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Subject: Question about turning down a wishlist book offered to me.
Date Posted: 3/25/2011 12:39 AM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2009
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So a book I have on my wish list has been offered to me. But the member sent me a PM before I accepted the offer, letting me know that the book was used as a textbook and has been marked in.

I don't really want a book that is all marked up so I am thinking of declining the offer.

What happens to my wishlist then? Is the book taken off my wishlist if I decline the book? Will I lose my place in the que?

Date Posted: 3/25/2011 12:57 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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No Gayle, it will be the responsibility of the poster to cancel the transaction from their end.  You will retain your WL spot. 

Although, if there are wishers behind you...you might add an RC for this book only so it can be offered to members waiting behind you.

Date Posted: 3/25/2011 12:59 AM ET
Member Since: 2/5/2007
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I had to look this one up.  The person offering the book should cancel the order.  You need to inform her that you do NOT want the book and that she is to cancel it.  You might also copy this from the help center and send it in the PM.

From the help center:


  • Member B posts a novel (fiction) that she used in a class - something that most people would NOT consider a textbook.
    • Following the Book Condition Criteria for 'Swappability' at PBS textbook exception rules, she sends a Personal Message to the requestor when she gets a request, describing the book's condition.
    • Chances are good that she will NOT get PM consent from the requestor to send the book with highlighting/etc.
    •  If the requestor declines the book in its condition, Member B will have to cancel the request and repost her book.  It will go to the 'back of the line' for requests.  (If it is a Wish Listed book, it will be offered to the same wisher and the sender will again have to cancel.  She will have to wait for the wishing member to get a copy of this book from someone else before Member B can post her copy again.)


Date Posted: 3/25/2011 1:55 AM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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Do put on a RC so the book can pass you.  Easy on you.  Nice to the poster.

Date Posted: 3/25/2011 3:52 AM ET
Member Since: 1/21/2009
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The poster needs to cancel the request or you will lose your spot in line.  It seems strange to even offer a book if it has underlining or writing in it.  But I guess as long as you PM the requestor, it is okay to do so.  I know that I do not want any book that is like that and it is not stated as such in my RCs.

BTW, what book is it?  I am just curious. 



Date Posted: 3/25/2011 9:57 AM ET
Member Since: 3/4/2007
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Priscilla, it is acceptable to post books with writing in them if they were used as textbooks, but the poster must then PM the person ordering the book to let them know the condition.  The person offering the book followed the site rules.

Date Posted: 3/25/2011 10:54 AM ET
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The person offering the book followed the site rules

How refreshing!  It's nice when we see people doing the right thing.

Date Posted: 3/25/2011 11:10 AM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2009
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Thank you all for your good advice.

In a later PM, she said if I took the book and then decided I wasn't happy, she would refund my credit.  So I am going to accept the offer.

And for those who were curious about the book, it is LIFE IN THE ENGLISH COUTRY HOUSE.  Also she told me that she had gotten the book from PBS but she didn't say if she knew before she got it that it was marked up or if it came as an unpleasant surprise.

Date Posted: 3/25/2011 10:34 PM ET
Member Since: 1/22/2008
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Some people looking for a book that might cost them $20 or $30 to purchase might be happy to take it with underlining for just the cost of a credit