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Subject: Not sure what to do.
Date Posted: 4/12/2013 9:38 AM ET
Member Since: 1/29/2011
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I finally received a book that was on my wish list that had a LONG wait.  When I received it, it had a little damage the to top of the spine and was sent to me with a small triangle cut in the corner of the dust jacket. (Within the parameters of PBS).  When my wish was fulfilled, I was told of the condition of the book and it was fine by me.  I really wanted to read the book and know it is popular, so I immediately reposted when I was done.  The request I received has a laundry list of conditions attached but nothing that would address the small cut in the corner so I accepted the request.  I have emailed the requester several times about the condition of the book and have never had a reply.  The book meets all the PBS standards and the requesters conditions but I still have a gut feeling this will be RWAP'd.  I know I should not have accepted this request but hindsight is 20/20.  Is there anything I can do to cover my basis or just take the RWAP if it comes along.


Date Posted: 4/12/2013 10:46 AM ET
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Obsessive Compulsive RC bunch up at the top of long WLs.

Go with your gut.  Someone else has a pristine copy they'll be happy with.

zeke68 -
Date Posted: 4/12/2013 12:03 PM ET
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I'd not send it if there was a laundry list of conditions attached, especially if any one of those mentioned condition.

Date Posted: 4/12/2013 1:02 PM ET
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Well, here is my take on this.

People with a laundry list of conditions generally list everything they care about. They know exactly what they don't want and what they don't want.

And, it's kind of maddening when you have taken the care to craft a description of exactly what you want, only to have someone reject your RC for some reason that is totally unrelated to anything you said. Like if you are very particular about spine creases and you make a RC about them, only to have someone reject it because their book has a sticker on the cover (and you are like "WTF? I don't care about stickers! It's not mentioned in my RC at all").

There is no reason to read anything into a RC beyond what the person writes, or to try to guess what else they do or don't want that they didn't mention.  Presumably they know what they are doing, and since the obviously know how RCs work, and can put what they want in it .... If I were you, I woudl go ahead and send the book.

If you get a RWAP, tell the person, "I'm sorry that you are not happy with the book, but I believe the book to be postable AND I don't believe there was anything in your RC to exclude it from being posted to you."

Last Edited on: 4/12/13 1:03 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/12/2013 1:04 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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I always judge accepting a RC by my gut.  This is why I tell folks that spelling, editing and tone really matter when they write a RC.  It is a quick first impression.   The system is built that turning down a RC is guilt free.   I also feel that too strict RWAP will lead others to just turn down RCs, which makes me and my RC unhappy.

Good luck with your end results. 

Date Posted: 4/12/2013 2:09 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Not all members are super picky, some are merely frustrated over having received too many unpostables.  There are some good comments already posted for both sides of this issue, and if you haven't already marked it mailed there is still time to consider the situation.

Frankly, I'm a bit more concerned about the non-response than the RC's.  I personally would probably decline, but if your book is postable and meets their RC conditions it really should be good to go.

Date Posted: 4/12/2013 2:20 PM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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When contacting a member as you have done, I always give them a response deadline.  Like, "Hey, I just wanted you to know about [whatever the condition of your book is].  If I don't hear back from you by [whatever date you pick], I am going to assume you don't want it and cancel the request.  So, please let me know before that date if you still want the book.  Thanks!"

Date Posted: 4/12/2013 3:27 PM ET
Member Since: 1/29/2011
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Thanks for the advice, I'm going to post the book and hope for the best.  Like Denise mentioned the part that makes me most nervous is the lack of response to the emails. Hope it goes well, if not lesson learned.


Date Posted: 4/13/2013 12:06 AM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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The RC is NOT the place to vent.  The Discussion Forum is.  Venting in a RC?  Makes folks very nervous.