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Subject: Please Help Me Understand Requestors Condition
Date Posted: 3/6/2010 1:29 PM ET
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I just received a request for a book but am a little confused about the requestor's conditions.  Does this have anything to do with his request for my book?  

"If we are swapping books, please ensure the swap is for more than 1 to 1. I simply have too many books to read now to swap 1-1. If there is only book you want, please use a credit. That's it. See, those aren't tough conditions!"

 

 

Date Posted: 3/6/2010 1:31 PM ET
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It sounds to me like this person is also a Boxer and that they don't want to do boxing trades for only 1 book.  I don't know if boxing has seperate conditions and this is just in the wrong place-or if you have to use the same conditions on all transactions.

Date Posted: 3/6/2010 1:32 PM ET
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I don't really understand what they're talking about. I would decline just because I don't understand and how would I know if I'm meeting their conditions? I also think the last line about tough conditions is a little condescending, but that's not why I'd decline.

Date Posted: 3/6/2010 1:46 PM ET
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I'd decline too and say in the comments 'Don't understand RC.' If she's referring about BOB swaps, she should be more specific.

Date Posted: 3/6/2010 1:50 PM ET
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Thanks everyone.  Glad to know it wasn't just me.  Since I really don't understand what it means, I think I'll have no choice but to decline.

Date Posted: 3/6/2010 1:52 PM ET
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I would tend to agree - I always err on the side of caution with conditions.

Date Posted: 3/6/2010 2:23 PM ET
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It's been a while since I had BOB, but I think the RCs have to be in your account settings - in other words, there's no way that I know of to have a separate setting for BOB.  I would just decline and PM her back & suggest that she change her wording to "If this is a BOB swap" instead of  "swapping books", and then say I'd be glad to accept if she clarifies that (and that was indeed what she meant).



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Date Posted: 3/6/2010 2:29 PM ET
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Laura M. (LMM) - ,
Date Posted: 3/6/2010 3:08 PM ET
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But RCs come up when THEY order a book from YOU......not when you order a book from them. It makes no sense that their RC is telling you to use a credit.

Date Posted: 3/6/2010 3:16 PM ET
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This is definitely a RC for Box-of-Books. I think you are safe to accept this RC, but you could always PM him after and suggest she put "For BOB swaps" somewhere in the RC, just to be helpful.



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Date Posted: 3/6/2010 3:26 PM ET
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This RC is worded confusingly.  But I agree  with the others who said this must be for the BOB trades.  I didn't think the last line was condescending.  It could be their attempt to be a little humorous.  Feel free to decline it if you feel more comfortable doing that, but I think you are safe in accepting it.

Date Posted: 3/6/2010 3:55 PM ET
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<scratches head, further confused>

I do think it's an RC about BOB swaps, but it doesn't make sense to have it at all.

If the OP is seeing the RC, then the other person is requesting their book. So what she's saying is, "If I'm only ordering one book from you on a BOB swap, cancel this because I don't want to bother with just one."

Which doesn't make sense to tell the sender that.

If the requestor is doing the ordering on a BOB swap, she'd already know to request more books! She'd just pick more out. And if someone is ordering from her shelf, they wouldn't see her RC, she'd see theirs. Then she could just cancel the swap before it got anywhere if it was just for one.

Right?

Or have I lost it? Lol

Date Posted: 3/6/2010 5:40 PM ET
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It's been a while since I did BoB, but you do get to see the other person's RCs before you get to the 'accepting" stage, so she needs to HAVE the RCs for them to be seen.  A better place for this, though, is really her bookshelf header as another Boxer would see that right away.....

Date Posted: 3/6/2010 5:54 PM ET
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You know, this got me curious so I went poking around.  From the BoB page if you click on a member (at random, any member, lol)  You see several buttons, along with the list of books, one of which is "View RCs", so you can see the RCs right way.....IF you think to click the button.  I went through several members before I found one who actually did have RCs....I do think it'd be better if they popped up right away like they do for a regular order.  The button would still be good for reviewing before mailing, in case you had a lot of Boxes going at once.

I'm sorry to the OP, I realize this has nothing, really, to do with your ??.  I agree that the person means "BoBs" when saying "Swaps" but I also think they need to be a good deal more clear.

Date Posted: 3/6/2010 6:10 PM ET
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It's definitely a RC for BOB, and has nothing to do with the person's order from you. Feel free to accept and ship. I agree it's confusing to people receiving an order and I'm surprised that RC has lasted any amount of time...as it's both misplaced and confusing.

Date Posted: 3/9/2010 11:12 AM ET
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Its for Box of Book trades.

I'd decline on two counts:

1. It's snotty and I don't give a rip about how many books this person has piled up, and I really don't like the condescending remark at the end.

2. Clearly this person does not know how PBS works since he or she muddled up RCs with BOB requirements and that's just a foreshadow of how things can go wrong in dealing with this person.

Don't bother.

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 1:00 PM ET
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I would just decline and PM her back & suggest that she change her wording to "If this is a BOB swap" instead of  "swapping books", and then say I'd be glad to accept if she clarifies that (and that was indeed what she meant).

Remember that if you decline that the other member cannot ever request your book.  Accept/decline requestor conditions is permanent, and the only way to make it a little less than permanent is to accept, discuss the situation with the other member, and if the swap is not acceptable, have the person with the least to lose cancel the request.  (If it's a wish list book, the sender can cancel and repost the book; if it's a book with a lot of copies out there, the requestor should cancel and resubmit the request.)  I suppose that you could take the book off your bookshelf and then put it back on and have the other person request it directly from your bookshelf; or post it to their wishlist if it is a wish book--a lot of trouble.  She should definately reword her conditions to make them understandable by all. 

Unless your book is rarely requested or you need the credit immediately, I would decline, tell her you couldn't understand her conditions, and forget it.

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 1:43 PM ET
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I thought you could decline RCs, suggest they turn them off, and then they could re-request the book from the same person? That's what I've seen here in the forums a lot, so I don't think it means they can never request the book from the same person again. Unless it's WL, of course, which then means it moves on to the next in line if there is a next in line.