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Subject: Best RC Ever!
Date Posted: 7/13/2013 3:03 PM ET
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I just got this requestor condition the other day and thought I'd share it since I found it absolutely hillarious!  "I will only accept brand-new books."  It's a used book site!  While some books are new (I've posted many new, unread books) the site is a used book site and if you only want brand new books it seems like you'd be better off just ordering them from Amazon as a brand new book.

Just when I thought I'd seen it all in the RCs!  :)

What's the strangest RC you've ever gotten?

Date Posted: 7/13/2013 7:21 PM ET
Member Since: 6/8/2013
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"I will not accept any books from ANYONE who voted for W. Bush"  Not really but I like that one.

Date Posted: 7/13/2013 8:47 PM ET
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I had one go on and on for several paragraphs and I think the gist was for nothing smoke smelling. But she went on an on about having the nose of bloodhound and camp fires and such. Really I just skimmed and put in the comment box that the RCS were too long and convaluted and I wasn't going to get involved with that. 

I just decline the "brand-new books one". 

Mostly I just get ones for dust jackets on hardcovers.  I don't even get the non-smoking, no pets ones very often.  I think maybe 1 in 10 requests I get has any sort of RC on them.

 

Date Posted: 7/13/2013 10:04 PM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2007
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The best one ever got:

"I will only accept books that were once read by George Clooney while he was wearing latex gloves to prevent damage. I would prefer that they be hermetically sealed and hand-delivered in an armored car protected by Special Forces and ninjas. (Just kidding!)"  

 

The best "you've got to be kidding" one was where the requestor placed a condition stating she wanted senders to wrap books being sent to her in new packaging/envelopes so *she* could reuse them because she was trying to save money.  In other words, I could have sent her a brand-new book, but if she couldn't re-use the envelope I sent it in, she was gonna RWAP the transaction.  I declined that one really fast.

MaryF

 

Date Posted: 7/13/2013 10:09 PM ET
Member Since: 6/8/2013
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"I will only accept books that were once read by George Clooney while he was wearing latex gloves to prevent damage. I would prefer that they be hermetically sealed and hand-delivered in an armored car protected by Special Forces and ninjas. (Just kidding!)"  

 

haha, good one!

Date Posted: 7/14/2013 1:36 PM ET
Member Since: 11/15/2008
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I got one that was a several paragraph diatribe about how people on PBS didn't understand "good" condition.  It went on and on about how many creases the spine of a postable book could have, what color they could be and how deep.  It then spent a long time talking about dogeared pages and how any evidence of these "should" make a book unpostable.  It also talked about acceptable spine angle, cover condition and other things, but at that point, my eyes glazed over, and I just declined. 

I have an RC for plastic, and I've even accepted "like new" RCs when I had a new looking book, but at some point, it gets ridiculous. 

Date Posted: 7/14/2013 6:51 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2009
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My best RC was the guy that absolutely did not want a book if it was ever read in a bathroom. Something about keeping my genital bacteria to myself.

But really, it is impossible to get a BRAND NEW book from this site. Even if I purchased a book brand-new from a bookstore and never opened it, it's still going to be pre-owned once the next person gets it.

Date Posted: 7/14/2013 9:53 PM ET
Member Since: 4/11/2007
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"... the requestor placed a condition stating she wanted senders to wrap books being sent to her in new packaging/envelopes so *she* could reuse them because she was trying to save money"

I've seen that one! I declined it and asked whether the person got many books through PBS; I never heard anything back.

The next best one I've seen was this guy who had multiple specific conditions for each and every book type. It went on for more than three pages on my laptop screen! I accepted it, but suggested to him that his RC was just too long. He thanked me, but I suspect he never changed it.

Date Posted: 7/15/2013 12:47 PM ET
Member Since: 4/29/2009
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Hey, at least it was clear.

Date Posted: 7/15/2013 7:13 PM ET
Member Since: 8/21/2008
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The strangest and funniest one I ever received was from a person who did not want the book if it talked about dentists, had a picture of a dentist in it, was written by a dentist, etc. 

