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Subject: Dirty cover
Date Posted: 7/21/2008 6:45 PM ET
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I received a wish list book with the cover having some stains, a small tear and a little dirty.  Would you have sent the book without a PM or not listed it.  Personally, I don't list books with dirty and/or stained covers but am I being too "ticky?"  I sent the sender a polite PM but now I feel guilty.


Date Posted: 7/21/2008 6:49 PM ET
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Was this a cookbook?  If it wasn't a cookbook then it was unpostable.  PBS Guidelines state:

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 --see below)
Date Posted: 7/21/2008 8:25 PM ET
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Are you talking cover as in - the actual part of the book, cover; or are you referring to a dust jacket on a hard cover book? Dust jackets are not required so they can be prestine or nasty, no requirements there. If the actual cover of a book is stained, it is unpostable and the sender should return your credit if you ask.  

Small tears (under 1") are okay

Dirty - not soiled is a condition for being postable, but I'd probably say ick, clean it off and be done with it

Stained - no staining allowed, not postable.

If the damage is obvious and severe, I always let the sender know and ask for my credit back. I don't want someone getting used to getting credits by sending unpostable books. If it is something that can be fixed/cleaned easily or could have been overlooked if the person did not read it themselves, I'd probably send a note making them aware of it, but not ask for a credit.

If a book meets the PBS guidelines, I would not send a PM, I'd just send it. If it did not meet the guidelines then it should never be posted.

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 12:32 PM ET
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If the book has stains, it is unpostable.  Mark it RWP and politely ask for your credit back.  You're not being too picky, you're expecting other folks to follow the same PBS rules that you do.



Subject: cover
Date Posted: 7/22/2008 1:46 PM ET
Member Since: 6/2/2007
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It was not a dust cover - paperback and it was just dingy with small stains on back.  Just not one I would have posted in that condition and I guess I am naive enough to think everyone follows my guidelines of not posting anything I don't think is in good condition.  Just a matter of pride on my part.  Oh well, live and learn.  Maybe the person will not do the same thing again.

Thanks for the replys