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Subject: I'm new and I just have a question...
Date Posted: 11/14/2010 9:23 AM ET
Member Since: 11/12/2010
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I just posted 11 books and I was reading about RC in a bunch of posts on here...seems to be pretty important but I don't know what it is? I mean I get the general idea that it's the way the receiver wants their copy of the book sent to them, But if someone requests my books where will I see the other person's RC and where do I go to set up my own?

Date Posted: 11/14/2010 9:40 AM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2009
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When someone requests a book from you that has an RC, you will see it under the account tab where you go to accept the transaction.  It will tell you what it is and ask whether you want to accept or decline.

If you want to set up your own, then under the account section there is a settings tab.  If you scroll down toward the bottom, you will see the RC section.  Change the drop down box to yes and type in your conditions in the box.

Let us know if you need any other help.


Date Posted: 11/14/2010 9:45 AM ET
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Welcome to PBS!

Not everyone has an RC (Requestor's Conditions). For most people, myself included, getting books that meet the site's conditions are good enough but some folks have conditions such as no books from smoking homes or homes with pets or ex library books and sometimes other things. If they have conditions set up, you will know right away so don't worry that you may miss something.


Date Posted: 11/14/2010 10:06 AM ET
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Welcome! :)

As others have said, RCs are not a requirement. Read the PBS posting guidelines, which you find in the Help Docs (and in a popup every time you post a book--the 'golden rule' explaining what condition PBS expects your books to be in) and if you think you want books in "better" condition than PBS lists, you can write up an RC that every person who gets a request from you will see. A word of advice--do keep them short and clear and be specific.

Most people at PBS do not have RCs, and the ones who do vary widely from "No books from a smoking home" to "No ex-library books" to "I only want books that look LIKE NEW!!!!" and so on. It's always up to you whether you accept or decline a book request with RCs. It probably won't be too long before you get such a request...they seem to go in streaks, like many other things around here. I had several requests a couple of weeks ago where not one had an RC. Over the past few days, I've had 8 requests and 7 of them had RCs!

You will get the hang of it after awhile and PBS will be your new addiction. :)


Date Posted: 11/14/2010 11:53 AM ET
Member Since: 7/28/2006
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One more thing about RCs.  When you get one (and as mentioned before, you'll know as soon as you do) and you're book does not match conditions, make sure you click the "My Book Does NOT Meet Conditions" button rather than the "I Cannot Mail" button.  That way you will keep your place in line and someone else can request your book soon. 

Date Posted: 11/14/2010 12:02 PM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2009
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Welcome!  I started off with no RC, but then wrote a RC.  It's been re-written several times as I had some swaps with interesting issues.

Something that I learned some months ago, is that you can find packaging tape at the Dollar Store!  Media Mail can be rough with your books, nothing beats a good wrapping job! 

Date Posted: 11/14/2010 12:25 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Welcome to PBS Shannon!   PBS is very user friendly.

If a member requesting books from you has an RC (many do not) . . . no worries, you can't miss them.  RC's will be clearly visible in a pop up box, and you will need to accept (my book meets these requirements) or decline (my book does not meet these requirements) before you can get to the screen for printing mailing labels.  If you need to check them again later, there's ways to do that also.

If you wish to establish your own RC's, look under the My Account tab, then Settings.  IIRC RC is about the 5th blue box down.  If you need assistance with the wording, several of the active forum members are happy to help and have excellent suggestions.

I'll suggest that you double check book condition and postability guidelines, as that seems to be an area new members sometimes miss (have to hunt for it in the Help Center under Browse).

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Date Posted: 11/14/2010 1:42 PM ET
Member Since: 11/5/2009
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I have been having problems with getting into books that have been "mummified" with packing tape.  I have slight arthritis and find getting through the tape to be difficult, the same as the difficulty I have getting things out of a blister pack.  Some suggested a seam ripper which didn't work very well for me.  But, I found something that works like a charm.  It's called "Instaslit".  I got mine on E-bay for $4.50 (that included shipping).  It has a little blade that pops out which I use to start a hole in the packing tape.  Then I can insert the other part that cuts through the tape easily.  I've also used it on a blister pack and it cuts through that plastic like butter.  Sometimes those "As seen on TV" things really work!