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Subject: Price stickers on cover??
Date Posted: 10/12/2009 3:49 PM ET
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Ok, I just saw a mention of this in a discussion and I'm a newbie so tell me,   do I leave price sticker on the cover, try to take off (some don't come all the way off) or what???

Date Posted: 10/12/2009 3:57 PM ET
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For purposes of posting, price stickers on the cover are okay, so I leave them on.  Better that than an irritating sticky spot! LOL 

Date Posted: 10/12/2009 4:10 PM ET
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For purposes of posting, price stickers on the cover are okay, so I leave them on.  Better that than an irritating sticky spot! LOL

Plus, if you leave it on, you wont take the chance on ripping the cover. (Been there...Ugh)

If you send it as is, sticker and all, then the new owner can take the chance of removing it if they want.

Date Posted: 10/12/2009 10:03 PM ET
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I try and remove the sticker while it is still new and fresh.  Otherwise, don't touch them.  The glue often gets worse as it ages.

Date Posted: 10/13/2009 11:22 AM ET
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I'm lazy about stuff like that - I usually leave stickers on ;-)

Date Posted: 10/13/2009 2:14 PM ET
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Concur with Emily - if I've bought the book new, I'll usually try to peel it up. If it's not coming cleanly, I'll give up. Some stores are better than others with regard to the tackiness or not of their glue. Walmart stickers come right off like a post-it, and B&N stickers are the WORST - particularly their big circle stickers on Hardcover bestsellers. But if I get the book used, either here, UBSs, etc, I leave them alone!

Date Posted: 10/13/2009 5:49 PM ET
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I have a terrible habit of wanting to pull off any sticker or price tag I see.  For trading purposes, it is probably best to keep it on the book but I can never resist and have to try to pull it off. My OCD kicks in I guess. LOL

Date Posted: 10/13/2009 6:20 PM ET
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I'llI take a piece of sticky tape to try and get the glue off.  I have also heard of rubber cement or goo gone.  Either way, you need to be very careful to not rip the book.  Past history makes me leave the old stickers alone.  And those big nasty round ones.

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Date Posted: 10/13/2009 8:38 PM ET
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Use a hair dryer to warm the sticker or label.  Most of the time the sticker will peel off easily. 

Use lighter fluid and a cotton ball to remove sticker residue on dust jackets.  I'm still using a 12 fl oz can of Zippo lighter fluid that I bought over 5 years ago.  It can also be used to clean entire dust jackets.

I also use the dryer on boxes that have shipping labels I want removed.

Date Posted: 10/13/2009 8:49 PM ET
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Those big round Target stickers are the worst, IMO.  Unless you get to them when the book is new.  Other than that, library stickers... ugh.  I think they put them on with a special mixture of quick-dry cement and chewing gum.

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Date Posted: 10/14/2009 7:19 AM ET
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I don't monkey with them--they're postable, they don't bother me, and if they bother the person requesting the book, they will have a Requestor Condition stating "no stickers" in which case I'd decline and they can get their book elsewhere.


Date Posted: 10/16/2009 2:47 PM ET
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I also have a bad habit of wanting to remove the stickers from my book covers (and had destroyed book covers in the past).   I've found a cotton ball likely soaked with rubbing alcohol works very well with removing the residual glue from the stickers.  Then I run the cotton ball all over the book covers to clean them..you'll be amazed at how dirty some of the book covers are. 

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 2:51 PM ET
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I pull up one corner to see if it is going to come up. I've had good luck with goo gone and a cotton ball getting the sticky stuff off. Goo gone comes in a spray bottle that makes it less messy, IMO.

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 3:18 PM ET
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Use Goo Gone the greatest stuff ever for getting stickers and labels off . I use it to remove all labels that are on x library books it works great