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Subject: Highly Sought - Slightly Damaged
Date Posted: 5/13/2014 11:52 PM ET
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I have a paperback copy of Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. Is has only been read once and is in great shape except it has red Kool Aid splashes along edge of pages. None of the text or pics are damaged - just page edges. I'd like to post it because it is on so many wish lists, surely someone would like it despite its stain but am afraid it would be rejected and I don't want to lose book/credit. Should I just sell it at local used book store? I could probably get as much/more for it than trading it but would like to add a highly sought after book to the pool. Any advice?

Date Posted: 5/14/2014 12:17 AM ET
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You can try listing it in the "Unpostable Wishlist Books" thread in the Book Bazaar Forum. I've listed several unpostable WL books there, and they've always been taken for a credit. I have the person who PM's me about the book PM me with their address and buddy over a credit, and then I mail them the book. (You can't post unpostable books through the system.) Try there first, and if no one takes it, you can offer it as a freebie with an order, or donate it.

Last Edited on: 5/14/14 12:19 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/14/2014 12:18 AM ET
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Welcome to the forums Alena. Books that do not meet the site's posting condition requirements cannot be posted. It isn't acceptable to post a damaged book and ask the wishers to take it despite the damage. But, you CAN offer it for a credit in the Book Bazaar Forum. There is a red sticky thread at the top of that forum to read before posting there.  You can offer a damaged book in exchange for a credit in that forum (and only that forum) as long as the damage is explained. That way the requester knows what they are getting before setting up the deal.

Once someone lets you know they want the book, you still do not post the book into the system since it doesn't meet the posting requirements, they use their Give Credits button to send you the credit and PM you their address.

Using the Book Bazaar doesn't offer it to the people in the Wish List line first, but it does get into the hands of a member.

Date Posted: 5/14/2014 1:06 AM ET
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Actually, if it is just on the edges, I will try sandpaper.  (Good at removing those chocolate fingerprints.  Or ink.)  Hold the book tightly closed and wipe the page edges with a fine sandpaper.  

This does not work if the damage has leaked onto the pages.  Just works on the edges.  Plus does not work for those fancy deckle edges.  

Date Posted: 5/14/2014 11:55 PM ET
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I would definitely post it to the Damaged WL book thread in the Book Bazaar. I'm sure it will get snapped up quickly.

Date Posted: 5/15/2014 11:16 AM ET
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But try sandpaper or a heavy grit emery board first. I have rescued many stained edges that way. When it works it's like the stain never existed.