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Subject: I have a request for a book and ( help please)
Date Posted: 3/27/2009 9:50 AM ET
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It says no tears or noticable creases in front/back cover.......my book hasn't apart from three  mild creases in the spine where it was opened. Think it'll be okay?....to me it looks almost perfect otherwise.


God why are people sooo picky?

I'm only asking becuse my booksheld has been stagnant a while and I'm loath to lose a swap.

Date Posted: 3/27/2009 9:55 AM ET
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you could PM them and tell them and see if they still want it but, if you do make sure to set a time limit on them replying...

Date Posted: 3/27/2009 10:03 AM ET
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without turning them down first? How do I do that????

Date Posted: 3/27/2009 10:07 AM ET
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you can accept it and then pm them ... yeah i'm dreading the time when i get a picky person.

Date Posted: 3/27/2009 10:08 AM ET
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Denise you would first have to accept the request and then click on PM and PM them and ask them. If they don't want it they can then cancel the transaction. Like Christy said though, if you ask them make sure to put a time limit on it, for instance, say something like ".....if I don't hear back from you within 24 hours I'll decline this request...."

Good luck!

Date Posted: 3/27/2009 10:09 AM ET
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The condition guidelines say that spine creasing is allowed.  Just make sure that there isn't any spine cleavage associated with any of the crease.

I didn't get that you were talking about a request with RC's when I first read the post.  I wouldn't be comfortable sending it.

Last Edited on: 3/27/09 11:24 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/27/2009 10:27 AM ET
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LOL....a book with cleavage?...oh my naughty brain.....

Date Posted: 3/27/2009 10:34 AM ET
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That's a book my husband might actually read.

Date Posted: 3/27/2009 10:52 AM ET
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If you cancel the transaction you'll lose your place in the FIFO line.  So make them cancel and then rerequest the book-then turn down for RCS. If you do pm-give them a deadline to respond and be prepared to cancel the request and start back at the end of the line.  If it's not a heavily posted book it's not a big deal but if there's a lot of copies then it could be quite some time before you're back up to the top.

Personally I would decline as the RC says no noticeable creases and your book appears to have noticable creases.  I don't deal with picky sounding people.  If I have any doubt over the RC I decline.  The credit is not worth the trouble to me to go back and forth and negotiate the condition. Also then people start to expect pms and then they don't put RCS up and complain because people didn't pm them about some minor flaw. 

And even if PBS guidelines allow some spine creasings-if the RC asks for no creases then they can still mark it RWP-my opinion your book doesn't meet their RCS. 

Date Posted: 3/27/2009 11:45 AM ET
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RC appears to cover creases in the front & back covers, while your book has light creasing on the spine...IMO a totally different beastie.  But picky people could get cranky, and frankly do we really want to encourage overly picky peeps?

On another site, just read a book description...the cover is creased several times, a small tear, and curling...but otherwise in great condition, LOL!  Maybe your requestor is just trying to avoid this book?

Best wishes on your decision!

Date Posted: 3/27/2009 11:55 AM ET
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Another alternative would be to decline due to RCs then, in the box that pops up asking for details, put that the book has minor creases in the spine, but not the covers, and that if they still want it they can turn off the RC and re-request the book.  The requestor will get an email saying the transaction was declined (if there were no other copies) and giving them the info you entered in that box.


Date Posted: 3/27/2009 2:39 PM ET
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I had a similair situation and I handled it similair to how Bernhard B. suggested and she turned off the RC and requested again.

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 3/27/2009 3:15 PM ET
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Yes, it used to be if a requestor got turned down, they lost out on the book, but the site administrators have changed that.  Now if the requestor gets turned down due to Requestor Conditions, they have the option of turning off their conditions and requesting the book again.  They will get offered the book again, unless it is a WishListed book, in which case the next person in the Wish line is offered the book when the original request is declined.

Still, I'd do as Bernhard has suggested and decline due to RCs.  (Unless I knew my book was the only copy in the system - in that case, I'd do as Ivy suggests and accept the request, PM them, and then cancel the request if the Requestor didn't want it.  And be sure to put in that "deadline for response" in your PM about the spine creases.)

Date Posted: 3/27/2009 3:40 PM ET
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I don't see why it's picky to ask that the covers not be creased. Those creases, in my experience, very quickly turn into rips, and they are ugly to boot. I mean, it's not like they asked for a book that had never been touched by human hands, sheesh.