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Subject: Damaged Wishlisted Book
Date Posted: 4/13/2013 4:23 PM ET
Member Since: 10/26/2009
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I have a paperback book that currently has 3 wishers.  The book's cover and approximately 55 total pages (about 15-17 pages at the beginning, including an introduction and 38 pages when the chapters start) are wavy but in no way is the book's readability compromised.  I know I can post this on the Damaged Wishlisted Books in the Bazaar but if the wishers aren't aware of the Bazaar and/or that particular thread, it may stay in the Bazaar forever.  Is it ok for me to go ahead and also post for the FIFO system?  I would PM the information regarding the damage to the requestor so they can either pass or accept but I don't want to break any rules. 

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

mistie -
Date Posted: 4/13/2013 4:28 PM ET
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If the book is not in postable condition, there is no way it can "legally" be posted via the FIFO system.

Posting it to FIFO, then PMing the requester to see if they accept the damage is not allowed.

That said, if someone posted such a book to my wishlist (and it was an obscure book rarely posted), then PM'd me about the damage, I may accept and be thankful they "broke the rules" and posted it........

Last Edited on: 4/13/13 4:46 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/13/2013 7:22 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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I would PM the information regarding the damage to the requestor so they can either pass or accept but I don't want to break any rules.

You should not do this because it is against the rules.

And, just so you know, people cannot pass on Wish Listed books more than once (ever) ... there is a "Not Now" button that people can click on ONCE, otherwise, they can't cancel the order or they are removed from the Wish List altogether.

So, if you were to do this thing whch is against the rules in any case ... you will have to take the responsibility of canceling the order if someone does not want the damaged book. They stay #1 in line for the book ... and you would have to wait until they get a copy in order to "talk" to the next person in line.

It's more trouble than it's worth ... just offer it in the Book Bazaar.

Date Posted: 4/13/2013 7:35 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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The OP needs to determine if the book is postable or not.  Some wavy pages are due to cheap paper, and some wavy pages are due to liquid damage (usually includes watermarks or stains).  Wavy pages in and of themselves are not unpostable, only if the waves are the result of liquid damage.

Date Posted: 4/13/2013 9:07 PM ET
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Is it ok for me to go ahead and also post for the FIFO system?

No. You should not even be posting the book to the system once someone is found in the Book Bazaar agreeing to take it with the damage (you Gift the credit amd PM the address). When you post a book you have to agree to the Golden Rule (that your book is postable). If you cannot honestly answer that question Yes, don't post the book. The PBSTeam is very firm in their stance on this issue.

Last Edited on: 4/13/13 9:07 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/13/2013 9:50 PM ET
Member Since: 10/26/2009
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Ok, I won't post.  Unfortunately, I know for a fact it's water damage because it happened in my possession.  The book was perfect when I got it.  I had just moved and still had boxed (mostly books!) on the floor in the dining room.  My dear, sweet boyfriend hooked the washing machine up...sort of.  We had about an inch of water on the floor before we realized it.  He hadn't hooked the hoses up all the way!  We now refer to that as the Great Flood of 2012.  Funny thing is, we got a new washer and the SAME THING happened, almost a year to the day later, and we now have a Great Flood of 2013 to laugh about, also. 

Thanks for the advice.  I hope someone sees it in the Bazaar.

Date Posted: 4/14/2013 9:22 PM ET
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The fact that a book is wish listed or not is never an issue with things like this.  ALL books have to be postable and there is no leeway just because a book is wish listed.

Date Posted: 4/15/2013 12:01 AM ET
Member Since: 10/26/2009
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Now I'm wondering where I got that from.  I don't participate a lot in the forums, but I do read them often, so I'm aware of different situations.  I guess at some point I either misinterpreted.  Or, I pulled it out of left field.  Either way, thanks to all for the education.  smiley