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Subject: Stupid Borders stickers
Date Posted: 8/25/2008 2:57 PM ET
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Here's a question I haven't seen posted before

I just bought a book at Borders (An amazing 50% off sale, nabbing books for about $2.00 each).  The book that I want to post has a 50% off sticker, the original price sticker and the discounted price sticker across the top of the front, all nicely lined up.  I don't want to pull the stickers off and have a gluey mess.  Is it ok to swap the book with the stickers on the cover?

 

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 3:17 PM ET
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I believe that it is, stickers are w/in the posting guidelines

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 3:19 PM ET
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Yes, stickers are allowed on ex-library books and "Bookcrossing books" so price stickers should be fine.

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 3:20 PM ET
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Thanks guys!  I thought the book would be fine, but I just wanted to be sure.

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 3:52 PM ET
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Most Borders stickers peel right off, no? I know the price bar code ones on the back do.

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 3:53 PM ET
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Yes, I always leave stickers on.  I would much rather get a book with a sticker... than a book with the sticky residue.

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 3:57 PM ET
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I've received plenty of books with price stickers fro PBS.  When I buy new books, they're usually from Borders, and I don't remove the stickers.  I'd rather send a book with the sticker than risk damaging or ripping the cover trying to remove it.  Although those % off stickers that go in the top corner I remove because they peel off really easily.

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 4:02 PM ET
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Having worked 5 years at Borders, unless something has changed, the stickers should peel off easily with no residue, since Borders themselves has to peel them off when sales change, etc. 

Hope this helps.

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 4:36 PM ET
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That's one of the reasons I do not mind buying from them. They respect my future property.

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 5:21 PM ET
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Well, sometimes Borders sticks a security tag in the middle of the text (my mom once exchanged a book due to this, the guy at the desk said, "It comes right off" and proceeded to rip part of the page), but the ones on the cover aren't a problem. :)

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 5:22 PM ET
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If you want to remove stickers from books without leaving the goo, you can use a warm hair dryer.  Just hold the hair dryer over the sticker for about 15-30 seconds and start peeling while continuing to hold the hair dryer over the sticker area.

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 12:17 PM ET
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I leave them on most of the time.

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 1:12 PM ET
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I got upset with a sales clerk for pulling a sticker off the back of a book, so she could get to the scan bar.   It left this VERY sticky mess.  When I mentioned it she kinda stuck the sticker back on.   Then I had a sticky book with a half ripped sticker on it.        Grrrrrr      I was able to bring it home and get it cleaned up but sheesh already!

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 3:33 PM ET
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Sticker residue comes right off with a little Goo Gone & a soft, dry cloth.  If the stickers aren't easy to peel off (and the cover still has a shiny finish on it), I saturate them with Goo Gone, rub it in with a cotton ball or a Q-tip, wait about 15-20 minutes, and they usually lift right off, or scrape off with a small plastic paint scraper.  I despise stickers just on general principle, so I always remove them.  I can only think of a handful of times this was difficult or caused damage, and they were all old library books.  And I personally think library stickers are the most insidious stickers in existence, btw:P



Last Edited on: 8/26/08 3:35 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/26/2008 3:42 PM ET
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Oh I agree with Kim- those darn library stickers are the worst! 

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 4:02 PM ET
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I have never had a problem with Borders, B&N, Books a million, costco, Target, etc, etc.  All the stickers peel right off, with no residue. 

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 4:29 PM ET
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Well, it's just my personal opinion - and my attitude overall is very much to each his own - if a sticker isn't a problem today, wait long enough and it will be:P  They don't just sit there being all shiny and innocuous forever.  They get gooey when it gets hot and start sliding around under your fingers, and that goo spreads...  The edge will lift, or it will partially peel, and the list just goes on & on.  They don't do much harm when they're first put on a new book, but that's also the best time & circumstance to remove them too.  It never gets any easier than that:P