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Subject: Member requested book from smoke free environment
Date Posted: 1/23/2009 5:43 PM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2009
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As you can tell, I am new.  My first request came from a member who requested that book be from a smoke free environment.  We do not smoke BUT I purchased this book used about 5 years ago. 

I tried searching help and the forums but I must have done it wrong as nothing matched.

I did see a message that stated that there is a way to contact the requesting member to verify that they still want the book with those conditions but I can not figure out how to contact the member.

I would love some help.

Thank you in advance.


Date Posted: 1/23/2009 6:05 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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Only if you accept the request will you be able to contact the requestor.  If you do this you can cancel if it appears that your books won't fit the bill.  But the new thing that pops up now about sending books and fraud make me wonder if this is okay any more.  Usually, just the fact that you've had the book for 5 years in a non-smoking environment is good enough


Date Posted: 1/23/2009 6:28 PM ET
Member Since: 1/24/2008
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Usually the member means that they do not want a book that is currently in a smoking environment. They understand that you can't vouch for the entire life of the book. I am actually thinking of putting the same condition on my account because I received my second book that smells like it was used as an ashtray.

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 6:42 PM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2007
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If the book has been in a non-smoking environment for the past five years, it should be safe to send to the requestor.    I am very allergic to cigarette smoke, but I would accept your book myself since it has been completely away from smoke for five years.

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 8:50 PM ET
Member Since: 10/27/2007
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Dee, as another poster said you can only PM the requestor when you first accept the book.  Then before you check the box that says "I can mail this in 2 days" you will have the chance to PM them.  In this case I would simply PM the requestor and tell them that you are from a non-smoking home but the book is from a previous book sale and you cannot promise it wasn't around smoke.  If they still want the book then you can check off the box that says to mail within 2 days.

I think this is the best approach becuase that way you won't get caught in the end with someone not happy with your book condition.  If the person doesn't want it then you (or she) can cancel the request. 

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 9:08 PM ET
Member Since: 11/13/2005
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Dee, as another poster said you can only PM the requestor when you first accept the book. 

Unless, of course, the requestor has been smart enough to identify themselves in the requestor condtions so you can find them through the site directory.

On the other hand, it is safe and polite to reject requests with conditions if you aren't sure your book mets them.

Date Posted: 1/24/2009 5:23 AM ET
Member Since: 1/1/2009
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Just wanted to say welcome and thank you so so much for reading and asking questions rather than just trying to wing it! You rock!

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 3:57 PM ET
Member Since: 1/26/2006
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That's why I have in my requestor conditions not currently in a smoking environment. =0)

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 5:16 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I think you are safe to accept this one. I don't PM. Then you have to worry about what to do if they don't respond-do you send the book anyway or cancel.  Then if they don't want the book who cancels?  You've had the book for 5 years and you don't smoke-so the book hasn't been in a smoking environment.