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Subject: Can I see who is wanting my book?
Date Posted: 8/28/2007 12:48 AM ET
Member Since: 1/13/2007
Posts: 6
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Hello there -

A book from my shelf has just been requested.  The requesting member is asking about the condition of the book to decide whether or not s/he is interested.  I don't want to click any of the available options ("Book Meets Requestor's Condidtions", "Book DOES NOT Meet Requestor's Conditions", "I CANNOT Mail This Book for Other Reasons") and 'lock in' my answer (as I'm sure you can understand.)

So, is there a way I can tell who is requesting the book to respond to that person?

Thanks in advance for any help I may receive.


PS I hadn't realized there were forums before! (UHOH!!)



Date Posted: 8/28/2007 1:02 AM ET
Member Since: 8/2/2006
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No there is not a way to contact them.

Date Posted: 8/28/2007 1:07 AM ET
Member Since: 1/13/2007
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"No there is not a way to contact them."


What should I do?  Have you had this happen to you before?  

Date Posted: 8/28/2007 1:14 AM ET
Member Since: 8/2/2006
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If your book meets the PBS guidelines and they have no requestor conditions then I would accept and mail the book.  They do not have the right to request the book and then pick and choose to complete the transaction. The conditions are there to say what you will/will not accept. not to quesiton about book.


I myself, would not accept and in the reason why box I would state that requestor is asking for condition of book before I accept order and I could not comply.


Requestor Conditions allow you to specify what kinds of books you are NOT willing to receive from other members.   The specifications you write will appear verbatim on every request you submit.  You can set your Requestor Conditions in your Account Settings, from the Settings tab in My Account.



Date Posted: 8/28/2007 1:15 AM ET
Member Since: 8/30/2005
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Hi Jamie!

From the Help Center:

....(for the REQUESTOR)
  • Asking the sender to "PM me if you are unsure" is not a good idea
  • There is no mechanism for the sender to PM the requestor from a request without accepting it
  • If you want the sender to communicate with you about the book, you should phrase this "If you are unsure whether or not your book meets these conditions, please ACCEPT this request and then send me a Personal Message about the book."
  • Ideally, your conditions should be clear enough not to require Personal Message clarification.

...(for the SENDER)

  • If a book request is submitted to you with active Requestor Conditions:
    • You will see the Requestor Conditions in a white box on the pending request when it "pops up" on your account page.
    • You will have these options:
      • accept by clicking  [my book meets these conditions]
      • decline by clicking  [my book does not meet conditions]
      • decline by clicking [I cannot send for other reasons]
      • There is no option to send a Personal Message from the request
  • If you are uncertain whether your book meets the Requestor Conditions and want to discuss this with the requestor
    • click
      • and then click (personal message) on the request to communicate with the requestor further.
    • Do not decline a request if you want to discuss this with the requestor. Declining a request by clicking "My book does not meet conditions" will make it impossible for the requestor to request this book from you.