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Subject: Questions for People with No Smoking RCs
Date Posted: 1/27/2009 8:54 AM ET
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so, i'm moving in with my mom.  my husband still smokes, but while he smoked inside our apartment, he goes outside at my mom's.

i know, at least for a while, i should still turn down RCs for non-smoking environments.  is there a time frame, though, in which i can consider my home a non-smoking home?  or does it not count since he still smokes and lives there?

just wondering.  thanks!

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 9:34 AM ET
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I'm someone who's allergic to cigarette smoke, so I prefer books from a totally non-smoking home, however what I would do is when you receive a request, PM the requestor and tell them the situation and let them decide what they'd like to do. Make sure to give them a time limit to get back to you, like 48 hours or you'll automatically decline the request. That way the ball is in their court.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 10:37 AM ET
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You could PM as Ivy suggests.  If you don't want to do that, I would continue to turn down smoking RCs just to be cautious.  I think books that have been in a smoking environment can always have some residual smell and you don't want to set off someone's allergies.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 11:27 AM ET
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What happens if you PM the requestor, telling them "I rec'd this book used, and have no way to know if it has been in a smoking environment,"  they agree to take the book, and then they mark it RWAP?

I decline most (if not all) RC because I am afraid that even if they agree in writing that they want the book, that they can mark it RWAP and I will lose both the credit and the book.

Any thoughts?

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 11:34 AM ET
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I get a lot of my books used.  If someone has a "NON SMOKING ENVIRONMENT" I will send the book as we don't smoke.  I am quite sensitive to cigarette smoke (allergies) so I can smell it on almost anything and will do a 'sniff' test also before sending. 

If the RC says "NO SMOKE" or something like that I'll decline, as again, I can't guarantee that a book's never been around smoke, just that it hasn't when it's been in my possession.  Pat

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 12:05 PM ET
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Here's what I did after I quit smoking.  I put ALL my books in Rubbermaid bins with lots of crumbled newspapers and changed the newspapers weekly.   IF I got that type of RC I declined for several months.      Then I asked my niece who is very allergic to smoke to take a book home and see if it bothered her.   She said she had NO reaction and couldn't smell smoke on the book at all.   After that, I just went ahead and sent my books.  I've never had a complaint about smoke smell.

NOW - all my books come from a NON smoking home - said very proudly! 

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 1:32 PM ET
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Mylinda, it isn't necessary to decline all RC's.  read each one and decide from there.  Most people don't want a book that is currently in a smoking household (that is what my RC says).  I know people don't know the history but if you don't smoke and no one in your home smokes then it should fine to send the book.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 2:44 PM ET
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Hooray Cozi!  I know it's so hard to quit, but very worth the struggle!

 

My roommate received a book yesterday that smelled faintly of smoke.  Neither of us has non-smoking as a requestor condition.  She put the book in a box with a dryer sheet, and I think it'll probably be ok in a few days.  It was not really badly stinky.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 2:50 PM ET
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Yes, but what if they say it is ok, and then mark it RWAP? 

That's my real concern.  *I* think it smells fine, and no one smokes in the house, but what if *they* can smell something?  i just don't want to risk my credit.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 2:54 PM ET
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keep your PM's and if they do that remind them that they ok'd you sending the book and they need to correct the transaction archive.  also do not refund their credit and archive the PM's in case there is ever any question

very rarely will you run into someone that says to send the book but then will mark it RWAP for not meeting condition.



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Date Posted: 1/27/2009 3:00 PM ET
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Yay Cozi! I just celebrated 21 years of quitting smoking!

I would prefer that the book not be sent if there is any doubt at all. And Jessyka, I have noticed and I do appreciate that you make it clear in your profile and siggy that the books are exposed to smoke.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 7:25 PM ET
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Yes, but what if they say it is ok, and then mark it RWAP? 

That's my real concern.  *I* think it smells fine, and no one smokes in the house, but what if *they* can smell something?  i just don't want to risk my credit.

Say too bad you said it would be OK, I am not returning the credit. And then don't. It is up to the sender to give back the credit, a RWP does not automatically return the credit. I have a no current smoking enviro RC and I accept the fact that a little stinker may get through because it was used to them or someone could just lie and say they are a nonsmoking household and they aren't, but that's my responsibility when I clarify it with current non-smoking households.

OP - I wouldn't want a book that is around a smoker a lot. The smell lingers on the person and books absorb the smell easily. If the books are not open around him smoking (like you don't read in the car while he smokes in there) and they are stored somewhere in the house he doesn't go much, maybe, but as long a someone in the household smokes, I would err on the side of caution and turn down the RCS.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 9:11 PM ET
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amanda,

as someone with allergies, putting dryer sheets with books is not a very good idea. the sent gets stuck inside the book. as cozi said, you can use crumpled newspaper

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 9:45 AM ET
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cozi -- thanks...that sounds like a good solution.  and since my dad is very allergic to smoke, he would be able to help me out!

nellie -- i just know that i participate in a lot of swaps, and i don't want someone with allergies winning something from me if they won't be able to read it!  :)