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Subject: How to PM someone who requested a book from me
Date Posted: 5/26/2014 1:20 PM ET
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I have someone who requested a book from me.  He/she put conditions on the book that it had to have it's dustcover included.  My book is a hardback but never had a dustcover to begin with.  The title and picture are printed on the hard cover.  How do I send her a PM to ask if she still wants it?  Even when I accept a request, I can't figure out how to send a PM without someone being my friend on the site.

zeke68 -
Date Posted: 5/26/2014 1:30 PM ET
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You can't PM someone until you've accepted the order unless they include their information in the RC.  After you've accepted, there's a little button at the bottom of the request to PM the requester.  

If the book never had a dust cover, then you should be safe in sending it.

Date Posted: 5/26/2014 2:37 PM ET
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What Zeke said.  Unless the requester included their contact info in the RC, the pm button does not appear until you accept the request.

I've posted hardcovers like yours (printed instead of dust jacket) and you're probably safe to accept the request (if your sure it never had one).  Members requesting dust jackets usually just refers to those that were originally sold new with a DJ and the RC does not apply to hardcover books that never had a DJ.

I'd feel confident enough to accept the request and pm the sender.  The time I did this the requester was happy to receive the full color hardcover.



Last Edited on: 5/26/14 2:39 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/26/2014 3:06 PM ET
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I wouldn't actually send the book without a dust jacket unless the requestor okays it.  She may be looking for a specific edition that does have a dust jacket.  As Denise said, I'd feel confident enough to accept the request and pm the sender. 

Date Posted: 5/26/2014 3:10 PM ET
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As someone who has a "dustcover RC", chances are that the requester will want the book, if you are sure that it never came with a dust cover.  My vote would be to accept the offer and then PM the requester.

Date Posted: 5/27/2014 1:54 AM ET
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I agree with Patty and would not send the book without first asking the requestor. The site does not require dust jackets to post hardcover books but many members will want and expect the dust jacket to be included even without an explicit RC. I would accept the request and then contact the requestor regarding the dust jacket.

Date Posted: 5/27/2014 8:17 AM ET
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Is this a wishlisted book or one you had on your shelf when they ordered it? If it is wishlisted, you can accept the request, PM them and then if they say no, cancel the order and repost the book. You will get their RC again and can decline it this time so the book gets offered to the next person on the list. But, if it was posted on your bookshelf and you PM them and they say no, you would have to cancel it, repost it and go to the end of the line. If there are many copies of the book posted, I would decline the RC if I was concerned about keeping my place in line. You could include the info in your reason for declining that the book never had a DJ.

Date Posted: 5/27/2014 12:31 PM ET
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Good point, Sarah.

zeke68 -
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 2:29 PM ET
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If I was 100% sure the book - with that ISBN -  never had a dustcover, I would send it without any messaging.  

It's just as simple as "current smoking household" or "no ex-library books."