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Subject: New Book with Page Cutting Issues-Unpostable?
Date Posted: 4/18/2010 10:50 AM ET
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I received a brand new book from an online retailer a few weeks ago.  I'm reading it now and realized that towards the back, there are 3-5 pages that have issues with the page cutting.  You can still see all the words (nothing is unreadable), but I wonder if it's unpostable due to the page cutting issue itself.  Here' s a picture:


Date Posted: 4/18/2010 10:55 AM ET
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I would probably say it's unpostable.

I personally wouldn't mind since it appears to be a weird error from the publisher, but I'm sure others would not like it.

If it's WL you could offer it in the Book Bazaar for a credit.

Date Posted: 4/18/2010 10:57 AM ET
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Thanks Amee! That's pretty much what I was thinking, but I wanted to verify.  I had already posted it to someone's WL, so I sent them a PM to see if they still wanted it for a credit.  If she says no, I'll post it in the book bazaar.

Date Posted: 4/18/2010 11:01 AM ET
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It looks like an "end of roll" rather than a cut - the web press roll ran out and another was fastened in place.

Its supposed to be discarded, but they slip through a lot.

If its good enough for the publisher to let out of the store - seems to me to be good enough to swap,
 especially since all the words are there.

Date Posted: 4/18/2010 11:10 AM ET
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If its good enough for the publisher to let out of the store - seems to me to be good enough to swap,
 especially since all the words are there.

I don't agree with this idea. Publishers letting crap slip through to their customers isn't an excuse to pass the problem along. There are lot of books that people find that are bound wrong, pages not glued in correctly, pages missing, sometimes the pages so far out of order that it'd take hours to sort out. Not cool for the publisher to pass along, not cool here, IMHO.  It's not fair to pawn it off on someone else so they get stuck with it. Different if the sender didn't know about it, but not once they do.

The "I got it that way" excuse doesn't cut it with a lot of people. Me included.

I wouldn't post it, but would offer it in the bazaar with info on the problem. Too much hassle if the other person doesn't want it. It's not worth the credit to worry about someone being unhappy on the other end.


Date Posted: 4/18/2010 11:15 AM ET
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The person I had to posted it to originally still wanted it, so all is good.  I would not have let it go as a postable book. :)

Thanks for all the advice!

Date Posted: 4/18/2010 12:13 PM ET
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Just an FYI: I had a book where some of the pages were printed out of order.  All the pages were there just put in wrong order. I was able to return it to Amazon for a different copy-which also had the same problem. But if it happens again you might be able to return it. Amazon paid for the return shipping both times.  I ended up actually reading the 2nd copy before I returned it for a full refund.  Cheating I know but it was my 2nd copy of the book with the same flaw and I felt it was too big  a flaw to post here.

Date Posted: 4/18/2010 3:14 PM ET
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I had an issue with a book I bought at Target.  The cover started to detach almost immediately.  I contacted the publisher and they sent me a new book.

Date Posted: 4/18/2010 3:58 PM ET
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Manufacturing "quirks" seem to be a bit more prevalent lately...I've had a couple hardcovers with ink issues and one with a section of pages (10-12) that weren't loose or coming detached in any way but were a bit wider than all of the others, They also seem to be skimping on the glue on pbs, often one reading and the pages pop out. It seems now you have to be selective even when purchasing new books.

Date Posted: 4/18/2010 5:55 PM ET
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If you bought it at Amazon, they will take it back.   I bought a book and about 3/4 the way through some letters, than words and then whole sentences were replaced with blocks. By the last two chapters, whole paragraphs were nothing but blocks; which made it totally unreadable.  Which was very frustrating as I wanted to know what the heck happened.  Most bookstores will accept it back and give you a good copy.

I contacted Amazon and they sent me a new book the next day, even before I had mailed back the misprint book back. 

I personally wouldn't have a problem with the book, but would feel, as you do, that it would be unpostable for the other person and so would want to return it for another copy.  That way, whoever gets the book can pass it on.


Date Posted: 4/18/2010 7:13 PM ET
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As others have posted--book could be sent back to Amazon or the publisher for a replacement.

I'd ordered a new book from Amazon once--didn't get around to reading it for several months.  When I did, I realized that toward the end of the book some of the pages were missing and others were repeated.  I contacted Amazon, and even though quite a bit of time had elapsed since I ordered the book, they still replaced it with a new copy--and sent me a pre-paid wrapper to return the faulty book in.

Date Posted: 4/18/2010 7:15 PM ET
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Actually it was bought from book depository as part of a swap, so I actually didn't do the ordering.  Since I'm able to send it to someone else (they viewed the photo and still wanted it), I won't take any other action.

Thanks everyone!