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Subject: Question about condition - don't want to disappoint!
Date Posted: 9/8/2009 3:00 PM ET
Member Since: 9/8/2009
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Hi!  I'm new and have a question about book condition.  I have a copy of a popular book (Memory Keeper's Daughter) and the cover is present but not lovely.  The corner is clipped (I checked and this seems to be okay) but it also has a couple of creases and the spine is a little frayed at the edge.  This is a fine reading copy but I don't want to disappoint the recipient with a book that looks dog-eared .... but I also don't want to hold it out if that is considered okay because I know a lot of people want to read this one!  Thanks and looking forward to swapping books!

Date Posted: 9/8/2009 3:12 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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None of the things you list by themselves make the book unpostable as long as the clipped corner has no edge more than 1" and the spine fraying isn't causing the cover to separate from the book. The overall condition being in "good condition and not excessively worn" would have to be a judgement call on your part. Does the sum total of the little things make the book look too worn? Is it something you wouldn't mind paying a credit for?

One thing that may help make the decision is the fact that ISBN #9780143037149 for this book has over 1900 copies available in the system. If that is the version you have, you may want to find another outlet for it instead of storing it for the time it takes to work its way up in the FIFO system.

Date Posted: 9/8/2009 3:34 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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To me it sounds like it might be a little on the too worn side. Especially if it's a heavily posted book.  Sometimes people will pay a credit for a WL book  if it's beat up or unpostable. But I know I personally wouldn't pay a credit for a book that heavily posted if I knew it was damaged.  Actually I probably wouldn't pay a credit for it and try to find it in a deal. But that's just me. Those heavily posted books to get ordered eventually.

Date Posted: 9/8/2009 4:14 PM ET
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Thanks for the feedback, I'm going to put this one in the yard sale box.

> ISBN #9780143037149 for this book has over 1900 copies available in the system

Is the only place to see this on the "top 50 posted books" list, or can I see this for any book? 

And Ah-ha! -- I thought  this number meant "all posted" (since the title is "all time"), and apparently it means "posted but not yet requested", which is  completely different!

Date Posted: 9/8/2009 4:29 PM ET
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Dana - you can find out how many books are available for request in the system at any time, on any book, by adding the book to your  Reminder List.

Date Posted: 9/8/2009 4:49 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I have 3 books on my shelf with over 800 copies (each) in the  system.  I think they are going to go to the thrift store if I can't move them out in a BOB request. 

 

Note to self: from now on only get Nora Roberts books from the library. 

Date Posted: 9/8/2009 6:14 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Welcome Dana!

Date Posted: 9/9/2009 2:23 PM ET
Member Since: 7/16/2009
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I am a fairly new member and have sent over 10 books already with out any complaints. Today  I got a credit request for a book that I sent. The complaint was that " I wrapped it too tight and there were creases in the book and the person didn't believe it was postable again",  I was given this book in June and only read it once so the creases could only have been made in shipping. 

I wrapped the book the same way as I always do and  as instructed by PBS and have received many books that have been wrapped in the exact same manor without any problems. My gut feeling is that this person is just looking for a free credit but being a new member I don't know if this is a common practice and I do not want to offend anyone. 

Should I give the credit and if so is there away to prevent this person from ordering from my list again?  

I think Its a shame that this book won't be posted for creased pages if that is indeed the case as it seems to be a popular book,  It did go within a second of my posting it. How bad is a few creased pages?

Date Posted: 9/9/2009 4:53 PM ET
Member Since: 6/28/2007
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Does the member mean that tight wrapping caused creases?  I don't even see how that would be possible.

Ask for clarification.   If you know the book was fine, and you wrapped the book properly, there is no need to give a credit.  If a book was creased in transit, that is not your fault, and you needn't refund a credit.

Unsure about the preventing, but you can note the person's name and if they order from you again, just cancel it.

Date Posted: 9/9/2009 5:04 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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Do not refund the credit.

Book creases are postable! There is nothing in the rules against book creases, or bent or folded pages, for that matter.

No, there is no way to prevent someone from ordering from your shelf. With the FIFO system, it is unlikely that you would get the same orderer again, but its not impossible. You would have to make a note of the name and cancel an order from them if you see one come in.



Last Edited on: 9/9/09 5:07 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/9/2009 5:08 PM ET
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June, creases in a book do not make a book unpostable. If you wrapped the book according to instructions and the book was damaged in transit, then it is a RWP-damaged by USPS, which the receiver takes the risk on as long as the book was wrapped at least to PBS requirements. If the USPS damages a package and the book never gets there, then the sender loses out, if the book makes it there, the receiver loses out.

I do not think you owe this person a credit. If the book meets posting criteria, but they are making the choice to not post it because they don't like how it looks, that is their choice and they lose the credit.