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Subject: longest rc i have ever seen would you mail?
Date Posted: 8/17/2017 6:21 AM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2005
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i just received a request for a book from a member who  has one of the longest rc's i have ever seen on the site. lol would you mail to this rc or decline?some of the rc seems very  subjective to me . here is the rc.

Please be considerate and send books that are in reasonable condition. It would be appreciated if your book meets the guidelines as set forth by PBS. In addition to the PBS standards, please respect the following: No books, PLEASE, that smell of smoke or mold due to allergies. No bookcrossing or ex-library books. I prefer dustcovers in good condition on hardcovers except for Nancy Drew books. They were not published with dustcovers.

I put series of romance books together and share them with my sisters and cousins. I would like to be able to pass them on in decent condition. And, more recently, my grandson has made requests for adventure and mysteries for him and his buddies who are serving in the US Army. And, finally, please do not do overkill with packing tape. It is not necessary to wrap books sent to me in plastic or saran wrap. It doesnt rain in Southern California goes the song and it is true. Thank you.


Date Posted: 8/17/2017 7:01 AM ET
Member Since: 9/9/2012
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If my books met the pbs guidelines,did not smell like smoke, and were not exlibary or other clubs I would send.  Most people I have found are reasonable and gave the conditions in to reinforce the pbs standards.  


But that is me and I am not bothered by rcs.  I simply check to ensure that I meet the conditions and then go on.

Date Posted: 8/17/2017 8:46 AM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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As long as my book meets the RCs, I'd send it.  I would wrap in plastic though because it's raining here today.  Just because it doesn't rain in southern CA doesn't mean it doesn't rain on the blue box I drop the book in.

Date Posted: 8/17/2017 9:09 AM ET
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That RC is fine by me, and I would be able to meet it most of the time. I don't see anything subjective. The member wants dustcovers, no former library books and no books with bookcrossing stamps. All books posted have to meet the site conditions anyway. Not wanting books wrapped in plastic is no worse than those that specify to wrap in plastic. Then not overwrapping all seems easy enough to meet.

Date Posted: 8/17/2017 10:39 AM ET
Member Since: 6/2/2014
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I would..no problem. I think she's just explaining her reasoning for an RC.

Date Posted: 8/17/2017 10:47 AM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2007
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Having lived in Southern California (LA area) in the past, I will say when it rains in Southern California, it RAINS!!!!  LOL.  I wouldn't have any problems with the RC.  Pat

Date Posted: 8/17/2017 3:13 PM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2009
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I would send...

Date Posted: 8/17/2017 3:20 PM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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Add me to the send list as long as your book qualifies.

Date Posted: 8/17/2017 3:23 PM ET
Member Since: 1/25/2010
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Personally, I tend towards what I think is a medium amount of tape (seal the ends and cross the middle for security) and wrap in plastic. I would send to them, and I'd go lite on the tape and not wrap in plastic but if they RWaP saying that I'd sent it with loads of water damage or something, I'd definitely take it to TPBT because I'd have been following their instructions to a T and that'd be on them.

Date Posted: 8/17/2017 4:13 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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I send to ALL RCs, if my book qualifies.

Only hurts me (not getting a credit) if I choose not to send based on taking offense to something that 1. was not written to me personally and 2. is not meant to offend me.

Date Posted: 8/18/2017 8:53 PM ET
Member Since: 9/22/2010
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It may not "rain in Southern California," but it does here. We got 3 inches today (honest), and it seems like it has rained almost every day since early June. Our June and July were the wettest on record, with June having over 3X the amount of average rain. Likewise with July. The way it looks so far I think August will be the same.  Before June, I had a dry woods out back. The 'pond' back there now is 200 feet in diameter and I have to wear knee-high rubber boots to venture into it. And in some places the water is deeper.

So, having explained all above, I have a question. If someone asks me in a RC not to wrap it with a lot of tape and it arrives water damaged, does this mean it is not a RWAP

Date Posted: 8/18/2017 9:37 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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So, having explained all above, I have a question. If someone asks me in a RC not to wrap it with a lot of tape and it arrives water damaged, does this mean it is not a RWAP? 

First, if a book arrives damaged by the Post Office, then, yes, a receiver would properly mark it as a RWAP - Damaged by Post Office. That way PBS can properly track what percentage of books are being damaged by the Post OFfice.

However, regardless of RC or not, books damaged by the Post Office do not merit a credit refund.

Receivers should NOT be asking for credit refunds for books that are damaged by the Post Office (unless they feel that inadequate packaging CAUSED the PO to damage the book).

Examples of inadequate packaging are things like using Scotch tape to seal a package instead of packing tape, which PBS specifically says NOT to do.

So, yes, someone can and should mark a book damaged by the Post Office as a RWAP, but should not be asking for a credit return unless the packaging is very inadequate.

If someone has a RC that specifically asks for no plastic and a minimal amount of tape, then I would expect that although they might mark it RWAP, they would not be asking for a credit refund.

Date Posted: 8/21/2017 4:27 PM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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I'm with Thomas.......we can get inches in under an hour so if PO is moving the package during this weather it can get wet before it's on its way to CA. Don't think weather issue depends only on what the receiver says.

That said, I would be fine with this RC if my book met the conditions they outline.  I don't think this RC is too subjective since I have a good nose for 'smells' and I have the no smoking RC too.

Date Posted: 8/24/2017 3:33 PM ET
Member Since: 9/12/2007
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I wouldn't send!! Guess I'm the party pooper here :)  I don't have a problem with the smoke/mold request or the dust jackets, but the rest seems a little over kill.  I would rather get extra tape that a flimsy vanilla envelope with no tape on it and my book halfway out of the pkg (of which I have received several). Also sometimes my husband helps pkg up a book and he is the tape king (should have bought stock!).  I would just nicely reply that my books don't smell like smoke or mold and the book doesn't have a dust jacket (or if it does it is on the book) and ask if they will release the other conditions you are happy to send.  P.S I had some really old Nancy Drew books once that DID have dust jackets! Make sure you get it in writing back from them before you send, otherwise you might lookse your book/credit/money