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Subject: Please help me interpret this condition?!
Date Posted: 9/23/2007 5:51 PM ET
Member Since: 4/12/2007
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Dilemma solved - thanks to all who gave advice!



Last Edited on: 9/24/07 12:31 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/23/2007 5:53 PM ET
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It makes sense up to the last sentence.  Many of us don't know where the books came from because they are swapped.  I would refuse the condition and then PM and explain why.  It may help clarify how PBS works for the person, that not all books are directly bought my the person swapping them and many are bought used.

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 6:17 PM ET
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i would decline the offer just for the fact that it seems way too picky- how are you supposed to know whaere the books were before you had them.

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 6:58 PM ET
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um, no, I dont know where I got it from. I have so many books here, I couldn't keep track of that information. I would cancel it and go smoke a cigar!

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 6:58 PM ET
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That means simply that if you don't smoke and the book does not smell like smoke to you then please send me the book

To me this person isn't being picky at all and has stated it as simple as she can.      You don't smoke and the book doesn't small like smoke to you.   She doesn't want to recieve from a smoking household - yours is not.

There have been many, many threads about NO SMOKEY books - this person has been as clear as can be about it.

Please send her the book!       It meets her conditions!

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 7:16 PM ET
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I'd decline it, just because I can't be sure it wasn't a smoking environment in the garage saler's house.  Actually, I deny no smoking books if I've bought them used, because I have no idea what the history of the book's homes are. 

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 8:00 PM ET
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I agree with Cozette.  This is the key sentence:

That means simply that if you don't smoke and the book does not smell like smoke to you then please send me the book.

I think the intention of the last sentence was that the requestor does not want to receive books currently in a smoking household and realizes that you may not know the complete history of the book. 

I would send a PM or enclose a note that the last sentence is a little unclear so that the requestor will re-read what they have written and state their intent a little more clearly.

 



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Date Posted: 9/23/2007 8:15 PM ET
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"That means simply that if you don't smoke and the book does not smell like smoke to you then please send me the book"

I'd send the book. 

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 8:28 PM ET
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I would have sent it too.  She just was trying to say, don't NOT send the book just because you don't know if the last person to have it smoked.  If it doesn't smell like smoke, and you don't smoke, just send it.

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 9:06 PM ET
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I have no smoking conditions as well and am amazed at the peopler who have declined to send a book because they bought it at a garage sale or got it used.. If it doesn't smell like smoke, and you don't smoke, just send it.

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 10:01 PM ET
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I agree with Cozette and others that the requestor probably is trying to get a book not currently in a smoking house, but I also agree that the last sentence is ambiguous and arguably contradicts the first few sentences.  I can understand the concern about this request.

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 10:03 PM ET
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I'd send it. If you don't smoke, your home is a nonsmoking household, and the book doesn't smell like smoke, you'll be fine!

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 10:19 PM ET
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I'd refuse it based on the last part. I refuse any no-smoke requests because just about all my books are used and I don't know where they've come from. Wouldn't want to cause anyone an allergic reaction.

 

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 10:21 PM ET
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I would accept and PM the requestor just to make sure you understand the condition. I agree it just sounds as though she doesn't want the book smelling like smoke. If you have ever received one that smells of smoke and you are a non-smoker, you will be able to tell.

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 10:25 PM ET
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That sentence doesn't make sense to me at all.  However, the first sentence does state that if you don't smoke and the book doesn't smell like smoke to you, to send it.  I'd send it to her.  If you're concerned, accept the order and PM her to let her know that you don't know where it was before you got it, but that the book does meet the first requirement in her conditions.

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 10:43 PM ET
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I'd send the book, but I'd write to the person and tell them to consider removing that last sentence because it is confusing.

 

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 11:12 PM ET
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Thanks to all of you who responded.  I agree that after reading the first two sentences, it seems obvious that I should send him/her the books.  HOwever, because the last sentence seemed to contradict the first two sentences I wasn't positive exactly what his/her intentions were.  I will take the advice that some of you offered, and accept the request with a PM to describe the condition of the books and let her know that I had trouble understanding the last sentence of his/her condition.  Thanks again!



Last Edited on: 9/24/07 12:32 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/24/2007 8:27 PM ET
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ACK! Another OP eraser!

Why do you torment me so?

 

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 8:36 PM ET
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The content of the OP could have helped those of us who have similar conditions and want to know what might be confusing about them.  But all I can say now is that I am amazed how many people say they always turn down conditions about smoking.  I have never had my smoke condition turned down.

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 9:44 PM ET
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Laura, you might want to give the person a little friendly feedback to say that the last sentence seems to contradict the first one. It might be that the person is getting a lot of denials, and isn't sure why.