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Subject: Do you check every page...
Date Posted: 10/1/2009 10:46 AM ET
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Do you check every page of a book before you mark it received?  I got a book about 2 weeks ago and I thumbed through the pages of it and it looked find.  It has definitely been read several times but still postable.  Well I am now in the middle of reading this book and I have come across a page that has a chunk taken out of the bottom of the page right up to the words.  All the words are still there but most of the bottom of the page is missing. 

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Date Posted: 10/1/2009 10:50 AM ET
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I do like you do Aaron, I just skim them. I have eaten a few credits by finding a book unpostable later (one looked like spaghetti supper time was around pg #200), but I figure that if I can't find it with a few riffles through the book, the sender may have missed it too.

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 11:12 AM ET
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I just thumb thru it too a couple of times to make sure it looks okay.  I don't go page by page so I could miss something like that too.  Sender may have missed it also, maybe it was a book someone gave them to post and they never read it.

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 1:18 PM ET
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I don't check them at all. As long as they don't fall apart when I unwrap them or smell like animal urine, I mark them received and move on.

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 1:31 PM ET
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ewwwww Brcfan - that was a visual

I do what you do - I skim through, if I can't see any problems they were too small for the sender to pick up on and if they didn't read the book, they wouldn't have known.

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Date Posted: 10/1/2009 3:18 PM ET
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If the book looks to be in pretty good shape when I open it, I may quickly thumb through it to see if anything jumps out at me.  But so far, I haven't really seen anything and in that case, if I didn't see I doubt if the sender caught it. 


Date Posted: 10/1/2009 3:20 PM ET
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Also a skimmer   :)

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Date Posted: 10/1/2009 3:35 PM ET
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I do a quick check also.

And I've been caught out when about to mail books out - I was given 3 boxes of books from different friends all leaving Hawaii, I skimmed them, posted the 'postable' ones and then did a double check when they were requested.  In a few cases although the books were very readable they shouldn't really have been posted - in those cases I PMd the requestor and each time they requested the book to be sent anyway.

Most members act in good faith and we're human so these things happen.

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 4:15 PM ET
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I wouldn't go so far as to say I check every single page, but I do more than just one passing skim.  I've eaten a few too many credits to just give the book a glance over before marking.  I take my time, thumb thru slowly, and more than once.  I would classify it as a very careful perusal.  If I miss something after that level of inspection, I figure the sender could have missed it too. 

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 5:11 PM ET
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I skim and still don't, but probably should. I sent out a book that I thought was new/pristine/unread (even removed a loose gift tag from inside the cover) and thought it was super nice as I was wrapping it. Got a very rude email when it was received that a page was missing, and she didn't know it was okay to send DAMAGED books, yadda, yadda, yadda. Well, I didn't count the pages, and really - am not going to start.
Date Posted: 10/1/2009 5:26 PM ET
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I wouldn't say I check every page, but I do a fairly thorough check, ruffling through the pages a couple of times scanning for writing or stains or whatever. And I do check to see that the ISBN matches what I ordered.


Date Posted: 10/1/2009 5:28 PM ET
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I do a good look through but probably not every page. More then just skimming as I look for cheeto prints :)

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 2:06 AM ET
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I think we've probably all been bitten by the steath unpostable. I got one that seemed okay, then when I read it turned out to have chunks apparently taken out with a hole punch. It's annoying, but considering how much I hate confrontations anyway, perhaps I'm better off not noticing until after I've marked it received.

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 3:58 AM ET
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Many of the books I post are on members' Wish Lists.  I pick them up at the local Goodwill and have never read them.  I only pick books that are in near new condition and I check them pretty throughly, but one time I missed a few pages that looked slightly water damaged.  The person requested their credit back which I promptly did, but it taught me to really check out the books I'm sending.  As for the books I've received, I only skim over the pages since most of them are staying in my collection - I don't tend to re-post books I've requested; they're ones I want to keep.