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Subject: Is This Postable?
Date Posted: 1/2/2009 7:56 PM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2008
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I have a book that is wishlisted that I'm just about to read. I know for a fact that it didn't suffer water damage because I bought it new and it's just been laying around my house. However, the cover and some pages are a little stiff/ripply. (Don't know if it's humidity, or was too close to the heater?) There's no smell, no mold, nothing? Will I get dinged if I send it out? It's a paperback mystery. Has anyone else had trouble with cheaper papers, etc. getting warped more easily.

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 9:38 PM ET
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Personally I wouldn't post it, it's not worth the headache.  I would probably put it in the bazaar as a freebie if I didn't want to keep it.  If it's a wislisted book it will get snapped up quickly.



Date Posted: 1/3/2009 12:53 AM ET
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I have a similar issue as well, thought I'd tag along under this appropriate subject line instead of cluttering up the board with another.

I have a children's book that is wishlisted by one person. The book is supposed to come with "free stickers inside", but of course they are no longer there. There is an announcement on the cover of the book claiming that, and the first inside page is the empty sticker sheet.

Is this postable? I'd sure like to give that one person a chance at it, but don't want to take the risk of losing a credit over it. This one also has pages that are a bit ripply, but I think it's just lack of quality paper that was used. There is no water damage whatsoever, it was just probably  held in that spot a bit too long, and got a bit rumpled along the way.

On another note --- I've been wondering if there is any way to block a certain person from requesting my books? I have a particular book that when I take my list off hold the same person has it wishlisted and has denied, refused, or let lapse at least a DOZEN times in the past year (I am not kidding!) .... it is getting so frustrating. I actually PM'd them once and suggested that maybe they move it to their reminder list but never heard a word from them. Judging by the length of their wishlist, and the books they actually have posted, I would guess that they are short on credits. Then, just the other day, it was wishlisted by a different person only to get refused again. I'm thinking the book may be cursed. LOL.

Any insight would be appreciated!

Date Posted: 1/3/2009 1:06 AM ET
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If the book is supposed to have accompanying material like stickers or a CD or whatever it needs to be with the book in order to be posted.  It *might* be a different story if the stickers aren't really part of the book, but a promotional thing.  Like a book that has a tear out order form/contest entry or something that might be mentioned on the cover doesn't still have to have that to be posted is my understanding.

You can't block someone from requesting books.  However, you can contact the PBS Team about the problem you are having.  In general if a book is on your wishlist you are supposed to order it and having the same person refuse the same book a dozen times is excessive.

Cheap papers do seem to get wrinkley more easily.  This seems to be one of those age old PBS questions that I'm not sure will ever be resolved to everyone's satisfaction.

Date Posted: 1/3/2009 9:31 AM ET
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My rule of thumb for the ripply pages is if they are ALL ripply and stiff (and no stains are present) it is probably humidity. Like Kate said, some books are made with cheaper paper that will wrinkle up when exposed to humidity. I've seen new books in the bookstore like this.

If there is a stain or discoloration present and the rippling is in only part of the book, I assume water/liquid damage and do not post or I mark as RWAP.