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Subject: Reminder to Reset RC's
Date Posted: 10/18/2010 7:29 PM ET
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Recently I was turned down on a wish list book because of my RC.   My RC says books must be wrapped in plastic and has verbiage about no smoke smell.   I turned it off so that the wish list request would go through.  Then, I forgot to turn it back on!  Today I got three books, two wrapped in paper with no plastic wrap  and one in a bubble wrap envelope.  The two that were wrapped in just paper were pretty damp, undoubtedly because of rain somewhere.  One of the books is starting to warp.  I can't complain because I am the party in the wrong because I forgot to turn on my RC.

So, this is a reminder to all of you out there who are absent minded (like me).  If you turn off your RC, remember to turn it back on when you are done.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 11:08 PM ET
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My RC applies to hardcovers only but I usually leave it on for anything I order because I'd forget to turn it back on when I really needed it.

Date Posted: 10/19/2010 9:28 AM ET
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Agree with this, I had one person mark my book RWAP for not meeting her condition of 'no ex-library' books (which I had sent her) when she didn't have the RC turned on when she ordered the book. She apologized and marked it resolved as soon as I pointed out how to check on the transaction--she had apparently turned it off for a book she'd been waiting a long time for and didn't care about the ex-library status, but then forgot to turn it back on.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 10/19/2010 12:11 PM ET
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This is one of the things that really turn me off about RC's.   On some books you say they MUST be wrapped in plastic and not smell of smoke.  However. . . If you REALLY want th wish listed book those things are not important to you???  So - the RC's are important sometimes but not others??  Guess so!

This is not aimed at you in particular, Kate.  I'm just using your RC's as an example.

Date Posted: 10/19/2010 12:28 PM ET
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However. . . If you REALLY want th wish listed book those things are not important to you???  So - the RC's are important sometimes but not others?? 

Cozette, I think that people turn them off for books that they really really want because they do not want to take the chance of coming across one of those senders that just declines all RCs for no reason. If you have been waiting for a book for a year .... you might want to maximize the chances that it will get sent to you ... and after all, most books are postable to the system without needing RCs. So, you are taking a very small chance that the book will arrive and not meet the conditions that you normally use ... against the perhaps larger chance that someone will not mail to you at all because you have RCs.

I totally get this ... why RCs apply sometimes but not all the time ... sure, I might want all my books to arrive in plastic .... and if I am requesting books that are available, or are WL but being posted steadily, then I can afford to wait for a sender who doesn't mind my RC. If I am requesting a WL book that hasn't even been posted for the past year or two .... I would think twice about applying a RC to that request that might mean the sender won't mail it. And, after all, if it arrives wet, I can RWAP by PO and get right back to the front of the line for it anyway.

From the point of view of the requestor ... turning off your RCs is a win-win thing to do because:

1. The book is likely to arrive and because most books arrive in fine, postable condition, it is very likely that this book will arrive that same way, as well.
2. If the book arrives damaged ... you can RWAP it and go back in line.

So, in the first case, you get your book and you are happy, and in the second case, you get the book, you are not happy, and you go back in line, no worse off than if the sender had declined to mail because of the RCs.



Last Edited on: 10/19/10 12:38 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/19/2010 5:26 PM ET
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If you REALLY want th wish listed book those things are not important to you???  So - the RC's are important sometimes but not others??  Guess so!

Not really.  My RC about wrapping in plastic is non-negotiable due to the number of damp books I have received.  My RC about no cigarette smoke is somewhat subjective.  If I really...really...really want a book then I am willing to "de-smell" it so I can eventually read it.  Otherwise, I am not interested in getting rid of someone else's cigarette smoke so I can read a book.