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No, there's no place to put a note about book conditions. You must make sure that all books you offer follow the Book Condition Criteria for 'Swappability' at PBS.
Check out the link and it will help you to determine whether the book you have can be posted or not, depending on what kind of small damage it is (is it to the cover? the dust jacket? Is it a stain? Or just a small cut? etc.)
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If the damage makes it unpostable, then do not post it! If it is deemed postable, then it should not matter what the damage is. To answer your question, there is no area (that I know of) that you can put condition notes.
Here are the postability rules-
When you Post a book, you are asked to confirm that the book is "in good condition, and not excessively worn". It is impossible to list all of the ways in which a book might be considered excessively worn, but the criteria below are as comprehensive as we have been able to make them.
If you feel your book falls into a "grey area", you can either post the book and send a Personal Message to the requestor, or not post the book. We have delineated what we can, and we expect members to follow these guidelines, and use their common sense in cases that are unclear. If you would not mind "paying" a credit for a book you are considering posting, then it is probably okay to post. However, book condition can be a subjective matter. Keep in mind that a pattern of sending out poor-condition or inappropriate books will jeopardize a sender's membership.
These Guidelines are not suggestions. They are criteria to which all books Posted here MUST comply.
All of the information below apply both to swapping for credits and Box-O-Books swapping.
Hope that helps! What type of damage is it exactly?
If it is a stain or liquid damage, it is unpostable.
If it is a rip of less than 1 inch, or if some of the cover is missing but its less than 1 inch square, then its postable. Rips or missing pieces larger than those are unpostable.
If it is bent, curled or creased, its postable.
There is no way to make a note about a particular copy of a book. If it is indeed unpostable, then it can be offered to other members in the Book Bazaar, either for a credit (although it is unlikely that someone will pay a credit unless it is also wishlisted), or perhaps free with another book order.
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Hi all- I am new to PBS, and i know this is used book swap which books come with some wear, but I received a book and i noted it as damaged from sender. I didn't mean to ruffle anyone's feathers, but i just noted it as... "Dear Sender, This book has a coffee/water stain on the lower left inside back cover page and to include pages 250 to 294. This stain is very noticeable."
The sender responds back to me, "When I received it I did notice a slight stain on the last few pages. It didn't bother me at all in reading it myself.Then when it was requested of me, I showed several people to see what they thought.No one including myself thought it was noticeable enough to warrant concern.It didn't affect or interfere with the print whatsoever. It was in really good condition otherwise.I'm sorry you found it to be damaged to the point of complaint."
I emailed the sender back and said the guidelines specify there is to be no stains. What does one do in this situation? I can't post this book because of the stains. Right??
Ah, Elisa, you got the ole "I could read it so it's okay" excuse. If there is a liquid stain, it's unpostable. Did you mark it RWAP or received with a problem and ask for your credit back? There are a number of tour guides and others who can help you with this. You can do a search of this forum and find where others have asked about what to do with a RWAP and a swapper who insists that their book is readable so okay. This situation has come up several times. And, no, you can't repost it. Unfortunately, if they don't give your credit back, you can only mark it unresolved and lose the credit.
Welcome to PBS and hope you have many really great swaps. They are more the rule.
Elisa -since that member CLEARLY states in the PM that they knew the book was stained (no amount of staining is ok) and sent it to you anyway, if she doesn't return the credit use the Contact Us link in the lower right under Company and send a copy of that PM to the PBSTeam via Feedback. The site doesn't get involved in he-said-she-said situations, but they will get involved in situations when a member admits they broke the rules and refuses to make it right. They have taken the credit away from members who admit they break the rules and refuse to return the credit.
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Thanks Jeanette, Melanie, and Denise. The sender sent the following response to me: "As I said,it was such a minor flaw that did not affect the overall book itself,I didn't even consider it to fall under the stained description. But we all have a different opinion as to what "Good Condition" is I guess. As this is a site for swapping used books, it also states that you can't expect them to be like new books.I have no problem giving back a book credit to you if that's what you'd like"
I will follow up on receiving the credit.