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Subject: Another RC question
Date Posted: 10/7/2015 3:22 PM ET
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"No water damaged books accepted. No books that have strong, obvious odors (such as smoke). No books that have EXTREMELY heavy wear (multiple spine breaks with cover damage or missing pages). Hard cover books should include their dust covers and be in reasonably good condition. No ex-library books. Thank you."  

This is the RC. The strong obvious odors..not that I can smell. No smoke, etc . I want to send this as it does meet the RC but the book smells like  abook..a normal type book. Sense of smell being different, if she says it has a strong odor and I say no , it doesn't, do I have to refund?

I've never had a problem with an RC yet but the smell ones for  me hav ebeen specific to no smoke or mildew smell. I've never had one with strong, obvious odors before. I think it's fine personally. Would I have to refund if we disagree? 

Last Edited on: 10/7/15 3:22 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/7/2015 4:28 PM ET
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I personally would send it.  Books depending on age to me have a certain odor. 

Date Posted: 10/7/2015 6:04 PM ET
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I'd reject it on the subjectivity on several fronts... odor, wear, condition.  To my eyes, that's just a RWAP waiting to happen.

Date Posted: 10/8/2015 7:31 AM ET
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It strikes me as so subjective, I personally would not accept it. You are ovbiously at the top of the FIFO line, just wait for the next request. You never have to refund if you feel that the book was fine but why chance the hassle of a potential RWAP? They are rarely a pleasant experience.

Date Posted: 10/8/2015 11:08 AM ET
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Exactly what Sally said.

Date Posted: 10/8/2015 1:09 PM ET
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Well, I woudl send to that RC, as I have a normal sense of smell, and I am not afraid to guess what is "excessive wear". I feel like a lot of these things are just common sense.

I mail to all kinds of RCs and NEVER have had a single problem at all.

Also, no, if you end up disagreeing on the condition question with a book requestor, you do NOT have to refund a credit to the other member anyway. The sender of the book ALWAYS gets to decide if they think that a complaint merits a credit refund, and in the case of a disagreement, can just respectfully decline to refund a credit. ("I'm sorry that you were unhappy with the condition of my book. I respectfully decline to refund a credit for this book, as I feel that my book met your conditions because ..., and perhaps if you disagree you could make your RC more clear in this way ...")

To me, I feel like most of the RCs that I see are common sense things and not particularly subjective ... for example, I know what a "like-new" book looks like, that's not subjective at all. So, if I see that in a RC, I certainly feel able to guess whether or not my book looks like new. I am also able to tell extremely heavy wear from gentle reading, perhaps not to match all other people's opinions in PBS 100% ... but certainly enough that most sensible people would agree with me.

Date Posted: 10/10/2015 4:09 AM ET
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I lean towards Sally's opinion.  That RC is vague in several areas (didn't we recently have a member post in the forums that she considered any visible spine crease as excessive wear?). If it makes you uncomfortable, decline...if not, send the book.

But as Sara mentioned, iIf your book meets the criteria, the transaction will probably go smoothly.

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Date Posted: 10/10/2015 12:40 PM ET
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I steer clear of RCs like this one because the picky ones seem to be high maintenance, and my sence of smell is practically non-existant.

BUT I'm sure your book meets the requirements. It will probably be fine.

Date Posted: 10/14/2015 3:33 AM ET
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I would reject this RC.  It's far too subjective.  When it comes to odors, I refuse such RCs.  I don't have a sensitive nose and I can't tell if a book has a bad odor or not.  I get my books from PBS, Goodwill, friends.  I don't know if any of these have strong obvious odors that will be detected by the sensitive nose of the recipient.