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Subject: can you PM a person to make sure the edition of a book is the one you want?
Date Posted: 3/27/2008 11:13 AM ET
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I listed a book and i saw that my edition was not the latest one that ended up being posted on my bookshelf(i guess the ISBN is the same???), so I PM'm the person who wanted it to make sure they were ok with it, but i assume not everyone does this. this is mostly important for textbook ansd refernce books....I was wondering if when i click "order", i could PM the sender to ask about their edition.

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 11:19 AM ET
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you would have to order the book and then find out who the sender would be (send the PM and ask your question) and then cancel the order.

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 11:21 AM ET
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Yes, you can. However, as long a the author, title, and binding match they are not required to cancel if it doesn' t match because they have listed correctly.  So if they didn't answer for some reason and sent it, you can't throw a fit.

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 12:16 PM ET
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Your are sending the book or receiving it Hester? 

If ordering and you've PM'd the requester to make sure it is the edition they want? That is the right thing to do. The title must match, so if the edition is in the title you will need to let that person know because it would be misposted. If the edition is in the title on PBS, wait for a response or don't send the book.

If you were requesting the book and PM'd someone about the edition, they would be in the wrong to just mail the book having rec'd further details from you. If they already packaged and mailed, that's a different story, but someone should not send a book after they have been told that multiple editions are listed under the same ISBN and the one they have is wrong. PBS only requires the 4 points to match, but if a member PMs additional information, the sender should follow that. 



Last Edited on: 3/27/08 12:18 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/27/2008 1:53 PM ET
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Only if the requestor is willing to cancel the order so the sender doesn't lose their place in FIFO.  The book is properly listed if it matches on all the required points.  Same thing if someone wants a particular cover. They can PM and it would be only polite to tell them if it is the right one--but the sender isn't the one who needs to cancel.

You are safest to put in the request, send the PM asking about the book on the shelf, then cancel the request until the answer comes back. Then make sure you request from the same shelf!

Then there is no question of if the PM was read after they packed up the book.

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 2:54 PM ET
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For different editions where the edition matters (text and reference books, as you said), each edited edition should have a different year and ISBN (different publisher, translator, whatever), so they should be distinguishable that way.  

For literature-type books, which have multiple editions under the same year and ISBN, this is, of course, a different ballgame.  Those should have the same content, generally, however (though covers may vary), so exact edition shouldn't be as big an issue.

I guess in short, in situations where the edition determines the content, different years/ISBNs should be available to settle that issue.  You don't need to PM requestors to be sure they want your "123rd printing, 8th edition U.S." of Harry Potter, etc.

There are probably exceptions to this rule, but I can't think of one -- can someone else give an example where this would not be the case?  The only thing I can think of is when folks are collecting certain series and want certain covers -- but the onus is on them to make that clear in their RCs.

If you want a specific edition, cover, etc where editions may vary, you should specify that clearly, politely and briefly in your RCs.

Cheers,

Catt



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Date Posted: 3/27/2008 11:06 PM ET
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Thanks for the help... I had an LSAT book that was not the latest edition and the cover looked different when i posted it, so it hmust have had the same isbn, the edition # was not on my book cover, but it was on the one displayed, so i just PM'd the recipient. That got me thinking about some books that I was looking at (they are all texbook types)...

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 9:43 AM ET
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Catt

I know I had a book on stamp collecting that was an older edition but what came up was a newer edition.  So they just reused the ISBN and I can see where it might be irritating to a receiver to receive that book because in that case it would be outdated and not what they were expecting.

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 10:24 AM ET
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Hester - I would do as Catt suggested and put in RCs; be very specific 'If this order is for X book, I need X edition only", that way you catch the order before it is actually accepted. You'll need to be specific or people will be confused (so easy around here ;)) and turn down orders for other books.