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Subject: Question about book requirements...
Date Posted: 6/18/2008 5:52 PM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2005
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So normally I am pretty relaxed about book conditions.  But I received some Thematic units made by teacher created resources that have quite a good number of pages separated from the binding.  Now obviously these are workbooks that you can rip the pages out of since they do have perforations.  What do you all consider acceptable on this?  I mean, in the condition they are, they are absolutely usable by me and they will work out great.  The only problem is that I will of course not repost them.  So now I am out 2 credits because both books that came have pages removed.  I always feel bad asking for credits back.  Any words of wisdom on this?  Are these workbooks just totally different than say other books on the site? Thanks so much in advance.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 6:17 PM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
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There are different standards for workbooks, yes, but the poster should have made it very clear, via PM to you, the condition of them before sending them.

I would write and tell them you want your credits back since you are unable to post them.  You could offer to return the books, but they'd have to give you 4 total credits to pay for your "return shipping".  When I ask for credits back, I always insert the portion of the book condition guidelines so they can "read it from the horse's mouth".  Many times this happens with newbies posting water-damaged books, or books w/ the wrong cover.


Date Posted: 6/18/2008 8:05 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2005
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I don't mean to step on toes- but I have recieved a few workbooks and  homeschool book  that  was usable to me but not repostable.  Use the workbook- it probably was a great find.  Let the sender know you are dispointed  but don't demand additional credits for postage.  It probably was a mistake and was overlooked by the sender.  Your kind gesture will come back to you.  I did not make a fuss and   one day one of my books got banged around  in the mail and the reciever was very upset.  I  sent a credit and apology and was honest and told him  it was fine when it left.  He  understood and read the book and did not demand  additional credits.


Show understanding and kindness and it will be rewarded.  I believe everyone on this site is  honest and  mistakes are made.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 9:19 PM ET
Member Since: 6/29/2006
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I'm a newbie, but I agree that I'd do as Holly suggested! If I get something I couldn't repost I would ask myself...could I have purchased it for even close to free for shipping? If the answer is no, I'd just let it go.

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 9:07 AM ET
Member Since: 3/4/2008
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I wouldn't hesitate to post the books in the condition they are. When someone requests them, PM and explain the condition. Chances are, they'll want the book because they'll be making copies and will appreciate the removed pages. If they don't want the book, someone else will. I've offered countless books with the pages removed, and I get responses to my PMs saying in essence, no problem - you've made it easier on me. I've also gotten many books with pages removed as well - but the sender always contacted me ahead of time.

Suzanne G

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 10:12 AM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2005
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Thanks for the responses.  I appreciate the help.  I felt a little disappointed at first because I have let so many books "go" lately because of condition.  I have eaten a lot of credits that I cannot recoup.  But in the end I do have some books here that are completely usable and will be fine.  Not too bad in the grand scheme of things......

Thanks again.


Date Posted: 6/19/2008 8:23 PM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2008
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I know what you mean,  lately I've received 2 books that were not really in postable condition.  I let the first one slide, the next I sent a pm but if I get many more I'll probably just let my account go dormant once I get rid of the ones that I have posted currently.