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Subject: RWAP Or Not??
Date Posted: 3/1/2010 1:58 PM ET
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I just received a HC book. The tops of the first 40+ pages are wavy but I do not see any stains. Should I mark it RWAP? Ask for my credit back?  The "waves are not very noticeable visually and the book is in pretty good condition otherwise. What would you suggest I do?


ETA: I just realized that I requested a PB and received a HC instead.

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Date Posted: 3/1/2010 2:09 PM ET
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Just personally, I choose not to RWAP for wavy pages anymore unless I can tell without a doubt that there was water damage.  I have seen too many brand new books made with cheaper paper that have wavy pages before they've even been read.  Ultimately, since you can see the book it's up to you to determine whether or not the book meets posting standards. 

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 2:29 PM ET
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Well you should RWP for them sending you the wrong binding.  As for wavy pages: water damage will usually leave a water mark on the page.  So without seeing the book it's hard to say. I won't RWP for wavy pages unless I see water stains.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 3:03 PM ET
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Ditto what Mary and Beth said.  I'd RWAP for the wrong binding, but not for the wavy pages--unless I was sure the wavy pages were from water damage.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 3:16 PM ET
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Well, as far as the binding goes: What I would do is, if I don't actually care about the binding and will read / trade the one I got, then I would PM the sender to let them know their mistake, but I would not RWAP it. If I wanted to re-order the right copy with the right binding, then I would RWAP it and ask for my credit back. JMO.

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Date Posted: 3/1/2010 3:24 PM ET
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I respectfully disagree with Sara.  Binding mistakes should always be marked RWAP, this is listed as one of the PBS "Official Problems" with a swap in the site's guidelines, and using the RWAP feature is the way the site maintains quality control.

I agree that I would PM the Sender to let them know their mistake, and then either ask for credit return or not, depending on the situation.

(IMO, the book should not be marked as RWAP just because of the wavy pages issue, unless it is clearly water damage.  This does not sound like such a case.  Wavy pages only are often caused by humidity in the air and cheaper paper type.)

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 4:09 PM ET
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I've noticed that a number of books that I have read have wavy pages from where I've been holding the book, which I think is another side effect of the cheaper paper being used by printers.  So I would agree, unless you can tell that the waviness is from water damage, I would not RWAP for that (although I would for the wrong binding).

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 4:32 PM ET
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I would RWAP for incorrect binding type (wrong book) and I wouldn't even mention the wavy pages. The reasoning being that wavy pages can kind of fall into the grey area of postability, but not posting books into the system correctly is a violation of the rules, no question. It is your prerogative as to whether or not you ask for your credit back, but I really think you should mark it RWAP: Wrong Book so that they know to be more careful when posting in the future.

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Date Posted: 3/1/2010 6:18 PM ET
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I would RWAP for the wrong book type, even if I didn't ask for my credit back and marked resolved right away. Too many people seem to disregard the ISBN/book type when posting, and I feel like a nice PM without RWAP might not make it clear enough that it's not optional. Just my personal opinion.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 6:45 PM ET
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Glad you posted this, Jason! I got a book today that I had to mark RWAP b/c of the ISBN, even though it was the same book. Didn't ask for my credit back; I'll just repost with the right ISBN. I forget sometimes to check the ISBN when I'm receiving, I guess because I always post by ISBN.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 7:01 PM ET
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I've made wavy pages in a book when I used paper clips to mark my page.   I don't do that any more, but I may have a couple of books left from those days.