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Subject: requesting books in mint condition for gifts
Date Posted: 12/3/2009 5:34 PM ET
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I asked for live help, got an e-mail to use but could not get it to work.  Please let me know how to do this?  It will only be on books I want to send as gifts...usually I am very pleased with what I receive, but there were 2 that were something I never  would have sent.

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 5:38 PM ET
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On the "my account" menu, you can choose "my settings" and scroll down to the place where you can set up a Requestor Condition for your books.  You may not get many takers for "mint condition", since this is a used book site, and most books at least have a bit of wear.  But you can give it a shot.

If you go to the Help Center and search the Help Docs for "requestor condition", you'll get some good instructions how this works.

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 5:38 PM ET
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Here is a link to the Help Center on Requester Conditions. It will tell you how to use them to request books be in a certain condition. Make sure once you type them in that you toggle them to YES when you want them to apply.

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 5:46 PM ET
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Hi Chuck:  You can put a RC on your books letting the sender know the condition you are requesting...I would add that it is for a gift.  However, be prepared to be turned down a lot.   Many will turn the request down on princple that this is a used book site and you should buy new if you want to send as a gift.  Some will see it as too risky, that you will not think it is in the condition you specified.  I am terrible at writing RCs and there may be some that will suggest how to word the RC so more members are inclined to accept.   Personally, I don't care about RCs as long as they are not rude, if the book meets the condition I will accept the request.

Now for the books you received, if they did not meet PBS posting guidelines, you should have marked them RWAP and asked for your credit returned.  The only time you can makr a book RWAP that is more than the posting guidelines is when you have a RC in place (requester condtions).

To contact Live Help click on the Help Center at the top and then click on the Live Help link.  You can click on the PM to the right of any of the Tour Guides that have turned on their duties for the evening. 

To add a RC click on Settings tab and scroll down until you reach the Requester Conditions tab.  Also go to the help docs (Help Center/Help Docs) and type in Requesters Conditions - it will provide several helpful links.

Hope this helps.  Robin

ETA - I agree with the other posts - they beat me to it!

Last Edited on: 12/3/09 5:46 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/3/2009 6:38 PM ET
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You were also given this info in the thread you started on the CMT. 

I would not expect any books you get from PBS to be received by Christmas.  It's already Dec 3rd and media mail is slower this time of year.

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Date Posted: 12/3/2009 8:30 PM ET
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what kind of books are you looking for????  I just listed a ton of like new hardcover books.  And paperbacks in the same condition.

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 9:19 PM ET
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If they aren't wishlisted books, you can post a thread in the Book Bazaar saying you want those particular books in giftable condition.

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 11:07 PM ET
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And you can search on this forum for threads on this subject written in the past.


Date Posted: 12/4/2009 9:58 AM ET
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I don't want to sound ugly or anything but if you want books in "mint" condition you need to order from Amazon.  All of my books I post on PBS are in excellent conition but they have been read at least once so therefore they would not be considered mint.  I am just telling you that you may have some people reject your requests.  They may be afraid to send to you even if their book is in excellent condition.  I know I would be.