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Subject: noob question
Date Posted: 11/13/2012 11:52 PM ET
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ok so i just found this site and am feverishly posting books to trade instead of going to sleep like a good worker bee... i noticed one of my books has water damage along the bottom but is otherwise in good shape. I already posted it and dont know how to take it off... or since it is a gardening book if anyone would care? I dont need it and just mostly interested in it going in someone's hands who want it and it was a lot of people who have wishlisted it.


phew thanks!


Date Posted: 11/13/2012 11:56 PM ET
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PBS has quite high standards about water damage. Go to your Bookshelf. There will be a small box next to the book. Click that, then go to the top of the page to delete the book.

If there is a grey "!", then it will be more complicated.

We can offer water damaged books as deals or freebies. But we cannot post and swap them through PBS.

Last Edited on: 11/13/12 11:58 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/14/2012 12:29 AM ET
Member Since: 2/5/2007
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You are going to love this site!   It will be even more enjoyable if you will take some time out, between posting books, to browse the HELP CENTER at the top of the page.  It will keep you from making mistakes and will keep your swapping at a happier level!


Date Posted: 11/14/2012 12:30 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Welcome to PBS Jenna!

If you have not already done so, you should review the swappability guidelines in Help Documents.  As already mentioned, liquid damaged books may not be posted FIFO.  There are other methods onsite to offer them to PBS members.

Excerpt from Help Documents:

Overall Condition:

  • No damage at all from water or other liquid
  • Not soiled
  • No stains (exception for cookbooks--see below)
  • No mold
  • no highlighting, underlining or writing on text pages (exception for Textbooks/Workbooks and travel guidebooks --see below)

Last Edited on: 11/14/12 1:16 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/14/2012 1:23 AM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2007
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I already posted it and dont know how to take it off

Welcome! With your awareness already of what you can and can't post, you're going to be a wonderful addition to this site!! yes

My question is this, is the book wishlisted? I got the impression it is. Unfortunately, if it truly is wishlisted you will have to wait until the person accepts the book. Then you decline it on your end. No biggee, easy beginner mistake to fix. Once you've taken care of that problem, if it is wishlisted you might want to offer it in the Book Bazaar forum. You can do it one of two ways: You can offer it in the unpostable wishlist thread or you can simply create your own post offering the book for a credit. Wishlisted books that are unpostable you can still ask a credit for.  


Last Edited on: 11/14/12 1:24 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/14/2012 7:37 AM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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If more than 1 person has wishlisted the book, I recommend first putting your account on vacation hold (click My Account -> Vacation Hold).  Then, as Susan said, wait until the person accepts the book and then decline it from your end.  Putting your account on vacation hold will prevent the book from automatically rolling over to the next wisher (thus preventing you from being able to remove it again). 

After you decline the book you can then remove it from your shelf, and remove the vacation hold from your account.

Subject: huh...
Date Posted: 11/14/2012 7:59 AM ET
Member Since: 11/13/2012
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ok thanks everyone for the help... it seems like to take it back off is a work around? I will give it a try, thanks!

Date Posted: 11/14/2012 1:42 PM ET
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Yes Jenna, a bit more complex.  The PBS automated FIFO system works awesome in almost all situations.  But when a member posts a book that is wishlisted by other members, it goes into a hold mode until they confirm if they still want the book.  While the book request is in limbo/hold, the sender/positing member does not have a button to cancel the transaction.  As mentioned above you can either put your account on hold, or wait until the book has been accepted. 

If the book is accepted and you use the 'cannot mail this book' button, IIRC you will get a box asking why you cannot mail the book.  This isn't a big hairy test, just enter something simple like 'discovered to be unpostable' or 'posted in error'.  You can then decide if you wish to offer the book in one of the unposable forums.