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Subject: Age & Creasing
Date Posted: 5/25/2009 9:26 PM ET
Member Since: 12/18/2008
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I just got a book request for a book I had boxed up because I am in the process of moving. I pulled it out and noticed that the pages are yellowing (it's a book I read in grade school and I just completed my Master's of Counseling degree, so it's old). Also, the first few pages are dog-eared/curled and the cover is creased. It has not tears, highlighting, underlining or writing in it. But I now feel iffy about accepting the request because it is older and more used than most of the books I send out. Any advice?
Date Posted: 5/25/2009 9:30 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2007
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sounds postable to me

Date Posted: 5/25/2009 9:31 PM ET
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Sounds postable to me as well.

I know some people go by "if I would feel disappointed receiving a book in this condition, I won't post it".  Sounds like the book meets the posting requirements and if the other person doesn't have an RC against aged or creased cover books, send it.

Date Posted: 5/25/2009 9:36 PM ET
Member Since: 3/27/2009
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Ditch it.

Date Posted: 5/25/2009 9:37 PM ET
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I would be fine with it. 

ETA - there's nothing about it that renders it unpostable according to the PBS guidelines.  If someone has a RC, obviously, that would be a different situation.

Last Edited on: 5/25/09 9:39 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/25/2009 9:49 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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I've receivied several books like this and find it's okay since all I want it for is to read.  There are lots of OOP and HTF books that I'd love to find in almost any condition but can't.  A couple of those is only about 3 years old and is listed on Amazon for $147 by a seller.  It's only a PB by an Australian author.  I would love to find it.  But it's one of a few that I would give a credit for only to be able to read.  There are many older books like yours which people would like to find, and most of them realize that the books they'll get are old.  Old books do suffer with problems like yellowing of pages.  As mentioned above, watch out for mildew.  It is awful and stirs up lots of allergies.


Last Edited on: 5/25/09 9:49 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/25/2009 9:51 PM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2008
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most of the post listings have the date of publication in them

i sent one book that was 27 years old to a member- they had the nerve to complain and demand their credit back- the book was in pristine condition- just yellowed because IT WAS 27 YEARS OLD- and LONG out of print

i sent a pm with the publication date cut & pasted in it- never heard back....

Date Posted: 5/25/2009 9:54 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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Books that aren't reprinted and are old will yellow.  It's the nature of the type of paper that books are printed on.  Publishers don't as a rule use acid-free paper, so age happens!


Date Posted: 5/25/2009 9:58 PM ET
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Sounds fine for it's age, so I'd post it.