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Subject: Stickers on books
Date Posted: 10/17/2010 3:02 PM ET
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I know that the help docs talk about Book Crossing stickers being ok, but if a book has a price or sale sticker somewhere on the book, do you try to remove them?  Stores  should invent stickers that are a little bit easier to remove.  I'm getting numb fingers trying to remove them all.

ETA:  I use Goo Gone to remove sticky residue and wipe the area off afterwards.

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Date Posted: 10/17/2010 3:25 PM ET
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I don't bother removing them. I'd rather have a sticker on the book than a nasty sticky spot that will just collect dirt.

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 3:33 PM ET
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it depends. I'll try a little carefully to see if trying to take them off will wreck the book cover.

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 4:27 PM ET
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The only price stickers I attempt to remove are from Borders. Their stickers peel off easily and cleanly.

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 4:38 PM ET
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I always peel the stickers off. If there is a sticky residue left over I use nail polish remover very lightly and it takes it off really cleanly. Better than hacking at it with my nail :)

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 6:22 PM ET
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A sticker removal tip to use with care (especially on books!)......

I used to work in a retail store.  If we needed to remove a price sticker, we'd very briefly wave a cigarette lighter across the sticker.  It loosens the glue. You'll need to clean off the residue, though.

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 6:52 PM ET
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Good tip.  I'll have to try that on a practice book before I try it on a book I want to post.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 8:39 AM ET
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Using a hair dryer aimed at the sticker also helps -- the heat loosens the glue, but you might be left with residue and still needs some Goo Gone.

Personally I can't stand stickers on books and always try to remove them, but they are definitely allowed here and don't feel any obligation to remove them.

Subject: Removing stickers
Date Posted: 10/18/2010 3:24 PM ET
Member Since: 4/4/2009
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If the cover is hard and glossy , I found that Vicks vapo-rub(  or  store brand of same) works well to remove the sticky residue left by stickers.

Lightly smear it on, wait a few minutes, wipe off  Kleenex or other absorbent material.

I would not  use it on a cover which would absorb grease, however.

Subject: Stickers
Date Posted: 10/18/2010 5:27 PM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2005
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If the sticker can be removed eaily, i will do it, otherwise I will leave it.