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Subject: Damaged Audio Books
Date Posted: 3/26/2010 8:43 PM ET
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I need advice on what to do with audio cd's that I get that either have one or two discs that skip terribly (even after cleaning) or after listening to two or three cd's the next one has a small crack and you can't listen to quite a bit of that cd but can continue on with the story.  I didn't file any kind of complaint because I did get to listen to the cd, missing a few parts here and there and that really isn't my concern.  My dilemma is that  I can't in good conscience pass them on to someone else.  Do you just toss them, return them somewhere on the website, please help!  I have two that have been sitting in my car and I'm ready for spring cleaning.

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Date Posted: 3/26/2010 8:52 PM ET
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Honestly...I would just toss.  Everything has a lifespan.

Subject: damaged cd's
Date Posted: 3/26/2010 9:37 PM ET
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Donate to your local library. Almost all their CD's skip or have some fault.

Subject: damaged cd's
Date Posted: 3/26/2010 9:37 PM ET
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Donate to your local library. Almost all their CD's skip or have some fault.

Date Posted: 3/26/2010 9:39 PM ET
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There's no where to return them on the website.  I always check CDS when I get them. If one had a crack I would mark it RWP and ask for my credits back.  If one has a scratch on it then I hold off on marking it received and listen to the book quickly.  So far I haven't had any problems.  But I supposed like print books-eventually everyone of them comes to the end of their life as a postable book on PBS.  We all have to be the final person to pay a credit for a book through PBS as some point.

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Date Posted: 3/26/2010 11:01 PM ET
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I've seen on here that people have got ahold of the publisher and they have sent a replacement disk at no cost. You could see if they could replace the cracked one. I've also had cds skip in my car but not on my cd player in the house or my cd-rom at work. Not sure if my car is more sensitive since it's newer or what.

Date Posted: 3/26/2010 11:44 PM ET
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Larry said:  <<Donate to your local library. Almost all their CD's skip or have some fault.>>

Please don't.   I work for the library and we get a ton of donations.  Just like PBS, we don't want old musty, mildew books, books with pages coming out of them or books so damaged that nobody would want them.  The same holds true for audio books.  If the cd's skip or are cracked and damaged, the library doesn't want them either and it takes time to go through all the donations we receive.  So please, toss the yucky books and the damaged audio books too.  The library donations box isn't the place for them.

 

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Date Posted: 3/27/2010 12:07 PM ET
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Ditto what Hunter said. I work at a library and we don't want broken stuff either AND if you check out an audio from the library and find that it skipping or broken or a book that has food between the pages or pages missing. Tell someone. We want to know! We don't have the time to read every book and listen to every audio to make sure that when we let you take it it's still in tiptop condition. Thanks.

susan/vt

Date Posted: 3/27/2010 3:24 PM ET
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If it is just the plastic underside of the disk that is scratched you can have it resurfaced for about $1.00 at the local game/video store. The actual recording is under the top label. If it doesn't play well in the car it may play just fine on your computer. The stronger the laser the better it can get through the scratches to the recording. If you hold it up to the light and can see "holes" of light through the label then throw it away, it is not repairable. Hope that helps!

Shelly -
Date Posted: 3/27/2010 7:44 PM ET
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If it is just the plastic underside of the disk that is scratched you can have it resurfaced for about $1.00 at the local game/video store.

Thanks for that tip. My son recently had a video game get a nasty scratch on it. He was afraid that he would have to spend $60 for a new one. He made a comment about how after cleaning it enough, it worked again. Guess he just polished the coating enough.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 11:23 AM ET
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I use PBS mostly for audiobooks and I have not had a problem with unplayable discs. I did notice it is a good idea to clean the backside of each disc before you play each title.

 

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 4:04 PM ET
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I agree with what Shelly said about having CD's that would skip in my CD player at home or in my personal CD player that I use while exercising but did not skip in my car's CD player or on my computer. 

I trade a lot of audio books here and have only received one 10-CD audio book that had one CD so badly scratched that about 8 minutes of it was not audible.  I bought a scratch repair kit for it, but it didn't help. 

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 9:25 PM ET
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If you received the audio book from a PBS member, I  suggest sending a PM to the sender. Most people would probably refund your credit. I would hope that all my audio books are ok because they were when I listened to them, but I don't always double check  them before I send. If anyone ever had a problem with one that I sent them, I know I would gladly refund credit if they notified me.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 10:21 PM ET
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I didn't know that about fixing discs like that. We have a couple movies and WII games that got scratched. I'll have to remember to bring them the next time I near the game store.