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Subject: Question about staining on book
Date Posted: 2/3/2010 7:10 PM ET
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I have a HB that I just spilled tea on.  I did not have the cover on it  The book was closed.  The stain are on the  end of the book(not the spine)  The pages are not stained themselves.  I wondering if this is still postable.

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 7:14 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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No staining is allowed on the books at all, size and location do not matter. If you think someone would be willing to pay a credit for the book, you can post in the Bazaar, explain the damage and state that you want a credit for it.

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 7:21 PM ET
Member Since: 4/16/2008
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 I hate it when that happens!  

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Date Posted: 2/3/2010 7:45 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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If the stain is on the page edges, a fine grade sand paper can sometimes remove the stain.  But don't try it when the book is damp.

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 12:03 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Staining and/or liquid damage of any kind makes a book unpostable.  I've had success with sandpaper for small marks on page edges.  Otherwise wishlisted books often do well in the Book Bazaar where you can ask for a credit if you wish.

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 9:57 AM ET
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Yeah, if you can see the stain, it's not postable.

I was carrying Stephen King's Under The Dome and a PB&J sandwich - of course, I bumped the sandwich against the book and put a jelly stain on it :-b  No way am I sending that 3 pound book out as a freebie!!  Thank goodness we can ask for a credit even if damaged :)

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 10:35 AM ET
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Nope, not postable.  My son spilled tea in the same manner on a first edition HC of "The Help" just after I agreed to mail it to someone at PBS.  Oops! The book, with its little splatters of tea on the edges, is still here.  I think it was a sign that I was supposed to keep that one on my shelf.

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 12:59 PM ET
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Agree with trying sandpaper if the tea didn't absorb out into the pages & is just at the ends.  I'm assuming this means that you can only see them when the book is closed and you're looking at one of the edges.  Sanding will work in those cases.  Anything that soaks outward from the splatters is not going to sand off though, but as others have said, you can offer it for a credit in the BB.