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Subject: Resolved: Should I RWAP This?
Date Posted: 5/4/2010 1:10 PM ET
Member Since: 12/11/2009
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Okay, got a book this morning. Wrapping all fine and everything, but the book itself has brown stains on the cover... could be food, or mud, could be... well, something else that isn't fit for polite company. There's also some liquid damage. Could be coffee/tea, I think. I'm pretty sure whatever it is on the cover will wash off, and I realize this is a USED book site, but frankly I'm a little grossed out. This is a heavily posted book, not WL, and I'd rather not read this one, yikes. It'd be easy to get another copy, at least.

I've never RWAP'd anything before. But this sounds like one I need to. Yes or no?

Last Edited on: 5/4/10 3:13 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/4/2010 1:15 PM ET
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yesI think you should RWAP-sounds really gross and even if you can wash it off the cover their is still the liquid damage problem.

Date Posted: 5/4/2010 1:23 PM ET
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I've never RWAP'd anything before. But this sounds like one I need to. Yes or no?

Liquid damage or stains are not allowed unless it's a cookbook.  Then site rules on them say...

  • Exception: Cookbooks may have some mild staining, since these are used in the kitchen and while cooking, and some minor degree of staining could be expected in a used cookbook.  Also a small amount of writing in cookbooks could be expected
    • HOWEVER, if you post a cookbook and it is stained and/or written-in, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
    • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO in a reply PM before the book is sent
    • This is the one of the ONLY three cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent (the others are for travel guidebooks and textbooks/workbooks--see above).


The book should be listed as RWAP whether you can wash  the stuff off or not. (I'm assuming it's not a cookbook and they didn't PM you to ask.)

But sounds like you're past the point of just washing the stains off the front if it also has liquid damage.

I'd mark it RWAP and ask for my credit to be returned, describing all the problems so it'll be in the sites file on the transaction.

The link to the site guidelines on posting are at...


Doesn't matter if the book is new or used, they all have to meet the same guidelines. And don't let them get away with the "free book" excuse. They're not free. Your credit cost you money, (postage, if nothing else) and you deserve to get a book that meets guidelines.

Then when it's all done, make sure and go to your transaction archive and mark how the transaction ended, so the site will know if it was resolved or not to your satisfaction. You may not get your credit back, but you can let the site know if you were happy with the 'fix' or not.


Date Posted: 5/4/2010 1:41 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Yes X 2 . . . stains are unpostable & liquid damage is unpostable.

Date Posted: 5/4/2010 2:59 PM ET
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Well, i personally clean things off the cover if that is the only flaw with the book ... but you should RWAP on the liquid damage!

Date Posted: 5/4/2010 3:05 PM ET
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I'd RWAP for the liquid damage.

I wouldn't if it was just stuff on the cover since that's easy to remove. I have yet to find anything that doesn't come off with a wet paper towel and Goo Gone.

I always try to "fix" a book before RWAPing it, but liquid damage can't be washed away or fixed so it's an automatic RWAP.

Date Posted: 5/4/2010 3:06 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/4/2010 3:13 PM ET
Member Since: 12/11/2009
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RWAP'd and already resolved. Thanks!