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Subject: Received a Book Missing a Page but did not read it for 1 1/2 months - what
Date Posted: 6/13/2010 7:11 PM ET
Member Since: 11/12/2009
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Received a Book Missing a Page but did not read it for 1 1/2 months -  what can I do about it? I just got around to reading a book I marked received on April 30th.  It was in great condition so marked it as a good swap.  In the middle where the advertisement cards were, there was a tear into the page before the cards that took a word or so on each side but I did not mind, I could fill in the blanks.  About two pages later, the herion is thinking about what he did to her, and I realize I did not read about that so go back thinking I somehow skipped a page.  I did not skip the page, it was the page after the advertisement and upon close inspection you could tell it had been ripped out with the cards.  What can I do about it?


I can't repost this book (even if they did'nt notice, I would feel terrible).  I received this book in this condition even though I have really strict RC's.  I have read threads about how people hate RC's and some automatically cancel orders with RC's but I have gotten burned so many times and my above problem is just one of them.  I was told "just be brief, polite and don't reiterate the club rules" but it is the club rules that people ignore.  Any suggestions?

Date Posted: 6/13/2010 7:18 PM ET
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You can PM them and ask for your credit back, but don't expect it. I personally would never ask nor return a credit after it is marked received without any problems.

I just marked a book received the other day and then found the binding is coming loose. So I'm the last stop for the book. Sometimes it happens that you mark books received without a problem only to discover it has problems after all.

Date Posted: 6/13/2010 7:19 PM ET
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It's possible that they didn't read the book before they sent it and didn't notice just like you didn't notice when you marked it received.  At this point I wouldn't do anything.  You can't go back and mark it as an RWP at this point.  I know I personally wouldn't refund a credit for a book that was marked as recieved without a problem over a month ago. 

Date Posted: 6/13/2010 8:12 PM ET
Member Since: 2/26/2009
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Maybe if you contact the publisher you can at least get the pages you are missing so you can finish reading the book.

Subject: I just had that happen too
Date Posted: 6/14/2010 1:14 PM ET
Member Since: 5/24/2010
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My son needed some books for next year's AP English class so I rounded them up here. Never thought to go through the books thoroughly before marking them as received. I simply did a quick scan. Now a month later, he's finding writing on many pages. He's being graded on notes he makes in the book for the class, so I have an email pending with his teacher to see if she can work around this situation given that not all the notes are ones he's made.

But I've learned the hard way that a quick flip through some of the pages is NOT enough.

Date Posted: 6/14/2010 1:29 PM ET
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Well the problem is that I like to get the entire series before I read a book - that is why I waited so long to read it.  First I had to get the series, then read it in order and it was the last book.  I never thought I would need to check each page number.  If I don't get everything, then I order it and by the time I get the next book I am into another series. 

I just learned about the Book Bazaar so I was paying full price for my credits and then only getting one book each - $3.45 is to much to pay for a book that is not even complete.  I have horrible luck and get so many bad books, then I talk to people who have never had a problem.  One lady told me she got a book that was tore in half and taped together - Amazing what do some people consider "Good Condition."  I get really upset.


Date Posted: 6/14/2010 2:33 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2009
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Unfortunately sometimes we have to take the good with the bad.  I say it can't hurt to go back and nicely tell the sender what you discovered they may be kind enough to return your credit.  When I first joined I received a WL book read it and reposted it.  The person who received it from me informed me it was not a postable book as it had stains on the side.  They looked like Hot Cocoa splashed on it or maybe coffee just on the edges of the pages..  But that is the way it came to me and I hadn't learn yet about Rwaps & such.  I didn't really think of it as an issue at the time.  But it was pointed out to me that it was stained and considered unpostable.   So I of course returned the credit.  Then I thought well why not PM the person that sent it to me and explain what I was told about it being unpostable and the lose of my credit and my disappointment..  Maybe they didn't understand about the staining like me and would be good to let them know.  I didn't expect anything out of it, but to my surprise they returned my credit an said sorry about the issue.

Good Luck


Date Posted: 6/15/2010 7:51 AM ET
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I had a similar problem recently.............my RC states no books that smell of smoke or are from a smoking home.  Ok..I get a great book in the mail...it smells ok  sort of like baby powder.  But I don't read it for about a month and when I do there a numerous pages that have cigarette ash burns thru the words! Now I have learned that the "baby powder" smell was a smoke smell cover up!

totally ruined the book and I tossed it....now I check better when my books arrive.

Date Posted: 6/15/2010 1:32 PM ET
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Personally, if I find something wrong with a book weeks or months after I've received it and marked it as received, I eat the credit and don't even ask. It's my fault for not checking more carefully *before* marking it received is how I look at it...and finding a couple of those was enough to spur me into making sure I now DO check books more carefully. I would not be at all happy as a sender to get a request for a credit return weeks after the person received the book and checked it in as being a completed swap--I wouldn't return the credit, I mean, how do I know someone in their family didn't damage the book or something when it's been in their home all that time?


Date Posted: 6/15/2010 4:19 PM ET
Member Since: 4/30/2009
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Darlene - that really sucks. If it is a popular book you might mention the title here.  If I have it I'd be happy to copy the missing page and get it to you. Still doesnt help you repost the book but you could offer it up in book bazaar.  I've not checked a book completely before marking it received and ended up with an unpostable book also, it does happen.   And I've also receive many wonderful nearly new books here....

 I received this book in this condition even though I have really strict RC's.

You mention the above.  Your RC wouldnt help with a book missing a page.  It should not have a page missing, period - RC or not.  Again, sorry and hope your next book received is one of the really good ones.

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 3:36 AM ET
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I'm thinking that this long after the fact you need to just forget about it.

This happens occassionally and I'd just chalk it up to "one of those times."