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Date Posted: 8/10/2008 11:04 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/10/2008 11:09 PM ET
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I agree that it's too subjective.  "there are occassionally books I really need..."   Exactly how are you supposed to know which books those are?  Even the beginning, regarding books that smell...What do they mean by smell?  Every book has a "scent", even if it's just paper.  If they mean don't send books that smell badly, or too much, aside from obviously foul smells how are you to know exactly what smells badly or strongly to the Requester?  A Requester has to include their screenname in order for a Sender to be able to send a message, and even then it's not required of you to agree to that.  If I were you I'd have done pretty much what you did, though I might have included a comment about the line that basically says "sometimes it'd be ok to ignore this condition".  The Requester should turn off their RC's altogether for books they really want. 

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 11:16 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/11/2008 12:16 AM ET
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I would have done the same thing as you.  I don't do PMS as far as requestor conditons go even if a nickname is included. .  I only post books that meet the guidelines ( I save anything borderline or questionable for another trading site) and they either meet your RCS or not. I'm not going to go back and forth to decide.  Smell is just too iffy. I also turn down rcs looking for books in "like new" or "near mint" condition.  Too subjective.  It's not going to look new since it's a used book.  I don't want a ding on my record over some minor flaw. 

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 2:06 AM ET
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I agree.  Way too subjective.  Allergens are one thing, "smells" something else entirely.  In case anyone who sets this as an RC is unaware of it, all books have a smell to them.  The paper has a particular scent & so does the ink.  Both of them age & the scents change & get stronger- slightly musty even -  over time.  You can pick up any one of your books and sniff it and it has some sort of odor to it.  Who knows what someone else might find offensive?  I don't even think brand new paperbacks smell all that wonderful myself:P

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 8:30 AM ET
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I had this same RC awhile back (maybe the same person) and I declined the request writing that the rc was too vague and there was no way to contact the requstor in the box that comes up.

When I was low on credits I accepted one like this once.  I told the person that I couldn't guarantee that it wouldn't smell, and if she didn't want it, to please cancel the request by (date).  Since it was a wl book that she had been waiting a long time for, she took it.  She even e-mailed me to let me know there were no odors when it arrived.

Either way these have been my experiences.  :)