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Subject: Postable?
Date Posted: 9/4/2013 12:46 PM ET
Member Since: 10/4/2007
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Hello All.

I checked the help docs but can't seem to find a clear answer to my issue.

I have a book to post that I noticed has some marks on a few pages that appear to be issues from printing or "publisher issues".  These marks do not obscure the text.   Postable or not?

Date Posted: 9/4/2013 1:05 PM ET
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yes, we have discussed at length in the forum here whether books are postable with publisher errors. And the consensus seemed to be yes, they are postable, but the recipient may argue with you.  Some other issues in this category are missing pages, duplicate pages, ink smears from the printing process, pages out of order.

Date Posted: 9/4/2013 2:45 PM ET
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I wouldn't post a book with printing errors that made the book difficult to use. Like the book I received from Amazon that had pages upside down in the middle of the book.  Technically it was postable but I didn't think it was fair to send someone a book they'd have to turn upside down. (Amazon refunded my money).  I also wouldn't send one that had missing pages even if it was a publishing error.

But I have sent books with ink drops that were clearly in publishing. Also ones where a page or two was slight faded (like their printing press was running out of ink). But nothing that marred the text from being read.

Date Posted: 9/4/2013 2:49 PM ET
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Missing pages is a clearly unpostable book, doesn't matter if the missing pages are damage or a misprint.

(The question with a RWAP for a misprinted book that is missing pages, is, did the sender know or not. Because it is entirely possible that the sender could have no idea that the book was misprinted unless they read it. The other issue with a "missing page misprint" is, you probably won't discover it until you are reading the book, which is likely to be after you've marked it received in good condition.) But it's still not postable.

Other publishing errors ... if the book is still completly readable and not missing anything, (and isn't breaking any site rules) then should be OK to post.

I've had a few with repeated pages (but none missing), and I've seen the upside down thing, and I've also had ink drops and smears ... I think it's postable unless it obscures text.

Last Edited on: 9/4/13 2:53 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 9/4/2013 6:40 PM ET
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Thanks for the responses.  In this case there are lines and smudges that are clearly an issue from printing.