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Subject: Discolored corners and some edges ...a question
Date Posted: 3/30/2014 3:52 PM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2005
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Hi I have very limited time on the net but have 8 books by J Rardin most mega wled and the books look great. However I stated reading book 4 and noticed a discoloration on the bottom corner they all are the same...some have a mild discolor inside....these books are not very old I would expect that wirh mega old books and maybe a chain smpker had them first......Anyhow can anyone please tell me if I can post them FOR CREDIT??  I would not post them otherwise as postal costs are up there.....Again I have no clue what tjhe stains shall I say are itsnot on the print or anything,



IF I post of the issue and say I want credit.....can I do that or should I pitch them .....Thanks ahead

Date Posted: 3/30/2014 4:19 PM ET
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You can list unpostables in the Bazarr and have the requestor buddy credits to you. Just make it very clear that they are unpostable and explain the damage as clearly as possible. If you have never used the Bazarr it is easier than you think. Check out some of the posts and I bet you'll catch on quick.  

Last Edited on: 3/30/14 4:22 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/30/2014 4:40 PM ET
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Mega thank you :-)

Date Posted: 3/30/2014 5:26 PM ET
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Sometimes books will get yellow or discolored from the sun.  This happens to the acid in the paper, ususally mass market books.  But that is more often the side or top than the bottom.  Maybe heat reacted with the acid?

Date Posted: 3/31/2014 3:25 PM ET
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Hi thanks I honestly do not know these are not super old books thus why I am leery ...the ones affected are trade paperbacks...oddly the mm ones are ok I have 3 of those.....I am thinking when I got them I got them from 2 different people and am just stumped...I will do the book bazaar as thats fair and full disclosure...Mega thanks both of you :-)

Date Posted: 4/6/2014 3:58 PM ET
Member Since: 11/27/2010
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Nancy, seems to me question is are the books postable in the regular forum.  to me it doesn't sound like they are unpostable (that is the ones that are mass market copies). if the book is not water-damaged or underlined in ink, and is in fair condition, sounds like they should be postable.

Sandy, when i have a book that i am not sure about, i generally post it.  if someone requests it, i send the requester a note describing the issue in detail. then the requester has the opportunity to cancel the request.  this is a used book swap, not a tightly regulated boutique, and people have different requirements for what they want in a book.  sometimes people just want the book ASAP no matter what; other times they arelooking for a specific quality for their collection.

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Date Posted: 4/6/2014 6:38 PM ET
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Keven's method of posting a book that's in a gray area, and then PMing the requestor can work well.  The rules would be that the book can't violate the Book Condition Criteria for Swappability at PBS, but must truly be in a gray area.  For example it wouldn't be okay to post a book with some water damage, or with a 2-inch rip in the cover, and PM about it, since the criteria are specific about no water damage being allowed, and the length of an acceptable cover rip.  (That book can be offered in the Book Bazaar, as outlined above.)  But if you compare your book to the criteria, and decide it's in a gray area, PMing can be a solution.  (For most members, it's not common to find a book that's in a gray area.)

However asking the requestor to cancel isn't always the fair solution.  If it's a wish list book, and the requestor has been waiting in line for it, then the sender would be the one to cancel.  If the sender has been waiting in line to send the book, and the requestor is agreeable, it's possible for the requestor to cancel, add a requestor condition that rules out the problem mentioned by the sender, and order the book again.  This way the first sender can decline the request, and the order is passed to the second sender in line.  But if the requestor doesn't cancel, it would be the sender's responsibility not to send a borderline book to someone who has said they don't want it.

The problem that arises most often with PMing about borderline books is that the sender doesn't get a response in time, and has to make the decision about either mailing or canceling.  Because of this, it's good to include in the original message a statement that says either, "If I don't hear from you by such-and-such a date, I'll mail the book" -- if you feel the book does meet the criteria -- or "If I don't hear from you by this time, I'll cancel", if you think the book might not meet the criteria. 

Date Posted: 4/6/2014 9:38 PM ET
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this is a used book swap, not a tightly regulated boutique, 

But it has rules a lot of us follow. One of them prohibits staining which is how I would describe discoloration. (Tanning is a different subject all together, but this does not sound like tanning) True many members may not care what condition the book is in. But that does not efect what can be posted. One of my biggest peeves is receiving  an unpostable. It doesn't matter how minimal the damage. Unless I want to put up a Bazzar post I'm out a credit. I won't re-list it because it is completely within the the requestre's  rights to come back and say "This is un-postable. Give me my credit back". Too many RWAPs and I'm suspended. Which is not gonna happen.

And posting a grey area book is an iffy proposition. I have posted some textbooks. The only exception to the "no underling or hi-lighting" rule. The catch is you have to contact the requester and verify they are ok with the book being marked up. Some of them have timed out before I got a response. So I cancelled rather than take a hit for not mailing on time. Which removed it from the que, at which point I got rid of the book because I was tired of hanging on to it. Sometimes it's a hassle chasing people down for approval. 


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Date Posted: 4/7/2014 5:14 AM ET
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so if a book qualifies as a textbook it can be posted even if it has underlining or hi-lighting? I didn't know that. I don't think I would post a big textbook anyway because it would cost too much to mail it.

Date Posted: 4/7/2014 6:31 AM ET
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so if a book qualifies as a textbook it can be posted even if it has underlining or hi-lighting? I didn't know that.


Also, any book can be a textbook.

Which means any book can potentiallly be posted with highlighting/underlining.

Luckily the rules also say that if you are posting a "textbook" with any type of writing in it, you must PM the requestor and get their approval first, before mailing.

So, the end result is that although anything can be a textbook, nobody should be surprised by writing in a book they receive because the sender should have PM'd them for approval first.