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Subject: How would you word this RC?
Date Posted: 10/1/2010 10:51 PM ET
Member Since: 3/14/2009
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I would like to try and order a couple of books from a series I am collecting to keep. Because of this I would like the books to be in very good condition - I am a very gentle reader with my books that I purchase to keep. I want to put something in my RC that says "If this is a book from (series title) I would like it to be in (this) condition." How would you word the RC? I'm ok with the request being rejected if it turns out no one has the book in good condition (I'll just buy it then, but they are more difficult to buy since they were originally sold in Canada only, but several are available here) but condition is so subjective. It's a hardcover series and the books are fairly recently published so mostly I just don't want a worn out or heavily read copy. Is there a good way to word this?

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 11:17 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2009
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I would write something like

"If this book is from xxx series, I request they be in very good condition and hard covers must have dust jackets.  As these will be keepers for me, if you are in doubt, please decline this request"

mistie -
Date Posted: 10/1/2010 11:49 PM ET
Member Since: 9/27/2007
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To avoid any possible confusion, I would turn this request "off" if I was requesting a book other than those in these series. Then I would just slightly alter the suggestion above - maybe along the lines of:

As this book will be a keeper for me, I request it be in very good condition and, if a  hard cover,  must have dust jacket.   If you are in doubt, please decline this request.


Date Posted: 10/2/2010 12:29 AM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2007
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Except "very good condition" is very subjective -- it would be better if you defined it (i.e. "no creases in the binding" or whatever you're looking for).  You can find some book condition guidelines on used book swapping sites that might help.

I'd also add the word "please" in to the helpful wording other members have provided -- just because it never hurts :-)

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 12:33 AM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2009
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I agree with Mistie's suggestion. To avoid confusion on your other requests, turn the RC off.

Unfortunately, whatever adjective you use will be subjective, and members are likely to decline based on that subjectivity even if their book is like new. I suggest you think of a list of "deal breakers" for you and list them, for example, bent corners? spine creases? no dj? dog-eared pages? smell?

Good  luck. smiley

Also remember you can always re-post a book if it is in postable condition but doesn't meet your RC.

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 12:47 AM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2009
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Yeah I hate RCs with vague terms like "good" or "very good" condition. I usually reject them unless my book is really like new. 

I would change your RC to whatever very good means to you... for example, no creases on cover spine, no bent pages... etc.