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Subject: Question on how to mark book?
Date Posted: 1/6/2010 9:53 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2007
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OK, I'm pretty sure that this falls under the RWAP...received a book today and the person had wrapped it in a Kroger's sack and used only scotch tape (now when I saw that I was going to send a friendly reminder about that) but, back to the issue...she turned the Kroger emblem inside and I discovered blue ink on the corners and edges of the book...Now the rules state "no stains" so, is this book now unpostable?  If it is, it is certainly due to the senders packaging...


Tell me what you think.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 10:30 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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I have marked books like that both RWAP and not.  Depending on what I plan for the book.  (The children's early reader went RWAP as I felt I could not give the stained book to a child.  They'd get stained.)  I'd never repost such a book. I will always put a note in the comment section of the questionaire.  Especially about Scotch tape.

I have to say, Scotch tape usually leans me towards RWAP.  I would also check how new the member was.  I'm more likely give feedback to a newer member rather than RWAP.  

You also do have the option to RWAP and not ask for your credit back.

Date Posted: 1/8/2010 6:47 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/8/2010 6:53 PM ET
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Scotch tape is not grounds for RWAP.  I use it and have received it, and never had a problem with it.

Out of curiosity, why do you use Scotch tape? I assume that when you replace a roll at the store, shipping tape is easily accessible. Is that assumption incorrect?

Date Posted: 1/8/2010 7:04 PM ET
Member Since: 2/26/2009
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General Guidelines for Wrapping:

  • Your book(s) must be completely enclosed in the wrapping

Use plenty of tape (2" shipping tape, not Scotch)

  • especially at the corners and seams.
  • You can get shipping tape at any store that sells stationery or shipping supplies.

Seems to me that using only scotch tape would be grounds for a RWAP....

Date Posted: 1/8/2010 7:09 PM ET
Member Since: 11/5/2009
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.she turned the Kroger emblem inside and I discovered blue ink on the corners and edges of the book..

So what I get you are saying is that the blue ink stains came from the Kroger bag.  In that case it would indicate that the packing got wet because that's the only way I can see ink bleeding onto the book.  This is another case where wrapping the book in plastic probably would have saved the book from damage.

From what you are saying it sounds like the book was inadequately packaged.  I would do a RWAP.

Date Posted: 1/8/2010 8:19 PM ET
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I live in a fog belt.  Scotch tape has NEVER arrived safely.  The slightest hint of moisture and it peels off.   Sending Scotch tape to some climates is just asking for RWAP.

Date Posted: 1/8/2010 9:31 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/8/2010 10:40 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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Some bags are printed with ink that will rub off on anything that touches it.

Ever been to Disneyland?  Whatever kind of ink they use on their bags will rub right off onto your hands if you carry it for any length of time.  Just the heat from your hand will do that.  Doesn't have to get wet at all.

Date Posted: 1/8/2010 11:18 PM ET
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Seems to me that using only scotch tape would be grounds for a RWAP....

Though it is recommended to not use only scotch tape, it is not an official problem and therefore not a RWAP. Unless the tape directly attributed to damage to the book or the book becomes damaged by the USPS due to the tape, it is not a RWAP case. Official problems are described in the Help Center:

The "official" problem options are:

  • Wrong Book
    • This includes inappropriate items such as ARCs or leaflets/pamphlets/booklets without ISBNs
    • This includes the wrong versions of books (ie, the ISBN, title, author or booktype of the book you received doesn't match the PBS listing of the book you requested)
    • This includes regular-font books when you requested a Large Print book
    • If you received a book you did not request (not just the wrong version of a book you DID request but a title you do not recognize), you should NOT mark the book received - you should PM the sender as described in I received a book I didn't request!.
      • this may have been a mixed-up request and can be easily rectified.
  • Damaged by Sender
    • This means the book appears to have been unacceptable for swapping at PBS before it was put in the mail
    • This includes books packaged using tape applied to the book if the book is damaged and rendered unrepostable by opening the package.
    • Read more about sender-damaged books here
  • Damaged by USPS
    • This means that the book's poor condition appears to be the result of its journey in the mail.
    • This includes books that appear to have been poorly packaged for mailing by the sender.
    • Read more about USPS-damaged books here
  • Requestor Conditions Violation
    • This means the book does not meet the specifications in your Requestor Conditions
    • Read more about Requestor Conditions violations here.

Click here for instructions on what to do if your book arrives with an "official" problem as described above.