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Subject: RWAP or polite suggestion?
Date Posted: 3/16/2012 5:24 PM ET
Member Since: 10/14/2010
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First, let me start by saying that no matter what I don't want my credit back, I am thoroughly happy with the book I received even if I have to pay download the Kindle version in order to read it (I probably would have requested it if I'd seen it in the book bazaar).  But then I'm weird and proud of it, RWAP'ing is more for the future (normal) people requesting from this person's bookshelf than for myself.

I've received a book, it is an Jules Verne book that "appears" (I use this term cautiously as I'm a very bad judge of age) to be an early 1900 to 1930's printing (I have questions out to those who know old books to find out what edition).

The book is in really good condition for it's age, binding is intact except for a little tearing at the very edges (and less than 1/2"), all pages are whole still attached to the binding except the flyleaf which has separated.  There are worm-holes in the book but none are deep enough to obscure any of the text.  The pages are a little fragile but haven't taken on that smell they get when they become too delicate to touch.

As I've said, I love the book, and to be honest I didn't find anything that appeared to be outright against "good condition."  The only thing that would make me even consider an RWAP over a polite suggestion concerning what the members here are expecting would be the worm-holes (not unusual in older books, but considering older for the purposes of this web-site is 1980's it's obvious why they didn't include it in the condition requirements).

How does the general forum public think I should progress in this case.  The other member appears to have been here around a year.

Date Posted: 3/16/2012 5:35 PM ET
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I wouldn't even bother.  Seems to me that it's in good condition for its age.

Date Posted: 3/16/2012 6:02 PM ET
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I would not RWAP that either.

Date Posted: 3/16/2012 6:13 PM ET
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Me either.

Laura M. (LMM) - ,
Date Posted: 3/16/2012 6:27 PM ET
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Was it posted under a real ISBN? If so, then that would be my main concern.

Date Posted: 3/16/2012 6:31 PM ET
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I wouldn't either.

Date Posted: 3/16/2012 7:00 PM ET
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Unless it was posted to an incorrect ISBN (sounds like it should be a PBS short), and you are happy with the book...I wouldn't RWAP. 

Date Posted: 3/16/2012 10:10 PM ET
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I guess I'm in the minority but I'd RWAP, if it was chewed by worms or moths. You don't have to ask for your credit back.

Date Posted: 3/16/2012 11:10 PM ET
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I'd RWAP, and like you not ask for my credit back, just to let the person know that in the future, books with worm chews (and there is a 'chewing' rule) or any other chews aren't postable.  If they haven't been on PBS very long, they might not have read the rules thoroughly, and this would give them a 'heads up' so that in the future, hopefully, they'd be more careful.  Pat

Date Posted: 3/17/2012 7:04 AM ET
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If you knew you were getting an antique book, then wormholes just add character.  Otherwise a friendly PM exchange to clarify  would help the other guy out for future swaps.  Us weirdos who appreciate the unusual finds here are probably not the norm.

Date Posted: 3/17/2012 2:00 PM ET
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OK maybe I live in a different climate, but I'm unfamiliar with the wormhole issue.  Chewing is unpostable, but TPTB have made the posting rules such that normal aging process is acceptable (tannen, wear, etc.).  So are wormholes a normal part of aging or damage?

Date Posted: 3/17/2012 4:03 PM ET
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So are wormholes a normal part of aging or damage? 

The book's pages or binding are actually are chewed by an insect. So it's not really part of the normal aging process but it could be considered common in a 100 year old book. Newer books aren't as susceptible because of the materials used.  

Date Posted: 3/17/2012 4:49 PM ET
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Yes the member did post the book entry correctly (I currently always RWAP incorrect listing information (Title, ISBN, Author, Binding Type, Large/Normal Print) does not match).

I thank everyone for their feedback, amongst other things I never considered that wormholes could be considered "chewing" (which I guess they technically are).

I believe that I'm just going to provide a polite warning, but I'm including this thread so that the other member is aware that "things worked out good this time, but next time they may not."

Date Posted: 3/19/2012 12:54 PM ET
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I really don't understand the problem.  A 100 year old book in good condition?  What is there to RWAP or politely suggest?

Date Posted: 3/19/2012 1:03 PM ET
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My main concern is, those worms can travel, you are keeping this book for a collectors copy, then please search online how to get rid or stop it from spreading.
If possible, I'd keep this book away from others so it does not infest any other books.  Putting it in a ziplock bag with some baking soda would be a good idea. Or if you have those little gel packets from food/vitamins that help control moisture those work too.

I would just PM the sender with a note about the worms. So they also know for the future.