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Subject: would this be rwap?
Date Posted: 7/16/2012 11:35 PM ET
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i get book  from pbs    the book get damaged by me -when i'm trying to

open it  -the sender wrapped it bit too well?


Date Posted: 7/17/2012 1:07 AM ET
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Nope- when you received it, there was no problem- you caused it yourself by not being careful opening it.  Before you get mad at me, let me say that I feel your pain- I have done the same thing! I have also been on the receiving end of someone's ire who felt I wrapped the book 'too well" too.  But better "too well" wrapped than damaged in transit- and  I just remember to go slowly and carefully when opening my books now.

However- if it was a case of tape stuck directly to the book, then it would be a RWAP- but your post didn't seem to indicate that had happened

Better luck next time! If it is a popular book, you may still be able to trade it for a credit in the Book Bazaar thread.

Date Posted: 7/17/2012 1:44 AM ET
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I strongly recommend seam rippers. They work great at opening mummy wrapped books.
Date Posted: 7/17/2012 1:54 AM ET
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The main reason I strongly dislike mummy (brick) wrappers.  I've damaged several books while attempting to liberate them from over enthustastic packaging.

But no, a book damaged in this manner should not be marked RWAP.

We used to have a PBS member that posted he finally just quit attempting to open some of the brick taped books.  He just marked them received and re-ordered.  He uses the bricks for door stops.

Date Posted: 7/17/2012 5:59 AM ET
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You could always add an RC asking to not have a lot of tape, if that was the problem for you.  But remember, you then take the chance of having the book get damaged or lost.  Buy a seam ripper and go along the edge with it.  The PBS wrappers are the most difficult for me to open being they are wrapped so tightly around the book.  The seam ripper works great for them.  Perhaps you can ask someone for help with opening them.

Date Posted: 7/17/2012 9:19 AM ET
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I think the little nail scissors can work for this kind of wrapping, too.

Date Posted: 7/17/2012 9:46 AM ET
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I once cut right through the cover of a mummified book trying to get it open.  At least it was still readable!

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Date Posted: 7/17/2012 10:46 AM ET
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I've cut covers too trying to get them out.  I hate mummified books.  I get plenty of books in just the PBS wrapper and not mummified and never had a wet book. 

Date Posted: 7/17/2012 3:00 PM ET
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Better than a scissors, razor blade or exacto knife on mummy books.

Date Posted: 7/17/2012 9:54 PM ET
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Mummified books that I mail out all have some space where the corner can easily be clipped/cut by scissors and then you can run the scissors along that edge.  It is best not to use a large pair of scissors.  I have a set a bit larger than kid's size that is made of steel. 

Date Posted: 7/18/2012 9:32 AM ET
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A couple of hints--if you must poke through the wrapper, do it at the page edges, not the front or back cover.  Sticking a straight pin in and wiggling it may let you start a hole with punturing the book.