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Subject: Would you pass over this RC?
Date Posted: 2/7/2011 5:58 PM ET
Member Since: 3/14/2009
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I'm fine with RCs 99% of the time and for most books wouldn't have a problem with it, it's this particular book that causes me concern with this RC:

"Any hardcover book must include its original dust jacket in good condition"

The book is hardcover, but I know for an absolute fact that it never was published with a dust jacket. It's an extra copy of a book from a series I have loved and collected for years and they are published with pictoral hardcovers and no dust jacket. I'm worried that this person will not be as familiar with the series and accuse me of not following the RC. What would you do? It's a wishlisted book with 14 wishers, so I wouldn't lose a FIFO spot if I accepted it then sent a PM explaining - would you do that or just pass it over?

Date Posted: 2/7/2011 6:09 PM ET
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Hmm, what would I do?  Depends on the day.  If I was in a generous mood, I would accept the reqeust and then PM the requester and explain that this HC book never had a dust jacket and ask if they still want it. I would add that if I don't hear from them by X date I will cancel the request.  If I didn't feel like dealing with a potentially non-responsive person, then I would decline the request and include a note in the explanation box that this book never had a dust jacket, but that due to the RC stating that ALL HC books must come with a dust jacket, you are not comfortable with accepting the request.  The person then has the option of removing their RC and re-requesting the book if they want to, otherwise, they can wait for the next copy.  It's your call- do what you are comfortable with.

Date Posted: 2/7/2011 6:29 PM ET
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What Lesley said.

Date Posted: 2/7/2011 6:38 PM ET
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...I know for an absolute fact that it never was published with a dust jacket...

If I could say that, I would send it since it has "its original dust jacket" = none.

Date Posted: 2/7/2011 6:52 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2009
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I have a dust jacket RC and I had to change it because a couple of books like this came up and I was turned down. I can tell you that, as a person that likes to have the dust jackets, if the book was made without one I would still want the book sent to me.

With that said, I would turn down the RC and explain why. Hopefully, they'll change their RC.

Date Posted: 2/7/2011 7:35 PM ET
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I would turn it down with the explanation that it never was published with a dust jacket but their RC does not take that into account.

Date Posted: 2/7/2011 7:46 PM ET
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I've noticed a lot of people have changed their dust jacket RC to read - 'if it never had a DJ, that's fine".  I know I decline requests that just say DJ, as you never know, but I also have quite a few books on my shelf that the pictoral cover is the dj.  Pat

Date Posted: 2/7/2011 10:05 PM ET
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You could PM the person that the book had no DJ as it has a pictoral cover.  If she does not respond, then it is your decision whether to mail it or not.  I collect Grace Chapel Inn series books and my RCs has the DJ wanted but I mention that some books have pictoral covers and thus no DJ and that is fine. 

Date Posted: 2/8/2011 12:26 AM ET
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Lesley & Melanie, either choice is good.  In the same situation, I was in the mood to pm.  The receiver approved the book, and there were no surprises when she opened it.  Was very happy with her new book.

Date Posted: 2/9/2011 7:49 PM ET
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I decided to PM since it was a WL book and I wouldn't lose my place and she was aware the series didn't include DJs and she still wants the book. So at least that is resolved fast!

Date Posted: 2/9/2011 8:49 PM ET
Member Since: 6/12/2010
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So glad you posted this question! Here's my RC :

Please only send hardcover books if you include the dust jacket- thanks! 


Any suggestions on how I can change it to mean "only if it originally had one" ...and still keeping it short and sweet?  I can't seem to get the wording to sound "right"  smiley

Date Posted: 2/10/2011 4:09 AM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2006
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Amy, here's my RC, and I've found it to work well. Feel free to steal/tweak as needed.

If your book is a paperback or a book that was published without a dustjacket, please send it.  I don't have any conditions on them. If your book is a hardcover that originally came with a dustcover, I prefer it to have the dustcover - they look naked without. :)

If there are any questions, please PM me (Cyn-Sama) before canceling the transaction.

Date Posted: 2/10/2011 10:22 AM ET
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Not to stir the pot but: I've had books with pictoral covers and a dust jacket with the same picture.  So saying books with a pictoral cover never had dust jackets isn't necessarily true.  I've had cookbooks, arty type books and kids books with the dust cover and same picture on cover. 

Date Posted: 2/10/2011 2:23 PM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2007
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I'd send it. I have the same RC. Obviously if the book never came with a dust jacket, you can't send it. The requestor knows this. His RC is for books that had an "original" dustcover.

Date Posted: 2/10/2011 4:30 PM ET
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Thanks, Cyn! I"m stealing it now :)