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Subject: Q: What should I do if the "book" I order turns out to be a comic issue?
Date Posted: 11/5/2007 8:52 AM ET
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What should I do if the "book" I order turns out to be a comic issue?

There are a lot of people posting issues lately, so I wanted to know.

Thanks! :)

 

Update: The member apparently didn't know about comics issues and refunded my credit and is going to remove the other comics on their shelf. Thanks for all your help everyone! :)



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Date Posted: 11/5/2007 10:08 AM ET
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Check the ISBN carefully.  Hopefully, the "novel" would have a different ISBN than the comic.  Then check which one your ordered and which one your received to see where the error might have occurred.

Date Posted: 11/5/2007 10:30 AM ET
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Rory, if you go to the Help Center and type in "What can be swapped here?" it will lead you to a list of items that can and cannot be swapped.  Down in the part where there is the "Not allowed" section, there is a 'hover link' for "Not a book"...if you hover there, you will see that single issue comic books are not allowed. 

Now, that being said, you should do like Lita said and double check the ISBN with your transactions.

Date Posted: 11/5/2007 10:35 AM ET
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What if I already ordered what I thought was a book, but it turns out it's not. Do I mark received - wrong book, or what?

Thanks for your help, everyone. :)

Date Posted: 11/5/2007 10:43 AM ET
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Yes, mark it wrong book - and explain in the box at the bottom of the page that it is a single-issue comic book and should not have been posted here - also ask for your credit back.

Date Posted: 11/5/2007 10:51 AM ET
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Rory, that depends....do the ISBN's match?  If they do, then you got the book you asked for.  If it was simply that you thought it would be a book-book and not a comic-book-book, then you should simply repost the book.  However, if it was a single issue comic book THEN you would mark it Received with a Problem.  Don't mark it rec'd with a problem if you actually got what you requested.  That wouldn't be fair to the other member.

Hope that makes sense.

Date Posted: 11/5/2007 1:39 PM ET
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What if I already ordered what I thought was a book, but it turns out it's not. Do I mark received - wrong book, or what?

It sounds like the error was yours.  If you ordered a book, and accidentally ordered a comic book, I think you don't have a reason to mark it "wrong book".  If the ISBN of what you got matches what you ordered, then it's not the wrong book.  Then again, if there's an ISBN, it doesn't sound like a comic book.

As for whether it's allowed or not allowed, I don't think it's as simple as comic books aren't allowed.  I could be wrong there, but I'm not looking at the book and there's a difference between graphic novels and comic books.  For one thing, most comic books don't have ISBNs, they're usually published as magazines which sometimes have ISSNs but not usually ISBNs.  And I have yet to run into a comic book that could be confused with a BOOK, while lots of graphic novels parallel the text-only versions.  I would assume graphic novels ARE allowed here. 

Date Posted: 11/5/2007 2:34 PM ET
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Graphic novels are allowed. This is not a GN. It is a comic book issue and does not have an ISBN and according to the Help Center, comic book issues are not allowed.

If you'd like to look it up, the title is Worlds of Aspen by Michael Turner. I ordered b/c I have other books by the same author on my WL and thought this would be good, too.



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Date Posted: 11/5/2007 2:45 PM ET
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if it is not the book you ordered then defenitely  mark it received with a problem.  pm the person letting them know that it is not the  book that you ordered (just in case they sent out the wrong one to you by accident) and polietly ask for your credit back.  you can then direct them to the help center where it says that comic books are not allowed but I would probably ask for my credit back first and set the tone right.

I hope it all truns out ok for you.

Date Posted: 11/5/2007 3:09 PM ET
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When you order a book doesn't it not only tell you the ISBN but the binding at the same time?   BOTH have to match to order what you want.

Date Posted: 11/5/2007 3:35 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/5/2007 4:36 PM ET
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I would also let them know that there are more than 70 comic books listed in the system that have already been reported in the suspicious items thread and have yet to be removed. 

Date Posted: 11/6/2007 2:09 PM ET
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Update: The member apparently didn't know about comics issues and refunded my credit and is going to remove the other comics on their shelf. Thanks for all your help everyone! :)

Date Posted: 11/6/2007 2:50 PM ET
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I'm curious how you divide "comics" from "graphic novels"? I've seen some books tagged comics here that I'd consider GN instead. Some books are tagged both - so obviously I'm not the only one confused by the issue.

I'll give an example.:

I have a "book" - "The Dark Knight Returns". I consider it a graphic novel because it is 48 pages, bound like a book (like a typical paperback with a flat bck, not center stapled), no ads, no "coming in the next issue" stuff. However, it is the first of four volumes about the Dark Knight (aka Batman) and has no ISBN (it was printed in the early 80's).

There are copies of "The Dark Knight Returns" here at PBS (some of which also don't have ISBNs)  but I think they are newer books that combine all 4 issues into one book. I think these are even more likely to be classified as GN and not comics - however some are tagged as comics here.

I started listing my copies of "The Dark Knight" here but the GN v. comic confusion, plus the fact that my "book" was only 1/4 of the other "book" was too confusing and I figure I'll just sell them on eBay (where the 4 volume set goes for more than 4 credits here...).

But - what's the consensus - is it a comic or a GN? And how do you tell?

 

jan

 

Date Posted: 11/6/2007 4:29 PM ET
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Here's what the Help Center says:

"Single-Issue Comic Books: NO
  • These often contain advertising."

So I guess if it has advertising that would make it unacceptable.

Date Posted: 11/6/2007 6:31 PM ET
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I'm glad you had a good outcome, Rory, and thanks for starting an educational thread!