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Subject: 10 yrs old & very yellow pages
Date Posted: 11/22/2008 2:29 AM ET
Member Since: 10/10/2008
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As a Newbie, I'm curious... would you post a paperback more than10 yrs old with very yellowed pages?

The cover is in ok condition, but I'm not sure if I should repost this book when finished?

I accepted it as I felt this might be the norm rather than the exception, & that I might be expecting too much.

As a Newbie, I posted 73 books purchased new in 2007/2008 directly from BAM, Walmart, Kmart, & Walgreen's

My hubbie & I were the only ones to read them.

I would like to know the age & condition of a book before I request it, especially if it's several years old.

After all, there are tons of reprints available new, example: The Bourne Identity series, thanks to Matt Damon's movies of the same.

And I will be totally honest & say, there may be the occasional small stain on a page or two of my books, but no water damage or huge, messy stains.

Am I being too picky?

I just don't want to receive less value than I'm offering, & I'm more than willing to accurately describe the condition of any secondhand books I post.

Any advice, suggestions, or comments?

Janet M.

jansails

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 4:36 AM ET
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I'm going to be honest and tell you that you will occasionally get books that are less than preferred shape.  That doesn't mean they aren't postable.  Yellow pages and age of the book do not make them unpostable.  The rules say any stain makes the book unpostable.  I've had this happen to me when I've been reading a book and a tiny stain showed up - unpostable - but I'd already accepted it and you can't go back.  Most of the books you will get are going to be in good to great condition - but some will be showing signs of wear.  The ones you discover too late that are unpostable can still be used as a freebie with a request of a book for credit from your bookshelf.   If you are dead set on a certain condition of books to accept them then you will need to write up and activate some Request Conditions that the sender agrees to.  Others more knowledgeable than I am aare sure to be able to give you more info.

Ruth

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 8:05 AM ET
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There are some older books that are desirable that are not available in reprints. For example Monica Dickens. I have posted some of her books that are in perfect shape- except that they are older, and yes the pages are yellowed. I have not so far had anyone have a problem with them, and also if extremely old, I will usually pm and let the requestor know before sending it out.

In my opinion, if it is a book I would love to read and there is nothing else wrong with it, I would love to have that copy!

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 8:38 AM ET
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Age is okay -- often the publishing date is listed on the book's information page, so you can avoid older books if you want to. Yellowed pages are okay.  But as Ruth said, even a small stain or a tiny bit of water damage makes the book unpostable.  You're welcome to offer them "free with an order" or just "free" in the Book Bazaar, or in your signature, profile, or Bookshelf header.

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 10:00 AM ET
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And I will be totally honest & say, there may be the occasional small stain on a page or two of my books, but no water damage or huge, messy stains.-these books are not postable with any kind of stain.  

If you don't want books with yellowing and only want newer editions-then you need to have it in your RCs.  If you add this, expect to be turned down a lot.  Books age and yellow it's just a fact of life.  Publishers reuse ISBN's frequently so there is no way to know if you are getting the newer version or the older version. 

Subject: Reprints
Date Posted: 11/22/2008 12:37 PM ET
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I guess I am too picky. But I will scour my books from now on for stains- I cannot remember now which book I wiped away a shard of dark chocolate from & it smeared on the page. I guess it's kinda funny... I don't mind the occasional food stain, because I expect people to eat & drink while reading, but having allergies- I HATE YELLOWED PAGES-means a greater chance of dust mites, a bane in my life.

My hubbie was in the book & magazine distribution business for ove 40 years (I'm 17.5 yrs younger). I read tons of books with the front covers stripped because they were returns unsold.  When I finished reading it, back to the warehouse & into the shredder, which was baled for sale to paper recyclers' for profit. We absolutely never RESOLD a stripped cover book.

Popular authors have their books reprinted: 2nd edition, 3rd edition, etc., or it says 2nd printing. It may have been a Michael Crichton from 1998, but it's a brand new reprint. Thus, an old title with fresh, white pages.

I will try to notify anyone I have sent a book to that there is the off chance it may have a small stain somewhere within the book & I will credit them if they are dissatisfied, & feel unable to post it. ALL OF  the original 70 something books I posted were bought NEW in 2007 & 2008, read only by myself or my hubbie. I DO feel they were in ABOVE AVERAGE  condition, even the few remainders I had.

janet m.

jansails

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 12:59 PM ET
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Janet I wouldn't bother  to PM eveyrone you ever sent a book too.  Most likely they never noticed.  On the off chance someone picks up a book, notices a chocolate smear and PMs you about it, then give them back their credit.  But PMing everyone is just asking for trouble.

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 1:34 PM ET
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Yes, that would definitely be a big can of worms to open.  Let them tell you about it. You can avoid the problem now, but you can't be sure that the "stain" all those people will suddenly find were there when you sent them out.  The old saying "Let sleeping dogs lie" comes to mind here!

ruth

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 3:22 PM ET
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You're not too picky, Janet.  Everyone has things that just really bug them.  In my case, most of the books I like are older and not available in reprints, so I'm happy to get those yellowed pages, but I absolutely detest writing in books.  To each his own!

You will have to be careful, though, about those publication dates, since older and more recent reprints may share the same ISBN and may not be distinguished in the system.

Subject: Advice appreciated
Date Posted: 11/22/2008 4:12 PM ET
Member Since: 10/10/2008
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Thanks for all the heads up & tips mentioned.

I've updated my RC to relate my preferences due to allergies.

janet m.

jansails

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 11/22/2008 4:29 PM ET
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Books are weird.  I had a five year old book that had an odd kind of paper and the edges were quite yellowed.  I have plenty of 20+ year old paperbacks that are relatively fresh looking.  Bottom line it, yellowed pages do not affect the readability of a books, and some of us who collect older stuff are grateful they are postable.  I have fifty year old paperbacks that are pristine other than yellowed pages.   

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 7:21 PM ET
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I also have books that are only a couple years old and starting to yellow and some that are 10+ and no signs of yellowing.  A lot of it has to do with the type of paper and how it's stored.