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Subject: Odor Free?
Date Posted: 3/10/2011 7:31 PM ET
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I just received a request for a wishlist book and was reading through her RC. It was all fine (non-smoking home, no water damage) until I got to this line "must come from an odor free home". I guess it just left me a little confused. What constitutes odor free? I don't smoke, I do have a dog, I love scented candles, I love to cook. So my apartment has a scent (a good one in my opinion) but what excatly is this person looking for? Any help would be super appreciated.

Date Posted: 3/10/2011 7:33 PM ET
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LOL all homes have some kind of odors think I would pass that one.
Date Posted: 3/10/2011 7:35 PM ET
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We would all just be guessing. I have no idea what they are looking for.

Although I usually try to accept RCs, I would probably decline that one, and make sure to put in the message box "I am not sure what you mean by odor free home. You might want to consider making your RC more specific.".

The person who has this RC is likely to get a lot of declines ... and maybe that will prompt them to be more specific about what they want, which is really probably "no books with strong odors".

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Date Posted: 3/10/2011 8:05 PM ET
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I agree, that's one is a little too subjective.  Deny it and move on.

Date Posted: 3/10/2011 8:18 PM ET
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Every home has an "odor." My guess would be that they are thinking about animals, but there's no way to know for sure without jumping through a few hoops to find out. I'd personally just decline it as too subjective, but it's up to you. 

Date Posted: 3/10/2011 8:26 PM ET
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Even printing ink has an odor; then the packaging, homes, etc. the book may be exposed to. 

Date Posted: 3/10/2011 9:08 PM ET
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The only RCs I decline right off the bat are those regarding smoking and pets.  I try to comply with other RCs, but I'd decline this one, even if I didn't smoke or have pets.

My house smells like a variety of things on any given day.  Candles, whatever we made for dinner or have simmering on the stove, potpourri, laundry soap and dryer sheets when we wash multiple loads of clothes... the list goes on. 

Heck, I probably smell like something while I'm reading a book, LOL.  Honestly, I'd just decline this transaction.

Date Posted: 3/10/2011 9:41 PM ET
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Wood burning fire place, maybe?

Sigh - we'll never know what she intended with it.

Date Posted: 3/10/2011 11:08 PM ET
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That one makes me chuckle. I am very sensitive to odors and I am pretty sure I have never been anywhere that is odor free.

Date Posted: 3/10/2011 11:48 PM ET
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I get a lot of requests with RCs and I've only ever declined one. It was something like "nothing with an odor, not even plastic wrap" and I decided that if they thought plastic wrap had an odor they would probably think everything has an odor.

I would have refused the RC that the OP received. Nobody's home is odor free. What if the requestor didn't like new book smell? Old book smell? Plastic wrap? It's just too subjective. I would mention that in my reason for declining so perhaps they will reword it in the future so people will know exactly what odors they are trying to avoid.

Date Posted: 3/11/2011 6:09 AM ET
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Whatever she meant, that's an RWAP waiting to happen.  I'd decline it in a New York second.

Date Posted: 3/11/2011 9:34 AM ET
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I did end up decling and explained that I was very unsure what she meant by odor free. I suggested that she reword her request to include what odors she is trying to avoid. I am usually more than happy to accept RCs. Of the thirteen books I just mailed (finally got around to posting a bunch of WL books I just completed), about half had RCs I could meet (no smoking, wrap in plastic, have dustjacket). I just always feel bad decling a request. Thanks for the help guys!

Date Posted: 3/11/2011 9:35 AM ET
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DECLINE.  Unless your house is a hermetically sealed environment and you plan on vacuum sealing the book before you mail it out. Maybe a few declines will get them to be more specific like "no smoke" or "no pets" or "no perfumey smells". 

Date Posted: 3/11/2011 10:04 AM ET
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Decline, decline, decline. Everything has an odor, to accept this one is like borrowing trouble.

Date Posted: 3/11/2011 12:14 PM ET
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Heehee,  I would want to put a reciever condition on that one...

The entire world has an odor of some sort, please hold nose to read wink

Date Posted: 3/11/2011 4:21 PM ET
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What difference does it make if the home has odors (either good or bad)?  You aren't having the person over as a guest.  They should only care whether or not the book you are sending has an odor.

Date Posted: 3/11/2011 4:27 PM ET
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Not a chance I would send a book there. It is so subjective and heck, half of smokers swear they and their books don't stink! You live in a house and so would you notice if it smelled as your used to it? I have candles going all the time, my house smells like a bakery. LOL I only notice it though when I change the scent of the candles. Everyone else who comes in though notices right away. Books carry smells, one thing I love about them, unless it is the smokey smell! LOL  (and others that will not be named.)

Date Posted: 3/11/2011 7:33 PM ET
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LOL.....To be on the safe side I'd decline also.

I never thought of candles , I aways have them burning.

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Date Posted: 3/11/2011 7:38 PM ET
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I've had to decline a few requests like this - I don't smoke, no one who smokes visits me, but I melt a lot of candle tarts; I'd feel really bad if I had a RWAP because my book smelled like Key Lime Pie.

OTOH, I've had compliments at work - because I smelled good.


Date Posted: 3/11/2011 8:13 PM ET
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Gail~ I think I need to find these Key Lime Pie candles. That's probably my favorite food and if it smelled like it, I'd be in heaven.


That was my biggest fear with this RC. I burn candles constantly and have scentsy & Bath and Body Works air fresheners in all of my outlets. I get compliments but worried that maybe those could be an allergy for someone.

Date Posted: 3/12/2011 5:58 PM ET
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I decline all RC's that have require odor free books.  I LIVE in a house - we cook, we burn candles, we have 2 toy breed dogs.  All of my friends always tell me my house smells clean & fresh (I love also to use wax melts in those electric burners) - BUT, how can I know what someone means by odor free?

Date Posted: 3/13/2011 9:14 AM ET
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St. Patty's Day is coming up, and what with the beer and corned beef & cabbage, "odor free" just ain't happenin' in this house.


Date Posted: 3/13/2011 11:26 AM ET
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I'm doing corned beef & cabbage today - no time during the week - so I'm reading a library book . . . . . . :)