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Subject: $300 & no wish list books
Date Posted: 9/26/2007 11:02 AM ET
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I have so many credits that I'd like to stop sending books as I've spent $300 bucks mailing books. My wish list is full, but nothing ever comes available.  I'm number 80+ waiting for the books I want. I feel as if I'll never see a return on my $300. I've got $20 worth to mail again today.

The problem is that if I post the 'I'm away' notice (hence stopping my posted shelf), I also stop my wish list requests. I don't want to take the posted list down as I'd have to reenter all the ISBNs again.

Any help?


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Date Posted: 9/26/2007 11:08 AM ET
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Put your wishlist on autorequest.

eta: from help centre:

  • If a Wish List book becomes available while a Hold is in effect, and the Wish List book IS set to auto-request:
    • if you have credit(s) in your account to request the book, it will be requested for you automatically, and sent to the mailing address on your account.
    • if you don't have any credits in your account, you will be passed over for that copy, and retain your place on the Wish List.

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Tasses avatar
Date Posted: 9/26/2007 11:34 AM ET
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Great idea!

Thanks Sheri!

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Date Posted: 9/26/2007 12:27 PM ET
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I would put my shelf on hold, and all of my wishlisted books on "yes" to auto request (which they are.)

Sorry, Cheryl, I checked out your wishlist and couldn't send you anything you wanted :-(

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Date Posted: 9/26/2007 4:38 PM ET
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If you don't care which ISBN you receive, if you click on the blue link for the author by your books on your WL, you can see if other copies (with different ISBNs) are available in the system.  I do this about once a week and usually find a book or two that way.

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Date Posted: 9/26/2007 6:57 PM ET
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Cheryl, I have about 20 books on your wish list - the problem is, they are all books I consider keepers, and I have a feeling a lot of other people probably view them the same way. You have a lot of "books about books" listed, and they are the kinds of books that us "bibliophiles" tend to keep around. So they don't get posted very often. I went out and bought most of mine myself after having them on my wish list for well over a year.

I've also found that coffee table books don't get posted often - they are just too expensive to purchase AND too expensive to ship. You might try looking for those kinds of books over at Title Trader - but you'll probably "pay" 5 credits each for them...

Maybe you should consider signing up for the wish list swap...

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Date Posted: 9/26/2007 7:00 PM ET
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Thanks for all the good ideas gang...
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Date Posted: 9/26/2007 7:11 PM ET
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You're welcome, Cheryl.

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Date Posted: 9/26/2007 8:53 PM ET
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Sorry, I can't help you out - I don't have any of your wish list books.  I understand what you mean, my place in the wishlist line varies, but you just never know when your # will come up!

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Date Posted: 9/26/2007 11:20 PM ET
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I recommend the Vacation Hold to keep postage costs down.  Also, if you remove your books from inventory, you loose your place in the First-In-First-Out line.  When you come back from vacation hold, you get your place back in line.

I get discouraged about my WL sometimes too.  But I have to remember I have books on there that just don't get posted much. 

Just this week I had one come up that I added probably a year ago.  I've been #2 in line for the whole time, up until it was posted. I think maybe the #1 person is no longer an account holder or maybe out of credits.  Anyway, I didn't think I would ever see that book posted to me, but now it's supposed to be on the way.

I've taken a look at your wishlist, so if I see anything at the thrift store or library sale I'll pick it up. It's always good to know what people are looking for.

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Date Posted: 9/27/2007 12:09 AM ET
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I would say go ahead & auto request everything & maybe put your shelf on hold.   I noticed that you have Patricia Wrede's (sp?) books as a boxed set....I think most people would list the books individually so the books in the set may be available...just as individual books not as a 4 for 1 credit.

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Date Posted: 9/27/2007 12:13 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/27/2007 7:11 AM ET
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I spent just a few minutes browsing through your WL and found two books that are available for request. They are not the same editions that you have wishlisted, but if you just want to read the books, two are available. (The Confidence Man and She )

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Date Posted: 9/27/2007 8:35 AM ET
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I also checked out your WL...I generally am a great believer in FIFO and don't post directly to anyone's WL, but I can see where it would get really frustrating. I do have several books on your WL, but they are on my TBR and I haven't read them yet...and most are ones I probably will be keeping...at the very least, I do want to read them first. I also wanted to mention that just this morning I posted a 'different version' of one of your WL books, they're both paperbacks but different ISBN (The Brothers Karamazov) and it's sitting on my shelf if you want it.

I have the opposite problem with my WL...the ones I'm 50+ in line for, I get fairly quickly. It's the ones where I'm 1/1 or 3/10 and have been first in line for a year...or TWO years...and never move at all that are frustrating for me!

I use the vacation hold regularly when my postage budget gets blown out of the water, but all of my WL is on autorequest so I never miss a single one. :)


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Date Posted: 9/27/2007 10:17 AM ET
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I have nothing on your WL, but browsing your list made me add about 5 books, though I think I will probably end up buying them for Christmas and keeping them. Thanks for the ideas, I think they'll be great for my classroom library even if I don't get them from PBS.

I hope your WL starts moving!

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Date Posted: 9/27/2007 10:51 AM ET
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I have a few on your WL too, but none that I have read.  I need to go back and spend a little more time looking at it too.  I think I would find more to add to my list!

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Date Posted: 9/27/2007 10:56 AM ET
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If for some reason you didn't want to put books on autorequest, but did want to take you books off temporarily (and losing your place in line was OK with you) but not have to type in all the ISBNs again, all you have to do is save your shelf to a file.  When you want to post the books again, the isbns are in that file, and you can post mulitple books to your shelf from a file of ISBNs..

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