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Subject: Wishlist and credit balance
Date Posted: 1/27/2010 1:45 PM ET
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When I was brand new, I did a big goof and had too many wishlist books with too few credits available so the requests got cancelled.  I dumped my

wishlist and kept it empty.  Now that I've been stocking up on credits I have started a wishlist again.  But how many credits should I have on hand

vs how many books on my wishlist?  If I keep the list short and look at it daily, I can manage based on the "wishes granted" stats.

 

 

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Date Posted: 1/27/2010 1:51 PM ET
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Honestly, my WL is always full and I rarely have more than 15 or so credits - and often much fewer.  But most books on my WL don't move very quickly so it's really (unfortunately!) not an issue. 

Date Posted: 1/27/2010 2:00 PM ET
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I check my WL once or twice a week.  If I have 5 credits and it looks like three or four books might be coming up in the next week, I am sure to put a couple of "two week" ones on "hold".  My WL doesn't actually move that fast...but I don't want to start all over in line for these books that I have waited months for.  Oddly enough, about a month ago, I had 7 book requests in a row from me and now this month 6 of my WL books have become available.  So now I am checking my WL pretty closely and "holding" the ones I am willing to wait a couple more weeks for (till I mail out a couple more books). 

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 1/27/2010 2:01 PM ET
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I wouldn't worry. Now that you can put individual WL books on hold, you can control the problem if you run out of credits and are about to get some WL books.

Date Posted: 1/27/2010 2:45 PM ET
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I had the problem you had until they created the feature to put individual books on hold. Even before that I didn't worry. It sucked to have to go back to the end of the line if I didn't have a credit or the money to buy one, but I could just work my way back to the front of the line which I often did.

Right now I have around 15 books on hold on my WL and around 80 total with 3 credits in the system. I check my WL at least once a week so I can put any books that I'm nearing #1 on hold until I really want to use a credit for them. You could do the same if you plan on keeping a close watch on your WL. :)

Date Posted: 1/27/2010 3:10 PM ET
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My wishlist is full, but moves very slowly...may average 4 or 5 per month.  Lots of credits tho, and if a bunch of wished for books became availble it wouldn't be a problem.  As already mentioned, the new individual hold feature is great for managing any potential problems...good luck!

Date Posted: 1/27/2010 3:35 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/27/2010 3:39 PM ET
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I love that you can have books on hold yet still move up the WL.  So I can order the first book of a series while the next books are moving up my WL.  And I can then decide to cancel or order them.

Date Posted: 1/27/2010 4:15 PM ET
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My WL is always full too, or close to it. I have plenty of spare credits (about 70 right now) so not worried, but I used to operate on about 25 credits and wasn't worried about running out, because I rarely order any books *except* what comes off my WL and I'm always sending books out to get more credits, too. Occasionally I'll have a "run" on my WL, like 10 books in a week, but most of them move much more slowly and the chances of more coming available than credits in my balance are slim to none.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 1:41 AM ET
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I love that you can have books on hold yet still move up the WL.

Now I'm confused....  I thought if a book was on hold, and it became available, you would be passed over for that copy, and have to keep waiting for another copy.  So essentially, you would be skipped over.  Is this right, or did I read it wrong???  How do you continue to move up the wish list?  Please clarify!  Thanks!   :)   D.

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 1:55 AM ET
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You move up the list until you are at (or near) the top.  So I can have a book on my WL and be at number 78.  At that point I can put it on hold.  I'll keep moving up the list.   But I won't be offered the book until I'm both at the top and off hold. 

This isn't a great feature for books with one or two wishers.  But it is really great for heavily wished for books.  Gives me time to read book one in a series without books 2 and 3 sitting there collecting dust. 

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 4:20 AM ET
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Now I'm confused....  I thought if a book was on hold, and it became available, you would be passed over for that copy, and have to keep waiting for another copy.  So essentially, you would be skipped over.  Is this right, or did I read it wrong???

you're correct.  if you're at #1 AND the book is on hold, you will be skipped over and have to wait for another copy to be posted after you're off hold.

but if you're at #1 for several things, and only have 1 credit you might want to put all but the book you want most on individual hold.  then you don't have to decline anything (or buy credits) if you get several books offered and still only have the 1 credit, since declining takes you off the WL.  you can unhold - and still be #1 - when you have more credits.

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 11:45 AM ET
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How many credits should you keep on hand for WL?  There's no way for us to tell you -- it will depend on the books you put on your WL.  You just have to put some on your list and watch how they tend to move.  You can sort the list by your position or by estimate, and if you check every day for a week or two, you should be able to get a feel for how the books are moving. 

Me, I have about 160 on WL, of which I am 1 or 2 in line for usually about 40 (haven't actually counted recently).  I keep 5 credits in reserve for WL.  That may not sound like enough, but almost all of my WL is old, OOP books, or books in a particular genre that isn't well-posted here.  Some of the books on my WL have NEVER been posted in the system.  I may go two weeks without a single WL offer, or I may get three in one week. 5 credits is usually enough for me, although I have run out a time or two.  If a book I want comes up, I just buy a couple credits.

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 12:09 PM ET
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It really depends on your WL.  I like to keep a credit buffer of 10.  But I have an active WL. I don't have a WL loaded with books that are rarely posted.  I've had about 20 WL offers  just in the month of January.  I haven't looked at your WL to know what you have on there.  I seem to constantly have a huge pile of WL TBR books so I when I get below my comfort level-I start reading some WL books. 

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 11:09 PM ET
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Thanks for the answers!  That definitely cleared up that point.  Emily, that is a good idea about holding series books.  I feel bad to keep 2 or 3 books because I haven't started the series yet...  But I do tend to try to build up credits by reading WL books first, especially if only 1 or 2 people are wishing.  After all, I was once in line for that book.  And if I miss out on those 2 people wishing, who knows how long a book will sit before someone wants it again?  Sometimes it takes too long to get through a book and the W disappears, though.  I hate it when that happens!  But at least I have a pretty good idea what should be next in a long TBR list.   :)   D.

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 11:28 PM ET
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I had no idea about being able to put individual books on hold. Thanks for the information! Is there a place you can go to read up on new features?

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 11:50 PM ET
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Courtney, you can click on What's New in the top right corner above Members Online. Lots of info there.

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 11:54 PM ET
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Very cool...thanks, Connie!

Subject: WL won't come off hold
Date Posted: 2/3/2010 4:54 PM ET
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I am on a trip where I can access PBS daily but can't send out books til I return home so I put my acct on vaca hold. However, I

have tried several times to "unhold" my WL books and the system won't allow me to!

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 5:25 PM ET
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you have to set them to Autorequest.  That's what I did when I had my account on hold over the Holidays. I didn't want shelf orders but I wanted WL offers So I hit the check all and put them on autorequest. No one will be able to post WL books directly to you unless you are #1 on the list. But books where you make it to the top will be offered to you when posted because of the autorequest.  As for the books for which you are not at the top-you'll keep moving up the line. 

Subject: I wouldn't worry about it!
Date Posted: 2/3/2010 6:37 PM ET
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I really wouldn't worry about your wishlist being bigger then your credit balance. You always have a few days to confirms a request when your book comes up as posted, so you can either purchase a credit (if you really want the book) or you can pass on it. There is also the "reminder list" as apposed to the wish list. This just reminds you of the books you want and if you check it frequently you might be able to catch one. Happy reading and check out my book review blog: http://busymomswholovetoread.blogspot.com :P