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Subject: First time for me re: RCs
Date Posted: 3/1/2011 1:47 PM ET
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I've had to turn down three RCs for this one particular book because the RC terms seem subjective to me.  Two of them had the usual no smoking, no mold RC which is fine with me since I know I can meet those conditions, but I had to refuse for the "gently used" portion of the RC.  I don't want to get burned if I think the book is gently used, but the receiver doesn't.  The third RC said the book had to be in "GREAT condition" and the word great was capitalized.   Again I turned it down because it's subjective. 

This is a children's book that has multiple wishes waiting for it.   I rarely post kids books so I'm wondering if those have more RCs than adult books. 

Date Posted: 3/1/2011 1:59 PM ET
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Not that I have heard. Might just be a title that people want to collect and have on their keeper shelf.

Personally, I just take RC's as they come. I read them, see if my book meets the conditions and then respond. If I have to question it, then I'll decline.

And yes those were subjective RCs, I'd have declined too.

Date Posted: 3/1/2011 3:19 PM ET
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I think many people want children's books in VG to excellent condition because, since they are children's books, they can be expected to have been handled by kids.  Kids are notoriously hard on books if they are left to their own devices, and I think many people just want to make sure that the book they get isn't extremely worn.  I personally wouldn't want a book that had been extremely well used by a kid--books are not something you can clean, and if it comes to me too used, I just wonder where the book has been.  I personally don't even bother to post children's books unless they are in VG to excellent condition.

Now, that being said, and all neuroses aside, you certainly have the right to decline any RC you don't feel comfortable with.  Certainly there will be someone in line for the book you have that has fewer or no RCs and would love to have your copy!  Good luck!

Date Posted: 3/2/2011 1:42 PM ET
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I think you did the right thing...I always turn down subjective requests such as "must not smell like smoke or mold" or "good condition" and the like. The smell one I get fairly frequently, especially lately...I think I've had to turn down 4 or 5 requests in the past few weeks alone because of the way the RC was worded.

I rarely post children's books so no idea if RCs are more prevalent with those or not. Things seem to run in streaks though--I'll go weeks with no RCs and then have half a dozen of them just in a couple of days.


Date Posted: 3/2/2011 3:46 PM ET
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I post mostly kids/teen books, and I've had very few requests with RCs.  The only one that comes to mind was a lady who wanted no smoke because her son was severly allergic. 

The RCs really just seemt to come in cycles sometimes.  In my experience, there's really no rhyme or reason or pattern, just coincidences where I seem to get 2 or 3 at a time.