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Subject: I consider giftable to be...
Date Posted: 11/23/2007 5:49 PM ET
Member Since: 10/27/2007
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Off  the shelf condition...tight binding...no obvious creases on spine...no yellowing of pages...basically like new/near mint...

Do you agree? Otherwise, if you give the book as a gift, and have to explain that "it's in great condition, except..." then I would  think it would not be giftable, no matter how great a shape it's in. This way there would be no disappointment.

I would really be interested in your thoughts on this, especially as the gift-giving season approaches.

Date Posted: 11/23/2007 6:00 PM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2006
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I agree Rose. I have ordered a few books offered as "gift giving" condition. However, I have been disappointed in the condition of the books I have received. So far only one book is in what I consider to be "gift giving" condition. Others have obvious shelf wear, bent corners, and yellowed pages. Good condition overall but not gift giving condition IMHO.

 

Date Posted: 11/23/2007 6:01 PM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2007
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I agree. One of the reasons I hesitate in getting gift books from PBS is because people's definition of giftable seems to vary greatly. of course, I know some people I can gift second-hand books to because they only care about reading it and/or the occasion is such that it does not matter. But that wouldn't be a "giftable" book.

Date Posted: 11/23/2007 6:03 PM ET
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Some shelf wear, specifically to the edges of the dust jackets, can still be acceptable since that can happen even for books from a bookstore but it has to be relatively minor so as to not detract from the overall  "newness" of the book.

Date Posted: 11/23/2007 6:19 PM ET
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I would only consider it a book that looks like new.

Date Posted: 11/23/2007 6:42 PM ET
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I agree with Willa.   IMO, a giftable book is one that looks new.

Date Posted: 11/23/2007 6:51 PM ET
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I really do agree that it  should look completely new to the recipient, as if we purchased it, unless that person knew about PBS, and didn't expect "new". However, most recipients expect it to be in store shelf condition.

Thank you for all your opinions. I appreciate the  discussion,  and it may help all  of us to be on the same page regarding this. I  also think it isn't a bad idea to PM the member with very specific questions and expectations. This way there would  be no disappointments. I have responded as honestly as I was able when asked,  and others have also. But there is still a gray area and we should be careful when it comes to gifts.

Have a great holiday weekend, everyone! And my earlier post about my giftable books on my shelf are, in my opinion, truly giftable according to the standards I set for myself. Otherwise, don't worry; I enjoy books in  any decent condition, when they are just for me ;)