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Subject: how about this RC
Date Posted: 6/21/2009 8:31 PM ET
Member Since: 2/19/2009
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I want my books to come from a non-smoking home especially if there is noticable damage

OK, my home is non-smoking, but there is a dog-eared page, some curled pages, writing on the inside back cover, and some creases on the front cover of the book.  No liquid damage, no writing on text pages, no tears on covers or pages.  It looks like a postable used book to me, but I'm not sure if someone would consider this "noticeable damage;" OTOH it sounds like the requestor is willing to overlook "noticeable damage" if the book comes from a non-smoking home.  Do other people think this is unclear?

edited for clarity

edited again to add:  no loose pages, spine intact, no stains



Last Edited on: 6/21/09 8:49 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 6/21/2009 9:16 PM ET
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Too vague.  The damage from yellowing by cigarettes?  Or well used books to not smell of smoke?

FYI, I have a smoking RC.  And I'd turn this down just because I did not understand. 

An RC is asking a favor.  It needs to be very clear, black or white.  And they are permitted to turn it off and request again.

Date Posted: 6/21/2009 9:53 PM ET
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I agree that it is too vague.  Visible damage can mean almost anything.

Date Posted: 6/21/2009 10:29 PM ET
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I want my books to come from a non-smoking home especially if there is noticable damage

"Noticable damage" is vague, but you can stick to the PBS criteria and be safe enough. However this last part of the RC doesn't even go with the non-smoking part.

It's just plain weird.

I'd only decline if my book wasn't in Like New condition just to be on the safe side.

 

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 9:00 AM ET
Member Since: 2/19/2009
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Thanks to all for your input.  I declined, the book was promptly snapped up by someone else with no RC, and out it went on my way to work!

Nora

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 9:10 AM ET
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That's the way to do it, Nora! That RC was kind of confusing and really vague. What kind of "noticable damage" would there be from smoking? Or is the 'noticable damage' supposed to relate to general book condition and not to the smoking? (No idea, decline, thank you very much and move on....)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 4:02 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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An RC is asking a favor.

Afraid I have to strongly disagree with that stateement. An RC is setting a standard below which the requester does not want the book. It is an attempt to avoid receiving books with problems. I sorta think this thing about favors goes back to the belief that requestors are getting the books for free, which they are not (we pay for the books by giving up our own and paying postage to ship them out or by buying credits -- we do NOT get them for free).

Otherwise, I fully 110% support the agreement of everyone here that this RC is too vague.

See ? I can be agreeable ! (wide grin)

If it did not take too much time, I would probably PM the requestor and ask them to clarify it, as they may not even realize that what they said is not what they meant. (That happens to me a bunch - grin!). Of course, that is just me - not saying that anyone else should take that time - just that I would, in the spirit of assisting a possibly-new PBSer.

 


 

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 4:13 PM ET
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Good choice Nora, a vague RC has the potential for problems.  Offering a wishlisted book shouldn't require the hastle and wasted time of pm'ing over what should be a very simple transaction.

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 4:17 PM ET
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An RC is setting a standard below which the requester does not want the book.

An RC sets a standard above (and sometimes way beyond) the criteria set by PBS. <very e-vile grin>

It is an attempt to avoid receiving books with problems.

Agreed <very big nod and a wink>

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 6/22/2009 4:33 PM ET
Member Since: 9/2/2008
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I'da deciled that puppy in a flash!  I really didn't understand it myself.