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Subject: Not sure if this is ok to mail? Requester not responding
Date Posted: 10/28/2010 9:40 AM ET
Member Since: 10/5/2010
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I have an audio book that was recently requested, not auto request since it's been on my shelf for a while.

The condition of the audio book are as follow:

Book 1: perfect condition
Book 2: perfect condition
CD 1: perfect condition
CD 2: perfect condition
CD 3: perfect condition
Box to keep all those together: A little beat up from person who had it before me.

I PM'd the requester telling him of the conditions of the box and if he still wants it on the 26th and asking for a response back by 12pm central on the 28th because I will be going on vacation and only have til 1pm today to mail the book. I won't return until Nov 30th (Will still have internet connection, just not access to any books.) Requester does not have any conditions stated either.

Would it be wiser to just cancel the request or mail  at 1 even if they don't respond since there's no RC?

Last Edited on: 10/28/10 9:43 AM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 10/28/2010 10:11 AM ET
Member Since: 12/10/2009
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The box need not be in good condition. You can even send these out without the box. I will try to find the help doc that addresses this.

Date Posted: 10/28/2010 10:14 AM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2010
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In order to avoid this kind of problem, I've learned not to PM about perfectly postable things (though I always PM about writing/highlighting). The box to keep things together is not required, so there is no problem having it a little beat up.

I don't know what to do now that you've PMed. Since you implied you wouldn't mail unless you heard back from him, it might be that's what you'll need to do. If he still wants it and just didn't see your PM, he can always re-request when he figures out what's happened.

But I don't know that for sure - others will chime in with their opinions.

Date Posted: 10/28/2010 10:14 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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This is why I don't PM on postable books.  Boxes aren't even required on audiobooks.  It's perfectly fine to send.

Date Posted: 10/28/2010 10:24 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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If they aren't WL and you cancel, any of them have other copies in teh system will automatically be reordered for him.

Date Posted: 10/28/2010 1:38 PM ET
Member Since: 7/28/2006
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The box itself doesn't have to be in perfect condition, so you are fine to send it with or without the box.  Just make sure if you send without the box, the CDs at least are in a case or envelope or something to protect them during shipping. 

I had a member contact me for help who was sent an audiobook as a stack of CDs (nothing else) rolling around in a manilla envelope.  The CDs were scratched beyond all use. 

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Date Posted: 10/28/2010 1:49 PM ET
Member Since: 2/8/2007
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Your message to the Requestor was a courtesy message only, since the set is perfectly postable even if box is a bit worn.  Since it was merely a courtesy PM, you are not obligated to wait to receive a response.  So do not let the lack of an answering message stop you from sending out this request.  If the Requestor had a problem with receiving a beat-up box, they would have had a Requestor Condition or responded to your message.

Go ahead and send.  (And, as opposed to some of the other members above, I am all for the extra communication between members.  I do not feel it was wrong to send a little note to the Requestor so they had the opportunity to respond, even if they didn't choose to exercise that option.)

ETA:  Here is the link/info that Fara was seeking:  http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/search.php?terms=book+conditions



  • Audiobooks must be originals--not copies! 
    • Copies are illegal.  Swapping illegal materials here will get you expelled from the club.
    • burned audio downloads are not permitted on the site--these could be legal (being the only copies you made), but since there is no way to verify this, they are not permitted.
  • Audiobooks do NOT have to include the box that enclosed the individual cassettes/CDs
    • The audiobooks should be packaged well if the box is missing, to prevent damage by USPS en route
    • Audio CDs must be shipped in CD cases/DVD cases, to protect them from scratching, if the original box is missing
  • Audiobooks must be playable to be swapped here, without more than two (minor) skips.
  • "Playaway" audio books must include the headphones (batteries do NOT have to be included).

Last Edited on: 10/28/10 1:51 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/28/2010 7:41 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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I also agree, go ahead and send.  The box is not required for postability.

Last Edited on: 10/28/10 7:42 PM ET - Total times edited: 1