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Subject: Requestor's Conditions?
Date Posted: 9/18/2010 2:24 PM ET
Member Since: 6/16/2010
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I have a paperback posted that was just requested with this condition... "i would like this book. i will only take it if it has a cover to it".

Now, just by posting it, I have stated there is a cover, right? Since that is a requirement to posting a book.... Does my book meet those conditions? As far as I am concerned, it does, but then I worry about a problem down the road. Those "seasoned" members out there, how would you handle this?

Date Posted: 9/18/2010 2:32 PM ET
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Is it a hardback? Could the requesting member mean she requires a dust jacket? No, I see now that it is a paperback...hmmm, you can either accept and then PM for clarification, or just decline the RC because it is so vague and avoid any problems down the road. And yes, of course PBS requires the books to have covers otherwise they have been "stripped" and reported as stolen. I would be inclined to decline the request and move on. At least you know your book is #1 in the FIFO line!

Date Posted: 9/18/2010 2:47 PM ET
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I also wonder if she meant "dust jacket", which doesn't make sense for a paperback order.  If it's a wish list book, you can decline and add a note that since all books here have to have covers, you wonder if she meant "dust jacket," and since it's a paperback it doesn't have a dust jacket.  Your offer will immediately be passed to the next wisher, and she'll have an opportunity to rethink the wording of her requestor condtion.

If it's a posted book, you can either decline with the same kind of message, thus keeping your spot in the sending line.  Or you could accept and PM, as Sally said. 

If she doesn't want it, ask her to cancel and reorder, so that you keep your spot in line.  If she doesn't respond, you're in a bit of a fix though -- if the transaction times out, you lose your place in the sending line.  So I'd suggest that when you PM her you say something like, "Your RC asked that the book have a cover, which of course it does -- all books posted here have to have covers.  On the off-chance you meant "dust jacket", this is a paperback, and doesn't have a dust jacket.  If I don't hear from you by ___, I'll assume you want it, and will mail the book.  If you don't want it, please cancel and reorder.  I'll decline your RC the second time around."


Date Posted: 9/18/2010 2:58 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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I would suspect this is just a blanket RC she has on all of her books she requests so it just seems odd on a paperback request. It could also be a result of knotheads having sent her a book without a cover in the past.

Your book has its cover. As long as you made sure that the listing matches binding and you don't have a paperback posted as a hard cover I don't see any reason why your book would not meet the conditions. I would accept and send it. IF the receiver should have an issue, it would be their own fault and you would not have to return the credit. 

Date Posted: 9/18/2010 5:25 PM ET
Member Since: 6/16/2010
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thanks for the suggestions everyone!

Date Posted: 9/18/2010 10:23 PM ET
Member Since: 2/2/2010
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I have to agree with Melanie. It's probably from having received books in the past without covers. Even though it clearly states in PBS guidelines that paperback books need a cover there are a few boneheads that can't seem to follow rules.