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Subject: Can I swap a book with underlining if I disclose it in advance?
Date Posted: 4/16/2012 1:44 PM ET
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I've searched through this forum and also read the FAQs but I couldn't find a specific answer.

I received a book through PBS that I recently discovered has underlining on one or two of the pages. Obviously it's too late for me to report the problem. It doesn't bother *me* so much about the underlining, I can still read the book but it is problematic in the sense that I've essentially lost the potential to get a credit from swapping it once I'm through reading it.  Are there options for me to repost it? I'm just thinking there may be other people who are interested and wouldn't care about the underlining. Can I list it, and then if someone requests it, send them a PM before accepting their request to disclose the underlining?

Thanks!

Date Posted: 4/16/2012 1:57 PM ET
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Yes, you can post it. You are required to send the PM first, and then get a favorable response before you mail the book out.

I will be back in a second with the link to the help doc: 

http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_item.php?id=205  (See approximately middle of page for rules for posting "textbooks"). (The next doc explains that pretty much any book can be a "textbook").

http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_item.php?id=611   (PBS definition of a "textbook")



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Date Posted: 4/16/2012 2:00 PM ET
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Great. Thanks very much for the quick response. smiley

Date Posted: 4/16/2012 3:21 PM ET
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The book is only postable FIFO IF you follow the 'textbook' guidelines Sara has linked.  Otherwise, the book is unpostable.



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Date Posted: 4/16/2012 4:37 PM ET
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Is there a specific way to mark it as being offered as a "Textbook" when it's listed, or do I just have to wait until someone requests it and then send a PM? (Didn't see that addressed in Sara's links.)

Date Posted: 4/16/2012 6:34 PM ET
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Nope, you have to post it to your shelf and then PM (and wait for answer) when it is ordered.

When I have a book like that, I make a PBS Note on it, so that by the time it is requested from my bookshelf, I remember to PM the requestor.

Date Posted: 4/16/2012 6:55 PM ET
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When I have a book like that, I make a PBS Note on it

I do that too -- it's saved me several times.  To add a note, click on the title, then on "more option" --> "+ personal note."  Only you can see the note.

Date Posted: 4/16/2012 7:44 PM ET
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If you have an unpostable book that is WLed, try posting a message in the Book Bazaar forum. There is a thread there called "Post your UNPOSTABLE WISHLIST BOOKS here"

I have received requests for a few unpostables books that way. .

Date Posted: 4/22/2012 1:45 PM ET
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I have had good success with textbooks with underlining, however, I ALWAYS PM the member first, let them know it's a textbook and approximately how much underlining is in it. I've been turned down, and I've had people still request the books.

Date Posted: 4/23/2012 11:01 AM ET
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I've had the same experience as Michelle.  I had a number of books left over from school that I posted and sent a PM before sending.  Some say okay, some don't, but everyone has been pleasant about it. 

Date Posted: 4/26/2012 11:15 PM ET
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I have no problem posting classic paperbacks and others read for lit classes. I always PM first if there is highlighting or underlining and have had NO orders cancelled. I guess it just depends on what the book is and if requestor is wanting it as a textbook or not.  I know on my "professional" bookshelf, none of my books have highlighting or underlining so maybe others keep those kinds of books "pristine" also and don't want a copy that's been marked in.