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Subject: would you mail to these RC?
Date Posted: 1/4/2012 1:17 PM ET
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I am usually Ok with RC, but this one has me a little on edge.  What would you do?

I am not wllling to accept books that come from a smokers home and or smell like smoke. If the book is bought used, this is fine, but if it smells of smoke, please do not mail.

*******Please only mail books that are in great used condition ( BEFORE canceling my request, if you have any questions, please PM me. ......Thanks!!     =)

****** Please let me know if adult book if the smaller version paper back rather than the large, I get headaches from the small print =(  If Children's books the size does not matter.


Date Posted: 1/4/2012 1:39 PM ET
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At first when I read that I thought it was 3 different RC's not all from the same one!  I would decline this.  The first part is fine, I would mail for that. Second part about great condition is subjective.  My great condition vs. their idea of great condition might not be the same.  I also wouldn't expend the extra effort to PM about it.  3rd part-they should have been more clear on this.  I'm not sure if they are willing to accept Mass Markets if they are the perfect paperbacks which are larger than the MMPB's or if they are asking for trade paperbacks only.  Given all the room for interpretation I would definitely decline this one.

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 1:53 PM ET
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Thanks Holly.  I am actually Ok with the 3rd one too since it is a Hardcover.  But the "Great used condition" is what I am worried about.  Since it is a hardcover, it will cost me more to mail and I honestly do not want to be out a credit.  Thanks again for the response.

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 1:54 PM ET
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I'd decline. 

#1 It's subjective about the smell part. If it wasn't a book that had come new from the store, I'd decline just because I don't smell things as well as others. They say used books are fine, but they say as long as they don't smell strongly which is too subjective imo.

#2 Nope. I won't PM about it. 

#3 Nope because they should know what they're ordering. It's not my job to let them know. Besides print varies from book to book anyway whether they're mass market or not. It's generally the same but it can vary at times.

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Date Posted: 1/4/2012 2:08 PM ET
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I usually try to accommodate RCs, but this one I would decline.

Anyone requesting contact or a PM should include their contact information and/or nickname in the RC, or I would decline.  I would also decline due to subjective nature of the conditions - I don't want to make a "judgement call" on whether or not my book meets their conditions, but would rather have firm conditions in place to which I can definitely say "yay" or "nay".

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 2:15 PM ET
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Add me to the Declining Brigade. Too subjective across the board.

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 2:17 PM ET
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I usually try to work out RCs as best I can, but that is just too open to interpretations, I would decline.  I could think that my book is in great condition...they might find a smudge in the corner of the page and RWAP me.  I completely don't understand the 3rd one, it kinda sounds like they only want trade paperbacks but how is that my problem if they are ordering the MMPB?  Even the first one needs to be more specific....something like "nothing that smells strongly of smoke or is currently in a smoking home", I can get that and lift the book to my nose and determine if there is an obvious smoke odor.  But just "smells like smoke" could just be asking for a RWAP because you didn't smell it well enough. 

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 2:46 PM ET
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If the requester had stopped at #1, I would take a chance.  But I'm not liking #2, and is there contact info provided to pm?  And finally, I just didn't have the energy to wade through the grammer errors in #3.

Therefore, I also vote to decline.

If the member requests a pm without providing contact information, that's an automatic decline in my book. AND when declining, I would give the lack of contact information as the reason.  Otherwise the standard 'does not meet RC'.

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Date Posted: 1/4/2012 2:55 PM ET
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Depends on the book. If it is one that I bought and only I read and it still looked new, I'd send it (if the writing was not small). If it was one that looked used I would feel it did not #2.  I feel myself perfectly capable with determining book conditions (I don't send a book that looks used to someone with condition RCs). If someone wanted to argue that a book didn't meet their conditions I would stand my ground unless they could point to something on the book and something in the RC and say with certainty that the book didn't meet it.

I think people are too scared of RCs. Yes, many are subjective. I determine what they are at my end (I error on the side of caution ALL the time, not on the side of I want to send the book and think it ok) and if someone wanted to argue that they felt different, I would point out that they need to change their RCs to explain what they mean then instead of saying something that needs to be interpretted by the sender. I have never had a RWAP.

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 3:51 PM ET
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Decline. Decline. Decline.


Date Posted: 1/4/2012 3:55 PM ET
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I'm with Melanie. I would have no problem sending the book if I thought it was in better than average condition.

I'm not scared to send to RCs either. I accept any that I am able to and have never had a single issue.

People can RWAP you for any reason, justified or not, whether or not they had an RC to start with. I've only had 2 RWAPs against me (neither from a RC transaction) .... one was something I missed in the book that actually did make it unpostable, and one was something I was 75% sure was made up, but since I wasn't 100% sure, I gave the credit back anyway on that one too.

Neither RWAP was the end of my world. If I had felt more strongly about either one, I would have simply politely declined to refund the credit and gone about my day.

What we do here at PBS is trade books around that have an approximate value of $2.50 here on this website ..... and probably less than a dollar anywhere else that you could get rid of them. It's not rocket science.

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Date Posted: 1/4/2012 5:27 PM ET
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For me:

#1 - Okay, only because I have a pretty good sniffer

#2 - Too subjective.  Decline

#3 - What is "smaller" print?  Decline.

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 5:31 PM ET
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nope, nope, and nope

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 5:39 PM ET
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I would decline!

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 5:46 PM ET
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I got a request several months ago with the same wording. I aslo declined. Plus, the requestor didn't add their ID in the RC.

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 8:13 PM ET
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Decline.  I don't PM over RCs.  It's not my responsibility to figure out if this is a book they want or not.  They need to do that before they request a book.  Good used condition is too subjective.  I'm not all that picky about  books and "good used condition" to me might have many spine creases, dog eared pages and writing as long as it's not losing pages or has nasty stains. 

I also don't do smell ones. I have chronic sinus problems and a poor sniffer.

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 8:24 PM ET
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#1 is fine, #3 I would try to figure out and work with, but #2 "great used condition" is entirely too subjective--especially since she used the term "great".  And I'm someone who doesn't mind RCs and tries to accomodate them.


Date Posted: 1/4/2012 8:47 PM ET
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When you get an RC that asks for a PM, but there is no username or other contact info and you reject it, do you comment on that in the rejection reason? I am thinking something along the lines of, "I would have PMd you, but you did not include your user name." I think I did that once and another time there was a signature in the (very long) RC that made it easy to track down the user. I did mention it to him in the PM.

Date Posted: 1/5/2012 1:09 AM ET
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I would if the book was new. I sometimes swap new books on here that were duplicates I couldn't return or I read a little and didn't like it. I'd feel fine sending one of those.

Date Posted: 1/5/2012 10:16 AM ET
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Too many conditons in RC for me to deal with.  I'd reject in a heartbeat.


Date Posted: 1/5/2012 1:19 PM ET
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Too long and subjective.  I would decline it.  I also don't PM over RCs, so I would decline on that alone.

Date Posted: 1/5/2012 2:21 PM ET
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I agree with all who said, "Decline, decline, decline."      M'ann