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Subject: Does a PM'd 'Requestor Conditon' count?
Date Posted: 1/10/2011 11:48 AM ET
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Someone requested a book from me, and I accepted it.  Then I received the following PM:

"Please send this book plainly, without PBS stickers anywhere/all over because I'm ordering this book as a gift for my cousin who's in college, thank you!"

First of all, I'm not sure whether they are referring to the outer packaging or the book itself, but either way, suppose I had not seen this PM and had already mailed the book.  Would the book be considered a problem transaction if they reported a RWAP?

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 11:52 AM ET
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They could try marking it RWAP, but since it wasn't an RC, they would be in the wrong. There would definitely not be a requirement to return a credit IMO.

It seems like a simple request so I can't see many people not honoring it unless they need to use PBS postage. You might want to let them know about Requester Conditions and that they should put that kind of request in RCs so that people who cannot meet it can turn it down, otherwise they might not get their request met and would have no recourse.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 11:53 AM ET
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I believe they mean the outer wrapper. It sounds like they either want it to be handwritten, or be printed, but with the PBS labels cut off and the label attached to the package.

The proper way to do a RC is to have it as an actual RC, so I do not think they could mark it received with a problem without an actual RC attached to the transaction. They are not using the system correctly if they want to add conditions to a transaction.

However, since you have seen it, the nice thing to do is to cancel the request if you don't feel that you can do the mailing like they want. IMO.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 11:54 AM ET
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You can still use PBS postage, just cut out the rectangular part of the label with the addresses and postage on it, and leave off the PBS logos.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 11:57 AM ET
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However, since you have seen it, the nice thing to do is to cancel the request if you don't feel that you can do the mailing like they want. IMO.

If the book is not wishlisted and the OP feels she cannot honor the request, then the REQUESTOR should be the one cancelling because it's not the sender's fault that the requestor has a condition they didn't disclose in an RC and the sender shouldn't be penalized by losing her place in the FIFO line.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 12:24 PM ET
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They're probably trying to hide the fact that they are sending a used book as a gift to someone.

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Date Posted: 1/10/2011 1:51 PM ET
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I've never gotten a book with PBS "stickers". I wonder if they actually mean Book Crossing stickers.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 2:18 PM ET
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I too think they mean the PBS identification mark on the label, and that they want the book in a plain cover. They don't want anyone to know where the book is coming from. Just trim it off. I do all the time to fit, so there shouldn't be any problems with it in the mail.

As stated, they could try RWAP, RC wasn't met, but they'd be wrong to do so. The request wasn't in an RC so wouldn't count.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 4:32 PM ET
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I've never gotten a book with PBS "stickers". I wonder if they actually mean Book Crossing stickers.

This was actually my concern as well.  I don't use PBS's labels, so my outer wrapping wouldn't have that logo on it, but the book has a BookCrossing label in it.  If it's a gift for someone, I could see them not wanting the BookCrossing label in it anyway, but I wasn't sure if that is what they were thinking of when they made that request.

At any rate, I've PM'd the requester for clarification on what he/she meant, and to see if they do, in fact, want this book.

 

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 4:50 PM ET
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If it isn't a WL book, then I'd make them cancel so you don't have to wait for it to get to the top of the line again. If it's  a WL book then you need to cancel, but they need to set up an RC for it or you won't be able to post it until they get another copy or remove it from their WL. 



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Date Posted: 1/10/2011 5:23 PM ET
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FYI, if you are mailing it to the cousin directly, IE, they are using the "mail to another address" function, they wouldn't be given the option of marking the book RWAP anyway.