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Kisha -
Subject: RC - WWYD?
Date Posted: 7/28/2009 12:40 PM ET
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I recieved this RC today on a request, and I'm not sure what I want to do, so wanted others opinions

I am not willing to receive books that extremely old, I request books that are gently used, relatively new condition

I am the only owner of the book in question, I bought it about 7-8 years ago, so to me, not extremely old, but still an old book. The overall condition of the book is great, if I didn't remember reading it, I'd wonder if I actually had read it, but because it is an older book it does have some yellowing on the edge of the book.

I am torn,  my gut tells me that the extremely old is too subjective, they could mean anything from looks like multiple reads, or yellowing to literal age of book.  But, I am not sure if i am reading too much into it.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 12:43 PM ET
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I would probably turn it down unless my book was brand new.  Too subjective.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 12:44 PM ET
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I would turn it down. To me, 7-8 years is old for the book and it has signs of its age. It seems logical that someone requesting a book that old would know it, but they may be expecting a reprint of the older book, not an original print.  When you turn it down, make note of the condition and age of the book and state that you see it is the only copy available and if they want your copy in the condition you've described they should turn off their RC and re-request it.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 12:50 PM ET
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Turn it down!

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 12:52 PM ET
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I would turn it down. Someone else will come along who will appreciate it.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 1:15 PM ET
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my gut tells me that the extremely old is too subjective

I think you answered your own question.  Decline.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 1:16 PM ET
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I would be turning this one down. The "relatively new" part is so iffy. That is subject to opinion and opinions do vary.

Kate -
Date Posted: 7/28/2009 1:21 PM ET
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Too subjective on age and condition. If you turn it down, you might want to use the message box to (kindly) suggest that they make the RC more specific.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 1:52 PM ET
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I would turn it down.  As a collector of various kinds of vintage pb books, 7-8 years reads as "new" to me.  Everyone has a different measure for "new" or "old". 

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 2:01 PM ET
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i quadtriple the Turn It Down

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 2:18 PM ET
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Kisha -
Date Posted: 7/28/2009 2:27 PM ET
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TY for all your input, glad to know that I wasn't making it harder than it needed to be, that others would have felt the same way. LOL  I did turn it down, and tried to politely tell them that I felt it was just too subjective

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 3:42 PM ET
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You are uncomfortable enough to post this question Kisha, so I'll agree with the decline. 

In addition, I don't have much patience for members demanding book conditions in excess of PBS guidelines.  If members want like new books, IMO their RC needs to be quick, easy, specific, and very polite.  If so, I'm happy to send my book...otherwise, I don't have time to decipher their RC and they should consider the new book store.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 3:46 PM ET
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I would have also turned it down.  I wouldn't want a ding against me for a perfectly postable book because it wasn't "like new" to them. Also the book has been reissued under the ISBN might they might get you on the "old" part for sending them the older version.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 4:58 PM ET
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I would have turned it down for multiple reasons, "extremely old" 'gently used' and "relatively new condition." Say what? That whole RC is nothing but subjective terms! 

I'm 50 years old, so to me "extremely old" would be like, something printed around the time I was born. A 7-8 year old book isn't old at all to me, but if she's 20 years old, she might think it is. LOL A lot of the older books are, IMO, often in better shape and hold up better than some of the el cheapo new MMPs which often will look ratty after a couple of readings.



Date Posted: 7/28/2009 5:07 PM ET
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I have gotten RCs one like that before.

I might be a horrible person but even if my book was brand new I would not send it. I rather someone get such a great book that is not expecting  so much from a used book.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 6:32 PM ET
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Cheryl's right, the whole RC is nothing but subjectiveness.

Decline, decline, decline.

You were smart to do so.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 7/28/2009 6:34 PM ET
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Wow!  I know that would have been turned down by me.  Funny because just this week I received a book that truly was printed in 1972.  It's in great shape, read once according to the sender and from the looks of it I'd agree.  Showing it's age?  Yes, indeedy yellowing pages can't be helped.  What counts is the spine is intact, it's a nice clean, readable copy - repostable without hesitation on my part.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 6:36 PM ET
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Joining the crowd, I'd turn it down, too, with a comment that the RC terms "extremely old, gently used, and relatively new" were unclear to me.


Last Edited on: 7/28/09 6:37 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/30/2009 9:31 AM ET
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Wow! I guess my 1890-something book of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table would be considered "old?"  :)