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Subject: Is This Book Unpostable?
Date Posted: 8/2/2009 7:36 AM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2009
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I'm a new member, and I have a dilemma.  I purchased a recently published hardcover nonfiction book at a thrift store.  Although it is not a typical textbook, it appears to have been used as a textbook or supplement for a college class.  It has underlining/highlighting/writing on 16 of the 240 pages, but is otherwise in very good condition.  It is a highly desired book, with a WL over 75.  Also, it currently sells on Amazon for about $18, with used copies going for about $10.

So, do I:


Subject: Continuation
Date Posted: 8/2/2009 7:39 AM ET
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Somehow it posted before I finished.

Do I  1) Post the book, and tell the receiver about the conditions, and let them decide to accept or reject

2) Put it in the book bazaar, asking for a credit for the book

3) Sell it as a used book on Amazon.

What would you do?

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 8:14 AM ET
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Welcome to PBS -

I really hate text book questions :)   Sara P I believes has swapped many text books so you may want to take her guidance - she generally replies in Q&A

Personally I would do either 1 or 2

Option 1:  If the book was used as a text book it is postable but I believe the help docs tells you to PM the person after accepting the request to make sure it isn't a problem and I would not send it out before you rec'd a response that it is ok.  Also you will need to cancel the request or they lose their line in the WL.   You may need to repost the book once it is accepted and cancelled it is taken off your bookshelf.  The only way to PM a member requesting a book is after you accept the request.

Option 2 :  You can  let potential swappers know the conditon before they request the book.  Then you would post the book to their WL. 

Again - look for a response Sara P. she is generally on the money!


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Date Posted: 8/2/2009 10:12 AM ET
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1st Tip: Next time just hit edit this post.  You don't have to create another post.

I would advertise the book in teh book bazaar.  You can ask for a credit for "unpostable" books as long it's described before hand.

It might help people give you an answer if you posted on this thread what book you are talking about. 

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 10:27 AM ET
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Hi Marsha,

I agree with the good advice you got from Mary.  I would list the book in the Bazaar (and you could ask for a credit up front in your post).  I think if it is not actually a true text book and has highlighting, then it is an unpostable.

Welcome to the group!  Hope you enjoy it here as much as I have!


Date Posted: 8/2/2009 11:46 AM ET
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Under help docs there's an entry called "what is the definition for a textbook?"  It describes the situation you are asking about. Link below.


Since the book is WL, if you post it and the first person doesn't want it, you might want to ask them to put RCs about no highlighting/etc because if you try to post it again (in the hopes of reaching the other people on the WL) it will go to them again.

It might be easier to just sell it, as $10 is a lot more than the price of a credit.

Good luck.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 1:21 PM ET
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It is postable, but yoy must follow the rules for posting a textbook. You must PM the requestor, describe the condition of the book, and, receive their ACCEPTANCE of the book, before you mail it.

Typically, if you accept a request for the book, you would accept the request, pick the LONGEST mailing date, then PM the requestor and ask for them to respond letting you know if they want the book in that condition. If they don't want it, then you should cancel the request, and then before you re-post it, you should ask that first requestor to add a RC to their account, so that you can decline the RC and move to the next Wish Lister.

If they don't answer your PM, give them enough time to answer (wait until you would need to mail it out), and then cancel the request.

Just don't mail it out without the PMs.

Thanks for being willing to post a Wish List Book that might be more desirable than a MMP!!! I am sure that there will be many people who will not mind the writing, as long as they are aware of it at the beginning of the request!

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 10:08 PM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2009
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I was asked to name the book.  It is Buyology:  Truth and Lies About Why We Buy by Martin Lindstrom.  The author has been on many news/talk shows, so the book has gotten a lot of press.  The problem is that I would not consider it a "standard" textbook, but could see marketing professors requiring their students to read this book.

I wanted to read this book and nearly bought it at Amazon. (The waiting list at my local library is 50+)  Imagine my delight when I found it at the thrift store for $1!  I'd really like to put it in the hands of someone else who wants to read it.  All I want is a credit to cover the postage.  I'm not trying to make money selling books, just get new ones to read for as little as possible.

Thanks for all your advice!