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Subject: condition of a wishlisted book--answered--thanks!!
Date Posted: 6/9/2011 4:43 PM ET
Member Since: 2/12/2009
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O.K. Here’s the deal—I have a wishlisted book: (The Desires of her Heart by Lyn Cote ISBN # 9780061373411) that I want to post. The first few pages look slightly wavy but I honestly cannot tell that it looks like water damage. It looks like a perfectly readable book to me and I am somewhat picky about my books. I don’t remember if I got this particular copy through PBS or not.

Well, anyway, I posted it but made sure to PM the requestor and tell the condition in detail. She declined it. So then I worried that it was not postable and listed it in the Book Bazaar without any bites. Can I repost it and just make sure I do not offer it to the same person who refused it and tell the next person in line about the condition, or is it just a lost cause?

Thanks for your input

Last Edited on: 6/9/11 5:13 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/9/2011 4:49 PM ET
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I would say if you felt inclined to send a PM to the person who requested it, you must have some doubt about its postability and you're likely to just get in trouble trying to get someone to accept it for a credit. Most people would see wavy pages as a sign of water damage...unless you know it's a brand new book off the shelf and the pages are wavy from cheap paper absorbing some humidity, I would not post it.

Maybe offer it as part of a deal--order a book from my shelf, get 'this book' free.


Date Posted: 6/9/2011 4:50 PM ET
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Thanks for your input--that's what I needed to know.

Date Posted: 6/9/2011 5:01 PM ET
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If you try to post it again, it may very well go to the same person.  The only way to go to the next person in line is if the 1st declines it.  If she does that, she loses her #1 spot on the WL.  I doubt she will do that just so it goes to the next person.  If you cancel it, then it doesn't post it.

I wouldn't post it in the system.  If you have doubts, then it's a safe bet to assume that it's not postable.  When in doubt, use the Bazaar.  Good luck!


Date Posted: 6/9/2011 7:32 PM ET
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One way to tell the difference between water damage and the waviness that can come with cheap binding in newer books is to look carefully for any discoloration or staining, and to see whether there is any stiffness when you bend the pages, compared with other pages in the book.

If the waviness is close to the binding, rather than the edges of the pages, and there is no staining or discoloration or stiffness, then it could be a binding problem.  I would look at it very carefully, ask myself what I would think if I received the book, and if I was sure it was a binding issue, I would post a book like that.  But I would also PM (and cancel, like you did) since if I had a question about it, the receiver might too.