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Subject: Book falling apart after I posted as rec'd???
Date Posted: 11/19/2008 4:28 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2008
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I may just have to chalk this up as a lesson learned. Tell me what y'all think I should do. I requested a book and rec'd it Saturday. The cover looked great, everything looked fine from all appearances except the pages were yellowed. I don't see that as a big deal. So I immediately told the system that the book had been received and was fine. On Monday I opened the book and the pages are all falling out. The glue was so old and dried up there is nothing left holding them in. They didn't fall out until I opened it up and started turning the pages. Now I have it taped together somewhat, but it really needs tape on *every* page to hold it together. Should I contact the PBS librarian or someone? Or is it just a lesson learned? Thanks so much!
Date Posted: 11/19/2008 4:50 PM ET
Member Since: 4/30/2007
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BTDT, unfortunately.  You can try to get your credit back from the sender by sending them a polite email, however, they are not under obligation to return it.  I have only had one instance where I noticed damage after I had marked a book received, PMed the sender, and got my credit back- however, the person was very rude about it and accused me of lying about the book's condition.  Since then, I have been much more meticulous about checking the condition of a book before marking it received.  Unfortunately, just flipping through a book is not adequate- as I found out a couple of weeks ago, when I discovered writing in a book that I ordered for my daughter and didn't see upon first inspection.  Frankly,  I'm not willing to risk getting into a conflict with the sender over it, so I have chalked it up to my own mistake of not checking the book well enough.  Bottom line is that once you have marked it received, there's no going back.  Sorry this happened to you, and so soon after joining, too, but you are certainly not alone.  I hope your future transactions go better.

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 5:17 PM ET
Member Since: 9/13/2007
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Personally I would chalk it up as a lesson learned. I now go over books with a fine toothed comb before I even think about hitting that button.

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 11:35 PM ET
Member Since: 5/15/2008
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I would chalk it up as a lesson learned. I've gotten a few books like that...prolly some that I know I should of marked RWAP, but in all honesty didn't want to mess with it. Usually with those books, I read then throw in my recyle bin. Or if I got one with a bit of writing it, I usually take it good to the local resale or trade it in at my used bookstore for credit.

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 9:42 AM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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Yep, one of those lessons learned the hard way. Like others have mentioned, I have learned to check through books very carefully before marking them received. Books I get might sit on my TBR for months (or years!) and since I wouldn't be opening it to read it til then, I know I should check when I get the book to make sure it's postable.


Date Posted: 11/20/2008 3:56 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2008
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I just want to say that in the short time I've been here, this is the only problem I have had. I have been very impressed with the other books I have rec'd. Just want to say that. I'm gonna chalk it up as a lesson learned. We will read the book while stuffing the pages back inside. I'll just have to request it again. It's a Little House book and we are trying to get them all. Thanks to everyone that responded!
Date Posted: 11/21/2008 11:17 PM ET
Member Since: 3/13/2006
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And occasionally there are those books that are just opened one too many times, and suddenly the pages begin falling out in chunks.  Case in point:  recently DH picked up an older used book for me, and I read it on several occasions with no problem.  Then I opened it again and -- wham -- the glue cracked and pages began dropping like flies.  Since it had been sitting next to my bed the entire time, I know nothing strange had happened to it.  It simply and suddenly reached the end of its life!

So, it is possible (although not probable) that when the book was sent it was okay.