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Angie -
Subject: I'm not sure what to do about this...
Date Posted: 8/8/2009 3:34 PM ET
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(Sorry this is so long, it's kind of complicated...)

In the book bazaar, I posted a week or so ago that I was trying to get more books for my classroom library and if anyone had a deal that included children's books, to let me know. (Rather than trying to wade through all of the deal posts and probably missing some good ones because it's just so crazy there.)

Someone PM'd me that they had a lot of YA books and asked for more specifics on what I was looking for. I mentioned that most of my students are struggling readers so things like Goosebumps, etc. are good because they are high interest relatively low level. And that they are in 6-8th grades.

I looked at their shelf and found 4 books that looked perfect. I told him the titles I was interested in and asked him how many credits he wanted for it. He said he would like for me to order all 4 books and that he would include 5 freebies for each book that I ordered, and listed some of the books he would send. (And the books he was sending as freebies are okay, none of them are books that I would have ever ordered because I'm not sure how interesting they will be to my kids, but since I'm starting with almost nothing, I figured it sounded like a good deal.) He also was going to send me some extra freebies (Goosebumps, etc.) if he had room in the box. 

I received the box yesterday and one of the four books that I ordered was not included. (And it was a book I really wanted, perfect combination of interest and appropriate reading level.) He also did not include *any* Goosebumps books, instead he included 9 YA "Freshman Dorm" novels. (I remember reading some of these when I was in high school. They are about freshmen in college and have a lot of romance, etc."Freshman Flames", "Freshman Guys" that sort of thing.) Anyway, they aren't appropriate for my middle schoolers in either content/maturity or reading level, and even if I end up teaching high school in a few years, I'm not really comfortable offering those types of books to my students from my classroom. (Not so much because of the books, but because of issues that could come up with parents/admin./etc.)

So, to sum it all up, I have received a lot of books for a pretty good deal, but only 3 of the 4 that I actually ordered, and most of the freebies aren't things I would have ordered without a deal (or even really *with* a deal necessarily.)

Would you go ahead and mark the 4th book received since you did receive well over 4 books, even if one of the ordered books wasn't included? I feel like I'm being witchy by not marking it received already, even though it wasn't, because he did send me so many books. But at the same time, I'm a little frustrated because one of the books that I really wanted wasn't included and I'm not sure if I'll get any use out of any of the freebies anyway.


Last Edited on: 8/8/09 3:38 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 8/8/2009 4:14 PM ET
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I would NOT mark the missing book that you ordered as being received.  You spent  a credit for that specific book.  I would just let it go lost... I believe you get your credit back when that happens.

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 4:15 PM ET
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I personally wouldn't mark the fourth book recieved, because it wasn't. I don't think that is being witchy, because you didn't recieve a book that you ordered. I would then send a polite pm to the sender thanking him for the great deal and asking if he possibly forgot to include the fourth book.  :0) I hope this helps.


Angie -
Date Posted: 8/8/2009 4:26 PM ET
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Thanks for the opinions!

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 4:31 PM ET
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Agree with the other posts - don't mark the 4th book rec'd .  I would notify him to let him know that the fourth book was missing.  Also if the deal was age apporpriate books and you did not receive what he promised I would let him know  - you can put it tactfully.  See what he says.   I

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 8:09 PM ET
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I agree with Jubead.  But do let the 4th book go lost because if you are going to send him a PM about the promised goosebumps that didn't show up either and about getting books that you don't want, you don't want to be messing with a credit problem at the same time.  You didn't receive an ordered book (title) for your credit.  So you can't mark it received.  The deal is beside the point, really, where that title is concerned.   PBS won't get into a problem about "deals".  But if it isn't resolved with some way that you feel good about - then I would let PBS know (by using the Contact Us link) that he didn't abide by his word in the "deal".  They will take action with someone who doesn't keep their word (as long as you have PM's to show it) after a while of doing so.


Date Posted: 8/9/2009 12:25 AM ET
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Sounds like he was AWFULLY in a hurry to just get rid of those other books, whether they were appropriate or not.     :(       D.

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 10:20 AM ET
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I'm sending you a PM  with a members nickname that I have had very satisfactory transactions with in getting books for my classroom. 

I would NOT mark the fourth book received, either.

Last Edited on: 8/9/09 10:21 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 8/9/2009 11:41 AM ET
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Nope, you didn't get the book.  Don't mark it received.

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 4:13 PM ET
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I think most of us who regularly do "deals" want the requestor to be happy with all of the books.  I'm sorry this person offered a deal but didn't give you the opportunity to pick your own freebies or at least  give major input on the books being sent.    Thats just wrong.    Please feel comfortable marking that one book not received, then at least you are out 3 credits not 4 and hopefully can repost those others.   I have mainly kids/teen books and they move pretty quickly.   If some of the ones you received are more young adult there is a forum for those so that may help you with getting rid of those.   

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 5:44 PM ET
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 Please do not mark recieved on a book you did not get. PBS needs to know such things and if this is a problem poster, and I think that might be the case, that information could help protect all of us in the future.

 I am sorry that deal was not such a great one. I hope you can post those books and get them to someone who actually can use them.

 On another note, I think what your doing for your kids is great. I remember my more favorite books in 6th grade where the christopher pike books and I believe they are coming out again now with new covers!

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 6:38 PM ET
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Angie- I'm sorry to hear that your deal didn't go as planned, and I agree with what others said about not marking that missing book as received.  After all, you didn't actually receive it, so no sense in the other person getting credit for a book they didn't send.   I'm also a middle school teacher, but I only keep history/ historical fiction books in my classroom since I teach Social Studies (always searching for those on here myself, problem is, they often seem to stay at my house for a while because they look so interesting, I want to read them first, lol).  I do have a few Goosebumps and other books in that age range if you interested and would like a deal (not a wide selection, but I'd love to help a fellow teacher out).  I'll PM you.