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Subject: Smelly Books
Date Posted: 10/9/2009 11:27 AM ET
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I have a bit of an odd question for everyone.

Let me start off saying that I can't smell at all, and have never been able to.  Not even a smidgen.   So, I have no concept of how long odors last.  (Actually, I have no true idea of what smelling something is even like, but that's beside the point.)

I've been trading on here for a couple of weeks, and I've ran across several scent related RCs.  Obviously, since I can't smell, I'll have to turn down most of them if the book was used when I got it. 

To get around to my question...  Suppose I bring home a used book that has a strong odor - perhaps an odor of cigarette smoke.  Then, I put it on the shelf next to a brand new book, straight from the store, and let it sit there for a few months.

Would that new book now smell like smoke too, or can I assume that it smells fine? 

Also, I've seen a couple of RCs where they ask for books from a "currently non-smoking home."  How long does it take a book coming from a smoking home to smell like it comes from a non-smoking home?

These are both hypothetical situations, of course, since I have no idea if any of my books have any odor whatsoever. 

Subject: RC's about scents/smells
Date Posted: 10/9/2009 11:49 AM ET
Member Since: 1/7/2005
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I automatically decline all of these, although I will send the book if the RC is "not currrently in a smoking home." Some people think that everything smells bad and I just don't want to deal with this. My sense of smell is not exactly wonderful. I honor many RC's but I decline if I have any doubts. Right now I am focusing on WL books, so I always have another taker. I believe in no-hassle swapping!

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 11:50 AM ET
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I would say if I were in your shoes I would turn down any smell ones.  I would accept "not currently in a smoking environment one".  Unless you know it's a book that  you've had for quite a while where any smell would have faded.

A lot of members with a sense of smell still turn down the "smell rcs" because they are too subjective.

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 11:55 AM ET
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Date Posted: 10/9/2009 11:58 AM ET
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Smell is subjective.   In your case since you can't smell anything, if it were me, I would decline any smell related RCs unless it was purchased new.  I think (I am no expert) that if a book that had a smoke smell was next to a book that was newly purchase or did not have a  smoke smell, as long as it is in the open, I don't think it would pick up the odor.  However, in a sealed container, I think it possible.  I don't know if smoke ever just disappears off a book, I have always put them in a box with backing soda (some use unscented dryer sheets or clay kitty litter) for a week and that will obsorb the smell.  Is there anyone in your home that can do a sniff test for you? 

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 12:11 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/9/2009 12:15 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/9/2009 1:04 PM ET
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Yes, the smell does spread.  But the second hand smell is never as strong.   As a person with a smell RC, I'd say to turn them down.  Just state that you have no sense of smell as the reason.  The requestor can ask for the book again without a RC.  That way it is the requestor's decision and risk. 

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 1:23 PM ET
Member Since: 7/29/2009
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I'm one of the people who has an RC for "not from a currently smoking home."  The books have a MUCH stronger odor if someone smokes where they (the books) currently are, and the smell dissipates through time, so if it comes to you and you don't smoke, I would not mind getting it from you.  I can tell the difference between a book that has a faint smell and one that when I open it I feel like I just took a drag on a cigarette (which I had a DVD come to me like that and oh boy was I dizzy for an hour).