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Subject: Remainder marks
Date Posted: 10/15/2008 11:56 PM ET
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What is a remainder mark FOR? I know what they are, but why are they there?

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 11:57 PM ET
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from ebay:

The purpose of the remainder mark is when a store does not sell a book they mark the bottom or top edges.  The remainder mark is put onto the book and sent to a distributor to make room for new inventory.  Then the distributor will re-sell them for a discount rate.  That is why when you see a book with a remainder mark it is usually for a discounted price.  It's a way that distributors tracking the book once it leaves the store that way a store can't return a book for credit.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 10:18 AM ET
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Thanks Deborah!

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 10:53 AM ET
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Do you think anyone would mark a book RWAP if it has a remainder mark? We have a huge book fair every six weeks near my hometown, so I have lots of books with remainder marks. I've never really thought about it before.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 1:38 PM ET
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I asked this quesiton the other day and I ended up emailing PBS to be sure about it (I couldn't find anything in the help section that specifically referred to remainder marks.)  They said books with remainder marks are postable, so I went ahead and posted mine.  I just PMed the receiver first to make sure it was OK.  Even though it's 'postable,' I know there are some people who would rather not get a book with a remainder mark on it.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 1:48 PM ET
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Postability of books with remainder marks:

From "Help", under book condition guidelines, under pages:  (bold added)

"Page edges: remainder marks are OK.  A name written on the page edges is okay (if it does not bleed in and obscure text on the text pages)"

 

(If I have anyone mark a book RWAP because of a remainder mark, I am sending the above!)

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 1:57 PM ET
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I guess it was in there and I just hadn't seen it before!  It's good to know now at least.  =)

Date Posted: 10/18/2008 11:13 AM ET
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This may be a silly question but what does a remainder mark look like?

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 12:04 PM ET
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More examples here...

 

http://www.mywingsbooks.com/coll-terms/rms_.shtml

 

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 10/19/2008 1:12 PM ET
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Your explanation makes some kind of sense, Deborah, but it's still not a good excuse for disfiguring a book as far as I'm concerned.  They should be able to change the SKU or something instead.  Writing in or marking a book burns me up.



Last Edited on: 10/19/08 1:12 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/19/2008 4:04 PM ET
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Matt,

The other choice bookstores have is to tear the front cover off (MMPs) and mail them to the publisher for credit.  This is done because it is much cheaper to return a bunch of covers rather than a bunch of books.  Those books missing covers cannot be sold.  They should be destroyed.  If they are sold, the book is considered stolen property.  You can find them in bookstore's dumpsters.  The bookstore I frequent, sets them aside on a special shelf near the entrance where they offer all kinds of free used books.   I also order books from a company that sells only remaindered books.  The prices are very cheap and the shipping is a flat (cheap) rate.

I'm sure none of us like disfigured books, unless we are the ones who write in them, but I'd much rather have a book with a remainder mark than a book missing its cover.

 

   

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 4:36 PM ET
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I also order books from a company that sells only remaindered books.  The prices are very cheap and the shipping is a flat (cheap) rate.

Can you please tell us what website you use? I would love to browse that site! :)

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 5:17 PM ET
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Most major bookstores (I know Borders does) sell remainders.  Those "cheap" books you see out in the front of the store on carts, etc on sale, those are almost always remainders.

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 5:32 PM ET
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Thanks for all this info!  I was never quite sure what those remainder marks were for either. 

Date Posted: 10/21/2008 10:09 AM ET
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Yeah I wanna know what the site is too :)

Date Posted: 10/21/2008 11:26 AM ET
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I'm not sure if this is what the OP is referring to, but I"ve got very cheap remaindered books from Book Close Outs, as well as from Better World Books.  With book closeouts, you need to watch for their sales.  A couple of times a year they'll have a $1 or $2 sale, or a BOGO. 

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 12:21 AM ET
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I'm not sure if this is what the OP is referring to, but I"ve got very cheap remaindered books from Book Close Outs, as well as from Better World Books

What I was referring to, Laurie, is exactly WHAT remainder marks are for. The question has been answered. Thanks. :)

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 2:33 PM ET
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Sorry, that was my typo- I didn't mean OP- I got what you were asking.  I was responding to the people who wanted to know what the cheap remaindered book sites were.  Clearly I hadn't had enough coffee!

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 6:03 PM ET
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Laurie, thank you! I found a lot of books on BookCloseouts.com that I'm ordering. It's insane how much you save.

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 10:55 PM ET
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Wow! That bookcloseouts.com looks like a good one!

I go to sortfloorbooks.com  They are real cheap (real real!) too.  Plus, if you spend 14.99 or more , free media mail shipping.