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Subject: Should I RWAP this? Sticker removal damaged cover
Date Posted: 1/25/2010 11:42 PM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2009
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I received a paperback book today that has a fair amount of damage to the cover. It is an ex-library book, so it already had a good amount of wear and tear, which is fine.

It looks like once the library discarded it, they put some sort of label/sticker on the cover. This is no small sticker, this was roughly 4" x 2". It was not designed to be stuck to books.

Somewhere along the line someone tried to remove this label. They got about half of it off, but they removed part of the cover in the process. It's not a tear that goes all the way through the cover, but it removed the cover artwork that it covered and exposed the papery stuff. It's not a little spot either, it removed parts of a roughly 1" x 2" section. The other half of the sticker still remains stuck on the book. 


I'm really not that picky about the condition of the books I receive, and I don't mind price stickers, but I was disappointed to get a book with such a damaged cover. 

Should I/can I RWAP it? I would never post a book in this condition. 

Date Posted: 1/26/2010 12:08 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Hmmm....IMO damage to cover may be considered same as the cut or tear guideline of less than one inch.  This is different than creases, shelf wear, etc. which I would not measure.

Curious to see other thoughts on this on :)

Last Edited on: 1/26/10 12:09 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/26/2010 12:28 AM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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Nothing in the rules about defacement of the cover due to removal of stickers or for any other reason, so I don't see how this could be called a legitimate violation. If the sticker had been left on, you probably wouldn't have even questioned it, since library & book crossing stickers are within the rules, so put another sticker on it, and pretend it came that way :)

Date Posted: 1/26/2010 10:01 AM ET
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Last Edited on: 2/3/15 6:19 PM ET - Total times edited: 1