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Subject: RC opinion?
Date Posted: 2/9/2010 8:04 AM ET
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I was curious what others thought of this RC.  I just got this earlier today and declined it even though the book is in what I would consider to be "good" condition, and has not been read "a hundred times" (how hyperbolic is that?).  However, is it just me or does the "good (Ilike new) condition" statement seem contradictory to you?  Do they want "good" or "like new"?  I usually decline most subjective RC, but this one I might have sent if the "like new" part wasn't in there since I bought the book new and only DH and I read it.  I never want to assume something is like new, though.  A slightly bent page might mean it is no longer like new, kwim?  Thoughts?

I am not willing to receive books from a smoking home. I am also only willing to accept books that appear in good (Ilike new) condition. I will not take books with writing, yellow pages, bent covers, or that appear to have been read a hundred times. Yes, I know it's a used book site, but used books can still be nice.

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 8:13 AM ET
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I would have declined too! 

I never want to assume something is like new, though.  A slightly bent page might mean it is no longer like new, kwim?  Thoughts?

Agreed.   It is too subjective, what I consider new you may not!  This is the only time I find RCs annoying.  She needs TomeTrader for a rewrite! 

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 2/9/2010 8:13 AM ET
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Even bookstores that sell new books have some books that probably wouldn't meet 'like new.'

I'd decline.

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 8:24 AM ET
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Add me to the decliners.  I don't need a credit badly enough to worry about a complaint over a dog earred paged or something minor. 

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 8:29 AM ET
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If I see the word "new" in the RC, I automatically decline. Not worth risking a RWAP.

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 8:44 AM ET
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Decline for all the reasons you and everyone else listed.  I expect that member gets requests declined a lot based on those RCs.

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 9:28 AM ET
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Date Posted: 2/9/2010 9:34 AM ET
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appear to have been

This is the part that causes me to decline....it's subjective. What appears to me might not appear to her. Maybe it's the nurse in me...we're told to chart to the facts, and to avoid words like 'appears' 'seems' etc. like the plague.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 10:16 AM ET
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Jeri, I love that !  

Joy, I always decline subjective RCs or those with the work new in them also.  Just not worth it.  If the requestor gets enough declines, they may (or may not ) change their RC wording.  Then again, hopefully they will just go out and buy new, then add it into the PBS stock ;)

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 10:21 AM ET
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I usually consider the book before declining the subjective "like new" RCs. However, I understand why they get declined so often. And if I have even a tiniest doubt about the book, I decline.

I used to enter a lot of contests on blogs for books. I won several and then later decided I didn't want to read the books anymore. So when I posted one here and got a "like new" RC, I had no problems sending it because I'd barely opened it (just to check for any signs of unpostability). It was literally a new book, never read. So I figured I was safe sending it. And I was. :)

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 11:15 AM ET
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When I first joined I didn't see the problem with RC's.  I now have removed mine as I see now how very difficult it is to be sure what people want.  So when I'm in doubt I PM person explain any flaws I see with the book and let them choose if the want it or not.  I don't know how this is effected by the rules but I feel if I tell them and they choose to receive it then they can't come back and say it didn't qualify. 

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 11:29 AM ET
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Decline, decline, decline -- your opinion of like new just might not be their opinion of like new. I don't even bother to PM the people anymore -- so often I would not hear back in a timely manner and was left hanging.

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 11:39 AM ET
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I agree, decline.  "like new" and "good" are subjective.  What I consider good shape may to someone else be bad, or others see as great shape.

I know this may too picky, but I HATE to receive a RC that says  "I will not".  There is a much politer way to say that, I have in mine, "I am sorry, but I can not accept books from a smoking home, due to allergies and my son having asthma".

I have asked for it to be wrapped in plastic, but I really don't care what type, bread bag (minus crumbs), the plastic the toilet paper was in, I don't care so long as it can protect the book from the big mud puddle in front of my mailbox.   

Decline, when you  have a doubt or concern it will fit the request, decline. 

Janette

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 11:39 AM ET
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I am not willing to receive books from a smoking home. I am also only willing to accept books that appear in good (Ilike new) condition. I will not take books with writing, yellow pages, bent covers, or that appear to have been read a hundred times. Yes, I know it's a used book site, but used books can still be nice.

 

Joy, I received a request from this member last week.  I declined it on account of the words "like new" and the stupid concluding sentence.

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 11:45 AM ET
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 She needs TomeTrader for a rewrite! 

I am not willing to receive books from a smoking home. I am also only willing to accept books that appear in good (Ilike new) condition. I will not take books with writing, yellow pages, bent covers, or that appear to have been read a hundred times. Yes, I know it's a used book site, but used books can still be nice.

 

Unfortunately, many members are hopelessly wedded to their RCs and get indignant when you tell them that wordiness, over explaining, and over demanding puts other members off.

I didn't bother to explain why I declined her request. With the exception of the no smoking RC, everything else is just stupid guideline restating.

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 12:00 PM ET
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I doubt that person will get many books on this site.  I would have declined even if the book was in what I consider to be "like new" condition.   That is too subjective of a term for me to want to take a chance on a RWAP.



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Date Posted: 2/9/2010 12:12 PM ET
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I have no problems sending many of my books with "like new" RCs and I'd have no problems arguing with them if they tried to say they weren't like knew. I do have a really big problem with someone talking down to me so I'd have to be in a really good mood to get past that last condescending sentence.

Subject: RWAP
Date Posted: 2/9/2010 6:05 PM ET
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I decline my first book with an RC. I suggested she take out the one phrase to make it clearer. She wants from non smoking house-I can do that part, but then she goes on to say "never been in a smoking house"-I'm not a mindreader-I don't know where the book has been in the whole 16 years it has been around....



Last Edited on: 2/9/10 6:07 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/9/2010 8:01 PM ET
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While the RC is vague, I wouldn'tturn it down if I had a new looking book. I don't hear the last sentence as condescending, just as a reply to the people that think one shouldn't ask for a nice looking book. I really doubt this person means anything condescending.I wish we (including me)could learn to hear as gently as we wished people would speak.



Last Edited on: 2/9/10 8:02 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/9/2010 8:53 PM ET
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I would turn down because of her attitude... I will not accept, hrmff...