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Subject: Okay, I'm getting worried...
Date Posted: 5/6/2008 2:43 PM ET
Member Since: 4/12/2008
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I posted about this before, but I keep getting books with writing and/or underlining in pen! Seriously, at least one in three of my receives have been written in. I tend to request more "literary" (whatever that means) books, so they're more like to have been used in classes, but none have been disclosed to me as (unconventional) textbooks.

So far everyone has been very nice and refunded my credit, but I have two questions:

1. Seriously, at what point does this start looking bad for *me*?

2. Would it be uncouth to (nicely!) reference the rules regarding writing in my requestor conditions? Although none of the writing has been something anyone could easily miss, I think most people are honestly uninformed as to the rules.

Thanks in advance!

-- poplin

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 2:59 PM ET
Member Since: 1/29/2006
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I don't think it's going to look bad for you.  If people are posting these thinking they are "textbooks" then they are, at the very least, supposed to PM you and let you know. THey didn't, you've requested refunds, I don't see that as a problem.

As for RCs....again, not a problem.  Some people will decline you just because you have RCs.  That will happen regardless of the RC.  As you already pointed out, stating them nicely, and clearly, is really the key to getting most people to understand and send if they are able.  You might even educate one ore two people along the way! ;-)

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 3:00 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2007
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I think your hunch is right. You're ordering books that are often used in literature classes (both HS and college) and having them sent to you without approval. Be sure to mark them RWAP and ask for your credit back (if you want to).

As far as RC's go, it might be best to address it as a "remove the PM step from the request" aspect. Maybe such as:

For textbooks and other books often used in a classroom environment (such as classic literature):  Please no writing or highlighting.

For all other books: All I'm looking for is PBS posting guideline quality.

Thank you for your consideration!

Keep in mind that you will likely get more refusals of your requests, but with something short and simple, you should be OK. I seem to have no trouble with mine. :)