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Subject: Question about smell?
Date Posted: 11/21/2009 12:18 PM ET
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I just received a book that was a wish-list book. It has a cat urine smell to it. Is that fine here or is that something not allowed? Tried searching through the Help Docs but couldn't find anything. You can actually see on the front where it is down the cover. I am going to try spraying Lysol or something on it to cover the smell because I really want to read this book(it has been on my wish-list for  awhile). Just wanted to see what your opinions are:)

Date Posted: 11/21/2009 12:58 PM ET
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The smell isn't covered.  Face it, not everyone has a sense of smell.  You can help eyesight with glasses.  Nothing works to repair or replace a lost sense of smell.  But the stain mentioned is covered.  A wet stain makes a book unpostable.  A urine stain makes it gross.

Smell is a tricky one.  RCs about it are very hard to word. 

Date Posted: 11/21/2009 1:48 PM ET
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Unless you had a RC about smell, that by itself does not make the book unpostable.

However, you said "you can actually see it on the front" -- is it a stain? If so, that would render the book unpostable.

Good luck.

Date Posted: 11/21/2009 1:53 PM ET
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In this case, it sounds like there's a stain - so, unpostable.

I mean, that's so gross.  I would RWAP this one.

BTW - What book is it?  Just in case one of us has it - you really, really shouldn't have to read a book that's been peed upon.

Date Posted: 11/21/2009 2:16 PM ET
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You can actually see on the front where it is down the cover.

I agree that if you can see it, it's a stain and upostable. Don't even bother with the smell issue, just mark it RWAP on the stain.

If I just had to read it, which I don't think I'd even try if it smelled, I'd take the cover off and toss it. Then toss the book afterwards. But I'd have to be pretty desperate to put up with the smell, and I wouldn't want to be breathing in disinfenctants either.

Good luck!

Subject: Question about Cigarette Smoke Smell
Date Posted: 11/21/2009 2:21 PM ET
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I am allergic to cigarette smoke and sometimes a book will smell really strong of cigarettes.  That doesn't seem to be a reason for a book not being postable.  So, does anyone have any advice on how to get the cigarette smoke smell out of a book?

Date Posted: 11/21/2009 2:52 PM ET
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Liquid damage of any kind renders a book unpostable. 

Kate, there should be several threads in the archives that list methods for attempting to remove smoke odor :-)

Date Posted: 11/21/2009 4:26 PM ET
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Well, I will see what I can do about it. The title is A Promise For Spring by Kim Sawyer. I know there is a line for it. As far as the cover, it isn't like stained but you can see where the liquid(?) sprayed the front of it. You all still think I should mark it RWAP? I normally try to let a little smell go, it happens sometimes, but this is pretty strong. I can smell it on the envelope and the sticker on the front cover from Wal-Mart really smells bad. Thanks for your help all:)

Date Posted: 11/21/2009 4:50 PM ET
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Kate here is an old thread about removing smoke smell: http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=180400

Date Posted: 11/21/2009 5:56 PM ET
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I know there is a line for it. As far as the cover, it isn't like stained but you can see where the liquid(?) sprayed the front of it.

If you can see it, and it won't wipe off like fingerprints or something, then it's stained. If it won't wipe off I'd mark it RWAP and ask for my credit back. You may not get it, but you have the right to ask for it back for a stained book.

And I would in no way post a book that smells like cat pee to anyone. Nor a book I'd have to spray with disinfectant. Whether it's allowed or not, I don't think it's a sanitary thing to do. A credit just isn't worth that much to me.

Sometimes, the garbage is the best place for a book that's got such problems. We'll all be at the end of the line for some books we get, even when they arrive okay. It's just the way it is.

Date Posted: 11/21/2009 10:11 PM ET
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I also have a smoke allergy.  And several of those suggestions in that link would never work for me.  You can search the forums for smoke or smelly.  There has been several threads debating methods to remove smell.  I personally use baking soda.

But cat urine?  Serious book destroyer.  Don't put it with other books.

Date Posted: 11/22/2009 12:14 AM ET
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If you can actually see where the cat pee marked the book, I'd call that liquid damage...eeew.  And there's very little that will remove that particular odor. 

Some of the new pet odor removers are fairly effective, but you'd have to get the book wet again.  Between the liquid damage, urine odor, and cleaner oder...this book is probably a goner, the smells will probably give you a headyache. 

Does a successful RWAP place the receiver back at the front of the wishlist line?

Date Posted: 11/22/2009 12:30 AM ET
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Does a successful RWAP place the receiver back at the front of the wishlist line?

It does not need to be "successful" -- marking a WL book RWAP places you back at the front of the queue.

Unfortunately I've had some experience with this...