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Subject: Confusing RC
Date Posted: 11/16/2011 3:19 PM ET
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I just got a request with the following conditions - I have only one time not shipped due to RC and that was because I have a dog and they are allergic.  This one has be befuddled because they state good condition (no problem) and then like new (in the eye of the beholder - it has been read twice) - I don't smoke so that's not an issue.  Am I over analyzing or opening myself up for a bunch of grief?

THanks - Betsy

I am not willing to receive books that are currently in a smoking home. And the book must be in good condition.

So basically I'm only willing to receive books that are like new and from non-smoking homes.

 

Date Posted: 11/16/2011 3:26 PM ET
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The smoking wouldn't be a problem but the "like new" would. It's very subjective. Unless you are desperate for the credit, I would decline out of caution.

Date Posted: 11/16/2011 3:44 PM ET
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I would also decline a "like new" RC.  Like new by whose definition?

Date Posted: 11/16/2011 3:56 PM ET
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Well, I accept like-new RCs if my book is like-new. Because I know what a new book looks like. I don't feel that it is that subjective, really. I mean, I've bought hundreds of them at the bookstore before.

So, if your book looks brand new, accept the RC (or not, if you are not comfortable with it). If your book looks like it has been read before, even if it is objectively in very good condition,  then I would decline the RC.



Last Edited on: 11/16/11 3:57 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/16/2011 4:15 PM ET
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Does you book look like new? I know I am completely comfortable judging if my book looks like new (lord knows I've bought enough to know what one looks like!laugh). I wouldn't try to pass a book with wear/spine creases off as a book that looks like new, I'd only send books that truly do look like new.

Good, or very good might be subjective (I only send like new to those) but I don't feel that like new is subjective at all - its a book that doesn't show any signs of use.

eta: No one has to accept an RC, so if you are uncomfortable you can decline. But if you are comfortable that your book meets the RC, there is no reason to deny it either. I have never once had a problem from accepting an RC, no RWAPs on my record at all.



Last Edited on: 11/16/11 4:17 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/16/2011 4:16 PM ET
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I have sent books before to those asking for "like new" but that's because the book was one I bought new, so I knew it was. If it was obtained from any other source besides me buying it new, I decline them though.

However, that one is confusing because of the 'good' condition mentioned in one place and the 'like new' in the second line. I think I would decline and let her know that her condition is inconsistent from one line to the next and you aren't sure exactly what she means.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 11/16/2011 5:11 PM ET
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And the book must be in good condition.

So basically I'm only willing to receive books that are like new

Too ambiguous for me.  I would decline.

Date Posted: 11/16/2011 5:59 PM ET
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I think 'like new' overrides 'good condition', in this case.

If my book looked brand new, I'd send it. I've sent books to peeps with 'like new' RCs, even when I knew the book wasn't new. I've found tons of books at thrift shops that look brand new.

Date Posted: 11/21/2011 12:53 AM ET
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Thanks all - I ened up declining that book request but sending an explaination questioning good vs like new in same RC and letting them know no creases, folds, etc but read twice - never heard back and a day later same person requested another of my books with the same RC.  I explained again why I was declining and again didn't hear boo from them.  Go figure,  Betsy



Last Edited on: 11/21/11 12:54 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/21/2011 2:13 AM ET
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Elizabeth - remember that when you decline the RC their request will be immediately passed to the next person with the book to offer. So unless your copy is the only copy in the system, they really have no reason to contact you again, their request is already with someone else.

Date Posted: 11/21/2011 12:31 PM ET
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I explained again why I was declining and again didn't hear boo from them.  Go figure,  Betsy

Unless you put your nickname in the RC message box when you declined, they have NO WAY to contact you. RC rejection transactions do not go into the transaction archive.

Date Posted: 11/22/2011 11:13 AM ET
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Thank you Sara - I didn't know the include a name other than my personal name part of it.  I do than folks for taking the time so send a note when they decline my RC when that happens and they haven't been grossly insultiing.  I just figure that if somebody can take the time to give a reason, I can say a simple thank you.

Melanie, both were only copies with 1 wisher but got scooped up in a few days anyway - 1 a no smoking/no febreeze RC (no problem) and 1 no RC at all

Happy Thanksgiving,

Betsy