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Subject: RWAP, need opinions
Date Posted: 10/22/2012 9:13 PM ET
Member Since: 7/10/2011
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I received a paperback book in the mail today that I was so excited to get.  It is heavily wishlisted (59 on the WL as of today), and my plan was to read it and send it right back out.  But, it came with a 4-inch jagged tear on the front cover that has been stabilized with tape on the inside.  Clearly unpostable.  However the inside of the book is pristine, readable. 

RWAP probably, since I can't send it on.  Would you ask for the credit back?

Date Posted: 10/22/2012 9:17 PM ET
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It is totally up to you. My personal standard has become - is it obviously unpostable? If it is I ask for my credit back. Since 4 inches would be obviously more than 1 inch to me, I'd believe this sender should have known to not send that book and ask for my credit.
Date Posted: 10/22/2012 9:37 PM ET
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I've been feeling a bit crotchety about RWAPs lately, too many recently.  So I'd probably do the same as Melanie...if it's obvious (like noticable damage to the front cover) I'd probably ask for a credit return.  Unless I could determine the sender was a new PBS member...then I might not if they were polite.

Date Posted: 10/22/2012 10:35 PM ET
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 I generally follow what the other posters said: how obvious is the damage.  If it's something I think I could have missed myself then I let it pass. If it's borderline postable and I can tell that one more read will put it over the edge-I let it pass.  If it's something obvious that should have easily been seen then I ask for a credit back.  I would ask for my credit back for a 4" tear on the cover even if it was neatly taped.

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Date Posted: 10/23/2012 12:31 AM ET
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Since it's a WL book and in otherwise good shape you can surely get a credit for it in the Bazaar so I may not ask for the credit back but I would definitely let them know. Mark it RWAP either way. 

Date Posted: 10/23/2012 4:12 AM ET
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I would but be prepared to hear "this is how I received it." Is the member new? It amazes what some folks will send just to try and get a credit.
Date Posted: 10/23/2012 5:25 PM ET
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The member has been here since September 2007, the number of books shipped and received is private.  I would think in that amount of time that she should know better. 

ETA - the damage is VERY obvious on the front cover, a jagged rip making a pie shape out of the lower right corner, and it isn't lined up well for being taped.  There is white paper showing all along the tear, taped down.  No way this was overlooked.

Last Edited on: 10/23/12 5:27 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/23/2012 5:30 PM ET
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I pretty much always mark Obvious Unpostables RWAP and ask for my credit back. Even with high wishers it's a bother putting up a post and explaining what is wrong with the book. And I'd feel like a heel asking for a credit for something I can't put on my bookshelf.

Last Edited on: 10/23/12 5:31 PM ET - Total times edited: 1