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Subject: Mud, Ink? Postable?
Date Posted: 3/1/2010 8:40 PM ET
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I just received a wish list book with what looks like either mud (back cover) or ink spots (edges of pages). I have never seen anything like this before. It doesn't affect the printed pages at all but sure looks weird (bad). I have waited forever for this book and would have accepted it even I had been told about the condition. This book was printed in 1985.

Now my problem - to repost and warn the next person about the spots before sending it or is it unpostable and can only be offered in the forums where most people won't ever see it? Thanks for your help on this. I haven't even started to read it yet but thought it would be nice to find out before I finish reading it.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 8:44 PM ET
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That really sounds like something that only the person who is holding the book can determine. If there is mud on the book it is definitely not postable. It there is just ink on the book, that's postable. Since its something that really makes you wonder, but you would still have wanted the book, I would say that others on the Wish List will be in the same boat on both accounts and offer it in the Bazaar just so that I didn't have deal with discussing it out after a RWAP.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 8:48 PM ET
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Thanks Melanie, I didn't know it was postable with ink. The pages are in very good condition, almost like no one ever read it.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 8:53 PM ET
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Since writing on page edges is postable, I'd think that the ink spots would be postable.

 

The mud, OTOH, sounds not postable.

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 1:20 AM ET
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IIRC, ink spots from the printing process are postable if they don't obscure the text.  The mud on the cover is a stain and not postable.

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 2:31 AM ET
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 ink spots (edges of pages) - is this redish in color? Looking at the date, foxing comes to mind, but it wouldn't be black or blue, but redish brown and speckles on the edge of the pages and can be a thicker smoother discoloration along the inside of the cover and the into the pages.

Just an afterthought since it seemed like you couldn't discern between mud and ink.

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 12:22 PM ET
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It is ink and black. The ink on the back cover is lighter in color but I have had others look at it and they all agree it is ink. I guess it looks lighter because it didn't penatrate the glossy cover as much as the paper pages. What is foxing?

Thanks to all of you have responded.

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 8:07 PM ET
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Foxing is a specific type of discoloration due to age (not abuse), IIRC there's a description in the help documents (and maybe a pic).