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Subject: Requesting credit for unpostable book-how does this work?
Date Posted: 10/27/2009 10:14 PM ET
Member Since: 5/22/2008
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I have learned that you can request a credit for an unpostable book but am not sure how this works.  I am wondering because I got a book yesterday and at first glance, it all looked ok so I accepted it with no problems.  I started reading it last night and it has some water damage.  It is very slight and only on maybe 2 pages, but water damage is water damage so I would not feel right actually posting it when I am done reading it.  That being said, it is a highly wish listed book and since the damage is so slight, I do plan on asking for a credit for it.  How does this work?  Does the person just buddy you a credit once the book is recieved?  How do you print out  a wrapper for it if it's not posted into the systerm?

Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks

Date Posted: 10/27/2009 10:23 PM ET
Member Since: 5/14/2009
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Hi Renae:  You can offer the book in the book bazaar for 1 credit and make sure you describe the damage.   I have never swapped for a non-postable WL book but I have done one with a ARC.  The person buddied me the credit before I sent the book and I used Custom DC to send out the book.

Custom DC allows you delivery confirmation which I provided to the requester and prints a wrapper.  You are still charged the 27 cents for DC and then 19 cents when you purchase postage.  Personally, I would not send a book unless there was a credit sent to me first.   Good Luck.

Date Posted: 10/27/2009 10:26 PM ET
Member Since: 7/23/2006
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Like Robin said, you can post it in the Book Bazaar - as long as you describe the damage, you can ask for a credit.  And have the other person just pm you their address and send you a credit.

I agree too about waiting to get the credit - that seems to be the usual way it works.  I've gotten ARCs and other unpostables through the book bazaar, and I always send a credit over to the sender before they send it.

Date Posted: 10/27/2009 10:51 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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What has worked for me is to put the books with the description of kind of condition that makes it unpostable on my profile and in my signature line of my posts.  I've managed to do this successfully with 4 books.   Everyone was happy with what they got, but the conditions were minimal like you say.  And since they were WL books you can have them put it on their WL then you post it directly to them.   That way it has a PBS record of the transaction.  Be sure to keep all PM's about the transaction including the part where they agree to the condition the book is in.  I hope you have good luck.



ETA - since it is going through the PBS system, you can print the wrapper or label out with no problem

Last Edited on: 10/27/09 10:53 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 10/28/2009 4:07 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Depending on the genre Renae, you may have some additional options.  IIRC the Romance forum and Paranormal forum both have threads dedicated to wishlisted books looking for new homes.  Unpostables can be posted to those threads and a credit requested, browse a bit and you will see some examples.  Good luck!

Last Edited on: 10/28/09 4:08 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/28/2009 4:26 PM ET
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I usually offer it in the BB or the genre forum and then post it directly to the person's WL.  Then it's an official transaction in the system.  This is allowed as long the other member is aware ahead of time of the damage and doesn't mind.

Date Posted: 10/28/2009 8:05 PM ET
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I'm going to answer a different question. Are you sure the book has water damage?

Lots of books are made nowadays with cheap paper that can even wrinkle from the moisture in your fingers. I've been getting books lately that have "fingerprint" wrinkles in them. Most people don't consider that to be actual "water damage". Also, pages in books can become wavy from humidity, and most people also do not consider that to be water damage, either.

Usually you can tell water damage by a texture change in the feel of the damaged pages, and/or see a stain where the water was.