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Subject: If books are on someone's shelf am I to assume they are postable?
Date Posted: 2/10/2011 2:59 PM ET
Member Since: 1/25/2007
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I took a deal from the book bazar of 6 for 1. Now that's a great deal, but......all the books I chose were on the bookshelf. 

I got them today and a couple of them are really in bad shape-including the one that was actually ordered through the system.

I hate to complain to the sender because it was a good deal, I guess.  The sender never said anything about the unpostables.

What do you think?

Date Posted: 2/10/2011 3:02 PM ET
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If the books are posted into the system IE on the persons bookshelf they MUST meet PBS posting guidelines.

Yes it was a good deal, I'd maybe not ask for the credit back but would RWAP since the books are not meeting the guidelines..

Date Posted: 2/10/2011 3:10 PM ET
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Although all the books should be postable by virtue of being posted onto the bookshelf, I would only RWAP if the book actually ordered was unpostable. (Which is the case here.)

Date Posted: 2/10/2011 3:19 PM ET
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While I would probably RWAP, I would personally not request my credit to be returned.  Six books for one credit is a heck of a deal & it sounds like some/most of the books are repostable so you aren't/won't be out a credit for the couple that are unpostable.

Date Posted: 2/10/2011 3:40 PM ET
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If the books in poor condition were the free ones that you got with the deal, there's really not much you can do- you can't RWAP a book that you technically did not order.  If one of the books that you actually DID order is unpostable, then yes, by all means, RWAP it.

As to your original question, in theory, yes, if it's on someone's bookshelf, it should meet the posting requirements.  Does everyone follow the rules?  No.

Date Posted: 2/10/2011 5:54 PM ET
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Well, I don't want my credit back, so that's not an issue. I just wanted to be sure I understood the rules.  Thanks!

Also, the member did inquire about the problem and it was discussed. They refunded my credit-which I appreciate, but thought

unecessary so I sent it back because I was really okay with the deal. I have received books from them before with no problems.



Last Edited on: 2/10/11 7:16 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/10/2011 10:41 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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YES, books on a members bookshelf should be in postable condition.

ETA - Bookshelf books can be requested FIFO, and therefore must be postable.  If freebies or other deals are included, they may be seperate depending what's agreed upon.

Last Edited on: 2/11/11 6:39 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/11/2011 5:51 PM ET
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I have encountered this problem numerous times.  I am a firm believer that if a book is posted to your bookshelf it meets PBS conditions.  I don't care if I am getting a deal or not--on the shelf means postable!  Sometimes I am lucky in that the one or more books I actually request for the deal are the unpostables, so I will mark received with a problem on them.  I don't necessarily expect my credit returned but definitely want it known I am not happy with the condition of the book. 

Date Posted: 2/11/2011 9:47 PM ET
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If someone advertises 6 for 1, they should mean 6 postables for 1 credit, unless they say otherwise.  If you get some unpostable books, you aren't getting 6 for 1, you're getting 4 for 1 (or 3 for 1 or whatever) which means that you didn't get what was advertised.  if the damage was obvious, so that the sender had to have seen it, I'd ask for the credit back.  Otherwise they will keep sending bad books out and keep advertising 6 for 1 when that isn't what they're sending.


Date Posted: 2/11/2011 10:04 PM ET
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Good to here the member tried to resolve it.

This brings up a question for me though (based upon what was said by Diane K).  If there was a member who didn't try to make everyone happy with such trades what recourse would we have to notify the other members at PBS of a potentially bad trader.  I hesitate to say posting a dissastisfied comment in their bazaar thread (this reeks of potential misuse so I almost hope TPTB would have issues with it), but I can't think of any other possibilities.

Last Edited on: 2/11/11 10:04 PM ET - Total times edited: 1