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Subject: Audio book ?s
Date Posted: 5/22/2011 5:40 PM ET
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A couple of questions about audio books:

I know if a requester has a DC requiring dust jackets, the dust jacket then has to meet PBS posting criteria by being in decent conditions, no stains, etc.

If a requester has a DC requiring the original  case with an audio book set, does the case also have to meet PBS posting criteria?

Also I want to know if anyone else thinks this is strange - I got an order for an audio book I posted, and the RC said I will not accept audio books without their cases UNLESS you are willing to send the book for one credit instead of two. Since PBS doesn't require the original case that seems a little "underhanded" to me...

Date Posted: 5/22/2011 5:50 PM ET
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I don't know about the case condition issue -- you should contact Feedback and inquire, since it isn't covered in the Help Center.

Members aren't allowed to "set your own price" for swaps, so RCs stipulating a different credit level should be reported, as they violate PBS policy.

Date Posted: 5/22/2011 5:53 PM ET
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In addition to not being able to set our own "prices" for audio books, the 2 credits would come out of the person's account when they order the audio book anyway. So technically the sender would have to agree to return a credit for the audio book.

 

I know if I received a request like this, I would turn it down with no question.

Date Posted: 5/22/2011 6:14 PM ET
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"If a requester has a DC requiring the original  case with an audio book set, does the case also have to meet PBS posting criteria?"

I don't see anything in the Help documents that address this particular question, but I would error on the side of caution and decline if the box wasn't in pretty good shape (I would probably send it if it was a bit bent but not if it was stained or torn).

 

"Also I want to know if anyone else thinks this is strange - I got an order for an audio book I posted, and the RC said I will not accept audio books without their cases UNLESS you are willing to send the book for one credit instead of two. Since PBS doesn't require the original case that seems a little "underhanded" to me..."

Agreed, I'd be extremely annoyed if I got that RC. I was thinking along the same lines as Elizabeth; report it.

 

 

 



Last Edited on: 5/22/11 6:16 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/22/2011 11:04 PM ET
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The requester is within guidelines to use RC for condition of audio case.  But if you can't meet the conditions, your only option is to decline the request and move on to the next requester.  As already mentioned, the credit value of books is already set by PBS admin. and cannot be negotiated between members (FIFO or otherwise).

Date Posted: 5/22/2011 11:13 PM ET
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There may come a time when audio cassettes go the way of 1 credit , just because they aren't in use much anymore; but until then it is 2 credits for all audio books. Other than that I would just turn it down if I did not have the box.

Date Posted: 5/23/2011 8:48 AM ET
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There may come a time when audio cassettes go the way of 1 credit , just because they aren't in use much anymore; but until then it is 2 credits for all audio books. Other than that I would just turn it down if I did not have the box.

This is actually a heavily wish-listed 14 CD set. The case, however, is a wreck - both beat up and dirty, from being in my car for several months as it took me a long time to get  through the book. I turned down the request.

Date Posted: 5/23/2011 9:18 AM ET
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Members aren't allowed to "set your own price" for swaps, so RCs stipulating a different credit level should be reported, as they violate PBS policy.

Well, I am not so sure that this RC is against the rules, as it seems like just an inelegant way of asking for a deal, to me. And, deals are not against the rules. You cannot propose to pay more than 2 credits for an audio book, but you can certainly ask if someone is willing to send them for 1 credit.

I am not sure the "asking for a deal" belongs in the RC, but on the other hand, I don't recall anything that says it can't be in there.

Date Posted: 5/23/2011 11:48 AM ET
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I would agree with Sara, you can always ask for deal you just can't ask for more than PBS rate for a book. Demanding a deal in the RC is tacky and tactless, but I don't see anything against a site rule for it except maybe the fact that using an RC for a deal tries to make it official when deals are unofficial.

I would say if most people got the RC and didn't have the case, they would just deny the RC.  I would apply the DJ idea to it myself and only accept if the case was in postable condition. 

Date Posted: 5/23/2011 3:11 PM ET
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From that perspective, I'll also agree with Sara & Melanie  smiley

Date Posted: 5/23/2011 3:17 PM ET
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I post and send a lot of audiobooks.  I would do as others said and if there was an RC requiring the box then I would decline if the box wasn't in good condition. (I have in fact done this before-the RC said it must have the box and the box was really beat up). 

As for the 1 credit thing: this is probably an RC they ahve on all book requests not just WL ones.  I don't see it as being against the rules.  Just someone asking for a deal if the case is missing, which the sender if free to decline.  I don't see anyone doing that on a WL audiobook. But if I had one that's been sitting on my shelf for a long time, I might just be willing ot give a discount if the box was beat up or non-existant.