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Subject: do you photograph your books prior to shipment?
Date Posted: 1/17/2008 9:51 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2007
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i  feel like doing this to "prove" books sent were sent in good condition.  does anyone else do this? 

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 9:52 PM ET
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I'm pretty new to this, but most of the feedback I've seen in the box of books club has been really positive.  I don't thinkyou'd need to, but if it makes you feel better....why not?

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 10:02 PM ET
Member Since: 8/1/2007
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Now there's an idea...I never thought of that!  Of course I've only sent out 1 book so far because none of mine ever get requested :(  It's not a bad list of books....I enjoyed reading them and I'm sure someone else would as well!

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 10:15 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Joyce have you thought about being a boxer?  It looks like the books you have are pretty common and you probably just haven't worked your way up the FIFO line yet. But you might be able to exchange them in a boxing deal. 

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 10:16 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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I've thought about it, but figured if I hit enough bad apples that I had to resort to that, I would probably stop swapping here.

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 10:40 PM ET
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Never occurred to me.  Haven't had any problems, and if I had so many I thought that was needed I'd probably quit!

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 10:57 PM ET
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Unfortunately, it wouldn't prove that you sent out books in good condition - it would only prove that you photographed *a* good copy of the book, it wouldn't prove that you sent that copy.  Easy enough for a scammer  to trot  on over to a Barnes and Noble and take a picture of a new book when accused to sending a bad one...

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 10:57 PM ET
Member Since: 7/14/2007
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I've done it a few times, but only when someone has ordered, and has legitimate questions about condition.  I'm not one to cater to the overly picky, but I did actually end up sending a whole series of books to one member because she was interested in keepers, and mine were in better condition than hers. She only asked about one book, but I sneakily included the entire series in the photo.

As far as proving books were sent in good condition, if someone really wanted to shaft you, they'd just say there was a dark stain near the inner spine on pages 46-95, somewhere you would never have photographed.

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 11:26 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2007
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well i was thinking of photographing books beside the addy label in my home..not in B&N. 

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 12:05 AM ET
Member Since: 12/26/2005
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I can't imagine taking the time to do it.  Not saying that it's a bad thing - just that I don't have the patience!  Plus, I haven't had a problem with a book I've mailed yet.

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 12:07 AM ET
Member Since: 2/5/2007
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I've mailed over 200 books.  I can not imagine taking the time to photo all of them.   I'd rather be on here playing or getting on with my life.    So far I haven't had a single complaint.  And if I did get a complaint, the cost of ONE credit wouldn't be worth all that time and effort of photographing all the books. 

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 12:10 AM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2007
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I do this as a hobby and because I love books! I don't want to have to start photographing every book that I mail--too much hassle for me! And I agree that you could take a pic of a good copy and send an unpostable and how could you really prove that the good copy was sent? I hope that we can all just trust each other and do the right thing. This is suppose to be fun and enjoyable.   Just my opinion....

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 7:09 AM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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I am not sure what the benefit would be.  Ultimately, if someone complains about the condition your book arrived in, you two have to work it out yourselves.  R&R do not get involved in those disputes.  So, other than emailing the pics to the receiver, what would you do with them?

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 9:09 AM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2007
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I only took pics ones because someone was asking about a deal I had and wanted the books for their collectin.  So I took pics and emailed him a link to view them.  they were in good condition but when you want it for your keeper shelf I can understand wanting to double check the condition (when you can)

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 9:41 AM ET
Member Since: 7/26/2006
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