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Subject: Postable or not?
Date Posted: 7/21/2009 8:20 PM ET
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Got a brand new book straight from the store but the front cover got bent over on itself in the bookstore bag so that the right side of the cover touches the spine (it's a cheap trade paperback). It will lie flat, but the crease it created is really bad and can't be repaired. The cover is NOT torn nor does it look like the crease is likely to tear anytime soon. The rest of the book is in perfect condition and it is wish listed. I can't return it b/c I got it from the deep discount rack.

I personally would not mind receiving a book in this condition but I'm leaning toward posting and PM'ing the requester about the condition...any thoughts?

Date Posted: 7/21/2009 8:22 PM ET
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As long as its not torn, it's postable.  I got a book once that the whole front cover had multiple creases.  It was bent many times, but didn't complain because it was postable.

Date Posted: 7/21/2009 8:23 PM ET
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I agree that it is postable if the cover isn't torn. 

Date Posted: 7/21/2009 8:56 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/21/2009 9:11 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/21/2009 9:23 PM ET
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Definitely postable, but a PM would be nice so that the receiver isn't surprised and has a chance to decide. Especially if it is something they want for a keeper.
Date Posted: 7/21/2009 9:52 PM ET
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Postable but, don't PM because then people start expecting them for every little, even postable, flaw

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 8:11 PM ET
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Postable -- and  a PM is nice.

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 8:15 PM ET
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Definitely postable, and count me in the anti pm camp.  I used to send them all the time, but I've come over to the "bad precedent" way of thinking .

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 8:36 PM ET
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It's definitely postable.

I, too, think PMing is unnecessary and likely to cause more problems.

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 8:38 AM ET
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Well I posted the book and just got a request for it this morning. I am going to PM the requester, but only because she has RCs and I always PM people with RCs to describe the condition even if I accept the request. The RCs were no writing or highliting so my book does meet the conditions, but I still want to make sure she wants the book.

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 8:50 AM ET
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Postable, PM not necessary.

The person's RCs about writing or highlighting have nothing to do with the minor flaw of a crease in the cover, so what is the point? Hopefully you chose the latest mail by date possible in case the person doesn't reply quickly, and if they don't then you have to make a decision as to whether to send or cancel.


Date Posted: 7/23/2009 8:17 PM ET
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I hate to say it, because the impulse to PM is a kind & considerate one - and goodness knows that's a trait I value in PBS-ers - but I don't think we should do that either, except for instances detailed in the help docs: you have a textbook with underlining, etc.  Other than that, I think it can't hurt when you have "grey area" books, like old books with a lot of foxing or darkly tanned pages.  The rules don't say anything about those being unpostable, and members generally seem to know what those conditions are, and are often prepared for them when ordering old books, but there is always somebody out there who will not be prepared and will mark them RWAP.  My preference there though, if I have something very old but still in demand, is to offer it in the BB for a credit.  I don't have to inbox anyone & anyone who wants it will know about the condition in advance.

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 11:30 PM ET
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As nice as PM-ing sounds, it sets senders up for trouble.  The guidelines are open for everyone to know, so as long as you meet those conditions NO PM is needed.  If one does PM, it opens up the possiblity of dispute and RWAP's.  And then some members get used to that and get upset when other senders don't do it.  And then there are the members who don't want PM's for thanks and I can imagine that there are some who might be annoyed with these PM's thinking that "as long as they are postable why PM me and cost me time and aggravation."   it gets to be a can of worms.  Lots of members don't want to spend time with the polite side of things when they consider this to be a business and convenience.