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Subject: Evolution of 'The Excuse'
Date Posted: 12/9/2011 1:31 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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In prior years it seemed that one of the most common responses to a RWAP was the sending member's reply "But I received it in that condition"

Based on posted comments and my own experience, the new favorite this year seems to be "But it's still readable" ... the actual reply I received was "...The book is certainly readable and still in one piece, which is impressive considering its older publication date..."  The sender promptly refunded my credit so my response was appreciative, polite, and pointed her at the Help Swappability Guidelines. 

But really?  The book was soooo unpostable.  The last 20 or so pages had water damage on the bottom edge, the upper 2 inches of the side edge of the same section had a pink stain (highligher?), mid book is a grainy brown stain the width of the margin, and the cover looks like somebody caught it with a box cutter (a section in excess of 1 1/2 inch is cut all the way through).  And the age comment is also incorrect, because by all indications this ISBN is a 1999 reprint of the 1965 copyright.

The book is now OOP and I really want a couple decent copies to donate.  If the sender had contacted me, arrangements might have been made.  But this stuff just can't be posted FIFO and show up as an unhappy surprise in the mailbox  frown

Last Edited on: 12/9/11 1:32 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 12/9/2011 2:32 AM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2010
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It sounds like you helped educate a member who was probably not as aware of how things work here as they should be.  Chances are they won't do that again, so it's good that you "improved" the skills of another community member here by helping them.


I am very careful when ordering books that are older, although I know you are saying this one was just a reprint. 

I think you can often get a sense of certain things....... if somebody's bookshelf is 75% books that are 10 or 15 years old. :)   What you don't know is how nicely they preserve them.......or don't.  LOL   But I'll admit, sometimes that flags me that maybe they just cleaned out their garage or granny's basement after 15 years.  LOL   That could be good or bad.

For me as a receiver, it has not been good, so I tend to stay away from bookshelves like that.

My books are kept in covered snap-shut plastic bins, into which I place dessicated carbon packets or whatever those moisture absorbers are that come inside new stuff I buy.     Silica packets.  There are a lot of smell and moisture absorbers available to buy on the market as well, so if books are being stored long term, they have to be well-protected.........from both the outside environment, as well as too many other books laying on them.