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Subject: does this mean..
Date Posted: 10/19/2010 4:29 PM ET
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If the entire bottom of a book is wavy does that normally mean its gotten wet at some point?  Would that be considered water damage even if there is no staining?

Date Posted: 10/19/2010 4:41 PM ET
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Not necessarily -- it could have just been exposed to moisture, such as steam.

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Date Posted: 10/19/2010 4:43 PM ET
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Wavy pages are subjective.  Does the page texture feel altered or stiffened?  Are they difficult to smooth out when you press them down?  If so, it is probably water damage and the book is not postable here.  If the page texture is fine, it may be waviness due to humidity in the air and cheaper paper used in the book's construction.  That type of waviness is generally considered postable here.

Date Posted: 10/19/2010 4:57 PM ET
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Its kind of hard to tell.  The pages where the waviness is feels rougher than the top of the pages.  If you look at the inside cover I noticed you can see the fibers are more visible then the rest of the cover.  Hope that makes sense.

Date Posted: 10/19/2010 5:07 PM ET
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Yes, it makes sense, and it sounds like water damage.

When it is just humidity, the page texture does not change .... the pages might be wavy, but the texture is not rough.

Date Posted: 10/19/2010 6:05 PM ET
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So I should mark it as RWAP caused by sender?  It doesnt appear to have gotten the damage in route so Im assuming it was posted this way.  I feel bad for marking it RWAP because its readable but I cant post it.

Date Posted: 10/20/2010 12:41 AM ET
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Readable doesn't equal postable here, Jennifer.  If you decide it is water damage, you should definitely mark it RWaP.  Then you can decide whether or not to ask for your credit back.  But since you can't repost the book, you are out a credit in the long run.