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Subject: 2 Questions: Money Saved/Special Request
Date Posted: 1/27/2009 8:46 PM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2009
Posts: 189
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When I go to my main page, it says that I have a certain number of dollars saved.  Where did this come from and what do I do with it?

Next question:  I have a book that is copyrighted in 1988.  The pages are slightly yellowed (due to age), but they are not bent or marred in any way.  Other than slight discoloration, I'd say the pages are perfect.  The cover has some shelfwear, but it is not excessively worn by any means.  The book does not smell like smoke, but there is a tinge of "old book" smell.  This book was requested.  I have posted the RC below.  My initial reaction is to say that it does not meet the RC, but I would like to give the requester a chance.  Should I click on the button that says that it does not meet the RC with an excuse, or should I accept the request, send a PM with a description, and wait for the member to respond to me before mailing?

Hopefully the book is in fairly new condition. Please no heavy smoke smell in the book!

                                    Thank You So Much

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 9:03 PM ET
Member Since: 9/13/2007
Posts: 2,520
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Arrgh, it really irritates me when people have such vague and wishy washy requestor conditions! No wonder you are confused, I would be as well! Maybe I am looking at RCs the wrong way, but as I see it you are basically being asked to "guarantee" that a book is in a certain condition. If I can't do that, or I don't know what they are asking me to agree to, I don't accept it. If I don't know what they want then how can I really say that I can meet their conditions? Anyway, long story short, I would probably decline for all those reasons I listed above. I would try to write them a nice note explaining that due to how their conditions are worded, I wasn't really sure if being new was a requirement, and that I'm not sure that a book published in the 80's can be considered new (ok that last bit is kind of sarcastic, I admit).

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 9:11 PM ET
Member Since: 10/23/2005
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Why in the world are they requesting a book that was published 20 years ago if they want like new condition? They may not know that they can turn their Requester Condition off before requesting books, but still, it puts you in this difficlut situation. I would probably decline the request, also. And knowing that my book was now at the front of the FIFO line and would be the next one requested when some one else orders that book, I wouldnt worry too much about it.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 9:13 PM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2009
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good points!  I will, thanks!!

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 10:17 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2007
Posts: 5,526
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I would decline that and just let them know that the book is 20 years old and while in good condition not fairly new

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 10:21 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
Posts: 11,730
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I'd decline also, saying that the RC is too vague and it's a 20 year old book so it's not in new condition.

The money saved is there for informational purposes only.  It's not actually money you have, it's your savings based on a used book price of $4.50.  It's the number of books you've received thru PBS times $4.50.  Telling you that, since you didn't pay $4.50 for each of those books, you've saved that amount of money by using PBS.  You don't do anything with it but look at it and wish you had that money in your pocket!.