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Subject: Sharpie Dot on Book End
Date Posted: 5/3/2011 6:28 PM ET
Member Since: 9/8/2009
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I'm sure this has been addressed before, but I can't find the answer.............

I got a book today in really great shape, but it has a black Magic Marker dot on the top side of the page edges.  The ink bled a smidge onto the pages.

I didn't RWAP the book, but am wondering if this dot disqualifies it from reposting.  I know no writing on text pages, but it's not really writing.  If anything is would probably fall under the staining prohibition, but I'm just not sure.

What think you? 

Date Posted: 5/3/2011 6:44 PM ET
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This would be the same as a remainder mark and those are usually OK - as long as they don't bleed into the page enough to obscure text.

From the Help Center:

Pages:

  • No torn or chewed/gnawed pages
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed".  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • No loose or missing text pages
    • for travel guide books - maps if designed to be detachable may be detached, but must be included.
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • No writing or highlighting or underlining on text pages
    • a signature or note on the flyleaf or inside front or back cover is OKAY
    • an author's signature on the title page is OKAY
    • writing or highlighting or underlining on the text pages is NOT OKAY
      • Exception: if it is a textbook or workbook, these are expected to have highlighting/underlining/writing
        • if you post a textbook/workbook, 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 cookbooks--see below).
      • Exception: if it is a travel guide (not a picture book but a guide, such as Fodor's or Lonely Planet), some writing on text pages could be expected.  All maps must be present and included with the book - if detachable it is OK if they are detached, but they must not be missing.
        • if you post a travel guide that has writing in it, 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 textbooks/workbooks and cookbooks--see above and below).
    • No staining

      • 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).
    • this exception applies to the covers of cookbooks also.
  • Page edges: remainder marks are OK.  A name written on the page edges is okay (if it does not bleed in and obscure text on the text pages)

 

Date Posted: 5/3/2011 6:44 PM ET
Member Since: 11/4/2009
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Hmmm.... sounds to me like a remainder mark. They're postable, I have lots of books like that. Only mine are lines! :)

Date Posted: 5/3/2011 6:45 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2009
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That is a remainder mark and it is allowed. It's usually a black line or dot.

Date Posted: 5/3/2011 7:03 PM ET
Member Since: 7/23/2005
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A few thrift shops around here use different colored reminder marks (lines or dots).  The color lets them know when to pull the books or offer them for a lower selling price.

Date Posted: 5/3/2011 7:09 PM ET
Member Since: 9/8/2009
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Thanks all.  I read that very help document page..... How the heck did I miss the remainder mark provision?  Sheesh.  I must need new glasses.  It's hell getting old.  blush

Date Posted: 5/3/2011 7:13 PM ET
Member Since: 4/24/2008
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If you don't like remainder marks you can put in an RC on it.  I don't mind remainder marks.  It doesn't take anything away from the book.

 

 

Date Posted: 5/3/2011 7:17 PM ET
Member Since: 9/8/2009
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I don't mind them at all.... I just didn't want to get nicked for posting it if it wasn't supposed to be.