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Subject: Curious about RCs
Date Posted: 3/18/2010 8:40 PM ET
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Do you accept swaps with an RC about mildew?  Is it possible to add an RC after a swap?

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 9:31 PM ET
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I would never mail out a mildewed book (and I have received some :-\ ) so I would accept, unless the RC just sound nuts.  I doubt you can add an RC after your request has been accepted, but I don't know for sure.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 9:35 PM ET
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You cannot add an RC after you request a book because the sender has to accept the RC before they can accept the book request.

I also don't send out mildewy books so of course I would accept an RC asking for no mildewy books.  Although I usually decline smell ones because it's just too objective. You aren't likely to find someone to confess that they do mail out mildewy books. 

Some people decline any and all RCS because they just don't wnat to deal with them.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 2:08 AM ET
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According to PBS's general condition guidelines...

Overall Condition:

  • No damage at all from water or other liquid
  • Not soiled
  • No stains (exception for cookbooks--see below)
  • No mold
  • no highlighting, underlining or writing on text pages (exception for Textbooks/Workbooks and travel guidebooks --see below)

Pages:

  • No torn or chewed/gnawed pages
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed".  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • No loose or missing text pages
    • for travel guide books - maps if designed to be detachable may be detached, but must be included.
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • No writing or highlighting or underlining on text pages
    • a signature or note on the flyleaf or inside front or back cover is OKAY
    • an author's signature on the title page is OKAY
    • writing or highlighting or underlining on the text pages is NOT OKAY
      • Exception: if it is a textbook or workbook, these are expected to have highlighting/underlining/writing
        • if you post a textbook/workbook, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
        • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO in a reply PM before the book is sent
        • This is the one of the ONLY three cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent (the others are for travel guidebooks and cookbooks--see below).
      • Exception: if it is a travel guide (not a picture book but a guide, such as Fodor's or Lonely Planet), some writing on text pages could be expected.  All maps must be present and included with the book - if detachable it is OK if they are detached, but they must not be missing.
        • if you post a travel guide that has writing in it, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
        • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO in a reply PM before the book is sent
        • This is the one of the ONLY three cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent (the others are for textbooks/workbooks and cookbooks--see above and below).
  • No staining

    • Exception: Cookbooks may have some mild staining, since these are used in the kitchen and while cooking, and some minor degree of staining could be expected in a used cookbook.  Also a small amount of writing in cookbooks could be expected
    • HOWEVER, if you post a cookbook and it is stained and/or written-in, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
  • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO in a reply PM before the book is sent
  • This is the one of the ONLY three cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent (the others are for travel guidebooks and textbooks/workbooks--see above).

this exception applies to the covers of cookbooks also.

Page edges: remainder marks are OK.  A name written on the page edges is okay (if it does not bleed in and obscure text on the text pages)

 

I think mildew is similar to water/mold damage and an RC should not be necessary. It's an unpostable book. If it's so mildewy that it's noticable, I'd indicate it was received but with a problem and go through the PBS-monitored PMs with the sender and ask that your credit be refunded. The sender may want the book back. It may cost you the postage to return it to the sender but in most cases, that's less than the cost of a credit.

Colleen

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 3:43 AM ET
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i would consider 'no mold' to cover no mildew.  heck, i don't even know what the difference is.  if you got a book that's growing stuff, it's definitely unpostable and should be marked as such.  eww.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 10:52 AM ET
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Yes, I've accpted RC's about mildew-simply because I'd never post a book that had any.  In my view, that falls under the "water damage" category. 

I had one that had 4 separate requests on it:  mildew, smokers, smell and pets.  I turned it down relating that while there was no mildew, nor a smoker in my home-I had pets and smell factor was too subjective.  Turns out that request, came back to me by the same person with the pets and the smell factor removed-and the book was received with no problems apparently. 

Jan

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 11:46 AM ET
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 The sender may want the book back. It may cost you the postage to return it to the sender but in most cases, that's less than the cost of a credit.

If someone sends you a bad book that you mark RWP and they want it back-they have to pay the postage to get it back-usually by giving you an extra credit.  You do not have to spend money on postage and wrapping materials to send a bad book back to the sender. 

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 9:24 PM ET
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Well, I have never accepted a request from someone who mentions mildew or smells because I cannot smell unless it is really strong.  But I read this book in bed and my partner never said a word.  And we are talking Bloodhound quality sniffer lying there just waiting to inform me that "something smells."!   Anyway, I live in the desert.  If there was any mildew or mold smell it didn't happen here! 

I refunded the credit.  I really try not to turn down requests unless there is good reason - cats, water damage, stink (Bloodhound sniff tested)......I think this book was fine, but I have been really ripped off on 5 books here and didn't want another person to feel that way about PBS books.  It's just a book. 

And I wish to have dust jackets with my hardbacks, and people from whom I have requested a paperback keep turning down my request, due to my RC!.  It drives me nuts.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 10:03 PM ET
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I think you can turn your RCs off before you request books. Kind of a pain, but perhaps worth it to get your paperbacks.

Date Posted: 3/20/2010 12:34 AM ET
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Yes, Willa, I am trying to remember to do that.  It should help alot with the paperback issue.  I wish I could figure out how to word it so that doesn't happen.  I have tried four different ways to no avail.....(back of hand to forehead and deep sigh)......