
Back To Top

Maybe there was a glitch in the system, you might want to report that to PBS.  I've never missed an email that I was signed up for, I get repeat ones on occasion. 

You can put your wish list books on auto request so that will never happen again. 

Date Posted: 7/10/2011 9:24 AM ET
Member Since: 2/6/2009
Posts: 1,411
Back To Top

Wow, I had no idea that this happened so often that people keep personal records. I'm with Laura, I don't think I've had a Wish Listed book run through more than three memebers. I gotta start keeping track now, just for my own amusement.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 7/10/2011 9:59 AM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2005
Posts: 4,150
Back To Top

Pam -- check your Club Communications page. If you see the emails there and you didn't get them, then the problem is on your side. Check your spam/junk folders and make sure you have the librarian's email address on your safe senders list or in your address book.

Scott (scalta) - ,
Date Posted: 7/10/2011 12:44 PM ET
Member Since: 2/20/2010
Posts: 723
Back To Top



Last Edited on: 7/15/11 2:27 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/10/2011 6:37 PM ET
Member Since: 6/16/2006
Posts: 19
Back To Top


The seventh wisher never responded and it rolled over to the eighth person. They must have declined this afternoon, so I am now on the ninth wisher. cheeky

Date Posted: 7/17/2011 4:53 PM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2008
Posts: 11
Back To Top

I have all my wish list books on automatic acceptance so I don't miss any of them. the only time I have declined one would be when its a series and I would be holding on to an out of order book to long.