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Subject: So after mailing out 181 books...
Date Posted: 5/31/2008 3:09 PM ET
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I finally get a comment that one I sent has a problem - supposed water damage and reminded about the club posting guidelines.  I guess that's a pretty good track record though.  I didn't note any water damage on the book but I decided to give the person their credit v. fighting the issue.  Sometimes I feel like people want books that look new - but this is a swapping site  - basically an online used book store - so everything isn't going to look pristine.  Venting done.  Now I need to relax - I've been doing some volunteer cleaning at a kids camp all day and I smell and my hands are very dry and cracky.

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 4:15 PM ET
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I'm always finding sneaky water damage. Sometimes I have to refuse orders because a book I thought was fine turned out to be bad when I looked it over before mailing it. 

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 4:46 PM ET
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Susan J Wrote: "I didn't note any water damage on the book but I decided to give the person their credit v. fighting the issue. "

 

The exact same thing happened to me a while back. I did the same as you and refunded the credit. I agree everyone's standards are a little different - I get plenty of books that have seen better days, but if I can read it, I'm ok with it. As long as all the pages are there and the book doesn't fall apart! I'm not a book collector but a book reader - I don't care if a hardcover is missing the dust jacket either, since the dust jacket usually gets in the way! This is, after all, a place where used books are exchanged.

From what I understand, water damage will make the paper brittle, so it should be pretty obvious, but maybe not. I got real paranoid after that one transaction, but I've relaxed again.

181 books is a LOT!! Congratulations!!

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 5:00 PM ET
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Unless I'd bought the book new, I would have refunded the credit too.  We all miss things, I know it'd be possible for me although I do try and look over my books closely before sending them out.

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 5:09 PM ET
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Well I always thought I was doing a good job checking - but I guess I'll be more vigilant.

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 5:28 PM ET
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181 books is a LOT!! Congratulations!!

Melinda - thanks!  What's sad is that I've received almost the same amount!  Of course I haven't finished reading them all yet...

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 5:57 PM ET
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What I want to know is where do these people who have over 400,500,600, and I even saw someone who had over a 1000 books posted keep these books  to keep them postable?   Any ideas...

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 6:31 PM ET
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That's a good question - and how on earth do they keep track of them?

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 6:58 PM ET
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I always look at my books carefully and never try pass one off that shouldn't be posted.  But recently I got out all my posted books and went through them looking for one to use for a swap-I noticed like 5 of them had water damage.  Just a small amount.  Not really obviousy just a water mark on one of the covers.  I turned them all into the UBS. Luckily I had found them before they had gotten ordered and I had complaints.

I've received a couple that looked great and I marked them as such. Then when I sat down to read them, I noticed a water mark.  They can be easy to miss when it's not a whole bunch of wavy pages but just a small amount.



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Date Posted: 5/31/2008 10:47 PM ET
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Aww, crap!  I think it's just a matter of time for most of us.  I know that I checked over all my books carefully before posting them, but I have come across some, when they are requested, that have slight water damage, and I have no idea where it comes from!  Maybe just the humidity in the air, maybe the cheap paper they make books with anymore, but it seems more common.  I always feel so bad turning down requests when that happens.  Just chalk it up to *%$@ happens, and move on- that's all you can do.  We know that you are a good, honorable member of PBS, and one bad trade won't count against you!

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 3:13 AM ET
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I'm so glad it's not just me. I was starting to freak, it happened so often. I know the closet where I store my books isn't wet, there's tons of other stuff in there.

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 11:02 AM ET
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I had the same thing not too long ago, and had mailed out somewhere around 180 books at the time as well.  Mine was water/moisture damage too, and I apologized and refunded the credit.  That's still the only one I've had, although I'd have to say the law of averages probably says I've sent others with imperfections that didn't raise any complaints:P  I'm thinking out of just under 200 books, only being asked to return a credit once is pretty good, so I don't worry about it.  And I've inspected several before mailing that I ended up sending as freebies with an alternate selection, just because I didn't like the way they looked.  I think if you're concientious and always try to get it right, you'll do fine in the long run.

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 12:53 PM ET
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I recently received a copy of Voyager and the front cover is ripped about 1/4 of the way down.....can I repost that? I didn't actually read that copy….. I ended up bying it because I just couldn't wait for it to come in the mail. I thought about just taping it up well and informing the requester?

Jess

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 1:25 PM ET
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Jess, here's a link to the conditions guidelines: http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_item.php?id=205  specifically it says a small rip (1 inch or less) is ok.  so i'd assume that a larger rip than 1" in the cover would make it unpostable.

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 2:21 PM ET
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Covers can have a tear as long as it's 1" or less.

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 6:39 AM ET
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Susan, I had the same thing happen about a year ago... It was a WL book and looking back, it probably had a couple of wavy pages due to the humidity around here, I live in eastern NC (very humid here at times). I refunded the credit, even though I knew it wasn't actual water damage, but I'm REAL careful about what books I post now.

One black mark out of 180 is great!

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 7:20 AM ET
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Thanks for all the comments ladies - it's appreciated.

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 11:34 AM ET
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1/181 is an excellent record--99.4% of your books are in good condition!