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Subject: Should I RWAP?
Date Posted: 3/11/2009 6:34 PM ET
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I received a WL book today.  It's in great condition except one spot on the top edge of the pages.  It looks like it's burned, maybe even just got bumped with the end of a cigarette. It only affects 5 or 6 pages and no burned or smokey smell.  It's no biggie to me but I'm wondering if I'll get dinged if I repost it.  There are almost 150 people on the WL so I'd hate to take it out of circulation for something that doesn't make it unreadable.  What do you think?

Date Posted: 3/11/2009 6:50 PM ET
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Does it only affect the edge of the pages? Or, is there damage to the pages that goes into them?

You can often use sandpaper to gently sand off a stray mark or fingerprint from the edges of the pages. Just squeeze them together tightly and rub the sandpaper in the direction of the pages. I know it sounds like it might make the edges of the pages look worn but it doesn't. On typical MMPs you can't tell. (I might not try it some kind of valuable book, but it works for MMPs)

Edited to say: I thought it sounded crazy when I read about someone else who posted this idea, so I tested it out first, on a different book that I knew was definitely unpostable. And, found out it works.



Last Edited on: 3/11/09 6:57 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/11/2009 7:01 PM ET
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Does it only affect the edge of the pages? Or, is there damage to the pages that goes into them?

On 3 of the pages there's maybe 1/16 of an inch actually burned and on a couple of others just the brown mark. 

Date Posted: 3/11/2009 7:06 PM ET
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Well, if it was me, if the pages just had a indent of paper missing that was that size, I would think it was postable.

With the brown marks, I don't know, that might count as a stain, which would be unpostable.

I would probably try to sand it enough to remove the stain, because I think that without the brown part, it sounds postable.

Date Posted: 3/11/2009 9:28 PM ET
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Is it on the bottom of the book?  Could it be a deliberate maker mark?  Some bookstores put remainder marks on discounted books.

Remainder marks are OK as is writing on the edges of a book as long as it doesn't bleed into the page.

 

 

From the help center:

http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/search.php?terms=edge+of+book

Pages:

  • No torn or chewed/gnawed pages
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed".  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • No loose or missing text pages
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • No writing or highlighting or underlining on text pages
    • a signature or note on the flyleaf or inside front or back cover is OKAY
    • an author's signature on the title page is OKAY
    • writing or highlighting on the text pages is NOT OKAY
      • Exception: if it is a textbook or workbook, these are expected to have highlighting/underlining/writing
        • if you post a textbook/workbook, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
        • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO before the book is sent
        • This is the one of the ONLY two cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent(the other is for cookbooks--see below).
  • No staining

    • Exception: Cookbooks may have some mild staining, since these are used in the kitchen and while cooking, and some minor degree of staining could be expected in a used cookbook.  Also a small amount of writing in cookbooks could be expected
    • HOWEVER, if you post a cookbook and it is stained and/or written-in, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
    • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO before the book is sent
    • This is the one of the ONLY two cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent (the other is for textbooks--see above).
    • this exception applies to the covers of cookbooks also.
  • Page edges: remainder marks are OK.  A name written on the page edges is okay (if it does not bleed in and obscure text on the text pages)


Last Edited on: 3/11/09 9:38 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 3/12/2009 1:38 AM ET
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Alisa--

A stain, regardless of wishlist status, would make the book unpostable.  You can always offer it as an unpostable with another order from your shelf, etc.

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 6:54 PM ET
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A stain, regardless of wishlist status, would make the book unpostable

It wasn't a stain, it was obviously a burn mark.  I reread the help documents and could find no mention of anything like this.  I did go ahead and mark it RWAP.  It makes absolutely no difference to me but if I reposted it with my luck I'd be the one to get dinged. 

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 10:37 PM ET
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Alisa--

I don't want to split hairs, but a burn mark is a stain, so you should be able to get your credit back, and the book should not be reposted.  Per Merriam Webster:

  • stain
  • Function: noun
  • Date: 1557
  • 1 a: a soiled or discolored spot

 

Cheers,

Catt



Last Edited on: 3/12/09 10:37 PM ET - Total times edited: 1