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Subject: I found this RC hilarious
Date Posted: 9/12/2009 6:45 PM ET
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Obviously, someone at the end of her rope. 


I'm not willing to accept books that have ANY mention of "Bookcrossings", either stickers or inked stamps. I'm tired of recieving books with up to 4 stickers on them. These stickers can be from 1-1/2 X 3 inches to 2-1/2 X 5 inches. These stickers can cover half of the front cover. I don't mind small price stickers, 'autographed' stickers, or store stamps inside book.

One member refused to send me a book because she found this request abrasive. Quess What? In her profile, she admits that she's a Bookcrossing member. She was just upset that she couldn't pawn one of her books off on me.

Want to know what I find abrasive? Someone who deliberately damages a book by putting Bookcrossing stickers on the front cover over the title and over the covercopy (book discription) on the back.


Date Posted: 9/12/2009 6:48 PM ET
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Thanks for sharing, it IS hilarious. I actually feel for the person, I can tell the RC was written in angst, but I think it's going to cause her a heckuvalotta turn-downs. Both from people who deny any and all RCs and people who deny long ones.  Or maybe those who deny people who can't spell the word "guess." :D I've never used Bookcrossing and I do feel bad for her, but would suggest just saying "No Bookcrossing books" and leaving it at that. It's still very funny though!

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 6:50 PM ET
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What Heather said :)

It actually sounds familiar, I may have sent that member a book awhile back lol!

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 6:54 PM ET
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I'm not a huge fan of RCS but that one is funny. I would accept if my book wasnt' book crossing. But I agree with Heather in that it might cause them some problems.

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 6:55 PM ET
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She must be at the end of her rope - I do feel for her.  I received one  book from book crossing so far and they are really obnoxious and ugly.

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 6:56 PM ET
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I think it's hilarious that she thinks a sticker "damages" a book and people are going to palm those damaged books off on her.  They are perfectly acceptable here.

I'm not a bookcrosser - but I wouldn't send her a book. 

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 6:57 PM ET
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Oh, I totally feel for the poster. This is a rant - pure and simple and I've been there.  Not with this particular issue, but I've definitely got my own rants that sometimes well up.  

I accepted the request, btw.  How could I not?  This RC completely entertained me.

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 7:26 PM ET
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Qualifies as one of the dumbest RCs ever written. anim_04.gif

Last Edited on: 9/13/09 12:01 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/12/2009 7:29 PM ET
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I love it.  It's not as bad as some RCs I've seen and it was entertaining.  I've only received one bookcrossing book, and I still have it.  I wouldn't have any problem sending her a book.  Pat

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 7:34 PM ET
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That's funny! I had a recent one with a rant on books with writing in them, but it wasn't quite as entertaining.

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 7:59 PM ET
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That is completely hilarious.  Hey, at least it's not AT ALL subjective.

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 9:17 PM ET
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That's too funny!  Although I probably wouldn't send that member a book after reading it.  Nothing like ranting through an RC at the member you're asking for a favor...

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 9:26 PM ET
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What is book crossing?  Not familiar with that term.  Thanks

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 12:06 AM ET
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Book crossing is another book club (sort of, I guess) in which people leave a book in a public place such as a park bench, a cafe, a hotel etc.  for some stranger to pick up and read. Books used in this program (yeah, that's a better term) are covered with Book Crossing I.D. in the form of stamps and stickers which make the book rather unattractive.

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BookCrossing - The world's biggest book club - catch and release used books

 Of course, they really are perfectly swappable here. Unless,of course, there is a RC that forbid them.

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Subject: what's an RC and yes I am new.....
Date Posted: 9/13/2009 12:12 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/13/2009 12:48 AM ET
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Welcome Liz - RC is a Requestors Condition.  People will use it if they do not want books that come from smoking homes, if they have pet allergies - they don't want books from a home with pets, or no book crossing books.  There are some links discussing RCs and how they should be written.  I will look for them and post them back here. 

How to Write A Good RC -TomeTrader

Here is some info from the help docs and here is the link  (search RC)

Requestor Conditions allow you to specify what kinds of books you are NOT willing to receive from other members.   The specifications you write will appear verbatim on every request you submit.  You can set your Requestor Conditions in your Account Settings, from the Settings tab in My Account.

I hope this helps

ETA:  If you receive such  a request that contains a RC - if your book doesn't meet it or you are unsure if you book meets the RC, then you can click on the button (This book does not meet the requestor's request).  When I receive RCs I will only accept books I know 100% meet their request. 

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Date Posted: 9/13/2009 12:55 AM ET
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RC = requestor conditions...  So the person with RC is stating that she/he will only receive books meeting certain conditions.  In this case, they do NOT want any books that are 'Bookcrossing' books.  BookCrossing is a group whose members leave books in places like phone booths, bus stations, train stations, fast-food eating areas, etc., with a notice that the person who finds, and reads the book, can either keep it, pass it  on and/or notify the Bookcrossing group that one of their  books has been found and read (via internet -blog? or forum).  I think the objective is just to encourage people to READ!!  Some of the BookCrossing stickers are small and on one of the flyleaves are ok, but some are really large and when placed on the front cover, can be very offensive.

Last Edited on: 9/13/09 12:58 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/13/2009 1:19 AM ET
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 I would not send to her even if my book met her conditions.

 For 1. I am a bookcrosser and though most of my books have the website and number on the inside cover in pen or more often pencil and NO stickers at all.

For 2. With that RC she is giving me a choice to send to her and I rather give my near new books to someone that is less.... grumpy and MORE likely to have a wild hair and demand a credit for something imaginary.


(Edited to be more clear LOL)

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Date Posted: 9/13/2009 1:24 AM ET
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... grumpy and less likely to have a wild hair and demand a credit for something imaginary.


Date Posted: 9/13/2009 2:42 AM ET
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Leave it all alone in a public place?   I just don't think I could do that to a good book...!    :)   D.

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 6:55 AM ET
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Even with her bad spelling and/or typo I would send her a book if it met RCs, I know just how she feels. It has been eons since I've gotten a BC book, but I've gotten a few that were WAY over the top, with huge stickers on front and back covers, inside front cover, and one who, in addition to all that,  wrote the BC ID # on the PBS wrapper section that's included with the book, hand-wrote the BC ID number on several pages in the book! That one was years ago though, before PBS had the RWAP system, otherwise I would've! And if I ever had an inclination to log the BC book on their website, that quashed it right there.


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Date Posted: 9/13/2009 7:04 AM ET
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thanks for the laugh.  I feel kinda bad for her, as she's obviously very frustrated, and most likely this will kill a lot of requests for her.  That said, I'd send her a book if it met that condition (which all of mine currently do).  I don't like to give up a credit just because someone's RC may be considered 'poorly written.'

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 7:48 AM ET
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I would send her any of my books.  I know not all bookcrossers do it, but some definitely do go overboard-I have received a few.  Good luck to her.

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 8:33 AM ET
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I've only gotten maybe 2 Bookcrossing books out of the 700+ I've received, and both times the sticker was on the inside cover. 

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 1:39 AM ET
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I've received a couple, one much more obviously marked than the other.  I don't care for them, and RC'd for awhile.  The stickers made me feel guilty every time I glanced at the TBR, and finally swapped them away unread.  They felt borrowed, and PBS is about book ownership.

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