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Subject: would you send to this RC? this person missed the swap used books
Date Posted: 4/11/2016 10:44 AM ET
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i just got an order this morning for a  book that has barely been read but does have some longer creases on the spine. the member who ordered it from me had the novel of  requestor conditions. here is their rc.

The member who has requested The Hidden (Krewe of Hunters, Bk 17) has put the following conditions on this request:

Updated 8-20-15: Please do not send paperback or hardback books that have torn or severely bent covers or pages or broken spines. Paperbacks need to have nice, tight binding with minimal spine creasing. I keep a lot of my books. If it is a hardback, include the dust cover in good condition. I do not want book club hardbacks which are the smaller size books from online clubs. PLEASE NOTE that hardbacks that are small due to their normal printing are fine. Some, like The Spiderwick Chronicles or Diary of a Wimpy Kid are like this.

Highlighting and writing in textbooks, workbooks, journals, etc. is acceptable. I usually accept textbooks or books for my classes that are not in the best condition so the above might not apply, please message me first if you have questions. Thanks!

My question is would this kind of rc make you nervous because of minor spine creases. would you send or would you avoid this rc? i usually don't mind sending to rc's but this one almost seems like she doesn't want books that anyone else has touch or read. she must of missed the line at the top of PBS's homepage that says Swap Used Books - Buy New Books at Great Prices! any opinions?


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Date Posted: 4/11/2016 10:59 AM ET
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I usually don't have a problem with RC's because I take great care of my books but I think I would pass on this one. It sounds to me that even if the binding is creased a little, it won't meet the requirements.

Date Posted: 4/11/2016 11:02 AM ET
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I would probably accept, then send a PM and describe the spine creases and ask her whether she still wants it (like what I described) or not.  It might be helpful to also post a simple cellphone pic of the creases so that she can see. 

Based on what you wrote, if I'm interpreting the spine creasing correctly, I'd think the book would be accepted by the requestor, but would want to confirm with them to be on the safe side.  My interpretation of her RC's is that she's talking about extreme, or in her words, "severely". or abnormally creased, bent.

Date Posted: 4/11/2016 11:35 AM ET
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Gordon,I will not fulfill RCs that require me to PM or even send a picture of the book to confirm it is okay.  Way too much effort for one credit and the chance to get RWAP'd on top of it.

Molly, even though I try to work with RCs I pass on overly long ones and ones that sound too picky.  This one sounds like a 'picky' one and I would only send to it if my book was brand-new.

My recommendation: decline the request.


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Date Posted: 4/11/2016 12:00 PM ET
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I'd decline too. "Minimal spine creasing" may mean one thing to the requestor and another to you.

Date Posted: 4/11/2016 12:23 PM ET
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minimal spine creasing

Too subjective. Decline.

Date Posted: 4/11/2016 2:08 PM ET
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It says minimal spine creasing, so if in your best judgment you think yours has more than minimal spine creasing, you should just decline it.

In general, I would have no problem sending to this RC, as I send to all RCs, as long as my books, in my best judgment, meet the RC.

Date Posted: 4/11/2016 5:27 PM ET
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I'd decline it so fast it would make your head spin.  Too subjective and just begs for an RWAP. 

Date Posted: 4/11/2016 7:47 PM ET
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While I always try to meet RCs, I'd also decline due to "minimal spine creasing".  You have no way of knowing what is minimal to the requestor and your idea of minimal may not be their idea.  I'd only send if there were no spine creases.

Date Posted: 4/11/2016 8:41 PM ET
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Wouldn't touch it with a barge pole. Too subjective! I had a similar RC once, with minimal spine creasing and since my book had one light crease, I sent it, and got RWAPed. The requestor stated that to her, minimal spine creasing meant no spine creasing...my first lesson in "if they can't state clearly what they want, decline it!" I also pass on anyone who wants me to PM them first, they don't understand the process and if they don't understand that, it makes me wonder what else they don't understand. No thank you.

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Date Posted: 4/11/2016 10:53 PM ET
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Yep, pass on the request........ spine creases will get you in trouble every time. 

Date Posted: 4/11/2016 11:43 PM ET
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I am very easy going, not once have I had a RWAP due to RC. That said, I think this one is just too subjective, I would decline.

Date Posted: 4/13/2016 1:11 AM ET
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In general, I would have no problem sending to this RC, as I send to all RCs, as long as my books, in my best judgment, meet the RC


I have no problem judging what minimal spine creasing means. I've never had a single problem come up from sending to people with RCs.  I don't see anything that sounds like (s)he wants new books, it even says (s)he will accept highlighting and writing in the book.

Date Posted: 4/14/2016 8:43 PM ET
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I guess because I have a lot of books on my shelf I also have no problem judging what minimal spine creasing is compared to books with a lot of spine creasing due to many reads.  I would send.

Date Posted: 4/15/2016 7:36 AM ET
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I would probably send a hardback, but I'd be more hesitant with a paperback.