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Subject: A Conditions Issue
Date Posted: 3/5/2009 9:59 PM ET
Member Since: 9/23/2006
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I posted a book today and it was requested.  I am fairly flexible with RCs but in part ...

"cannot accept....have been in any kind of moldy conditions due to severe allergies.  If books are in poor condition, please do not send."

The book is in good condition but is not absolutely perfect.  If it were in poor condition, I shouldn't be posting it.  I was uncomfortable with wondering what this person felt was "poor condtion." Then I re-read the "severe allergies" section.  The book smells fine to me but it has lived in my house for a a few years and it is a very old house.  Sometimes I have gotten musty books from other swappers so, although I doubt it's problematic, I decided it was safest to deny this since it might have been exposed to mold.  (I'm meticulous about this but I can't predict her allergies.)

Then I got a PM from the person asking me to ignore the conditions because she was getting it for a friend.  The book has now been requested with the same exact set of conditions and I still don't feel comfortable agreeing to them.  What do I do?  The book is fine and I'm sure someone will be happy with it - if they can order it.   I've already typed more here than is good for me.

(I thought you couldn't request a book again after you'd been turned down for your conditions?)

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 10:17 PM ET
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If you feel uncomfortable sending the book, then deny it for the RCs.  They should not have been able to re-request the book from you if you turned down the RCs in the first place.

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 10:25 PM ET
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That's what I'm afraid of - it's going to just loop somehow.

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 10:41 PM ET
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I'd go ahead and send it.  You have her PM so that if she comes back later complaining about the book, you can show her the pm she wrote.

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 7:49 AM ET
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I would send it too. She let you know to ignore her conditions for this one book. So, no problem.

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 8:47 AM ET
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You can re-request after you've been turned down for RCs. You do get a window thing on your screen advising you to either turn off or change your RCs before requesting again, but the system doesn't force you to do so.

ETA: This was apparently a recent change, but it's been that way at least since I became a member. I don't understand why she didn't just disable her RCs though. It only takes a few seconds, just turn them off, request the book, then turn them on again. The whole process takes maybe a minute.

Last Edited on: 3/6/09 8:49 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/6/2009 9:22 AM ET
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I think I will ask her to disable her RCs and re-request.  I doubt a PM would over-rule my agreement with her RCs.

Thanks.  I didn't know about that change.  It can sometimes be embarrassing to request the same book again without realizing it! 

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 10:15 AM ET
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I would deny it & ask that she re-request it w/o the RC's so that the system shows the RC were not active.

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 8:37 PM ET
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That's what I did and did my best to explain in the message.  I've heard nothing more.

She may not have known how to turn off her conditions or maybe it was something else.  I just wasn't comfortable agreeing to such a rigid RC.  I have to take her at her word when she said "severely allergic."  I'm somewhat allergic to molds and mustiness myself so I most certainly wouldn't send out a book that I thought had an issue.