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Subject: Please Tell Me What To Do!
Date Posted: 4/26/2010 7:48 PM ET
Member Since: 4/6/2008
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I jsut received a book today that I don't know what to do.  It was wrapped properly with tape, etc.  There are 60 pages that have small folds that have rips coming up from them.   The rest of the book looks almost new.  I definitely won't feel comfortable reposting.  But, do I mark the book RWAP?  I see no way the damage was done by the USPS, or what could have damaged it.  Boxcutters, maybe?

I have received my last  6 books damaged in some way.  Some definitely by USPS.  The last one was water-damaged by wet fingers (it looked like).  I asked for my credit back, the reply PM was " ship MY book back, you will get your credit back, and just to let you know, I am cancelling my membership".

I never RWAPed, anyone at  first, but this is getting ridiculous.  All the books I have been getting are wishlisted, and I am not able to repost. 

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 7:58 PM ET
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I'm sorry that you've gotten such bad luck lately.

If you get an unpostable (either by sender or USPS), you should always RWAP it. It's the only way to keep some quality control in the site.

If the pages are torn, then you should request your credit back.

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 8:05 PM ET
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Also if you get an RWAP that was on your WL, and you mark it as such, you'll go back to the top of the WL.  Pat

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 8:14 PM ET
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  I asked for my credit back, the reply PM was " ship MY book back, you will get your credit back, and just to let you know, I am cancelling my membership".

I'd send that to TPTB, since it seems that she's trying to use her threat of "cancelling" to keep you from pursuing it further. 

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 8:21 PM ET
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I was thinking about sending the PM to TPTB.  It did get on my nerve.  I just replied that since I spent a credit for the book that I regarded it as MY book now, and I would not mail the book back, and take the chance of not getting my credit back.  She never replied. 

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 8:56 PM ET
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wet fingers???

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 9:08 PM ET
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Yep, looked like wet fingers.  From the bottom of the book, toward the middle.

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 9:39 PM ET
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Regarding the wet fingers thing ....

a lot of books recently are made out of cheap paper that wrinkles slightly / absorbs water from your fingers just from reading. Your fingers don't actually have to be wet to see this type of slight wrinkling. This is generally postable.

I have read some new books recently that wrinkled in this manner ... but since I never pick up a book with wet fingers, and I have normal hands (not sweaty or anything) ... I don't think it counts as water damage. That also seems to be the general consensus in the forums, too.

On the other hand, if the wrinkling is severe, then it probably is real water damage.

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 10:29 PM ET
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The wrinking was pretty severe.  You could tell it was from water, not just normal handling.  I have read books that did have that small amount of wrinkling or whatever, but this was different.  Like someone was drinking from a glass that had alot of condensation.  There were about 20 pages that were that way.