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Subject: Ink Spots - would you consider this unpostable?
Date Posted: 2/20/2016 6:29 AM ET
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A buddy sent me a wishlisted book as a freebie because he felt the ink spots on one page made it unpostable (see pictures in links below).  These are definitely ink -- not food stains.  Would this book be considered postable under the "text book rule"?  If so, I would want to send him a credit becuase I could then post it under that 'rule' by notifying a recipient about the spots beforehand.


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Date Posted: 2/20/2016 7:48 AM ET
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I don't know. My personal rule has always been whether the text is clear or not. The point is to read the book. As long as somebody can read the book it should be okay. I guess you probably should contact a requester to see how they feel about it.

Date Posted: 2/20/2016 8:54 AM ET
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Personally, I'd be fine with it but there are members who are real sticklers. I would let the requestor know, perhaps include the pics, and let them make the call.

Date Posted: 2/20/2016 11:02 AM ET
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If this is truly 'ink spots' from the printing process, it is fine.  We have discussed here over the years about other printing problems (like double pages, out of order pages, and yes ink splotches ).  All said these were postable........the issue that irritated people was when pages are missing......if you didn't read the book before posting you wouldn't know about the missing part, but that truly would make someone mark a book RWAP if they catch it upon receipt (perhaps unlikely it would be found until read though). 

Date Posted: 2/20/2016 11:47 AM ET
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Its looks like it is ink not from the printing process that bleeds into the text area so technically I would agree with your friend that it is not postable. Still very readable and a great book to offer as a freebee or in the Book Bazaar. I always leave the rules black and white and not decide if a book has little enough damage to get by since members are going to have differing opinions on what is "too much". There are ways to share books that don't meet the rules technically.

Date Posted: 2/20/2016 3:01 PM ET
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I'm not sure of how I'd feel about the ink spots, but that sure is a cute pictue of your little dog playing in the snow!

Date Posted: 2/20/2016 3:18 PM ET
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LOL!  Karen.  Thanks!   And thanks everyone for your replies.  Appreciate the feedback and I'll just offer it in the Bazaar after I've read it.

Date Posted: 2/21/2016 5:09 AM ET
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There is a mighty big spot as well as smaller ones on that page 113.  I would not be happy with it unless it was a book I really, really wanted AND was asked first as per the rules so I could say yes or no.  I consider that unpostable. 

Date Posted: 2/21/2016 9:30 AM ET
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I'm on the side of technically it doesn't break the rules, but personally, I wouldn't post it FIFO.  If I had received that book FIFO, I would not RWAP it, but I think some would so I would not take the chance and repost it - not worth the potential stress.   WL - I would post in the Bazaar and request a credit to mail it.  Non-WL, I'd remove it from the system and put it in the donation box.

Date Posted: 2/26/2016 2:34 AM ET
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As already mentioned, in the past TPTB have said that ink from printing/manufacturing flaws is postable if the text is readable.  If the ink is post manufacture, the book is unpostable.  Unless a member frequents the forms tho, most may not know this.

If you feel the ink is post manufacture, you could try the textbook rule (or just want to be on the safe side).

Date Posted: 2/27/2016 6:10 PM ET
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The rules state "no stains" and ink spots are stains.  So, I would not want the book and consider it unpostable.

Date Posted: 3/10/2016 12:26 AM ET
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Printing is just ink spots too...in a specific order.  Stains would be a foreign substance, seperate from the paper and printing ink.

Date Posted: 3/10/2016 5:11 AM ET
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Denise, yeah, I also figured that ink spots were different from a 'stain', which is why I asked the "Is this postable?" question in the first place, but will still likely post this in the Bazaar (free with order) after I read it. 

Date Posted: 3/11/2016 10:07 PM ET
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Do many books today have some degree of 'ink spots to one extent or another, I, who am a stickler, so NOT consider 'unpostable' in any way.  I would let anyone know the books has print quality issues and explain it before I shipped, but, I do NOT think it's a stain - so I'm with Denise here.  Sorry June.