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Subject: Book stained?
Date Posted: 6/7/2012 1:00 AM ET
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I recently got this book in the mail and at the top, part of it looks stained. What do you think? http://www.flickr.com/photos/63233114@N00/7162106923/

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 1:28 AM ET
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It looks like it aged or got wet?  Doesn't look that bad.  I hate getting books with food stains.

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 2:45 AM ET
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It is hard to tell from the picture.

If whatever it is is just on the surface of the edge of the book, though, you could try a little sandpaper to get it off.

I've turned many dirty books into really nice looking books with the application of a little sandpaper. I know it sounds like it would tear up the book edges, but it really doesn't. Usually you can't even tell that something has been sandpapered.

My usual call if I am not sure if something is RWAP is ... not to RWAP.  if you can only tell there is something wrong with the book after you hold it at a certain angle in bright sunlight and spin in a circle and then squint at it really hard ....  I like to give the sender the benefit of the doubt. JMO.

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 8:00 AM ET
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  if you can only tell there is something wrong with the book after you hold it at a certain angle in bright sunlight and spin in a circle and then squint at it really hard ....  I like to give the sender the benefit of the doubt.

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I can't tell from the picture - what do the affected pages look like on the inside? Honestly, it looks okay to me. In boarderline cases I neither mark RWAP or repost.



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Date Posted: 6/7/2012 3:12 PM ET
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Looks stained. Is it just on the surface? If I can take a surface stain off with sandpaper and the book turns out clean then I won't mark it RWAP. If I couldn't remove that I would not repost it.

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 4:59 PM ET
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stained, I can see it rather clearly.

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 8:26 PM ET
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Difficult to tell if it's a stain or just lighting on a some age marks.  Open and look through the pages, anything that left a solid stain (deeper than you can sand off) will probably bleed down into the pages.  This could go either way, smudgy age markings or the top of a liquid mark that's bled into the pages.

About the only book markings I take outside to natural light are potential water/liquid marks, since they are a total no-no and show up nicely in sunlight.  Otherwise I figure my noraml household lighting is adquate...same as the sender used for inspecting before sending.

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 9:29 PM ET
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yeah they bleed a bit into the pages. i don't know what it is, but it appears as a stain to me. i can't sand it off. :(

 

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 9:41 PM ET
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If it bled into the pages, then it's a stain. So, you could RWAP it if you wanted to!

Date Posted: 6/8/2012 5:35 PM ET
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If you have to ask, I usually don't call it a RWAP.  Most RWAPs you shouldn't have to ask, in my opinion.

Date Posted: 6/9/2012 2:15 AM ET
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thanks for everyone's help!!! i think i'll let this one slide since it's minimal could be easily missed. plus i most likely keep the book long term. plus i accidentely got some smoothie on it, so oh well!!

 

thanks!