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Subject: Reading Book Before Marking It Received?
Date Posted: 1/23/2008 8:24 AM ET
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I was wondering if anyone else has had this happen?  The other day I had a book almost to the post of going "Lost" when it was marked received and I received this nice message from the person that received the book and she said something to the effect that "Oh that was a wonderful book, just finished reading it. Thanks for mailing it." 

Now, is it just me or isn't the book suppose to be marked received when you receive it, NOT once you've read it.  Last time I looked up the definition of received it was something like when you took possession of something, when you had it in your hands, control, etc.

Look forward to your comment on this.


Date Posted: 1/23/2008 8:30 AM ET
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Yes, the book should have been marked when it was received, not after reading it.  It makes me wonder:  if she didn't like the book, would she have let it go lost and possibly lost you a point?

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 8:33 AM ET
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It's possible she forgot to mark it received when she should have, or she might be a new member and not know the procedure.  If she's new a polite pm would be in order to make sure she knows what to do next time she gets a book.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 9:03 AM ET
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Yes, she should mark it received as soon as she gets it so that you can get your credit!  I would send her a polite PM just outlining this for her - she may not have thought it through and may not have thought about you and your credit.  Stranger things have happened.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 9:24 AM ET
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I ditto what Lisa said. When someone orders a book, the credit is paid right away. It kind of "floats" in the system until the sender earns it back by mailing out the book (proof being when its marked received). It could be easy to forget about that floating credit. Send a nicely worded PM to the recipient about it. (Check the account to see if she's new or not, and write accordingly.)

ETA: Refer the member to the "What to do when your book arrives..." in the Help Center. It clearly states:

It is important to mark books received as promptly as possible after receiving them.  It is never acceptable not to mark a book received if it has been received.   This is a cardinal rule of the club.

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Date Posted: 1/23/2008 9:48 AM ET
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I mark the book received the moment I get it. I feel that it is my responsibility as a member here to complete the transaction. To honor the contract if you will. You, in good faith, mail a book to me with the promise that you will get credit for it. It is my responsibility to honor that faith as quickly as possible. That's just me though.
Date Posted: 1/23/2008 10:05 AM ET
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It is a remote outside chance... remote...that she read another copy (such as Library) while she was waiting... and wanted this as a keeper.. thus the actual book she read wasn't the copy you sent.  This is a very remote possibility though :  )

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 10:55 AM ET
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It could also be that she (like me) has flipped through a book, examined it and then marked it received. Only to pick up to read a short time later and find a stain or a page half missing or something that made it unpostable. But they didn't detect it until actually reading the book.  I'm not saying I read them before I mark them received.  But this has happened to me.  Now I searc them very carefully before I hit received. So maybe she's reading them now and just making sure to mark it received before it goes lost.  To make sure the book isn't damaged.  Just a thought. 

Most likely she just forgot.  Also-it's possible that she didn't receive it until that day or the day before.  I'm a fast reader and have been known to devour a book in a day.  She may have been so anxious to read it that she forgot about marking it received.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 11:11 AM ET
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I think this goes beyond rules. I mean didnt everyone get told to reply to someone after they recieved something in the mail? Is it not just polite to let the sender know the item they put in the post got their safe and sound? It is the first thing I do after checking the package for damage and making sure the book is ok. But still it is the rules and should be followed no matter how excited the lady was to get the book.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 1:29 PM ET
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I've been known to start (and finish) a book the same day I receive it in the mail.  Perhaps she did, too.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 6:41 PM ET
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I wanted to add that it's not all that out of the realm that she was ordering a keeper.  I am a re-reader, so it's not unusual for me to order a book I have already read.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 7:14 PM ET
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OMG, that very same thing happened to me.  It took this person 14 days to mark it recieved and I was beggining to wonder what happened.

This is what she wrote" Sorry for not posting earlier that I had received it. I already read it!! Thanks "

I usually will respond with a "your welcome," but I was too peeved. Very rude thing to do.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 9:19 PM ET
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Roberta, I think it was the same person because that is almost what she said to me, word for word!!!

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 8:27 AM ET
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I did that once - but that was only because I read it on the way back home from the post office.


Date Posted: 1/24/2008 8:57 AM ET
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Becca, Hopefully you were a passenger on that trip home!  LOL Though I have been shocked more than once to see someone reading at the wheel on the FREEWAY!  Yikes...get me outta there.

Subject: Same on DVD
Date Posted: 1/24/2008 12:02 PM ET
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a lot of people do that on dvd swap - they dont give the credit until they watch it.  I can almost see that just because if its scratched or something its completely unwatchable.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 8:27 PM ET
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Janice wrote: a lot of people do that on dvd swap - they dont give the credit until they watch it. 

That makes more sense esp. if it's scratched, however, I think it very unfair for the person waitng to get their credit if the op is going to take longer then 2 days.

Christy, I wonder if we shouldn't mention something to R&R....if  it is the same member, because it sounds like she does this on a regular basis.

There really is no reason to wait and mark a book recieved, unless she planned on letting it go lost if she didn't like it.(?) My book was brand new, only read by me once. And, even if it wasen't, it's easy to quickly check the condition of a book so you can mark it in a timley manner.

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Date Posted: 1/25/2008 10:46 AM ET
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I PM'd a gal day before yesterday asking if the book I had sent had arrived yet.  She emailed later in the day and said,  "Oh yeah.  I got it a few days ago but hadn't gotten around to marking it received."   She went on about how much her mom was enjoying the book and how they just loved it.  I didn't have the heart to be nasty about it, but GOSH, I look forward to those credits!  (It wasn't in danger of going lost yet.)  I usually have a zero credit balance on my account because I have so many books on my Reminder List, I spend them as quickly as I get them!  C'mon you guys!  There are ADDICTS out here!

(I do understand that not everyone can get to a computer easily at all hours.)


Date Posted: 1/25/2008 3:12 PM ET
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Though I mark the books received the same day I get them.......

Just a thought - Maybe she's a fast reader?! I can read some books in one night.   unless she states that she got it a couple days ago....  then, yes, she should be reported to R&R.

Date Posted: 1/25/2008 9:06 PM ET
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Oh that would be bad.  If I did that, everything would go lost(gotta go rescue the teetering TBR pile).