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Subject: Smell RC's
Date Posted: 1/2/2009 7:29 PM ET
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I have gotten my first smell RC and I am really torn as to weather or not to accept it. I think the book smells like a book, but I really don't want to get dinged because they have a sharper nose. I guess I just want to remind people to be more specific. If your RC says you prefer that books not smell like smoke, how am I supposed to know if you want a book that has never been around smoke, a book that is not currently in a smoking home, or that you would prefer that they not smell like smoke but if they do you wont loose sleep over it? Sigh.
Date Posted: 1/2/2009 7:39 PM ET
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I'd decline a non-specific smell RC myself.  My nose is very sensitive to some smells and not to others.  I wouldn't want to take a chance on sending a book I don't know the history of.

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 7:54 PM ET
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This is a funny thing in a way.  I must have a stronger sense of smell than my DH.  I received a book a couple of weeks ago that I was scared I'd be getting lung cancer from the gust of smell I got upon opening the mailer.  I thought they must have poured the contents of a full ashtray in the mailer with the book.  But no - it was just the book - and the mailer!  So I set the book where it could "air" out until I could face trying to read it .  My DH today wandered by it and picked it up (it has one of "those" titles!) to look through it.  I was standing across the room and told him why it was there - he said it smelled find to him.  From across the room I got the strong whiff of cigarette smoke - and he coudln't detect it!  Ugh!  So I will no longer use him as a measuring device on smell.  I think the RC need to be very specific - we aren't mind readers!


Date Posted: 1/2/2009 7:59 PM ET
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I really don't want to have to turn it down, but I don't want to be out the book and a credit either. I asked my SO to smell it and he said it didn't smell like cigarettes, but he is a smoker (Not in my house though, over my dead body). I have a friend coming over tonight so maybe I will have him smell my book too and weigh in on the subject! I am pretty confidant in my sensitivity to cig smoke, but RC's always make me doubt myself, especially when they are vague.
Date Posted: 1/2/2009 9:25 PM ET
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As a person that can get ill just simply walking by someone smoking and can't tolerate the smell of cig smoke...I would hazard to say that if your SO is a smoker your sense of smell regarding cig smoke is altered.

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 9:37 PM ET
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I agree with Christy.  The smell will be on his person and clothes, so therefore you have been inhaling it and probably aren't as sensitive to that smell as others who aren't around smokers.  I am sensitive to the smell of smoke and can usually tell if books have been around smokers, but I would be tempted to decline.  However, "preferring" books that don't smell like smoke is not the same as "do not want/will not accept" them, so you might want to send it anyway.  *shrug*

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 11:10 PM ET
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<<If your RC says you prefer that books not smell like smoke, how am I supposed to know if you want a book that has never been around smoke, a book that is not currently in a smoking home, or that you would prefer that they not smell like smoke but if they do you wont loose sleep over it?>>

You aren't supposed to know (because PBS let our joint subscription to the Psychic Friends Network lapse), so you decline and politely suggest in the "why I'm declining" section suggest that they clarify what their needs are and what they will accept. :-)



Date Posted: 1/2/2009 11:46 PM ET
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If my SO isn't around I turn down any smell condition. I'm allergic to musty smelling books, but I only realize they are when I realize I can't smell anything because my nose is stuffed up!

He's sensitive to all sorts of odors and has a good sense of smell.  If he clears it, I figure it's safe.  If he's not around to ask, I decline--I can't trust my nose!

Date Posted: 1/3/2009 10:38 AM ET
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As someone who has a no-smoke-smell RC, I personally am willing to have it declined and wait for the next copy than take the chance. If its a w/l book, someone else will snap it up.

Date Posted: 1/3/2009 11:06 AM ET
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LOL @ Catt!

The "I'd prefer" RCs can be frustrating, though I do believe the requestor is just trying to be polite.  I'd prefer to have the backside I had in highschool again, wake up to sunshine every single day and never have to clean up cat yack again but chances are sadly against that.  :)

I politely decline any RC regarding smoking smells and pets.



Date Posted: 1/3/2009 11:35 AM ET
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that is why I just request that my book come from a currently non-smoking home!  if no one smokes in that house the book should have aired out any smells.

while I can detect smoke smell, I would probably turn that request down to be on the safe side

Date Posted: 1/3/2009 2:45 PM ET
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I don't know. I bought a shirt that smelled like cigarette smoke at the thrift store and washed it three times before I just gave up and threw it away because I could still smell the smoke. The smell DOES make me sick, I hate it, so I am fairly sure I don't smell it. I just have an issue with second guessing myself. Either way I think I am going to pass. Thank you for all the input. I really wanted to be able to accept this, but it isn't worth the risk. Hopefully someone else will request it, I may not know its history but it looks brand new.
Date Posted: 1/4/2009 3:16 AM ET
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Jo, I have just added a firm behind, sunny days and never cleaning up cat yack to my WL, and advise you to do the same, as there are a lot of people who have already signed up for the same requests :(

Date Posted: 1/4/2009 7:50 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/5/2009 1:22 AM ET
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This is what my RC currently says:

I cannot receive books that have recently been in a smoking environment, due to asthma.

I put the "recently" in there because even if it is currently in a non-smoking home, but was just acquired from somewhere else that was smoking - it would still trigger my asthma. I don't expect someone to know the history of every book that they post obviously. I think a sniff test on any newly acquired books would be sufficient. (and have just added that statement to my DC)

There have been a few times that I have gotten books with a faint smoke smell. Those I put in a zip storage bag with half of an unscented dryer sheet and store in the garage for at least a week.

Since the cold weather hit they ALL smell like cig smoke because our mailman smokes in his truck during his lunch hour......

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 1:42 AM ET
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as someone who has a condition about smoke smells (i am very allergic) we don't care where the book was in teh past. we care what it smells llike in the present.  if you are not a smoker and you can't smell smoke it should probably be just fine.  nobody's asking you to dig up a history of the book or put it under a microscope just that you're not going to send us somethign that will send us into an asthma attack or migraine as soon as we sit down to try to enjoy our book. 

so , while i agree that your so isn't the best judge, you or another non smoker can very easily and quickly determine if it is ok to send.