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Subject: RWAP?
Date Posted: 5/27/2010 11:23 AM ET
Member Since: 4/21/2010
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Hi Everyone,

I'm debating whether or not a book I recieved is unpostable/RWAP.

Overall, the book is in okay condition. However, the back cover has an odd textured spot on it. It looks like the price sticker used to be there, and maybe the previous owner attempted to remove it with water? It's pretty hard to tell, and I'm afraid it won't really show up if I attempt to take a picture. It's also slightly shinier than the rest of the cover.

Additionally, on the bottom of the book (towards the spine) there is a black marker line. It extends across the width of the pages. I'm not sure why someone would do this, as it looks intentional to me. Also, the first few pages are separating from the binding at the very bottom.

In all, it's really not in bad condition. But I can't tell if any of these things make it unpostable. I'm trying not to be nitpicky, but at the same time, I don't want to get burned the way that I did with the first book I recieved, which I (unfortunately) didn't look over closely enough. However, the second book that I received was definitely RWAP (staining on one of the pages, clearly soiled cover, etc.) and the sender responded rudely and told me these things were all to be expected with old books. Now I'm wondering if maybe I was being too nitpicky with THAT book!

Thanks,

Sarah

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 11:32 AM ET
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The black mark is one I have seen on many books, usually it means its a discount book or a remainder.  Bookstores do this. It does not make the book unpostable.

As for the spot, how old is the book? Could it be the adhesive used caused the area to be shiney? Or they may have used too much go-gone and it soaked into the book. 

Though the seperating pages would be an issue for me and would make it unpostable if you can see the binding.

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 11:34 AM ET
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The black  marker line is a remainder mark and perfectly postable.  Is there water damage to the cover where the sticker was?  Or just sticker residue?  If it's just teh sticker residue then it's postable. If there's liquid damage than not postable.  You were right to mark the book with stained pages as RWP as long as it was staining and not just yellowing from age.

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 11:35 AM ET
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Missed the seperatinig pages-that would be unpostable. 

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 11:42 AM ET
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However, the back cover has an odd textured spot on it. It looks like the price sticker used to be there, and maybe the previous owner attempted to remove it with water? It's pretty hard to tell, and I'm afraid it won't really show up if I attempt to take a picture. It's also slightly shinier than the rest of the cover. This does not sound like a tear, stain, soiling or liquid damage from your description. Short of those, I can't think of what it could be to make the book unpostable.

Additionally, on the bottom of the book (towards the spine) there is a black marker line. It extends across the width of the pages. I'm not sure why someone would do this, as it looks intentional to me  This is very common. All publisher remainder books are marked that way before being sold discounted.

 Also, the first few pages are separating from the binding at the very bottom. Separation is not allowed and would be RWAP unless it is something more like fraying and the pages really aren't separating from the book.

I usually go over the postability conditions with the book and if I find one that I can say - yes the book has that wrong with it - then I mark it RWAP. If I cannot find anything specific in the rules that I can say is wrong with the book, then I would not mark it RWAP. Sometimes books don't look the prettiest, but still pass the postable test.

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 1:04 PM ET
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Now for the other side of the issue.  Remember this is a used book swap. Sometimes you will receive very well used and worn books and sometimes you'll receive like brand new books.  At some point some books need to be retired and you may receive a book that is at that point.  If it isn't stained, torn, gross, moisture damaged, or failing apart etc., then its not a RWAP.  I look at books and think how would I feel if I received this book happy or angry, before I post it.   Just my 2-cents.  Hope its helpful.

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 4:32 PM ET
Member Since: 4/21/2010
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Thanks for your input everyone!

I'm still undecided about what to do, although I know I should decide soon! I took some pictures of the back cover earlier and they came out well, so I'll upload them once I get home. Maybe they'll help clarify what I mean! :) But Melanie might be right in that it doesn't really fit into any of the unpostable categories.

I have no problem with getting "well loved" books, really. In fact, I expect it! But, at the same time, I don't think that makes it ok for people to send books that aren't up to standards or against the rules. I for one have no problem with the actual condition of this book, but I know that others might if I repost it, and I don't want to risk that, exactly. In my opinion, it'd also be another situation if I planned on keeping this book and reading it over and over again. But as it stands, I can't really see that happening!

Maybe I should just stick with the library, after all!