 

Can just imagine what experiences that poor soul had with dentists.

 

I had someone demand credit back for a book because it was not new.  The book was over 30 years old and not available except used.  She did not have as a condition though that it be new.

 

All kinds......

Date Posted: 7/15/2013 8:43 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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One of the very firsts request I got as a member was for an out of print, hard to find 20 year old romance book.  (as far as I know it's still OOP/HTF).  Anyway the RC was for only brand new books. The book was excellent condition, and perfectly postable, for its age but since it had over 80 other people on the WL, I declined and sent it to the next person who was probably ecstatic to get the book.

Date Posted: 7/16/2013 8:55 AM ET
Member Since: 7/18/2007
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When I joined PBS my very first request was for this book which was wishlisted at the time. The accompanying RC went something like this, "Due to allergies, please decline this request if you have pets."

In hindsight, I can only assume that the requestor was ordering this book for someone else and forgot to turn off the RC, but as a brand new member I was pretty confused and a little bit concerned about what I had gotten myself into. Seriously, who orders a dog training book with a "no pets" RC?!?! 

Date Posted: 7/16/2013 4:31 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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Seriously, who orders a dog training book with a "no pets" RC?!?!

lol, Nicole!  Glad you stuck around!

Date Posted: 7/16/2013 5:32 PM ET
Member Since: 4/11/2007
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"Seriously, who orders a dog training book with a "no pets" RC?!?!"

Heh, heh, heh... too funny! laugh Too bad you didn't think to PM the requester for further clarificartion.

Date Posted: 7/16/2013 7:34 PM ET
Member Since: 11/15/2008
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"Seriously, who orders a dog training book with a "no pets" RC?!?!"

Possibly the same person who brought her dog to a vet clinic last month and complained the entire time, loudly, about how the pet dander was making her sick and couldn't we do something about it? 

I'm glad you didn't run screaming from the site after getting that one :)

 



Last Edited on: 7/16/13 7:34 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/20/2013 6:25 PM ET
Member Since: 1/23/2010
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Nicole,

Your's is funnier. The one that made me laugh hardest was

"No Book Club Editions"

for a book club omnibus collection of novellas that as far as I know have ONLY be issued as a set IN That Specific Book Club Edition

Date Posted: 7/20/2013 9:19 PM ET
Member Since: 11/9/2009
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Here is a fun one.

 

I will not accept books that have been outside the Solar System or that are in a smoking home.  Books must be in American and not Canadian.  Australian or New Zealand will also be acceptable for all fiction texts.

Date Posted: 7/20/2013 9:21 PM ET
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Here is another one.

 

No books that smell like tobacco smoke.  (You'll need to store these fanned open inside a closed tote with some kitty litter for a few weeks to get the odor out.)

Would like the book(s) to be Good or better per the following guidelines:

·         New: Just like it sounds. A brand-new, unused, unread copy in perfect condition.

·         Like New: An apparently unread copy in perfect condition. Dust cover is intact, with no nicks or tears. Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and are not marred by notes or folds of any kind. Book may contain a remainder mark on an outside edge

·         Very Good: A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged.

·         Good: A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact (including dust cover, if applicable). The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include "From the library of" labels.

·         Acceptable: A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact (the dust cover may be missing). Pages can include considerable notes--in pen or highlighter--but the notes cannot obscure the text.

·         Unacceptable: Moldy, badly stained, or unclean copies are not acceptable, nor are copies with missing pages or obscured text.

Date Posted: 7/29/2013 11:13 AM ET
Member Since: 6/22/2008
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If I don't think the person is going to be happy with the swap even after an IM, I don't send my book!  Somewhat off topic, sometimes I think people  have secret contests to see who can act the zaniest.  Too bad they don't sell tickets for charity!!

Date Posted: 8/4/2013 12:22 PM ET
Member Since: 6/16/2010
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Sharon, those are the condition guidelines for the now-defunct Swap.com.  I'd recognize them anywhere.  *L*

Date Posted: 8/4/2013 3:20 PM ET
Member Since: 5/15/2005
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Those also sound like Amazon's condition guidelines.