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Subject: adding condition?
Date Posted: 11/21/2007 7:53 AM ET
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I'm thinking of adding a condition that all books sent to me be in some sort of waterproofing.  Saran, plastic bag, bubble mailer, any would work.  I'd like a.) some thoughts on wording, b.) thoughts on if you'd accept/decline such a request, and c.) any input from others with similar conditions.

Thanks in advance  :  ) 

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 8:32 AM ET
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I certainly would have no problem with that condition--I  waterproof all my books before mailing particularly with winter coming.  Someone who requested that condition phrased the request very nicely saying that her mailman would leave packages outside in the rain & I have a rural mailbox & if the mailman doesn't push the flap tight after he delivers sometimes it blows open & water gets in. Allie

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 9:05 AM ET
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Just make sure to stress that it can be any type of plastic.  Someone who doesn't keep Saran wrap in the house might balk at the condition if they think that Saran wrap is required, when they have a closet full of old grocery bags ready for use.  Also make sure not to write in a tone that could cause someone to think that you believe your way is the "better" way, because that could lead to an offended person rejecting your request.

If it were me, I would simply state that because you live in a very rainy climate (or your postal worker consistently places books outside your mailbox, or whatever reason) you would prefer the sender to wrap the book in some type of plastic (any type of plastic is fine!) before mailing.

I would not have any  problem with your condition, because I always wrap in plastic.  (I have enough used plastic hanging around waiting to be recycled, so I figure why not!)

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 9:13 AM ET
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I'm sorta leary of wrapping conditions in general because once I accept the condition, it's gone.  For a book condition, it either meets the condition or not, so if it does I can accept it and forget that it had a condition.

For a wrapping condition, sometimes several days will pass between acceptance and wrapping (I tend to select the latest date to mail and go to the post office once a week), and I might forget that the wrapping condition existed.  If it's a book with a long WL (and I feel confident that I can send it out to someone further down the list), I'd be likely to pass rather than risking losing my credit if I forget to wrap it according to the conditions.

Denise

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 9:20 AM ET
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it wouldn't bother me because I always wrap in plastic or a bubble mailer (depending on the size of the book).  However, as Denise said, unless they write down that condition on the wrapper when they print it out (if they do it right after they accept the order) there is always the possibility that they won't remember.  It's a crap shoot and you can just always hope for the best!

patticom - ,
Date Posted: 11/21/2007 9:38 AM ET
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Perhaps you can list it in conditions in the form of a request?  That way you show that you aren't going to penalize if they forget, but PLEASE do so because... rain, outside, whatever reason as others already mentioned.  Of course this assumes you aren't going to penalize if they forget--if you are adamant about it say so and just be prepared for potential turn-downs or accidental forgetting and "fights" about it, kwim?  I usually mail my books within 24 hours of accepting, and probably would remember, but since all my mail goes to and from a post office I wouldn't think of that if it wasn't a request.  First book I received that was wrapped in plastic wrap took me awhile to think of why... my first thought was "safe" shipping LOL (like a condom)!   ;)

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 11:14 AM ET
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I do not wrap my books in plastic when I send them out, normally. But I had one requestor who asked that it be done because she was about to enter the rainy season in her area and it was near impossible to keep books from being affected by the damp. I wish I could remember exactly how she phrased the request because it came across as reasonable and friendly. I was happy to comply and she sent me a nice note thanking me for doing so when she received the book.
Date Posted: 11/21/2007 11:57 AM ET
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I had someone put that in a condition once. I didn't ahve a problem because I always wrap my books in saran wrap or a plastic bag first anyway.  I can see how it may be forgotten if there is time lapse from printing the address and wrapping the book so I wouldn't get upset if occasionally you get a non-wrapped one.  but it should help with the majority of the books you get.

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 12:09 PM ET
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If there is something I want to remember between the time of accepting a book and shipping, I write it on a piece of scrap paper and place it into the book, sticking out so I will see it when I go to wrap it.  Before I click to accept a book I always go find it and double check its postability so I've got the book in my hand at that time anyway.  I wrap all books in plastic so I don't have to remind myself of that.  I agree that you if word the condition as a request and say any kind of plastic wrap or plastic bag, most people would comply.

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 4:46 PM ET
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I've actually received several requests to waterproof my packaging and didn't have a problem with that at all - I already send all of my books in bubblewrap.  Carol Ann

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 5:10 PM ET
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It wouldn't bother me any since I always wrap my books in saran wrap anyway :)

Tammy