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Subject: Postability question--pencil marks
Date Posted: 10/22/2014 9:43 AM ET
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I have a WL book that is in beautiful condition--except that the previous owner made some marks in pencil in the margins of several pages (usually brackets around paragraphs). Being that the marks are in pencil, I could erase them. If I did so, would the book be considered postable? I know I could remove the graphite pencil marks, but if there are still light indentations where the marks were, would that make the book unpostable?

Date Posted: 10/22/2014 10:20 AM ET
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I would certainly try to erase them since it sounds like it is just on a few pages. After they are removed take another took at the book...if you can not tell there were once pencil marks without knowing where to look, then I think you are good. If erasing the pencil marks have left any traces or the paper has been impacted by the friction of erasing the pencil marks then you might want to not post the book. Only you can determine whether the book is postable or not. I have successfully removed light pencil notations and you'd never know they were there but I have also had the pages left "smeary", perhaps the marks were made with a softer lead pencil, and I was not comfortable posting the book. Hope this helps.

Date Posted: 10/22/2014 3:22 PM ET
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I have had this happen a couple of times.  I found that when I erased the marks, I couldn't even tell there had been writing there before.  However, like Sally mentioned, if the pencil marks leave traces of writing and/or you can tell something was erased, I'd also suggest not posting.

Date Posted: 10/22/2014 3:53 PM ET
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I would just list in the book bazaar post for unpostable wishlist books and describe the condition. You can ask for a credit for the book still.

Date Posted: 10/22/2014 4:32 PM ET
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You could post it and get approval before sending under the textbook exemption. 


Exception: if it is a textbook or workbook, these are expected to have highlighting/underlining/writing

  • if you post a textbook/workbook, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
  • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO in a reply PM before the book is sent
  • You can use the PM button on the request on your My Account page to send a message
  • This is the one of the ONLY three cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent (the others are for travel guidebooks and cookbooks--see below).
  • Please read What is the definition of a textbook? for a discussion of that.
Date Posted: 10/22/2014 6:57 PM ET
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I post books with writing all the time, just follow the PM rules and it's fine.
Date Posted: 10/23/2014 1:22 AM ET
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If the pencil markings are light and are erased cleanly, I think it is fine to post the book. If the penciling was done heavy-handedly and leaves indentations in the paper, or if erasing leaves smears or noticeably roughens the paper surface, I would list it in the bazaar and not post.