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Subject: How to handle?
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 10:29 AM ET
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I have a person who has requested 2 books from my shelf and they have a RC that states among other stuff that they do not want library discards or BCEs.  Both books are former library books but in excellent condition, the dust cover has library stickers on it though.  I would like to pass this info onto the requestor to see if this is acceptable or not.  I do not see a way to PM the requestor at this point though.  Also I am not sure what BCE is?

My first thought was to reject this request since they are former library books, but from the looks of them I doubt they were checked out much if at all.  My second thought was to PM the requestor about this because one of the books has a WL that hasn't moved it seems in sometime.  Any help is appreciated.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 10:34 AM ET
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BCE= book club edition

If the RC states they don't want ex-library books, I would just cancel because your book doesn't meet requestor conditions.   You would have to click the button stating that the book meets the RCs, then you would have to wait for a response, and the order may time out before you get an answer.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 10:39 AM ET
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Thanks for the quick response.  The language was they don't want 'library discards" which to me seems like wore out library books, not ex-library books.  But I am probably reading too much into it and should probably reject them.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 10:45 AM ET
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I read it as any book that has library stamps or library binding, etc.  It's best to cancel and move on to the next requestor.  :)

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 10:51 AM ET
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How can you tell if a book is a Book Club Edition?

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 10:59 AM ET
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Date Posted: 6/3/2009 11:00 AM ET
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A library discard would be any book that was formerly in a library.  Your books have library info (stamps, stickers, etc) on them, so they don't meet the requester conditions.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 11:08 AM ET
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Sorry, Daryl, but you'll have to decline - they definitely do not want your copy.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 11:12 AM ET
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I agree with everyone.  That was my first thought too.  I have declined the requests.  Thanks for everyone's opinion on this.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 12:01 PM ET
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I had this exact situation before. My book was a WL book with only 1 wisher,  ... and a very nice ex-library copy.

The request I got had the "no ex-library" RC.

So, I did decline the request, but in the answer box for the reason, I described how nice my copy was, and added my nickname so that she could PM me, if she was interested in it anyway.

We ended up PMing back and forth a little bit, she ended up re-requesting the book, and sent me a very nice PM when she got it saying that the condition was even better than she expected.

The only reason I bothered doing this, though, is that the book was a not very common one that probably wouldn't have been posted again for another 6 months. And, it was a really nice copy, extremely clean and it didn't have stickers on the outside.

So, my advice is ... always follow the rules, but you can put the ball in the other person's court, and if they are interested enough to follow up, they will.