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Subject: Books with the top corner of the cover cut off??
Date Posted: 8/6/2008 11:12 AM ET
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Is this allowed?  I've received two like this recently.  Both were part of a deal so I didn't complain, but I sure was disappointed to see a book like that.  The 2nd one I received also had the side of the front cover cut with pinking shears!  What's up with that?


Date Posted: 8/6/2008 11:34 AM ET
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Hi Ada......

This is what is stated in PBS posting guidelines

  • some used book stores cut out a small part of the cover; if the amount missing is less than 1 inch, this is OKAY
  • a small rip (less than 1 inch) in the cover is OKAY
  • If the books you received had more than 1" missing, they were unpostable. Now as far as the other problem I am not sure the book should have been posted at all.




    Date Posted: 8/6/2008 12:37 PM ET
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    I have several books that have the top corner on the inside flap cut off.  They were gifts and people cut off the bit with the price.  Haven't posted them yet...guess I could just let the requester know the situation before I sent it.

    Date Posted: 8/6/2008 11:08 PM ET
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    Just make sure the cut part is less than 1".  Many used book stores will cut a cover like that so they know they've already traded the book or that's a clearance or something. 

    Date Posted: 8/7/2008 9:01 AM ET
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    Date Posted: 8/7/2008 9:18 AM ET
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    Marla, I would be careful about PM'ing people when they request the book.  Some may not check in daily or often enough to get back to you.  If you want to do this, make sure you choose the furthest out mailing date AND specify a reply by date in the PM. 

    As long as it meets PBS standards, you do not have to PM the person unless it falls in that cookbook/textbook area.

    Date Posted: 8/7/2008 12:20 PM ET
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    Thanks.  I didn't realize that UBSs cut books this way.  Doesn't explain the cutting of the cover along the side with pinking shears though!

    Date Posted: 8/7/2008 12:37 PM ET
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    Who knows, maybe thats what the USB had.

    Date Posted: 8/7/2008 2:22 PM ET
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    Some USB's do strange things with their books. I've seen some that clip the corners, Stamp the inside, hole punch the cover (some even use scrapbooking punches), pinking shears, and many variances of black sharpie on the sides and spines.

    Date Posted: 8/7/2008 9:49 PM ET
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    Defacing them is what they're doing.  Like they can't put a small stamp on the inside cover or something to identify it.  This gets me so steamed when I see it.  I've never actually been to a UBS that does this, but I think if I saw it happening, I'd snatch their scissors and box their ears:P

    Date Posted: 8/7/2008 10:18 PM ET
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    The book cut with the pinking shears should be an unpostable, I would think. Unless there is someway that the book originally came that way. I have seen books with double front covers that have decorative? cutting to the outer front cover. You might look to see if you can find any images of the book to see if it shows as being an original? idea from the publisher to make their book stand out. We've had books come recently that appear to have coffee stains, decorative? smudges on the covers, so it wouldn't surpise me in the least to have a publisher think that pinking the edges of the cover would be a neat eye catcher.