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Subject: Not sure if I should send this book...
Date Posted: 4/3/2010 9:57 AM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2009
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I have a request for one of my books but one of the requestors conditions is:

"I do not care for books that are more than 10 years old, except in certain circumstances"

My book has a copyright date of 1998, but I know there are more current editions.  Should I assume that because this is a WL book she knows which edition I have and is okay with it being more than 10 years old?  Or should I mark that it doesn't meet her requirements and let it go to the next in line?


Date Posted: 4/3/2010 10:00 AM ET
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I would decline and let it go to the next wisher. Especially since you know there are newer editions of the book out.  I don't PM about RC's especially if they are WL. If they aren't clear enough my book is going to the next wisher.  Because then you have to worry about them no responding to the PM and who cancels if they don't want the book.  If the RCs don't apply to a specific book then she needs to turn the RCS off for that book or put the title in the RC as an exception.

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Date Posted: 4/3/2010 10:06 AM ET
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Your book is older than 10 years, without any information on what "certain circumstances" means, your book does not meet the RCs so you should turn it down. 

Remember that a new printing does not mean a new ISBN. Often there is no way for the member to know if your copy is the original printing or the newer reprint. This appears to be this member's way of letting people know they don't want those older printings.

Date Posted: 4/3/2010 11:40 AM ET
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Why would anyone write an RC that is so vague?  The phrase "except in certain circumstances" just muddles everything up.  What are "certain circumstances"?  I refuse any RC that isn't crystal clear to me what they mean.  It's not worth the hassle of having the other person interpret their RC different than I would interpret it.

Date Posted: 4/3/2010 1:15 PM ET
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Thanks for the help.  I did decline it and filled out the comment section as "book is more than ten years old".  Supposedly the requestor sees that, so if she really wanted this book, maybe she will make her RC clearer.

Date Posted: 4/3/2010 2:30 PM ET
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Good choice Kathy  :)

Date Posted: 4/3/2010 3:46 PM ET
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I would have actually PM'ed the person along the lines of:

"You really should state those 'circumstances' as part of your RC, otherwise the person offering a book couldn't know which older ones 'qualify' without being a mind reader."

Date Posted: 4/3/2010 4:00 PM ET
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If she filled in a reason it'll send it to the requestor in the form of a PM.

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 2:18 AM ET
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I think that wins the prize for most obscure RC ever.

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 7:08 AM ET
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TomeReader should take that one for her collection.

You did the right thing, Kathy. I would have been tempted to say 'I'm not psychic so I don't know if my book meets the 'certain circumstances' but as I know it's more than 10 years old, I'm declining the RC." :P