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Subject: subjective RC?
Date Posted: 7/20/2012 9:32 PM ET
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Here is the RC I got today: Please PM me before sending if books have any kind of writing/damage/more than average wear.  I am not super picky but do not want something uncared for or damaged.

Would this qualify as excessively subjective to anyone here? I'm not certain how to determine what is "more than average wear."

Date Posted: 7/20/2012 9:49 PM ET
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I'd decline it in a heartbeat.  Way too subjective.

Date Posted: 7/20/2012 9:51 PM ET
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I'd decline also.  My idea of damage/more than average wear might be very different from yours.  Good luck in whatever you decide. Pat

Date Posted: 7/20/2012 10:34 PM ET
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I would accept it. I feel like I know what a "more worn" book looks like versus a "less worn" book. For that matter, I also know exactly what a "like-new" book looks like. I've seen thousands of new books in the bookstore.

And, I also have no problem saying to someone who complains ... "Hey, I feel the book met your conditions. Sorry we don't agree." Or along those lines.

So, if I felt my book was less worn, I would send it.

If you really don't feel comfortable sending the book, decline the RC, though. That's what the decline button is for.

Date Posted: 7/21/2012 12:21 PM ET
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This could go either way.   If I was the sender and my book was in very good condition I might accept this one.  Or not, depending...if I was the tiniest but irritable that day I could just as easily decline.

Recommending to others?  Decline.  The requester has not clearly defined what she is looking for, and therefore limits your ability to give it to her.  If you guess wrong, the looser is you.  AND, did she post her contact information, can you pm before accepting the transaction?

Date Posted: 7/21/2012 1:10 PM ET
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I'd turn it down. Not because it was subjective, but because I turn down any RC that asks me to PM first.
Date Posted: 7/21/2012 11:40 PM ET
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Decline. Unless they put their nickname in the RC, you have to accept in order to PM them. Then what do you do if they don't respond by the mail by date? If you cancel and it's not a WL book then it goes to the end of the FIFO line.  If it's WL and you repost then it goes to them again and you have to do it all over again.

I don't PM over RCS ever. If I can't tell by your RC if my books meets it, then you don't get my book.  I don't need a credit that badly to negotiate over the condition.  My books meet the guidelines, I don't need to discuss anything with anyone.  Someone else will want the book. 


Subject: Subjective RC
Date Posted: 7/21/2012 11:50 PM ET
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I do not contact before hand. Eithr the book mets the RC or it doesn't. I would probably decline-and I decline darn few of them.

Date Posted: 7/22/2012 2:42 AM ET
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I'd accept it. I find myself capable of deciding what is "more than average wear" and don't post any books that would even come close. I have never been concerned about subjective RCs.

If you are uncomfortable with an RC, just decline it; doesn't matter if anyone else has a problem with it or if it is subjective or not.

Contact regarding ANY writing is required before sending, with or without an RC asking for it.

Date Posted: 7/23/2012 1:46 PM ET
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I decline any that ask me to PM first--if they can't be clear and precise--in objective terms--about what their conditions are, I don't want to deal with them hemming and hawing via PM. Also, 99% of the time when someone says "PM first to ask questions" they don't put their username in the body of the PM so there is no way to contact them unless I accept first...which I'm just not going to do.


Date Posted: 7/23/2012 2:08 PM ET
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I always wondered about the RCs that say PM first, as I never saw anyway to PM them, I always decline them and feel bad about it. Often my books are in very good condition but maybe have a remander mark and because the RC says something like "Absolutely no writing, or marks accepted! PM me first if you are unsure." I know my book will probably be okay to them but have to decline as there is no way to PM them and I don't want to lose my credit on a good book due to a difference of opinion on a RC.

Last Edited on: 7/25/12 5:46 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 7/24/2012 9:04 AM ET
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Decline.  No need for me to start exchanging PM's to determine if I'm going to swap a book.  Life's too short.