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Subject: "Lost" book offered a second time
Date Posted: 4/21/2009 10:41 PM ET
Member Since: 9/13/2007
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I know this just happened to someone else, but I can't for the life of me find the thread to see what the outcome was!

Last month I had four wish listed books (parts of a series) offered to me by one member. They were all marked mailed the same day (Mar. 26) and on March 31st I received a large empty bubble envelope in my mailbox. I read the help documents and sent the member a PM informing her that the books appeared to have been lost by the post office, with a link to the help documents. She never responded to me so I just waited for the books to be marked lost so I could get my four credits. I finally got my credits back today and was placed back at the front of the wish list line. I get a notice that two of the books that had just gone lost have been posted, and what do you know, it's the same member!

As far as I can tell my only options are to either deal with this person, who never answered my PM and held four of my credits hostage for the better part of a month, or cancel and go to the end of the wish list. It's not a long list, but that's not the point. I'm on 48 hour hold right now, does anyone have any suggestions? The only think I can think is to add an RC that says "If your name is (blank) please do not send books to me". What do I do with the book that has no other wishers? Put it on my reminder list and hope someone else orders it in the near future?

Date Posted: 4/21/2009 10:57 PM ET
Member Since: 7/3/2008
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Hmm I don't know. Maybe wait a few days, see if anyone else posts them.

It would suck if she didn't really send em!

Last Edited on: 4/21/09 10:58 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/21/2009 11:07 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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Did you PM her to ask about it? It is possible that she had more than one copy of those books--I've had that happen several times where I've had 2 or sometimes 3 copies of the same book (gotten cheap at a FOL sale or something) and once they're marked mailed you can post another copy.

Did the bubble envelope have postage on it that would have been appropriate for four books? Seems weird that she would send an empty envelope with enough postage for four books on it, just so she could repost them again. Maybe the PO returned them to her for some reason after your books went lost. But it is odd that she wouldn't PM you about it or at least answer YOUR PMs. I think I would PM her and say something like, "Hey there, I noticed you're the same person who sent me these two books plus two others) before--did the post office return them to you or something? I sure will be happy to finally get them!" This way she at least knows you are the same person and are being watchful of the situation.


Date Posted: 4/21/2009 11:16 PM ET
Member Since: 4/22/2008
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! would send a message to one of the online tour guides or what ever they are called. It sounds fishy and I wouldn't want to take a chance if I were u either.
M.E. (ryenke) -
Date Posted: 4/22/2009 12:04 AM ET
Member Since: 1/6/2009
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This happened to me, and I think it is my thread you are referring to.

After the 2 books I had ordered were lost in the mail, (5 days later, I think) I got the PBS message that my wishlisted book (that had gone 'lost) was reposted.  I ordered immediately.  THEN, I went to look at the sender's shelf to see if anything else there was what I might want.  Sure enough, the shelf was familiar (it only had 8 books) and what do you know, the other lost book (which I had decided NOT to reorder in the interim) was on the shelf too.  So I check my transaction history and  found it was the same fellow.

He had accepted my (second) order by this time (and printed the label), but days pass and he never marked it mailed.  The transaction was eventually auto-cancelled by PBS.

By this time, I'm steaming mad.  He never PM'd me, and I could not figure anyway to approach writing a polite PM to him.  This was NOT a new member.  I posted here in the forums and the nice people on this site made me feel better about the situation (THANKS all you very nice people!).  (around March 12th, I think if you want to search for the thread.)  One poster speculated it was a scam of some sort, but I don't see any advantage to the sender - he didn't get my credits.  I, however was without use of the credits for a month, AND missed a chance to pick up the wishlisted book that whole month.

Cut to the chase, I went to TPTB.  The responded that they would investigate.  I never heard any more, but the member's account was suspended, and remains that way, so I'm guessing the member never cleared it up with PBS.

It is a mystery.  I can't see any advantage to the sender to do this - and the reposting to their shelves?  It is very, very wierd if you ask me. 

Good luck, and keep us posted on the outcome...


(Oh, and I'm going to try to put the link to my thread in here:  www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php

Last Edited on: 4/22/09 12:11 AM ET - Total times edited: 3