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Subject: First Time RC: Need Help on How to Word One
Date Posted: 8/6/2010 6:07 PM ET
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Hi everyone. I'm a fairly new member here but I've already noticed that not many people like sending books with RC's. I personally don't mind them unless they are vague. & I'm just now realizing that I might need to put up an RC myself. See, I am highly allergic to cats & a novel I received recently had cat hair stuck to some of the pages. I didn't realize it until I started sneezing like crazy & my eyes puffed up. Of course, I didn't RWAP it because it's  completely my fault for not thinking something like this would arise sooner or later.

I would be eternally grateful if any of you could show/suggest how to write an RC pertaining to cats/allergies but make it so people won't be so quick to decline it without reading it. Thanks in advance!

Date Posted: 8/6/2010 6:12 PM ET
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Maybe: "Please, no books from households that currently have cats -- I'm allergic.  Thanks!"

You still might get a book that had previously been around a cat, but if you say "No books that have been around cats" you'll get lots of rejections from folks who aren't sure where their book was previously.

I know you'll get good wording ideas from other members here too.

Date Posted: 8/6/2010 6:12 PM ET
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Perhaps this might be a strating point.

 

"Due to allergies I can not accept books from homes with cats. 

If you don't have cats who live in your home, please send this book.  I can't wait to read it!"

 

You might get "This is a used book and I don't know it's history"  It's ok.  Better safe than sneezy!

*looks like Patty beat me to it*



Last Edited on: 8/6/10 6:13 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/6/2010 9:58 PM ET
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Cats might be a tough one.  I have an RC for smoke.  I rarely have someone refuse to send because of my RC.  Just word it  "I am allergic to cats so if you own one, or don't know where your book has been, don't send it to me".  Make sure you don't say "please" in your RC.  Some people here think if there's a "please" in the RC, it isn't relaly a "condition", it's merely a request.

Date Posted: 8/6/2010 10:06 PM ET
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Don't use the word please. Even though it seems like the polite way to word it saying please as in "please no books currently in a house with cats." can be interpreted as just a request and not something that needs to be adhered to. Be very straight forward and thorough. For example "I am very allergic to cats and their fur therefore I can not accept books from a household with cats."



Last Edited on: 8/6/10 10:37 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/6/2010 10:24 PM ET
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Here is an old thread that talks about how to write a RC (for 5 pages).  How to write a RC

If you read through it, you will notice a lot of contradicting ideas and examples. 

I suggest very short, simple, and polite.   (I would not recommend using capital letters.  Some folks see that as yelling.)

I ended up using please in mine.  But I did not start with it.  Have not received a smokey book since.

Due to allergies, please, no books from homes with current smokers or incense burning.

Thank you.

Date Posted: 8/6/2010 10:39 PM ET
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Emily is correct don't use caps. I for some reason have an odd habit of typing can NOT. I don't know why I do it but I don't generally notice that I do. Caps is translated as yelling.

Date Posted: 8/7/2010 11:52 AM ET
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Thank you all very much for your help! I will definitely take your suggestions into consideration & I will NOT use the word "please", as it sounds like more a request than a requirement. Take care!

Subject: Another stab at it
Date Posted: 8/7/2010 12:37 PM ET
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"Because of severe allergies, I cannot accept books from households with a cat. If you don't have any cats yourself, please send this book."

 

This gets around the "I don't know if a cat has been around the book before!" decliners I think, as well as making you seem less "picky".



Last Edited on: 8/7/10 12:40 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 8/7/2010 1:11 PM ET
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I completely disagree with the advice not to say please.

Almost everybody at PBS understands that RCs are not optional. Phrasing them politely does not make them optional. The only thing that makes them optional is IF the RC says, "this is optional".

If I go to the store and I say to the clerk "Please bag the chicken separately" .... that is not OPTIONAL. It is just more polite than saying "Due to my aversion to chicken germs on the outside of packages, I will only accept chicken bagged separately".

My RC says please AND Thank you ... and I don't get rude messages when it is declined.

Date Posted: 8/9/2010 4:56 PM ET
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Make sure your RC is polite and not terribly wordy. Wordy RC's always seem demanding too me.

I would rather see a 'please' in there just because it sounds kinder but it's not nessecary. Really, wordiness is what I want to caution you against.

"If your book is from a household with cats, please do not send it as I am highly allergic to them. Thank you for your cooperation."

Nice and short. You give a condition, a reason for this condition, and then thank the sender for their help.



Last Edited on: 8/9/10 4:58 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/13/2010 3:06 PM ET
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I like all of your suggestions, especially the ones that only focus on the "current home" of the book.  I actually came to the message boards because I had gotten a request with a lot of restrictions.  It was very picky and included "no water damage".  We are never supposed to list books with water damage!  I decided it would be best to pass.  I don't like the idea of a difficult person being able to say that my perfectly good used book does not measure up and then I would be out the credit.  I would have definitely sent the book if it had been worded like many of you have suggested!

By the way, I have not had any problems with books I have received.  I think most people who love books enough to own them take decent care of them.  I think the people who send books that they shouldn't are few and far between!

Date Posted: 8/13/2010 3:30 PM ET
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It is just more polite than saying "Due to my aversion to chicken germs on the outside of packages, I will only accept chicken bagged separately".

 

LOL! I love that!

Date Posted: 8/13/2010 11:08 PM ET
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"It is just more polite than saying "Due to my aversion to chicken germs on the outside of packages, I will only accept chicken bagged separately".

"LOL! I love that!"

Me, too!!! smiley

Date Posted: 8/16/2010 1:35 PM ET
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'Thanks' works just as well as 'please', imo.  So I'd say, "Due to allergies, I cannot accept books from homes with cats, THANKS!

Not only is it definitely not a request, it shows that you expect them to comply.

 

"I need the chicken bagged separately; thank you."  :^]

Date Posted: 8/16/2010 2:13 PM ET
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Just don't use the word "prefer". :)

Date Posted: 8/16/2010 8:37 PM ET
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Ammarylis,

I think most people are very understanding of RC's if they are allergy related. Most won't turn them down unless they can't comply.  A few just refuse all RC's but I think that is the exception.