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Subject: Just Plain Gross
Date Posted: 11/19/2009 12:38 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2009
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I recently recieved a bundle deal that has surpirsed me.  Two books with water damage one just gross don't even want to guess whats on it and one with pages coming out.  These were not listed as unpostables,  so I was very shocked by the condition.  The main book I ordered was in great shape.  so I did get my credits worth there.  But  now I am curious as to the way of watered books.  Is this what is to be expected when making deals?  If so then you can deal me out.

I would not for one moment consider mailing these to someone.

Thank you for letting my vent. 

I am still being,

Thankful in SC

Date Posted: 11/19/2009 12:50 PM ET
Member Since: 4/30/2007
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Sorry that you had a bad experience with a deal.  Unfortunately, if the books were not traded for credits, there is nothing you can do about it.  Technically, if the books were posted on the person's shelf, they should have been in postable condition, but if you didn't pay credits for them there is no recourse here.  You do have the option of leaving feedback for PBS when you mark the ordered book received- there is a space to write comments, and you could note that you ordered additional books in a deal with this one and they were received in unpostable condition.  That way, it is on record with PBS and if it becomes a pattern then PBS will probably do something about it.  I would also have PMed the person and politely let them know that the books were unpostable and should not have been on their bookshelf in the first place- they may not be aware of the rules about sending unpostable books without the recipient's agreement.

Personally, I have done numerous deals and not had a problem with any of the books, but I know it happens.  I would not assume that future deals will be as bad as this one was.  If you are concerned, you can always put on a requester condition that asks for no books with water damage, loose pages, etc.

Date Posted: 11/19/2009 12:56 PM ET
Member Since: 10/22/2009
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So sorry you had such a bad experience!!  I can see why that would make you hesitant to do deals in the future.

But, although I'm new here, I've done a few deals (been on both the sending and receiving end) and have had good luck.  I have sent out a couple of unpostables with my deals, but I made sure the receiver knew they were unpostable and what exactly the problems were.

I've also had very good luck with the deals I've been on the receiving end of.

I think you got a lemon of a deal, and that it's not the norm.

Date Posted: 11/19/2009 2:09 PM ET
Member Since: 5/14/2009
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I agree with Lesley - Contact the sender and let them know the deal was not for nonpostables and see what they  say first.  Then if it is a fluff off then contact the PBS team and let them know.   Though it is a deal, there is still a level of expectaction the team and with members when participating in a deal.  I have always been the dealer so I know that I have not sent books out that didn't meet posting guidelines...couple of times I have actually PM'd the requester and told them to choose something else because the book wasn't postable and I would include it as a non-postable.

I think many members operate that way and the ones that abuse the system will be shutdown. 

Please give the sender the benefit of the doubt, before reporting it to PBS.  Good Luck