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Subject: RWAP--no response to PM?
Date Posted: 11/22/2012 11:31 PM ET
Member Since: 7/26/2008
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What is the recourse if you receive a book with a problem--front cover is coming off the book--the binding is unglued completely from the book and the first couple pages are coming loose. The packaging was intact so I surmised that the sender but it in the mail that way. I marked it RWAP and explained to the sender requesting my credit back. There has been no response at all. The book was requested on Nov. 3 and received Nov. 16. This is the 22nd.

Date Posted: 11/22/2012 11:38 PM ET
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TPTB do not usually get involved in problem swaps, BUT, they will get involved when people don't respond to RWAP PMs after a reasonable amount of time. Use the 'contact us' link at the bottom of the page. Just to make sure, though, double check your credit registry to see if the other member refunded the credit; sometimes folks do that without responding, either to be expedient or feeling remorseful or any other reason.
Date Posted: 11/23/2012 1:41 AM ET
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Before going to the step of the Contact Us link you should submit follow-up on the transaction. Mark that the sender did not respond. This will notify the site and and the sender will get a firm prompt that they need to resolve the problem transaction, they can't just ignore it. If nothing happens within a week after that, then you use the Contact Us link and send in Feedback letting them know that the sender never responded.

From the Help Center:

Follow-up on Problem swaps

added 3/13/2008

If you as the requestor marked a book received with a problem, you can now provide follow-up on the situation from your Transaction Archive.

  • This will allow us to screen more effectively for those accounts that are sending problem books and NOT resolving the problems, and also allow us to avoid excessively penalizing senders who might make a mistake, but who do resolve the problem.
  • Senders who send problem books and do not resolve the problem will have their accounts double-marked "behind the scenes"; if a pattern of this emerges on a sender's account, it will jeopardize membership .

Before submitting follow-up on a problem swap:

  • You must have sent a PM to the sender, clearly asking for a response (and a credit refund if that is desired)
    • You can send the PM during the process of marking the book received, OR using the PM button on the swap in your transaction archive as described in How do I contact another member?.
  • You should allow the sender a week at least to respond to your PM and resolve the swap.
  • You should check the member's bookshelf (by clicking his or her highlighted name on the swap, which will take you to his or her bookshelf or profile, where you can click the Books button) to see if his or her account is on vacation. If the account continues to be on vacation for more than a week, you can contact us to find out when you might expect a response from the requestor.

To give follow-up on a Problem Swap:

  • Find the problem transaction in your Transaction Archive (linked from the top of your My Account main page)
  • Click
    • this button appears only on the requestor's account
  • Choose one of the options given in the menu next to Update Status
    • Sender resolved the problem
    • Sender did NOT resolve the problem
    • Sender did not respond to PM asking to discuss the problem
    • Marked problem swap in error
  • Click Submit to submit the follow-up information

What the options mean

  • Sender resolved the problem means the swap does not need to be resolved further
    • the resolution could have been that the sender refunded the credit
    • the resolution could have been that the sender sent another book as replacement
    • the resolution could have been that the sender offered resolution, but you declined
  • Sender did NOT resolve the problem means that the sender responded to your PM, but did not settle this swap to your satisfaction, and there is no further negotiation happening
    • this could be because you disagreed about a book's condition
    • this could be because you did not like the resolution that she or he offered
    • this could be because the sender refused to refund credit or replace the book (or promised to replace the book or refund the credit, but book/refund was not received)
  • Sender did not respond to PM means that your PM asked for a response, but the sender did not respond
    • You should not choose this option if the sender responded (even if you don't agree with what the sender said)
    • You should not choose this option if your PM did not ask for a response
    • You should not choose this option if you never sent the sender a PM at all
  • Marked as problem swap in error means that you made a mistake when you marked it as a problem swap
    • Choose this option if there was actually no problem with the transaction

What happens when you submit follow-up

  • Sender resolved the problem
    • this removes the "Was Problem Resolved?" button from the transaction
    • this does NOT change the problem icon in the Transaction Archive
    • Adds the notation that the problem was resolved to the Transaction Archive
      • this text appears on both sender 's and requestor's transaction archives
    • Changes the swap status "behind-the-scenes" so that this problem swap does not count as heavily against the sender as an unresolved problem
  • Sender did NOT resolve the problem
    • this removes the "Was Problem Resolved?" button from the transaction
    • does NOT change the problem icon in the Transaction Archive
    • Adds the notation that the problem was NOT resolved to the Transaction Archive
      • this text appears on both sender 's and requestor's transaction archives
    • Adds a "double mark" against the sender in his or her account record "behind the scenes"
  • Sender did not respond to PM
    • this sends an email to the sender, notifying him or her that his or her account has been marked as nonresponsive in a problem swap
    • the email refers the member to the Help Center information about problem swaps, and tells the sender that he or she needs to resolve this problem
    • this does NOT change the problem icon in the Transaction Archive
    • this does NOT remove the "Was Problem Resolved?" button from the Transaction Archive (so that further follow-up can be given when/if the sender responds about this swap)
  • Marked received with a problem in error
    • this removes the "Was Problem Resolved?" button from the transaction
    • this changes the status of the transaction to "Completed Successfully" on both sender and requestor's transaction archives

Note that once follow-up is submitted, it can't be changed. The only follow-up option which allows further follow-up to be submitted is "Sender did not respond to PM".

Date Posted: 11/23/2012 11:06 AM ET
Member Since: 10/26/2008
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Yeah, what Melanie said.

Subject: Thank you so much for the help.
Date Posted: 11/23/2012 12:59 PM ET
Member Since: 7/26/2008
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Thanks, I will give the sender a couple more days and then start through the process.  Thanks again, Meg

Date Posted: 11/23/2012 1:03 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I would give a few extra days with the holiday.  A lot of people go out of town for Thanksgiving and may not come on to PBS or even have internet access.