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Subject: GRRRRR - It's unpostable! UPDATED
Date Posted: 3/26/2008 7:27 PM ET
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Got a book, looks great...but now much later I go to read it, and realize there is highlighting throughout....I looked at the rules and sure enough no highlighting.....


Update: Thanks to everybody for your comments...I'm just having a bad PBS week.  I had my first "lost in the mail" ....another says it's "undeliverable as addressed" and now I realize I need to be more diligent when I receive my books.  (mental head slap!)  Hopefully next week will be better!!!

Last Edited on: 3/27/08 12:14 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 3/26/2008 7:43 PM ET
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Doesn't that make you mad?  Sorry that happened to you!

Date Posted: 3/26/2008 10:26 PM ET
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Sorry Cassandra...I feel your pain.  

See my thread with a very similar title.  :) 

After getting a couple of bad books, I flip through them before I mark them received.  Some people forget to check their books before they mail them out, & may not even realize there is a problem. 

Date Posted: 3/26/2008 10:28 PM ET
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Yes, I definitely flip thru books when I receive them.  One bad experience teaches you that.

Date Posted: 3/26/2008 11:35 PM ET
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That is definitely the pits!  (Do people still say that?)


First I check the package looking for rips, tears or any other evidence of possible damage.  Then I pay attention to whether the book was wrapped in plastic or not. 


Then I flip through it *several* times, give it a quickie and then a little slower -- highlighting is hard to catch on the first go round sometimes.  If there's a dust jacket, I remove that and look at the cover.  Almost every time I receive a problem book, I realize I need to add another step.  I check the books I send out the same way. 


I want people to get their credits as soon as possible after I receive a book, but if I don't have time to go through my routine, which wouldn't happen very often, the unopened package sits on my desk until I can get to it. 



Date Posted: 3/27/2008 12:14 AM ET
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Oh yes, welcome to the club.  I do believe the majority of us learned that lesson the hard way, as you have.  :>)  It stinks!

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 1:29 AM ET
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It's amazing what you can miss. I always look through the books, but I got one that had HOLES punched out of the pages and I didn't notice until I read it.

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 1:46 AM ET
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I'm sorry that happened to you. I recently received a book that looked fine when it first arrived. It was packaged nicely.  A few days later, I got it out of my TBR pile, got all comfy, and realized that the pages were coming loose from the binding. By that time, I'd already marked it as received and there was no way for me to be absolutely certain that it hadn't been damaged in transit. I chose to give the sender the benefit of the doubt because he'd also sent me another book that arrived the same day and it was in great shape.

But now I look at each received book  carefully, and make it a point to wrap books perfectly after making sure it is up to PBS standards.

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 4:12 PM ET
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I've gotten a lot more careful, too, since I've found highlighting, etc, that wasn't apparent until I went to read the book.  I'll give a sender the benefit of the doubt if it's just a couple of stray marks, since they could have overlooked them when checking the book before posting, but holes?  Who on earth thinks to check for holes?!

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 4:52 PM ET
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Haha! I know! I would never think to check for holey books! Maybe Willa's sender had a child who got hold of a hole puncher?

I have to admit that most of the books I've received have been in very good condition and I think that considering the number of PBSers, the conscientious senders far outnumber the bad ones. We only really hear about the bad ones on the forums, so it's easy for us to think that there must be a secret society of malevolent mailers.

Cassandra, I hope your future swaps go smoothly!

Date Posted: 3/31/2008 1:25 PM ET
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That totally sucks!  I recently got a book in a swap that appears to be brand new.  However, when I was reading it, I discovered grease on a few of the pages near the end of the book.  I can't in all good concience post the book, so I'll have to offer it as a freebie if someone orders from my shelf.  Luckily, it's a wishlist book, so hopefully someone will still want it even tho it isn't postable.  Hope you can do the same with your highlighted book!

Date Posted: 3/31/2008 2:46 PM ET
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...secret society of malevolent mailers...

This just really struck me as funny!

I am sorry whenever I read about someone getting an unpostable book.  I've received a couple of iffy ones that *I* wouldn't repost, but "excessively worn" still seems a bit ambiguous to me, so I've marked them okay. 

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 3/31/2008 3:06 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/31/2008 3:10 PM ET
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I'm like you, Alise. I don't mark RWAP unless there is something that is clearly against the guidelines. I'm not going to fret one that's worn, I am going to fret over the ones that are falling apart, however. A margarita only helps so much, KWIM?

Date Posted: 3/31/2008 3:22 PM ET
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I've received some where it's obvious, I'll be the last one to read it as a postable book.  I personally would not have posted it but it's technically postable.  But I know by the time I read it, it'll be done.  I don't complain about those because even PBS says that eventually every book gets to it's last person as a postable book. Sometimes that might be you.  I make a complaint about the ones that were obviously unpostable-stains, pages coming loose etc..., 

Date Posted: 3/31/2008 6:41 PM ET
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i always flip thru my books when i get them. especially books that are commonly used as textbooks.