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Subject: Are creases on covers ok???
Date Posted: 4/5/2012 8:53 AM ET
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I've had a few books that I haven't posted because there was a crease on the cover.  It looks like somehow a corner of the cover was folded over at one point and because of that left a visible crease on the cover.  Some creases have been an inch long, and the most current case is 5 inches long and is on the back cover.  What are the guidelines on posting books like this?  I don't mind receiving books like this, but would others?  Thank you in advance!!! 

Date Posted: 4/5/2012 8:57 AM ET
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I would go to the help docs and review the posting guidelines.

As long as it's not folded up like a fan it should be fine.

Date Posted: 4/5/2012 9:18 AM ET
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Thank you for your reply!!  :)

Date Posted: 4/5/2012 1:22 PM ET
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There are no rules against creases at all.

The only rule that might apply would be "generally good condition" if the covers are excessively worn, but I do not think a crease, even 5 inches long, is excessively worn.

Date Posted: 4/5/2012 3:15 PM ET
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I appreciate the reply!  The current book in question with the long crease is otherwise in good condition and looks hardly even read!  I would hate to think it would be unpostable because of the crease!  I don't think that a crease means "excessively worn" either. 

Date Posted: 4/5/2012 11:31 PM ET
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The risk is that books will be more likely to tear at the crease. Wrap them carefully.
Date Posted: 4/6/2012 12:54 AM ET
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Thanks for the tip Emily! :)

Date Posted: 4/6/2012 2:59 AM ET
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Creases are okay but if I feel it is rather large or that there are too many of them (once had a book with 5 of them) I do not post it. Or I sometimes PM the requester to give them a heads up and a chance to decline. But that is what I choose to do. There are some creases that actually have cracked the cover and I will not post them even if I was sent the book that way.
Date Posted: 4/6/2012 5:44 AM ET
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Hi Priscilla!  Thank you for your reply!  I like your idea about PMing the requester and giving them a heads up and leaving it up to them to decide whether or not they want the book!  :)

Date Posted: 4/6/2012 8:52 AM ET
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The problems with PMing about a book in postable condion are: what do you do if they don't respond by the mail by date?  If it's not a WL book and you cancel then you lose your place in the FIFO line for the book. If you mail the book w/o a response and they PM afterwards what do you do?  You also have to worry about who cancels.  If it's an available book then they need to cancel if you want to keep your place in line. But then they can't request a copy of that ISBN until yours is requested or they set up an RC you can decline because the request will just go to you again.  If it's a WL book then you need to cancel or they lose their place in line. But then if you repost it right away you will just get the same person again. THey would need to set up an RC you can decline. 

There's no need to PM over postable books.  If someone wants better than PBS guidelines they need to have an RC set up.

Date Posted: 4/6/2012 2:34 PM ET
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I agree with Mary - once you pm, a new can of worms has been opened.  What if the person doesn't reply, do you mail or not?  What if they decline, there's no RC to decline so you can move on to the next member.  Who cancels, who keeps their FIFO place, too many variables get confusing...

I would recommend you review the postability/swappability guidelines yourself and determine whether the book is postable or not.  If the member wants 'newer' or specific condition books, it is their responsibility to have an RC.

Date Posted: 4/6/2012 2:59 PM ET
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I thank you all for your input!  I really appreciate your taking the time to reply!