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Subject: not sure if book received is postable
Date Posted: 2/5/2010 3:47 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2010
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I searched the forum and so far haven't found anything similar to what I am curious about.  I received a book today, the corner on the top right side of the book cover has been cut off.  Okay, that happens with used book stores, no problem.  I don't think that affects it postability.

1) There is some tape residue on the back cover, for me not problem but not sure how others will fill about it.

2) on the top and bottom of the book, stamped on the pages is the word  NOT TRADABLE.  I am thinking (could/probably be wrong) that it came from a  used book store and they put that there.   On the cover sheet inside the book are some numbers and then the word excellent, I am assuming from the numbers that it is a date the book was bought used, its condition and an identification number.

What I am wondering is, does the word NOT TRADABLE affect my being able to trade it?  Should I just keep it, or offer it to some one free with another book?

For its age (over 20 years old) it is in pretty darn good shape. 

For some reason the sender hand wrote my name and address; maybe they out of ink and so couldn't print the label?  A curiosity.

 I have no problem with the book and intend to mark it as received with no problem.  Just curious for my own information and so I won't post an unpostable book accidently.

Janette

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 4:04 PM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2007
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I've received books with sticky stuff on the covers and writing on the cover sheet or on the inside flap of the cover (names, dates, etc). As far as I know they are all within the rules. The stamps shouldn't be a problem either since ex-library books are stamped and remainder marks are also allowed. So I would say you can post it. Maybe use some Goo Gone to get rid of the sticky residue, but otherwise I would trade as is.

I would either PM anyone with a no ex-library books RC or just deny them since they probably don't want the stamps that come with ex-library books and yours is stamped.

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 11:48 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2008
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For some reason the sender hand wrote my name and address; maybe they out of ink and so couldn't print the label?  A curiosity.

I hand write all my addresses.  I never have the printer, ink, computer, all in a row at the right time.  So all mine get hand addressed.

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 8:59 PM ET
Member Since: 8/25/2007
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What I am wondering is, does the word NOT TRADABLE affect my being able to trade it?  Should I just keep it, or offer it to some one free with another book?

I've seen that on books from UBS that they are not willing to accept back as a trade.  I don't think it has any bearing on postability here, as I consider it similar to markings on an ex-library book. 

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 9:51 AM ET
Member Since: 10/26/2008
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If the sticky grime is on the cover, try using Goo Gone on it.  Don't saturate the cover, just put a little bit on a rag and rub it off.  I bought some ex library books from Amazon and the stickers drove me crazy!  I used the Goo Gone on the residue and it worked like a charm.

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 11:26 AM ET
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I second the GooGone - it works very well for price sticker residue. The remainder of your concerns should have no bearing on the postability of the book at PBS. Many UBS use one or more of those procedures to "mark" their books. Some around here mark non-tradable when they have a special sale such as a super low price or x books for a fixed price.