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Subject: Tape on books
Date Posted: 9/22/2008 12:59 PM ET
Member Since: 4/9/2007
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I've been swapping for quite a while with so few problems, it's been great!  But then somehow in the last few weeks I've ended up with three or four books where the sender actually taped the wrapper directly to the book!

This bothers me on multiple levels, first because you shouldn't damage a book that way!  One of them was intended for me to keep for a collection but pulling off the tape meant messing up part of the cover (part of the shiny stuff came off).  I used to work in a bookstore and I would throw fits whenever new workers would actually use tape on books, it's just wrong.

But it also makes the books next to impossible to open.  I try so hard not to complain about too much tape on the outside because I know they're being protected and everything.  But I have a really hard time getting them open sometimes and then when you add on that the wrapper is taped directly to the book, then I can't even slide the book out after I get an end open. 

I know that PBS has notes all over the place saying to never do this, but do you think it would be worth it to put it in my conditions?  Until a few weeks ago I'd never seen it and now it just keeps happening, so I don't know if it's just that I ended up with a few inexperienced traders or what.

I also can't think of a nice way to PM them afterwards and say "Thanks for the book, but don't do that again!"

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 1:17 PM ET
Member Since: 6/4/2007
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You're absolutely right.  Taping directly to the book is a big no-no.  In the Help Center document There is a problem with a book I received! it says:

Damaged by Sender

  • This means the book appears to have been unacceptable for swapping at PBS before it was put in the mail
  • This includes books packaged using tape applied to the book if the book is damaged and rendered unrepostable by opening the package.

The underlining is mine, for emphasis.  You hopefully have treated each of these transactions appropriately, both for your sake and so that the Senders might alter their methods for future swaps.

"Thanks for the book, but don't do that again" isn't that far off the mark.  I usually go with something like this:  "Thanks so much for the book!  Unfortunately, I had (such and such a problem).  Just so that you know, the rules say...In the future...".  All it takes is remembering to be nice and maintaining a "Next time, for your own sake" kind of tone.



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Date Posted: 9/22/2008 5:07 PM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2008
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I've been swapping for quite a while with so few problems, it's been great!  But then somehow in the last few weeks I've ended up with three or four books where the sender actually taped the wrapper directly to the book!

 

That is so infuriating!  I've had a few of those which, thankfully, I was able to remove the tape without *too* much damage to the book.  I just don't understand why it's necessary in the first place.  But I really *really* wonder what people are thinking when they do that! 

Subject: Taping to the book
Date Posted: 9/22/2008 11:45 PM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2005
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I have gotten a couple of books with the wrappings taped directly to the book.  I was able to peel the tape off with out a pproblem, but I did PM the persons who went the books and suggested they not do that again....I haven't figure out WHY you have to do that-it is an extra step!

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 8:34 AM ET
Member Since: 5/5/2008
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I've gotten a couple of taped books. Thankfully, in every case I've been able to get the tape off without damaging the book.

I'm not sure about adding it as an RC. It might get you fewer taped books, but you might also have some people decline your requests on principle, because they decline every request that has conditions.