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Subject: Another condition question
Date Posted: 9/14/2007 7:14 AM ET
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I just received a book that has some marker on the outside of the pages.   Let me try to clarify -- it looks like someone scribbled on the book, the outside pages, when it was closed.  Did anyone else write your name on your textbooks on the page part of the closed book?   that's where the marking is.

I marked it received without problem, because I think that was postable condition.  Before I pass it along, though, I want to know whether that kind of marking is acceptable, or am I buying problems?    The writing doesn't have bleed-through to any pages, nor does it seem to fall under the "staining" category.   What do you all think?

 

If the consensus is that it's postable, I"ll probably still give the requestor a heads up privately before I mail it, just to make sure.

 

Donna B

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 7:28 AM ET
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are you talking about the edge pages opposite the spine?  I got some books from a charity sale that are marked with initials on the edge pages (to help the people price them I guess)  and asked here if they were ok to post.  I was told that it was ok. as in the rules  ex-library or bookcrossing books freq have writing on the edge pages and that is ok.

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 8:09 AM ET
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Yes, that's it exactly.  It looks like someone scribbled out initials in black marker, on the edge pages opposite the spine.   The mark is about one inch square.  

 

Donna B

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 9:57 AM ET
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It sounds like it is ok to post, but I would give the requester a heads-up before mailing. 

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 10:40 AM ET
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I agree with Junie!

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 10:42 AM ET
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Thats absolutely postable IMHO . Its no different than the library stamps on there. I think the no writing condition says it is for on the text pages.

I think if you want a book with no writing on it anywhere, you should put that in your conditions. I'd be mighty miffed if I had been the sender and got a problem mark for that.

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 1:39 PM ET
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Indeed, because if marker on the "closed part" of the pages weren't acceptable, then we wouldn't be able to post books with remainder marks. I have gotten some books (new, from discount bookshops) with big black X's or slashes on more than one closed surface (ie, top and bottom) but considered them postable...it certainly doesn't affect the reading of the book. No one's complained so far, anyway!

Cheryl

 

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 5:05 PM ET
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Thanks, everyone!

 

Donna B

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 6:59 PM ET
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Junie, PM'ng requestors everytime you have a little piddle in question about your books, is what gets people in an uproar when no one PM'd them about something that is perfectly acceptable. If too many people start that up, and I simply post my "within the rules book" and don't PM the requestor about the remainder mark that is different than the one they saw at their UBS, then they write me and rant and rave because I didn't PM them like everybody else does!

Each to their own and do what you feel you need, I'm just pointing out the impact of a lot of people PM'ng about the condition of the book ahead of sending it. And before anyone pops in ands says this isn't likely to happen, I point it out because it HAS happened. I just don't like giving people anymore reasons than they already have to complain about a book :)

Date Posted: 9/15/2007 11:06 AM ET
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Sherry, I actually agree with you, but I've had two people piss and moan about book conditions (the books were postable) and both have bitched that "They wished I'd have PMd them before sending the book."   Honestly, I suppose I'd rather not send the book than deal with whiners after the fact.  Life is too short.  :)

 

Donna B