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Subject: another question about the etiquette for requester (requestor?) conditions
Date Posted: 1/8/2008 8:18 PM ET
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I apologize in advance because I know this has been asked and answered but I looked through a bunch of forum pages and didn't find the answer.

I have two pending requests for WL books; both say the person wants only books that come from a nonsmoking home, which mine is.  But both books were bought used and who knows where they were before.  I have practically no sense of smell so I wouldn't know whether or not they smell like smoke.  I can ask my daughter to smell them, but that still leaves open the issue of whether or not they've been exposed to smoke.

I would like to give the requestor (requester - couldn't figure out which....) the option of deciding whether or not these books would be of interest.  Is the best way to accept their request, then PM them to ask?  Then decline to mail the book if they don't want it?  Since they're both WL books, I don't want to make anyone lose their place in line but I can't remember if they should cancel or I should.

Thanks for your help!


Subject: Requestor condition question
Date Posted: 1/8/2008 8:23 PM ET
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I would take it to mean the house the book is currently at.  Which is yours is.  There really isn't any reson to PM the person. If it would make you feel better you can, but if they decide to cancel THEY cancel it, not you.

Hope this helped!

Date Posted: 1/8/2008 10:26 PM ET
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I have a similar condition on my account.  Some of the books I have received have been so smoky that I can smell it outside the packaging.  A tiny bit of smoky or musty smell.  My sister is allergic to cigarette smoke, and she has told me that her conditions would be worded very very strongly.

Date Posted: 1/8/2008 10:27 PM ET
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ditto...my RC ask for the book to currently be in a non-smoking home.  I think if you and your daughter can't smell anything it should be fine.

Trust me you would know if it had been exposed, I am reading a library book right now that was in a smoking home at some point before I got it and it reeks.  ugh, but I guess the public library can't tell people to not smoke and read the book (although I wish they could!)

Date Posted: 1/8/2008 10:48 PM ET
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I buy a lot of used books. I have a non-smoking house. I accept non-smoking requests, unless they ask for a detailed history of the book. Most just say currently from  non-smoking home. I would accept and not worry about it being marked as a smoking book.  As a non-smoker, if the book had a smoke smell you would notice.  My MIL is a heavy smoker. Everything she sends me reaks of cigarettes.  I wash what I can and the rest I air out in the garage. Usually the smell is gone in a few days. So if your books were every around smoke between the time they spent at the UBS, then your house and then on the route to the requestor-they should just smell like books. 

Date Posted: 1/9/2008 12:07 AM ET
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Have your daughter smell them and if she detects no smoke, you should be OK.  Smokey books will be noticable to a non-smoker's nose if they sense of smell is reasonable.  You can still send the PM if you want letting them know that they have passed the daughter nose test, but it is not required.

Bast -
Date Posted: 1/9/2008 12:25 AM ET
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I would just turn them down. If they get the book and it DOES smell, they can mark the books received with a problem.

Date Posted: 1/9/2008 3:15 AM ET
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They were very specific in saying from a non smoking HOME which yours is.   I don't see how they can complain if you send the books.   I think people put that in their conditions for exactly the situation you are in now.  They are saying they realize that you may NOT know where the books came from, but they don't want the books if someone in YOUR house smokes.   Send the books - get the credit!

Date Posted: 1/9/2008 6:13 AM ET
Member Since: 9/22/2007
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Thank you so much for all the guidance!