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Subject: Offered an unpostable book!
Date Posted: 8/14/2015 12:51 PM ET
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 Arrggghhhh........I got to #1 spot on the WL for a book and person who posted it PM'ed me to ask if it was ok to send since her dog chewed on the corner of it.......REALLY????

Date Posted: 8/14/2015 2:12 PM ET
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I don't understand why people do that. At least she didn't just send it to you.

as the world turns.......

Date Posted: 8/14/2015 2:57 PM ET
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Well, maybe the dog chewed on the corner after she pulled it. In any event you are not in any lesser position than if she just cancelled request. Depending on the book and assuming it was readable, it was nice to ask instead of just cancelling. I've had books on my wish list that have not been posted in over a year and would happily take an unpostable rather that waiting a year. I do not see how you were harmed. Aren't you still #1 for whenever the book is posted again?

Date Posted: 8/15/2015 2:43 PM ET
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yes, Mary, it's just the fact that someone had the gall to offer an unpostable WL book.

Date Posted: 8/15/2015 6:18 PM ET
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Well, it's better to ask then to just send it. Lots of people might be interested in it even if it's unpostable. It's not what I would do but I don't think it's all that upsetting either.

Date Posted: 8/15/2015 6:37 PM ET
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I had something like that once Jeanne..mine was a Carolyn Hart book that apparently had writing and character notes in many margins..chapters were underlined.. I said no thanks but it isn't a text book so I didn't get it.
Date Posted: 8/15/2015 11:10 PM ET
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Some people offer unpostables, but technically (unless offered under the textbook exception) to do so is in violation of terms of use.

Date Posted: 8/16/2015 1:18 AM ET
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Your frustration is understandable, but mistakes do occasionally happen. Twice in the hundreds of books I've sent out, I retrieved a book out from storage and as I was getting ready to send it, I realized there was minor damage I hadn't noticed when I posted it. Rather than just cancelling, I asked if the requestor still wanted it, and both times she did, so it was a win for both of us. (I would have pulled the books from my shelf if they had hadn't wanted them).

Date Posted: 8/17/2015 9:37 AM ET
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Your frustration is understandable, but mistakes do occasionally happen. Twice in the hundreds of books I've sent out, I retrieved a book out from storage and as I was getting ready to send it, I realized there was minor damage I hadn't noticed when I posted it. Rather than just cancelling, I asked if the requestor still wanted it, and both times she did, so it was a win for both of us. (I would have pulled the books from my shelf if they had hadn't wanted them).

I've done this as well. I once posted a WL book given to me by a family member. When flipping back through it before packaging it, I found it had one sentence--7 words--that were underlined that I had missed when I posted it. I PMed the requester and asked if they still wanted it, and offered them a second book for free from my shelf. They still wanted it, declined the freebie, and we were both happy.

Date Posted: 8/17/2015 12:44 PM ET
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Being a multidog owner, Jeanne, dog chewing can occur in the blink of an eye and my dogs are well trained.  I don't allow my dogs in my office with the books unless I'm in there also.  One day I was reading a book in bed to go to sleep as I usually do and had to get up to go to the restroom.  I usually put my book on my headboard but this time left it on my bed.  When I came back my dog had chewed and torn it and looked at me like "I was reading the book like you do."  Seemed very hurt when I told her "bad dog".  So my point being it could have happened even as she was wrapping it. Animals don't know.  Don't be disappointed another one will come up.

Date Posted: 8/17/2015 12:51 PM ET
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What Theresa said!  

I live in constant fear of Wolfie chewing things.  When we first got her she would pull a book off the shelf and chew it when we would go out.  We finally considered a certain book to be her "comfort chewing book".  This particular book stuck way out on the shelf and must have been appealing to her. 

Date Posted: 8/17/2015 2:28 PM ET
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Do you have a lab? My lab mix is such a chewer! He even chewed my eye glasses! He's so darned handsome though that you can't stay mad at him.
Date Posted: 8/17/2015 2:45 PM ET
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We're cat people so we tell her, cat's don't chew on things and bark and you don't have to walk a cat.  

Date Posted: 8/17/2015 2:54 PM ET
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I kid you not, my gorgeous tempermental gray torti, chewed books. Not often but she liked to lay on the bookshelves and sometimes she'd knock one down. If edges stuck out, she chewed them...once she dropped a book and my youngest laughed!  It was The Cat Who Could Read Backwards!! I miss the crazy feline...had so much personality!!!

Date Posted: 8/17/2015 7:49 PM ET
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My Mittens used to chew the corner of any hardcover book left in his reach when he was a kitten. Thankfully its lessened as he's grown up, but I used to have to keep an eye on him when I pulled books out to wrap or he'd get them.

Hopefully this was an error, or bad timing of the doggy's chewing, and not an intentional posting of an unpostable book.