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Subject: Book Crossing Labels
Date Posted: 2/16/2009 11:59 PM ET
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Hi I am new around here. I believe I read that BookCrossing labels are okay, right? Well I also read somewhere on these forums, though I can't find it now and I am so lost already, that it is polite to PM someone before you agree to send them a book if there is slight damage of the book or something like that, just to make sure the other person is okay with it. Would that "rule" also apply to bookcrossing labels? I am asking this because it would seem to me like there might be some people out there who are totally agains Bookcrossing labels, but I don't really know for sure....

I just got 2 books requested, and I was going to PM the people about the labels but I can't figure out who has requested the books from me in order to PM them... I'm just trying to be courteous! Ugh lol.

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 12:06 AM ET
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Here's the little bit from the Help Section:

  • BookCrossing books may have stickers or stamps or markings on the outside or inside covers or page edges of the book; this is OKAY. These may not obscure text.
Date Posted: 2/17/2009 12:07 AM ET
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You can't know who requested until you accept unless they give their nickname in the RCs.  If the asker really doesn't want Bookcrossing stickers - then they should have n RC about it.  what do you mean by "slight" damage?  Are you aware of the postability conditions - the really important ones pop-up when you post a book and you have to agree with the conditions there.  One thing is that as long as your book meets PBS conditions for postabillity and they don't have specific RC's against whatever is "wrong" with your book - then PM-ing them with questions about the "problems" aren't really a good idea.  The PBS FIFO system is designed to work without that happening.

 

Any TG's on here can probably answer better than I did - I just happened to be here.

Ruth

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 12:12 AM ET
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I don't know, I just read a forum post where someone suggested to someone else to PM the person if there was a little damage or it was a little "well-loved" or something, or maybe it was what that person said they would do themselves.

I just want to make sure I am polite.

And yes I am aware of what books are postable and what books are unpostable, of the kinds of damage like water damage and all that, I've read through that stuff. I checked each book over before I posted it.

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 12:18 AM ET
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Lyndsey - if your books meet PBS guidelines then no PM is necessary.  It's up to the asker to have RC's if there's anything specific that they want or don't want.  Some may PM about some damage - but the system really is set up to run without PM-ing of this variety unless it is a textbook that has underlining or highlighting in the text - or cookbooks with the same.

Ruth



Last Edited on: 2/17/09 12:19 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/17/2009 12:18 AM ET
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How do I know if the person who requested the books has RCs, or do I have to click on accept before it will tell me?

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 12:20 AM ET
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The RC's are the first thing you will see when looking at the request - and you have to read them and accept them before proceeding any further.  You can refuse RC's for many things mostly being vague or subjective.  Believe me - if there are RC's you'll recognize it.

Ruth

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 12:22 AM ET
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You do have to click on "accept" before you can see who is asking. 

Ruth

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 12:26 AM ET
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Thanks Ruth you have been very helpful!

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 12:33 AM ET
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Welcome Lyndsey! The forums can look a little scary because alot of the posts are people looking for help on problem transactions, rest assured those are the rarity and most transactions go off without a hitch and you'll soon be buried in lots of new great books to read :)

As far as PMing someone before you send a book, you will find a pretty divided opinion around here. Some stand firmly on the side that as long as the book is postable, no PM is necessary and some people really believe that anything that could cause a hitch in the transaction should be PMed before hand to avoid any problems after the book is sent. I personally would not send a PM to someone about a bookcrossing sticker unless it was rather excessive.

Once you PM, you open yourself up to a lot of headaches: first you need to wait until they respond to send the book - what do you if they don't respond? Or you get someone who doesn't know what bookcrossing is and you get into a lengthy discussion trying to explain to them what you are talking about and that it is a postable book.

If you just send the book most of the time it would be a nonissue. If you happened to send the book to someone who doesn't know the rules aobout bookcrossing markings, all you have to do is copy and paste the Help Center documents letting them know the book was OK to post and if they don't want BX books, they need to set up an RC stating that.

RCs are obvious, you cannot accept an order without seeing them and agreeing your books meets them, so no need to worry that you will miss one. They  are also tied to the transaction so if someone did not have one at the time they ordered the book and claim they did, it will show up on the transaction archive. 

Happy Swapping!

Mel

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 1:58 AM ET
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Thank you Mel I appreciate your post you cleared up some things for me!

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 2:55 AM ET
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Lyndsey, if you'd like to see what an RC that contains conditions about bookcrossing looks like I can show you mine by requesting one of your books.  Just let me know and I'll order your "Essential Whitman" (which is the only copy in the system) and you can see how RCs show up.  Just decline the request by indicating the book doesn't meet the RCs and all will be fine.

 

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 12:16 AM ET
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Welcome Lyndsey!  As already stated, there is the RC option for requesters that have preferences.  And you would know, b/c you would have had to accept or decline the RC before completing the transaction & printing mailing label. 

Don't do this often, but occassionally I pm a member regarding book condition.  Most of my books are in very good condition, but earlier today had a request for a book I received used .  Didn't want disappointment the requester if this was for her "keeper" shelf, it's still postable and legit for a "reading" copy.  She is now aware of the "used" condition and won't be unpleasantly surprised when it arrives. 

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 5:40 PM ET
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That was really nice Bernhard! I wish I knew someone to do that when I first joined. I was concerned I wasn't seeing something somewhere and it was all gonna get messed up. Heh! And yup, it turned out I coudn't miss it if I tried.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 5:56 PM ET
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Actually, I'm a DOM, and was just looking for a way to flash her.  ;)

 

Nah... Sometimes it's just easier to show someone than it is to try to explain something with words.