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Subject: Another "do I re-word my RC" question
Date Posted: 2/23/2009 10:14 PM ET
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Here's my RC: Please do not tape the wrapping or packaging (or anything else) to the book itself. Thanks-

I was told a sender couldn't send the book because, and I quote, "That is how I normally ship for paperback swap club."

Unfortunately, this doesn't appear in my transaction archive, so I can't tell them they're not supposed to ship books that way. This is the only time I've been turned down for this reason, so I'm thinking it's just this member who somehow misinterpreted my RC.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 10:27 PM ET
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That would be my guess also.  They just misunderstood the RC.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 10:35 PM ET
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Yep they didn't read it carefully. Bet they thought they couldn't use any tape. UGHHHHH. Sorry you didn't get the book. Better luck next time.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 10:40 PM ET
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I dunno.  I've received more than one book with the tape applied directly to the book.  A few peeps used 'scotch' tape and one person used packing tape.  They may have understood your RC just fine, but are in the habit of taping the wrapper to the book. It does happen, unfortunately.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 11:24 PM ET
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Here's my RC: Please do not tape the wrapping or packaging (or anything else) to the book itself. Thanks-

Please do not tape the wrapping or packaging (or anything else) directly to the cover of the book itself.  Thanks-

The original RC was already clear, but I tried to make it a little bit more clear.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 11:31 PM ET
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You could also add "Per PBS wrapping instructions, please do not..." That way you are not only telling them you don't want it, you are telling them they shouldn't be doing it at all.

Date Posted: 2/24/2009 8:53 AM ET
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Yes, I agree--something like, "Per PBS packaging instructions, please do not tape the wrapper directly to the book."  You might even include a link to the wrapping instructions page in the Help Docs if you want to.

It's been a long time since I had a book sent with the wrapper taped to the cover, at least a couple of years. Are you getting that many books sent that way that you need an RC for it? Really, some folks just decline any RC at all, so I'd be hesitant to even have one unless it was a major problem.


Date Posted: 2/24/2009 9:34 AM ET
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In over 300 books received, I have never gotten a book wrapped that way. I would leave off the RC and mark it RWP if one came that way again. Either way you are still out a credit if someone does it since you are at their mercy to refund it to you.  So why risk getting turned down from people who auto decline any RCS at all and from people who think you want them to not use the PBS wrapper? You're just setting yourself up for more denials.

Date Posted: 2/24/2009 10:14 AM ET
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In the 3 1/2 years I have been here, I have gotten 3 books that way. Only one of them badly enough to destroy the cover when I removed the tape.

I wouldn't turn down your RC, because I use bubble mailers. But I have to admit I don't like RCs that tell me how to (or how not to) wrap a book. I don't think that is the purpose of RCs. I think telling people how you want the book wrapped in your RCs opens up the issue of whether the receiver can mark the book RWAP - conditions not met - even if the book is pristine - just because their wrapping instructions aren't followed. Which I think would be highly unfair.

Subject: ?
Date Posted: 2/25/2009 11:22 PM ET
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Out of curiosity, what benefit could come out of taping the wrapping to the book that would encourage someone to do so?  It's never even occurred to me to do so, even when I don't use bubble wrappers.  (I wrap as if it were a rectangular present).

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 11:51 PM ET
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I never tape to the book but when I wrap a present for example, I'll usually use a small piece of tape to the box/packaging to hold the wrapping paper in place while I wrap it around and secure it. Just makes it a tiny bit easier for me to get a good, tight wrap. It's not necessary by any means. lol And like I said I DON'T do this with books lol

Subject: Ah..
Date Posted: 2/27/2009 7:09 PM ET
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Thanks, Cameron.  And I agree that it still sounds like a bad idea for books...