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Subject: How to clarify a RC
Date Posted: 3/15/2010 12:51 AM ET
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I've had someone request a book but the RC says no marks from pens, pencil, or highlighters.  Or torn.  This is a really good ex library book that has withdrawn stamped all along the outside and a library stamp inside plus the old fasioned card holder in the back.  Would you send this book or decline the RC.  How do I clarify if this requestor would take those conditions.  Should I err on the side of caution and let the request for this book pass?

Date Posted: 3/15/2010 12:58 AM ET
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I would decline due to the stamps on the outside. They are marks and they really look to not want marks on the book.

Date Posted: 3/15/2010 1:00 AM ET
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How do I clarify if this requestor would take those conditions.

There is no way to do this without accepting the request first, because you don't know the identity of the requestor.

The rules about who should cancel if the book doesn't meet them are as follows:

If you want the sender to communicate with you about the book, you should phrase this "If you are unsure whether or not your book meets these conditions, please ACCEPT this request and then send me a Personal Message about the book."

  • If the sender does this, though, YOU will need to cancel the request if you decide that the book does not meet your conditions.
    • The sender would have to repost the book after cancelling it, so if YOU ask the sender to contact you to discuss the book, YOU must be the one to cancel the request if the sender contacts you and you don't want the book.
    • The exceptions to the above are:
  1. a sender who accepts and then sends a message about an unpostable book
  2. a sender who accepts and sends a message about a book that clearly does not meet your Requestor Conditions (no further communication or clarification was needed)
  3. A sender who accepts and sends a message when your Conditions did not ask to be contacted to discuss your Conditions
Date Posted: 3/15/2010 1:03 AM ET
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Thanks, Melanie!  I needed someone to agree with my head.  I usually have to decline RCs that pertain to DD's cat.  This was the first on markings.  Thanks again.

Thanks, Sophie.  I now see who does what when. 

Last Edited on: 3/15/10 1:10 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/15/2010 6:11 PM ET
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I take RCs pretty much literally. If it said no marks from pen, pencil or highlighters, but nothing was said about stamps, stickers or ex-library books, I would send it. That RC is pretty clear as far as I'm concerned.


Date Posted: 3/15/2010 9:47 PM ET
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I thought what Cheryl did---stamps and ex-library books are not mentioned in the RC so I see no problem in sending it.