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Larry K. - ,
Subject: Conditions question
Date Posted: 3/28/2015 9:36 AM ET
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"I am not willing to receive books with extremely small print."

Smoke, wet pages, library book are all objective conditions.

Small print is subjective and I just don't know if a book printed in the current decade qualifies.

What to do?

Date Posted: 3/28/2015 10:52 AM ET
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"I am not willing to receive books with extremely small print."

Well, then don't order one! devil

I think I would have to pass on that one, who knows how small is small to them? cheeky

ETA:  I would either respond with standard "doesn't meet requestor conditons" or go ahead and send it.   As long as it is not supposed to be a Large Print item, you should be okay to send it.  With such a subjective RC, I would not feel obligated to return a credit if they weren't satisfied.



Last Edited on: 3/28/15 10:58 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/28/2015 10:56 AM ET
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Larry,  I understand, you have no way of knowing what is extremely small print to the requestor.

I also don't want books with extremely small print.  You see some books have normal size pages with huge spaces at the top and bottom with very small print in the middle. I do not know why some publishers do that.

You don't know what the requester wants without an accurate description.   

Decline or seek more info if you choose.

EDITED: I do not have this in my RC because I do not have any good guidelines. 

I think if I stick with well known publisher's I should be safe. 

 

 



Last Edited on: 3/28/15 11:06 AM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 3/28/2015 11:38 AM ET
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The good news is you are probably top of the que. Regardless of the print size I'd decline - there is no way you can know what is an acceptable size to them. 

zeke68 -
Date Posted: 3/28/2015 5:16 PM ET
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I'd pass on that.  Too subjective.

Date Posted: 3/28/2015 5:30 PM ET
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I would decline as well, too subjective.

Date Posted: 3/28/2015 6:20 PM ET
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There's one author that I like but I don't order her books anymore (Jo Goodman) because the type is so small it hurts my eyes to try to read it.  I'd decline on this one also.  Pat

Date Posted: 3/28/2015 10:06 PM ET
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Some type you can tell if its really small or really big and would be able to accept or decline knowing the answer.

If you decline, it may be nice to let the person know that as a sender you have no way to know what really small print to them means and maybe putting in an actual font size for senders to look for would get them less turn downs.

Date Posted: 3/28/2015 10:38 PM ET
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If it looked normal size type to me I would probably send the book, and if it looked small to me, I would decline.

Usually it's those heavy 400-600 page paperbacks that are also printed with very small print.

Date Posted: 3/30/2015 2:16 AM ET
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I'd also probably decline.

As Melanie suggested, politely explain you were unable to accurately determine what they considered '"too small."



Last Edited on: 3/30/15 2:16 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/30/2015 8:17 AM ET
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Smoke is not always objective, nor is any other odor.  Just FYI.

Date Posted: 3/30/2015 12:49 PM ET
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Smoke is not always objective, nor is any other odor.  Just FYI.

Yes. But many people are confident in their sense of smell, and if not, they are either willing refund a credit if they are wrong, or politely stick to their guns if they are wrong.

Lots of things are subjective, including PBS's standard "book must be in generally good condition" catch-all requirement.

Sometimes people make extremely subjective special requirements, but in general, most things are no more subjective than PBS's standard requirements which are also subjective.

I'm willing to use my best judgment on most of these types of things, and not worry about it beyond that at all.

Date Posted: 3/30/2015 3:55 PM ET
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I just received an older book (written in 1937) that has what anyone would refer to as "really small print."  I have no problem at all with it, but if someone gave me that condition, I probably wouldn't send unless it was one of the newer paperbacks - the larger 8X6" ones that all the authors seem to be putting out now.  After all, as you said, print size is subjective, and what I or you can read may not be what the requestor considers what they want.

Larry K. - ,
Date Posted: 3/31/2015 8:39 AM ET
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Thanks all.  Sent response based on above and declined.  Book was immediately picked up by the next waiting individual.

Larry K. - ,
Date Posted: 5/14/2015 7:53 AM ET
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Wanted to follow up on this topic.

I just received "W is for Wasted" by Sue Grafton (ISBN 9780425271575), and I have to say, this book has small type with very small leading (interline spacing).

So now I know what that other requester was asking - and for this book, I would have to say, the condition is met.