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Subject: RC question
Date Posted: 6/24/2013 11:45 AM ET
Member Since: 12/29/2008
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I had someone order two books off my shelf.  The question I have is they have an RC which says "Books must be in good shape, not be musty,  yellowed pages. "

Using my reasonable judgment, I believe the books easily qualify - they are not musty, the pages are not yellowed, and I was happy to get them when I received them.  One, however, is a library discard - and while often library discards are well loved, this one is in excellent shap - better than some books I have received here.  If this was your RC, would you be unhappy to receive a library discard?

And I know I could decline the request, but these are non-WL books so I would actually be happy to ship them out.  Any thoughts?

Date Posted: 6/24/2013 11:53 AM ET
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Here is what I think. You can just take RCs at face value ... there is no need to try to guess what people care about, because they helpfully let you know exactly what they want via the RC.

Since this RC doesn't mention ex-library books, I think you are perfectly fine to send it.

As a person with an RC, I find it odd when people decline a request for something that is not mentioned in the RC at all. My RC is about dust jackets ... and I would be annoyed if someone declined it because the book had dog eared pages. Or creases in the cover. Or whatever other thing is not mentioned in the word "dust jacket".

KWIM?

Date Posted: 6/24/2013 11:58 AM ET
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There have been many conversations on this website about subjective RCs and how people do not like them.  A lot of people do not except those.  To answer your question, her RC does not say no ex library books so I think you are fine there as long as its in good shape. If you believe they are good shape than you should feel comfortable sending them out.  If the requester finds a problem with them and RWAPs you do not have to send her credit back. Just politely say that you believe that these books fit her requester conditions.  If you do that you will have an unresolved problem on your account but the paperbackswap does not worry about that unless you have a lot of unresolved problems on your acount. One won't hurt you.



Last Edited on: 6/24/13 1:59 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/24/2013 1:51 PM ET
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Personally, I'd decline it simply for the "good shape" RC.  I don't deal with subjectivity.  Period.

 

That said, if I DID decide to send it, first I'd take a photograph of the front, back, top, bottom, and several pages throughout the book to document condition.  I know, paranoid right?  LOL

Date Posted: 6/24/2013 1:54 PM ET
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PBS is just as subjective. What goes "generally good condition" (PBS phrasing) mean, anyway? Eye of the beholder.

Date Posted: 6/24/2013 2:03 PM ET
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I could be wrong but I assume members that repeart PBS rules in the RC like saying they want books in good condition may have a higher standard with regards to condition than PBS.  Althought I have had no problems with subjective RCs like that.

Date Posted: 6/24/2013 3:05 PM ET
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Thanks everyone.  I think both books are in "good condition," are postable by PBS standards, do not have mildew or mustiness or yellowing pages.  So I'm going to go for it, because I'm in favor of sending more books out.  We'll see what happens.

Date Posted: 6/24/2013 3:45 PM ET
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If the member who wrote the RC had an issue with former library books than he or she would have put that in the RC. It sounds like your books met the conditions just fine so there isn't an issue.