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Subject: ? about accepting an RC...
Date Posted: 3/4/2014 1:15 PM ET
Member Since: 9/19/2006
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Hi- I am not willing to accept books that:

- are currently in a smoking home

- have water, food or mold damage or stains

- writing, scribbling or underlining in them

Thank you very much,

I received the above RC which I would usually have no problem with. However, the author's page (1st page in the entire book) in my book has a mailing label from a previous owner stuck on it. Otherwise there is no writing, scribbling or underlining in the book and it meets the rest of the RC. Would you consider my book with it's address label to be in violation of this RC? I am asking here rather than accepting first and then PM'ing the requestor for a yay or nay. WWYD?

Pam

Date Posted: 3/4/2014 1:24 PM ET
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It meets the RC since it does not mention stickers or labels.

Date Posted: 3/4/2014 2:08 PM ET
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Heck.  This needs to be your gut reaction.  It is your credit at risk.  

Date Posted: 3/4/2014 2:34 PM ET
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Although you're right that a sticker is not writing, if we're being sticklers, I would still decline because I would assume that by "no writing or underlining" they want a book that has absolutely no added markings on the inside of it, whether they are handwritten or labels.



Last Edited on: 3/4/14 2:35 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/4/2014 5:05 PM ET
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I would decline; seems like a RWAP waiting to happen.  

Date Posted: 3/4/2014 5:24 PM ET
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I have an RC.  I'm very willing to accept RCs.  That said, tone and editing really matter.  You have a very small window to convince folks to go above the standard posting guidelines and accept your RC.  

The ones I'm most likely to turn down are angry ones repeating the posting guidelines.  If you need to vent, come here.  Please don't do it in your RC.  It just scares members off.

Date Posted: 3/4/2014 5:49 PM ET
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Even though the book is postable and the RC doesn't mention stickers, I would decline.  It isn't worth the hassle of arguing with the requester over a RWAP.

Date Posted: 3/4/2014 7:16 PM ET
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Since my book technically meets the RC, what about accepting and then sending the requestor a PM about the label? Then they have the choice of deciding if they want it or not.

Pam

Date Posted: 3/4/2014 8:57 PM ET
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First, if you accept the order, then decline, you will be removing yourself from the FIFO line.

If you do decide to do this, make sure you select the last possible mailing date.  Then give the member a deadline to respond by.  State if you will be sending the book or canceling if they do not respond.  

Date Posted: 3/4/2014 9:23 PM ET
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I've done this several times and had no problems.

If I have any question about my book being acceptable, first I accept the book. Then, I PM the other person, explain (in this case) there is a sticker on the author's page, and ask if the book is acceptable. If the other person says yes, I mail the book. All PMs concerning the transaction are on record so you have proof the other person agreed to accepting the sticker. I've done this many times and NEVER have had a problem. Just my two cents.

Date Posted: 3/4/2014 9:35 PM ET
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I would decline and I have found out thru experience that PMing a member is just opening a can of worms...many people request a book and then don't come back to the site until it arrives. They aren't going to see the PM...even if you give them several days to respond. And if they don't respond in time, then you have to cancel the request and by doing so you remove your book from the FIFO line. If the RC requires any interpretation, I decline...I know I am at the top of the FIFO line, I can wait for the next person.

Date Posted: 3/5/2014 11:38 AM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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Given the mailing label, I would probably decline the RC, especially if the book is a FIFO book (meaning that the requestor's request will just go onto another copy of the book that might suit them better).

If it was a WL book that you offered, in that case, I woudl PM and ask the question, because at that point you cna cancel the transaction if the requestor doesn;t want the book, and the repost it and decline the RC when the book is re-offered to the first person in line.

 

Date Posted: 3/5/2014 1:29 PM ET
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Given that it's a WL book, I decided to take a chance on sending a PM. She responded this morning that she definitely wanted the book as long as the other RCs were met. So I'll be mailing it out asap and our PMs are proof that she is aware of the label  and that she still wants the book. Thanks for all the advice.

Pam

Date Posted: 3/5/2014 3:50 PM ET
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Glad you worked it out. I would have just accepted the RC and sent the book as it met the conditions.

I never assume a person with an RC means more than that wrote. If they meant it they'd write it.

If I ever received a RWAP (which I haven't to date) because I took an RC at face value instead of reading into it, I would just tell them they needed to add what they wanted to their RC and not return the credit. 

Date Posted: 3/5/2014 4:47 PM ET
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My thought on not accepting it is that writing on a sticker in the book is likely just as objectionable as writing on the book. If I was guessing, I would guess against sending for that reason, but for a WL book, I don't think it hurts to ask.
Date Posted: 3/6/2014 3:05 AM ET
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I agree with Valerie H.'s comments.

<i>I've done this several times and had no problems.

If I have any question about my book being acceptable, first I accept the book. Then, I PM the other person, explain (in this case) there is a sticker on the author's page, and ask if the book is acceptable. If the other person says yes, I mail the book. All PMs concerning the transaction are on record so you have proof the other person agreed to accepting the sticker. I've done this many times and NEVER have had a problem.</i>

I've done this as well with not problems. I'm not saying this will always be the case, but I have not yet had a bad experience doing this after perhaps 3 or 4 times over many transactions.

Date Posted: 3/7/2014 1:54 PM ET
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I agree with Valerie.  I've always accepted so I can PM, and if they decline the book, I list it as "had to accept to PM requestor; declined because of ____."