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Date Posted: 11/1/2007 3:12 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/1/2007 4:02 PM ET
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You joke about brand new books, Allie, but I just read a post in the "Club Members Thoughts" forum from someone who had bought a dozen books, most of which she'd already read and bought specifically to post LOL

Sorry for your receiving problems, though. Hopefully it's just a fluke.

Date Posted: 11/1/2007 4:17 PM ET
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LOL -- I've actually sent people BRAND NEW audiobooks on here. They were still in their plastic wrapping. Hope the people that got them were pleasantly surprised.

And hope your next batch of books received is in better condition!

Date Posted: 11/1/2007 4:24 PM ET
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I have sent out new books a couple of times.  Once in a while I accidently purchase 2 copies

of the same book - I just post the duplicate.  

Date Posted: 11/1/2007 4:44 PM ET
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I just got a doggy chewed book today- but my story turned out good.  She offered to send me another book, and I was more than happy with that outcome :)  Knock on wood- All the bad books I've received I've gotten something for the trouble.

Date Posted: 11/1/2007 4:58 PM ET
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Sorry about your bad luck.  Just try to remember that most people at paperbackswap don't send books like that.

Date Posted: 11/1/2007 5:19 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/1/2007 5:40 PM ET
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I've sent out brand new books - I bought 4 Patricia St John books at Salvation Army that were still in their original plastic packaging where you could buy them as a set - I paid 50 cents for the whole pack of 4, and 3 were wishlisted!

Date Posted: 11/1/2007 7:05 PM ET
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Allie,

Sorry for all the bad luck. How do you set up the "sent damaged book" in your buddy list?   If a book comes up in your WL, can you tell it's from these previous lousy senders?

Date Posted: 11/1/2007 11:49 PM ET
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Last year, I sent out a brand new audiobook still shrinkwrapped (and sent it out in a bubble envelope).  When the person received it, they marked it "damaged by sender".  Uhhhhh..... wha?????

 

 

Phooey on liars

Date Posted: 11/2/2007 12:09 AM ET
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yea, today i got a credit back with protest ("didn't know people were so picky in this club"). sheesh--my requirements state "obey club rules, NO food or liquid on the book, and wrap in plastic". book comes with no plastic (OK, no big deal since it didn't get rained on), then first 5 or 6 pages (but not in the text, only in the introductory pages) are water-damaged, and then i noticed pages 20-21. yellow food goo splattered over the pages. YUK! and this person had the nerve to say that i was being picky. HELLO! they checked the box that says that the book meets requestor's conditions. NOT!!!!

am i being too picky?????

 

Date Posted: 11/2/2007 12:36 AM ET
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No Susan that book was unpostable.  You were not being picky.  I had a request one time with the condition that the book "be like brand new". Hello it was a 13yr old paperback.  It's not going to look brand new.  It was in postable condition but not "like new".  But you were right to complain about food stains and water damage. 

Date Posted: 11/2/2007 3:49 AM ET
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I have bought brand new books and mailed them without reading them. If i have found a good deal or just feel like making someone smile :)
L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 11/2/2007 4:01 AM ET
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People who post unpostable books and DON'T BOTHER TO READ THE POSTING GUIDELINES should be flogged.  With chains.  Big chains, LOL...



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Date Posted: 11/2/2007 11:00 AM ET
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Susan sez:

<< yellow food goo splattered over the pages>>

I sure hope that was food goo, and not "Boogie Fever" --- eww!

I, too, seem to be getting a run of books stained with greasy orange fingerprints, heavy water damage, underlining without advance agreement, etc.  It irks me to have to ask for credit back because stuff can't be reposted (or, in some cases, even read).

On the flip side, I, too, have sent out brand new, unread books to PBSers, things I've won in contests then discovered I'd already read, or other sources.  And being a librarian, the books I've bought new still look new.  So rush, rush, to my bookshelf  (just kidding).

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 11/2/2007 4:22 PM ET
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Being a fairly new member, I have to say that I read the acceptable posting guidelines. But it wasn't until I started reading the forums that I really got a good grasp of what's acceptable or not and even then I still have questions. I just wonder how many people actually have time for that that aren't as addicted to this site as I am. :)

Date Posted: 11/2/2007 7:04 PM ET
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In defense of... well, me, anyway.  But it could apply to others, I assume.  The books I post, I have never read.  I flip through them, to check the condition, but I haven't read them.  So some damage, if it's confined to a page or two, might simply be missed.  Like "20-21. yellow food goo splattered over the pages" I could have missed that, it's one page.  I'm always willing to refund a credit, though, and wouldn't argue with the person who got because I didn't read it and could have missed it!

"obey club rules, NO food or liquid on the book, and wrap in plastic"

I might turn down this request.  I'd PM first, maybe.  I do not wrap in plastic, and will not start.  I DO use bubble mailers and the "bubble" part can act as a liquid barrier but I don't use plastic wrap ever, for anything and I'm not going to buy it for PBS.  Saying "obey the rules" and following that with "wrap in plastic" makes plastic wrap sound like a RULE - and it's not.  Just for the record. :-)

Date Posted: 11/2/2007 9:11 PM ET
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Thank you for the tip about adding to buddy lists. I just created a tag in my buddy list section that says "sent damaged book." Now if I go to a member's page, i can add them to my buddy list and tag them with that. I just did that for yet another member who ignored my requestor requirements and sent me a book with highlighting. I am so tired of receiving books so damaged I wouldn't think of passing them on to another PBS member and instead which go straight into the trash.

Date Posted: 11/2/2007 9:42 PM ET
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anna l.--good point. actually, i had paraphrased my requirements. here is what i have:

please make sure books meet club rules: NO torn pages or liquid or food damage. please wrap in some kind of plastic to protect book in transit. thanks very much!!!!

so, it is not saying that plastic is required...

Date Posted: 11/2/2007 9:45 PM ET
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and ANY kind of plastic will do, even an old grocery bag or ziploc type bag...got one with bits of onion skins in the bag the other day, and that was fine. my book did not get wet!!

oh well, it is the way it is...i just try to send out books in good shape and wrap them well.



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Date Posted: 11/3/2007 11:41 AM ET
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Date Posted: 11/4/2007 11:39 AM ET
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sounds fine to me.

Date Posted: 11/6/2007 7:02 PM ET
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Now that I am wrapping my books in plastic, I am finding usable plastic everywhere!  Our considerate paper delivery lady  puts our small local newspaper in a plastic sleeve everyday.  I just bought 3 vinyl holiday tablecloths at K-Mart...each packaged in plastic.  For some reason I've received a half-dozen wall calendars from charities...each in plastic.  I even saved the plastic that was stretched over a 24-pack of bottled water.  Also nearly threw out a roll of pink plastic tablecloth material left over from a baby shower until I came to my senses!  It is surprising how much merchandise has a plastic wrapping that can be re-used.  Oh, yeah, forgot about the plastic wrapping on toilet paper rolls, paper towels and napkins. 



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Date Posted: 11/7/2007 2:17 PM ET
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weebordercollie, your conditions are some of the nicest I've read. :)

Oh,

Date Posted: 11/7/2007 2:19 PM ET
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Was going to say, Oh, and I occasionally send out brand new books as well. I have access to some advance books provided for free to journalists in hopes of getting reviewed. (only can post the non advance reader copies, of course). Sometimes I pick ones up that I'm not interested in but that someone else may be.

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