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Subject: Book Cover Damage and Other Damage Question(s)
Date Posted: 5/13/2008 3:52 PM ET
Member Since: 5/12/2008
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I have a heavily used book that has some cover problems. It is intact and the rest of the book is in readable, but not excellent, condition. As I am new I don't know what kind of conditions members expect and I would not want to send this one out unless the requester is okay with this problem. Is there a way I can tag this other than just PMing the requester at the time of order? Should I just delete it from my shelf now? What are the guidelines on things like  folded covers, bent corners, dogears, highlighting, underlining, or margin notes. Any info you can give this new member would be greatly appreciated.

Last Edited on: 5/13/08 3:52 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/13/2008 4:02 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2007
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what is wrong with the cover? tags do no good because they don't link it to your copy of the book

the help docs say that the book cannot have any writing or highlighting within the text portion but an autograph or someone's name inside the front cover is ok. 

dog-earred pages are ok, creased covers are ok, tears less than 1" are ok.

check out the help docs....lots of great info and I just summarized what I know

oh and set up a profile!  you can do this under settings. 

Last Edited on: 5/13/08 4:03 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/13/2008 4:17 PM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2006
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Here's a link to the list of guidelines for what is postable and what isn't.  http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/search.php?terms=book+conditions

You can also go up to help center and type in "book condition" and it will give you more options.  :)  If you have a question that's not clarified there, you can contact me or your Tour Guide you were assigned when you started up.  :)  Happy swapping!



Phooey on too many guidelines to re-type

Last Edited on: 5/13/08 4:18 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 5/13/2008 4:47 PM ET
Member Since: 6/20/2007
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Michael, welcome to PBS!!!!  Textbooks are an exception to the highlighting/underlining rule.  I suggest you read through the Help center's book Condition guidelines, which will answer most if not all of your questions.

From the Help Center:

  • if it is a textbook or workbook, these are expected to have highlighting/underlining/writing
    • if you post a textbook/workbook, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
    • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO before the book is sent
    • This is the one of the ONLY two cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent(the other is for cookbooks--see below). 


    Date Posted: 5/13/2008 8:38 PM ET
    Member Since: 5/23/2005
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    But simply, is it a book you would be happy unwrapping after having spent a credit for it?

    We all have different limits, of course.  I tend to be more tolerant of what I receive than what I send.  But you know, it just isn't worth it.  If worrying about a book's condition gives me angst, I just won't post it.

    Very nice of you to care!

    Date Posted: 5/14/2008 1:02 PM ET
    Member Since: 5/12/2008
    Posts: 2
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    Ok, Thank you. I think I will remove the one with the cover damage and the one with the underlining/highlighting. Thanks for pointint me to the right FAQs