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Geri (geejay) -
Subject: Another posting question
Date Posted: 1/4/2009 8:31 AM ET
Member Since: 9/2/2008
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I've recently received two pb books that to me were on their last legs.  I marked both received without problems. 

One, shamefully I didn't look at until the next day to find that about the middle of the book the binding was cracked.  The pages aren't falling out but it wouldn't surprise me if they did fall out. 

The other was published in 1999 and I looked it over because it looked like it was sure to have water marks on it.  Nope, just very worn.  I guess it must be a terrific book.

The one with the bad binding I won't post.  But the second doesn't have anything wrong with it except it's definately a used book.  I was a bit disappointed in it's condition but maybe I'm being fussy.  

Definately a used book - the cover and a few of the first pages are bent, the pages are not yellow but dirty looking.  As though it may have lived in a dirt pile for a bit.  Or else people with very dirty hand were handling it.  No makrings that I've seen so far, as I said, just a very used book.

Should I just consider myself the last in a long line of readers for this one?  

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 1/4/2009 9:08 AM ET
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I was going to say tough call, but if it's got dirt all over the pages then I'd say not postable...

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 1/4/2009 9:26 AM ET
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That's what I figured.  Let's just say I wouldn't want to get it. LOL

Date Posted: 1/4/2009 9:26 AM ET
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The question I always ask myself is, "Would I be pleased to receive this book?" If the answer is no, I don't repost it. I have been the "last reader" on a couple of books here. It's always a little disappointing, but that time comes for every book. I would offer the books as "freebies" to people who order off your shelf.
Date Posted: 1/4/2009 10:04 AM ET
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Just a thought.  When you request a book check the publish date on the book you are requesting.  1999 ed. is going to be worn and well read. You say the book looks dirty-is it just starting the yellowing pages due to age?  I try to understand that when I request an older book, I just got the last ed of the Piers Anthony Xanth Series I was looking for,  that the pages will probably be yellow and it will be "used".  But for me having the book in a series was more important.  I try to not send out the older books unless I PM first and say it is an original ____ed. alittle hammered do you want?