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Subject: Books with torn covers - what to do?
Date Posted: 9/10/2007 3:57 PM ET
Member Since: 8/1/2007
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Okay, i'm still a newbie here, I just received my first WL book (Undead and Unwed - so it's only three years old)  but I was bummed that  the cover was torn and bent.  I reread the rules on book conditions, and I guess it passes, the tear is barely less than one inch in length, but should I feel bad about reposting it in this condition? Is this a normal problem faced by fellow PBS-ers?  Am I being unreasonable?  I'd appreciate anyone's input.

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 4:16 PM ET
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I hear what you are saying, I'd be a bit bummed too.  But, if you feel that it is within the guidelines, I would not feel at all badly about reposting it.  As people say here time and time again - this is a used book site, so books are not expected to be in perfect condition. 

Welcome to PBS!  You are doing the right thing by asking questions.

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 4:44 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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If that is all that was wrong with it and the rip is within PBS guidelines, then by all means repost it. 3 years of use can cause a lot of wear. This is a used book site and books will look used. If you are concerned about complaints if you pass it on you can always PM someone about the rip before sending it.

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 4:46 PM ET
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If what I've read here is correct, the book is postable and doesn't violate any rules.  I would probably just use a little tape and tape it up so it doesn't tear more (and run it down both sides of the cover), enjoy the book and then pass it along.

don't feel bad about reposting it....it would be different if the pages were torn or there was writing or stains on the pages.  most of realize that it is a used book site and we won't receive all of our books in pristine condition.  I'm happy as long as it isn't falling apart or have water damage

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 4:54 PM ET
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If I get a book that has a rip or tear on the cover, then I always tape it with high quality packing tape (NOT scotch tape) before reposting it.   This helps prevents the tear from getting worse (Hey, libraries do it all of the time.) 

Cut off a strip of packing tape that long enough to run the entire length of the side or spine that needs repair and be very careful putting it on the book so that it still looks nice.

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 6:20 PM ET
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Thanks for your input and advice.  I don't mind the condition of the book for myself, but almost each book that has been requested from me has come with special requests on conditions, and I hate to get myself on a bad list so soon.  Thanks for your comments!

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 6:26 PM ET
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If someone w/a bunch of conditions orders a book from me I PM before I accept w/a detailed description of the book.  Some people are really picky and want basically a new book.  Or they have alergies.  Some people (like me) just care that it's readable and not falling apart.

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 10:01 PM ET
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Mary, how do you PM a requestor with detailed description BEFORE you accept? I didnt think the requestor shows up until after you have requested? I haven't had a conditioned request in a while so I'm not remembering if there might be a PM button on requests that have conditions?