Discussion Forums - Questions about PaperBackSwap Questions about PaperBackSwap

Topic: Need Opinions About Condition

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Need Opinions About Condition
Date Posted: 12/2/2010 10:11 AM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2008
Posts: 7,759
Back To Top

I have a book that is in excellent condition, but has a torn flyleaf (inside page).  Approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of the flyleaf is torn off, but the book looks otherwise new--all text pages clean & intact, cover pristine.

Would you consider this book postable?  It's a very popular book with over 300 wishers.

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 10:18 AM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2010
Posts: 4,337
Back To Top

Well, I don't know if this helps you much but I'd post it on the "unpostable WL" thread here:

That way you aren't risking someone giving you a RWAP in the end.

You can still ask for a credit for the book in that thread & if it has over 300 wishers, I'm sure someone will want it!

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 10:23 AM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
Posts: 2,276
Back To Top

I would consider it postable -- that is not a text page, and many libraries completely remove that page when withdrawing books from circulation that later end up on PBS and they are considered postable. What the postability guidelines say is: No loose or missing text pages

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 10:41 AM ET
Member Since: 2/20/2008
Posts: 1,658
Back To Top

The help docs say "No torn or chewed/gnawed pages" so I would say it is unpostable as the help docs do not specify text pages for that.

ETA: Here's the link and look under the heading "Pages" Book Condition Criteria for 'Swappability' at PBS

Last Edited on: 12/2/10 10:42 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/2/2010 11:06 AM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2007
Posts: 3,044
Back To Top

I think I'd just tear the rest of it out as it isn't essential to the book and no one would notice. Plus, like Sally said, ex-library books wouldn't have it either.

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 11:47 AM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
Posts: 1,442
Back To Top

I've gotten a credit for unpostable highly-wished-for books by posting in the Book Bazaar.  Both times the books were snatched up.

See this for an example:  Bazaar Post

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 12:15 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
Posts: 10,245
Back To Top

I would remove the page .... as it can be missing altogether and the book would still be postable.

Then I would post it.

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 12:32 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2010
Posts: 4,337
Back To Top

Yeah, a lot of times those pages really aren't even noticed to be missing.... I don't think I would notice!

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 1:14 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
Posts: 14,177
Back To Top

Those are probably your two best options Shelia.  List it in the Book Bazaar and ask for a credit or neatly remove the entire page and post it FIFO.

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 5:42 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2008
Posts: 7,759
Back To Top

Thanks, I appreciate the opinions.  I knew about the Book Bazaar, and know someone will want it, but wanted to see about the FIFO option.  Thanks all!