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Subject: Check this RC. What do you think?
Date Posted: 9/4/2009 8:07 AM ET
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Please do not send books that are very worn, dirty or with dark yellow pages.  Mildly shelf-worn books are fine, as are books with some pencil or pen marks (ie: personal names, or some underlining)  Also, please don't send books that smell of smoke or mildew or that have water damage, or damage to the spine.  The book should be in overall, gently used condition.  If I can't repost the book, then I loose out.  Thank you!

My book met PBS guidelines but I feel like I can't send my book because I might loose out on money and credit.

What do you all think?

Thanks,

Jackie

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 8:09 AM ET
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If you're not comfortable accepting this request then you shouldn't.  That's what I do.  And BTW, I'd turn this one down.

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 8:15 AM ET
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You have to be comfortable sending it....personally I would turn it down.  It rambles and I am not sure what she wants.   She wants postable books but said undelining is ok - she doesn't know postablity standards.  Unless she thinks that underlining = text book? 

Read it again - I would turn it down....my opinion - do what you feel comfortable.



Last Edited on: 9/4/09 9:33 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/4/2009 9:36 AM ET
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Yep, I'd turn that one down...rambles and too much subjective points...

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 11:22 AM ET
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It's up to your comfort level. I'd decline -- I can't smell anything.

Please do not send books that are very worn, dirty or with dark yellow pages.  Mildly shelf-worn books are fine, as are books with some pencil or pen marks (ie: personal names, or some underlining)  Also, please don't send books that smell of smoke or mildew or that have water damage, or damage to the spine.  The book should be in overall, gently used condition.  If I can't repost the book, then I loose out.  Thank you!

When reading RCs, I try to distill what is it above PBS guidelines (which I'm sure my book meets) the person is asking for, and then see if they are objective criteria.

My interpretation of postability-plus:

  • no dark yellow pages
  • smell of smoke or mildew
  • any spine damage

Two of the three are subjective. What's too dark? Smell is subjective. So I decline.

 

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 11:58 AM ET
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My take on this is that she only wants gently used books, that aren't too old.  I would feel OK about accepting it, depending on the condition of my book. The RC itself, although it may be subjective, isn't particularly confusing.

Of course, if you are not sure, you shouldn't accept it.

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 12:20 PM ET
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Thank you everyone!

I declined.

Blessings,

Jackie

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 1:09 PM ET
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All she did was restate the PBS criteria.

 

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 1:27 PM ET
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My gut reaction was that she got an end-of-the-line book, where she couldn't honestly RWAP it, but is determined it won't happen to her again!

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 2:54 PM ET
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I think it should be expected that you will sometimes get a book that will end it's postability with you.  So I think John is on to something with that RC. 

I might decline just because she used Loose instead of lose.  (I'm just kidding about that part).

My main concern would the "gently used", the "smell" and the "spine damage" part.  Will she ding it because it's got a few dog earred pages and a couple of spine creases?  And to me all books smell kind of funky.  They all have that paper/glue smell going on with them.

And like someone else said I wonder is she knows the posting guidelines as she's stated that some underlining is fine.  Technically only text books are allowed to have underlining.

Subject: RC
Date Posted: 9/4/2009 6:20 PM ET
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I would turn it down

she rambled too much

the condion is subjective

she can't spell! OK she can spell but she doen't know the correct word to use!



Last Edited on: 9/4/09 6:21 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/4/2009 9:11 PM ET
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LOSE not LOOSE.

Where is that spelling/grammar pet peeve thread when I need it?

Date Posted: 9/5/2009 2:09 PM ET
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LOSE not LOOSE.

Where is that spelling/grammar pet peeve thread when I need it?

Hahaha, I was thinking the same thing.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 9/5/2009 6:42 PM ET
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Well, I'm with the crowd and glad to see you turned it down.  A bit subjective, quoting the PBS guidelines, plus underlining isn't okay unless it's a text.

Subject: RC
Date Posted: 9/6/2009 12:03 AM ET
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I also have encountered a similar situation in which the requestor put such stringent  requirements that I did not send the book.  I can understand why someone would not want a damaged book, but I feel that ssome folks are being too picky.  After all, you are getting a free book!

Am I the only one that has had this thought occur to them?

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 8:32 PM ET
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OMG, whatever you do, don't refer to a book here as "free."  :-O

I'd turn that down, too.  If I have to try and figure out whether something smells a particular way to the receiver, forget it.  And I don't know what "mildly shelf-worn" means, either.

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 8:56 PM ET
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There are places here to vent about books not meeting PBS standards.  There are threads.  There is that comment box.  But, please, please, please do not vent in your RC.  The folks that ignore posting guidelines will ignore it.  And the majority of us who do behave will turn you down.

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 9:37 PM ET
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Best thing to do if you question the RC, is to decline.  I just declined one that was for a hardcover book.  They stated that they want the dust jacket in like new condition.  Well, this is a 20 yr old BCE (I had originally got off of eBay), and the corners along the spine have slight wear and tear to it.  I declined because I don't want to risk losing a credit due to "not meeting the RC"