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Subject: How to contact a requestor??
Date Posted: 7/10/2010 10:17 PM ET
Member Since: 6/12/2010
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Hi, all,

Just got a book requested from me from my bookshelf (I just posted it).  I know the book is in good condition, I wouldn't have posted it if I didn't think so, in fact, this one is nearly perfect.  However, when I read the requestor's "conditions" it makes me a little nervous.  Good for him or her to be so up front about what they're looking for, but I'd like to contact this person before I say yes or no to send, because other than one minor (to me) thing- the uppermost front cover is torn less than half an inch- it's perfect.  In fact, I probably would never have noticed it had I not been nervous :)  when I read the conditions that need to be met.  Soooo....the questions is- can I contact his person?  maybe PM them?  I don't see anywhere where I could contact them to tell them about this minor issue w/ the book.

Date Posted: 7/10/2010 10:22 PM ET
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You would have to accept their request to contact them.

I would personally just decline since you're in doubt. 

Does his RC mention tears? I would think it's okay to send if he didn't say anything about them. Tears in the cover less than an inch are okay.

If it says like-new or excellent condition I would definitely decline because I doubt a tear would be seen as like new even if the rest of the book is perfect.

Date Posted: 7/10/2010 10:22 PM ET
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those are called rc and lot swappers will just decline to do business with them

especially ones that saw they only want new books   something like that

i'm not sure if you can pm that person who had the RC

you can alway decline it

Date Posted: 7/10/2010 10:26 PM ET
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would it be okay to accept and then send them a PM to double check?  then I could cancel it, I guess?  not sure how it works if I accept and then they decide they don't want it....

Date Posted: 7/10/2010 10:30 PM ET
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You need to accept the request first and the PM button will appear.  Click on that button to send him a message.  However, after accepting the book...

If this is not a WL book and you cancel the transaction your book drops off the FIFO line and you will need to post it again and you go back to the end of the line.  If he doesn't want the book he should cancel the transaction.  If he requests the book again, it will go back to you again because your book was returned to first place in the FIFO Line.

If it is a WL book then you should cancel it, but when you post it again, it will be offered to him because he is first in line.

Is this a wish list book?  How many people are wishing?  If it is a WL book and there is a WL line, if you are unsure the book meets the requestors conditions,  you can always click on doesnt' meet requestor's conditions and it will roll over to the next person in line.

 



Last Edited on: 7/10/10 10:31 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/10/2010 10:38 PM ET
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nope, he's the only one requesting as far as I can tell (still new to this).  Also, it's kind of a quirky, not really popular book, and certainly one that I won't ever read and/or need. 

Date Posted: 7/10/2010 10:49 PM ET
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Type in the ISBN in the search field at the top of this page.  It will bring you to the description page.  Under the ISBN there will be a line Wishing XXX that means it is a WL book and it will tell you how many people are in line.  If it is 0 it is the only one on the system. 

Date Posted: 7/10/2010 10:51 PM ET
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I searched it and it said "0" members wishing- so he's the only one then, right?  ugh- still not sure what to do and I'm mailing out two other books tomorrow! figures.......

Date Posted: 7/10/2010 11:04 PM ET
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Amy, if the request came to you right away, then you probably have the only copy posted.  You can go to the listing and add it to your reminder list to see how many copies are posted. 

If the RCs do not state the cover must be intact,  then I'd accept and pm about the 'flaw'.  If they don't want the book, let them cancel - if the only problem isn't mentioned in the RCs and your book meets all posting requirements, it shouldn't be your responsibility to cancel and have to re-post.

Date Posted: 7/10/2010 11:07 PM ET
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Meaning that there aren't any copies on the system. Your risk is low, if he doesn't want it, you will still be first in line if you cancel.  The problem is if this RC is to picky and asking for a new book or near mint condition, it is subjective and I would personally decline the request.  Your book stays on the FIFO line and someone else has a chance to order it. 

If you accept and then cancel, it goes on to his WL and when you post it again it will be offered to him.  Your choice in the end.

Date Posted: 7/11/2010 1:06 AM ET
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I personally don't PM about RCS. If I can't tell by the RC if my book meets them then the RCS aren't clear enough and I decline. Because what do you do if they don't respond by the mail by date?  Do you mail it anyway? Do you cancel it and wait for him to get another copy before you repost?  Do you repost only to have it offered to him again?  And then who cancels?  Not such a big deal with a book with no other copies in the system but a big deal with a heavily posted book. 

I just prefer not to deal with RCS if I can't easily figure them out. 



Last Edited on: 7/11/10 9:03 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/11/2010 2:15 AM ET
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I would decline, then state the reason in the form.  He then gets the chance to order the book with his RC turned off.

Date Posted: 7/11/2010 7:15 PM ET
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I accepted- I'm about to PM the person now to see if it's okay- that's so much for all the help and guidance!  I love this place :)

Date Posted: 7/11/2010 7:24 PM ET
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I am curious to know what the RC said.