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Subject: Rant on Unpostables
Date Posted: 8/9/2008 11:13 AM ET
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Arghhh! I gotta let off steam. About a month ago, I requested a book (not HF). When I received it, there was highlighting throughout ... in different colors no less. I marked it received with a problem and the guy wants to know how many pages does the highlighting affect. Like I'm going to count them. Like it matters. It's still unpostable.

I never hear from him again, so I reorder the book. It arrives today. I open it and this copy has underlining throughout and notes in the margin.

It's a conspiracy against me!

End rant.

LOL!

Genie

Date Posted: 8/9/2008 12:00 PM ET
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Gah!  How frustrating.  I've been going thru a spell of those myself.  Besides having my orders for 2 books consistently canceled or never repsonded to (a Tim Russert book and the Ghost Hunters book) I finally got them both and both have significant water damage.  Had planned on gifting them after a quick read through!

Date Posted: 8/9/2008 12:31 PM ET
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I'm having a run of unpostable books too lately. It seems like I can go for a long while with no bad books at all, and then I'll get two or three in a row. I very rarely get a credit return either, and, as my shelf of unpostables grows, it really does get more and more frustrating. I always think that I shouldn't let the occasional unpostable bug me because I also get really great books here, but, with each unpostable, you lose a chance to earn another credit, and it adds up!

I feel for ya, Genie!

Date Posted: 8/9/2008 12:58 PM ET
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Just out of curiousity, which book is it?  Maybe one of us had a non-craptacular copy we can send you.

Date Posted: 8/9/2008 4:34 PM ET
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Shoulda never said anything, I probably jinxed myself.  Just got a hardcover of Alison Weir's The Lady Elizabeth and the last 150+ pages are stained by what looks like coffee or tea.  Two unpostables in two days!  Humph!

Date Posted: 8/9/2008 4:53 PM ET
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My big problem lately has been never receiving the books I request. In the past month I have had had three books go "lost." However, two of those I KNOW were never sent. I am getting VERY annoyed with this because I have been trying to order fewer books lately to keep my TBR under control. And wouldn't it figure that when I start requesting only WL books or books that I have had on my RL for ages, they never arrive! ARGH!

Date Posted: 8/9/2008 7:03 PM ET
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It does seem like there have been runs of problems for everyone lately.  I have had had trouble with books going lost as well, although I know one was supposedly sent "late" after it was marked mailed and still never came!

It does seem frustrating when you get taken advantage of by people who don't believe that rules apply to them.

 

Date Posted: 8/9/2008 7:36 PM ET
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non-craptacular

Holly, I love it! I've never encountered this particular adjective. I'll have to remember it. I realize the chances of y'all having this one are slim. It's Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran. It's a classic in gay literature.

I think the reason these problems are so widespread is the consequences aren't worth spit. So they get a mark against their account. Big whoop! The lady that sent me a book about 8 months ago, with animal bites along the edges and mold growing in between the pages, is still trading here. Ticks me off.

Anyhoo, to paraphrase Valli, I receive 10 or more books for every dud. So I really shouldn't complain. It's the principle of losing a credit, while the sender gains one, that burns me.

Youse guys are better than a bartender for telling one's sob stories. :-)

Date Posted: 8/9/2008 8:25 PM ET
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How frustrating for you!

Date Posted: 8/9/2008 10:59 PM ET
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with animal bites along the edges and mold growing in between the pages, is still trading here. Ticks me off.

 

Ewwwwwwwww!!!!!!!

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 12:01 PM ET
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THAT is disgusting!!

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 7:05 PM ET
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I can't believe you got one with MOLD in it! ugh!

well, I just had one that I sent out and the person only received the torn up envelope...forget the book inside! I think someone stole it cause I taped it all up darn good! so annoying when people do crappy things like that.

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 12:17 AM ET
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Dont forget you can post your unpostables and people WILL take them. Then you can get some too for reading. Granted you cant get credit, but its better than nothing. :)

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 8:07 AM ET
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non-craptacular

ROFLOL--I love this term!

Genie, I hear you!  I got a run of books with underlining in them--what gives???  Although I was fortunate enough to get my credit back at least. 

Michelle, I feel your pain--I have The Lady Elizabeth on my WL!

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 1:39 PM ET
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I just want to let you guys know that I finally decided to write to PBS about this one - specifically, about the member who keeps asking me to count the number of pages affected by the highlighting. But I also told them I've been experiencing a higher number of unpostables lately.

I have to say I'm impressed with the response. First, it came in under 3 hours. Second, apparently said member above, who I've been having some issues with, is not unknown to PBS. PBS refunded my credit from his account and then sent him an e-mail telling him they did it and reminding him about the book condition guidelines. This is at least a strike 2 for him.

Not that I want to involve PBS in every bad trade, but it pays to let them know when you have a real dunce.

Also, the sender of the second copy of the book - the one that arrived with underlining and notes in the margins - was very nice and apologetic. He refunded my credit AND tracked down another copy AND checked out the other copy AND offered it to me, which I accepted.

So in case you all were wondering, I'm happy again. (:

Genie

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 3:29 PM ET
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Awesome to hear!

I had to contact TBTB once (not about a problem swap) and the response was very quick and resolved my issue immediately.

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 5:21 PM ET
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the sender of the second copy of the book - the one that arrived with underlining and notes in the margins - was very nice and apologetic. He refunded my credit AND tracked down another copy AND checked out the other copy AND offered it to me, which I accepted.

Wow, that's really going the extra mile!  That's great!  I got my credit back and was satisfied!

Wow, I bet the original sender is on really thin ice if TPTB refunded the credit from his account.  I've never heard of that happening before over a problem swap.  Accounts closed, yes.  But not problem swaps.

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 5:52 PM ET
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Wow, Genie, that's awesome about the second sender! 

Date Posted: 8/13/2008 8:59 AM ET
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Wow, the PBS Team is awesome! I've never know them to step in like this either, but it's great to know that they will when there is a problem swapper involved.

That second sender really went above the call of duty! There are some great people at PBS. ;-)

Date Posted: 8/13/2008 1:22 PM ET
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Yes, the second sender restored my faith in humanity. ;-)

Date Posted: 8/15/2008 10:03 AM ET
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Well, I just got one this morning that takes the cake... At the beggining of each and every chapter someone has written in black ink what happens in that chapter. Well, that kind of ruins things a bit for me doesn't it? ARGH! I was really looking forward to this one too! I just happened to see it posted a few days ago and grabbed it since it is about the Pesian king Cyrus and I have been looking for HF about the Persians lately.

Date Posted: 8/15/2008 12:40 PM ET
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Oh, Jennifer, you're kidding! Did you catch before marking it received OK?

Date Posted: 8/15/2008 1:40 PM ET
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Yes Genie, luckily I did. It was wrapped in plastic and I USED to just look at the edges of the book through the plastic to check for water damage then mark it received. I learned the hard way to stop doing that. I almost did that this morning though, then thought twice about it and decided to go ahead and flip through it. As soon as I opened the book I saw the writing. So yes, I marked it RWAP and the sender has already returned my credit.

Date Posted: 8/15/2008 5:52 PM ET
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Thank goodness you caught it in time.  There sure seems to be a lot of problem books floating around in the system lately even when you check other threads!

Date Posted: 8/15/2008 6:16 PM ET
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That does take the cake, my goodness. Who would do that?

Although, confession time, I once wrote in a library book because  I was using it for research.  I still feel bad when I think back on that. Blush.

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