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Subject: Advice needed. RWAP?
Date Posted: 10/24/2009 8:30 PM ET
Member Since: 12/26/2008
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I need some advice here, and I know that this is the best place to get it.

I received a book today and I am not sure whether or not to mark it RWAP.  It is a hardcover book and there is some damage to the dust jacket.  I know that they are not required and I have no RC, so that is not the problem.

However, there seems to be a problem that occurred during the printing of the book.  Every page of the book has back marks, lines, smudges, etc.  The marks are clearly made by the printer of the book, as no one could possibly have done this on their own.  The book was wrapped in a bubble mailer and it was undamaged.

The marks do not obscure the text at all.  Otherwise, the book is in great condition.

I do not use RWAP lightly, so I don't want to do it unless I have to.  On one hand, the person who sent the book did nothing wrong.  On the other hand, I would not feel comfortable reposting the book, as the marks would make me pause to send it on.  My inclination is to just let it go.  

Any advice?  (I wish the sender would have PMmed me and let me know in advance.)

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 8:33 PM ET
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I think it would have been courteous for the sender to have PMed you in this case explaining the odd circumstance.  But from your description it sounds postable.  Nothing directly against the rules as long as no text is obscured.

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 9:14 PM ET
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If it's something that happened during the printing process, I don't think the sender can be held liable for it, particularly if it doesn't affect the readability of the book, doesn't obscure text, etc.


Date Posted: 10/24/2009 9:16 PM ET
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I think its postable. The test is not obscured and the book is not stained.

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 9:43 PM ET
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It would only be RWP if the ink blots marred the text and made the book too hard to read.  Many, many books have marks like this from printing. 

Now if it was like a book I got from Amazon one time it would be unpostable. I ordered a heavily WL book from Amazon.  It comes and as I'm reading it and get to somewhere around page 25-the pages are upside down and backwords for about 50 pages.  I contact Amazon and they give me a link to print out a postage paid return label and send me another book-which has the same problem!.  Clearly during binding the batch sent to Amazon was damaged. Now I was able to read the 2nd book by turning the book upside down and reading those 60 pages basically from right page to left-or something like that anyway.  I sent that one back too. That would not have been postable. 

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 9:55 PM ET
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Thanks everyone.  = )  Gonna just mark it received.

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 6:18 AM ET
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I actually got one like you're describing from here.  I didn't notice until after I'd marked it received and was reading it when I had to turn it upside down and backwards to finish it.  I thought that I would never have posted it, though I wasn't sure even if I'd noticed that I could have marked it RWAP.