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Subject: Why can't I order two copies of one book at the same time?
Date Posted: 9/23/2007 6:30 PM ET
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A friend in WA and I (GA) like to read the same book and discuss it on the phone or via e-mail. Just now, I thought I'd send her a copy of Berg's Never Change and then order a copy for myself.

Quickly, I received a message on my screen that such an action was not allowed. My question is the following; Why not?  The books would have been delivered to two different locations, and I have the credits to do so.  One PBS club member missed an opportunity to earn a credit.


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Date Posted: 9/23/2007 6:41 PM ET
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I don't know why, but I know a way around it. You can't order two of the same ISBN, but you can order two books with the same title and different ISBNs. There are 5 different ISBNs with this title available, so pick a different one for yourself. You won't be able to talk about what happened on page 53 if you're reading different editions, but you can still talk about it by chapter.

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Date Posted: 9/23/2007 7:24 PM ET
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I don't understand why you aren't allowed.  I ordered 4 or 5 copies of Push for my reading group.  I ordered two copies of a diet book...one for me and one for a friend.  I don't think I ordered them at the same time, but I ordered them close to each other. I received a pop-up that said I had already ordered the book, but my second order was not refused.

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Date Posted: 9/23/2007 7:30 PM ET
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I think I read once somewhere here that it had to do with discouraging book sellers.

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Date Posted: 9/23/2007 7:52 PM ET
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I believe you would be able to order another book with the same ISBN# after the other book has been accepted by the other member. Did the other member accept your request yet?

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Date Posted: 9/23/2007 7:58 PM ET
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I really want to know the answer to this because my husband and I are just about to decide what book to read together next and we need 2 copies because I travel a lot and will take my copy with me.  I'll be watching this thread. 

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Date Posted: 9/23/2007 9:07 PM ET
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I have ordered the same book several times.     A screen pops up to say I'm ordered that book before but it doesn't stop me from ordering it again.     I did NOT try ordering them at the same time however.      I often order wishlisted books with a different ISBN to use in swaps and again no problem.     I've ordered 5 The Red Tent books!     I just ignore the screen that says I've ordered it before.

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Date Posted: 9/23/2007 9:34 PM ET
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You can order another copy of the same book after whoever gets the first one has gotten it, then order the 2nd one.  You could also have someone order  one of them and have them send to your friend and you order one for you.

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Date Posted: 9/23/2007 9:50 PM ET
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was the 1st one accepted yet by a sender?  The system may not allow the 2nd order to go through until the 1st one is accepted...maybe because of FIFO?  Or maybe because the system might see it as an accidental double order?  (since it was doen at the same time?)

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Date Posted: 9/24/2007 2:05 AM ET
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I discovered this when trying to cancel an order that had been waiting 4 days for a response..it wouldn't let me order 2 at the same time so I had to get pretty creative but still only got to order 1 but that's all I wanted. I think it's 'legal' for your husband to have an account too or another person in the household so you could transfer him a credit to order...just a thought. I don't know why it won't let us order more than 1 copy unless it's to keep people from getting the wishlist ones and 'hogging' them or something...

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Date Posted: 9/24/2007 9:14 AM ET
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Would it be permitted to find a person who had the second copy of the book by searching the boxer bookshelves and asking them to send you one and then buddy them a buck?

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Date Posted: 9/24/2007 6:08 PM ET
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I think I know why they don't let you request two copies at the same time...although this is a guess and shouldn't be construed as fact...

Anyway...way back (two years ago) when I first started on the site you could order two copies of the same book.  Unfortunately some members were using this to bypass FIFO.  If they didn't like the first person who the request went to they would request the book a second time and cancel the first request.  IIRC R&R found out about the practice and were not happy about it because it was really not in the spirit of the site.  I'm guessing that they put this in place to prevent members from doing this.

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