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Subject: Binding Split - Sender or USPS?
Date Posted: 6/14/2011 7:03 PM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2009
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I received a WL book in pretty rough shape. It clearly at some point (unclear if this happened enroute to me or in a previous transaction) got mangled in USPS machinery. The corner of the book must have got caught in something causing the spine to get bent horizontally about 1/3 up the book. Unfortunate, but I know these things can happen despite good packaging. 

But when I open the book, the binding is split vertically about 20 pages in. It's completely separated and the book is not re-postable. 

Is it possible that the binding split is from USPS damage? Or is it most likely the sender sent it this way?

Date Posted: 6/14/2011 7:05 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2009
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Sounds like it could have happened during shipping. When in doubt, I blame the post office.

Date Posted: 6/14/2011 7:36 PM ET
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Ok, look at the packaging.  Has it been opened? Does it look like the shipping label has been retaped on? ANy note or stamp saying it was hurt by the USPS?

If the packaging looks fine and it's just the book, I'd suspect sender. but if the packaging looks torn or suspicious then USPS.  All mine damaged frm USPS had a note or stamp or looked repackaged (address label taped on after looking like it was cut out)

Date Posted: 6/14/2011 8:26 PM ET
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I've had a few lately...I'm wondering if it's a combination of cheaper books and the heat that is causing some splitting? I don't know what's going on with the PO, my orders have come very quickly since they added those additional tracking stickers, but a lot of them are filthy, and two today look as if they've been run over.

Date Posted: 6/14/2011 8:30 PM ET
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The packaging looked more or less OK, but it was in a bubble mailer so it would be hard to tell for sure. 

Date Posted: 6/14/2011 9:20 PM ET
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I do  think that there are times that the weather plays a factor in the glue becoming brittle. Temperature extremes seem to play a part. That coupled with a packaged book on the bottom of a huge bin under hundreds of other packages may cause spines to crack and break.

I too, often will give the benefit of the doubt to the sender and blame the USPS.

Date Posted: 6/14/2011 11:41 PM ET
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What Xen said.

And Cheryl, "...a packaged book on the bottom of a huge bin under hundreds of other packages may cause spines to crack and break."  & "I too, often will give the benefit of the doubt to the sender and blame the USPS."   yes

ETA - I agree, this type of book damage can be very difficult ot determine sender or UPS fault  indecision



Last Edited on: 6/14/11 11:42 PM ET - Total times edited: 1