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Subject: textbook question
Date Posted: 10/4/2014 11:28 PM ET
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I know this has been answered somewhere before, but I'm tired and I can't find what I'm looking for in the help center.  If a book is posted under the textbook guidelines, and the person that ordered the book does not want it with the conditions described, who cancels the order for the book? I think I would as the sender, but then how do I get the book to the other people on the wishlist?  It is not a book that gets posted very often...maybe once a year, if that.  Help!

Date Posted: 10/5/2014 1:24 AM ET
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If the requesting member has an RC that your book does not meet, then you should cancel the request as not meeting the requestor's RC. In this case your book will be offered to the next member on the wish list, if any.

The rule for textbooks says that if the book has highlighting/underlining/writing in it, then the sender must contact the requestor via PM to describe the condition of the book and the requestor must agree to accept the book before it is sent. If the requestor does not want the book in the condition described, then I think it is up to the sender to cancel.



Last Edited on: 10/5/14 2:52 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/5/2014 1:28 AM ET
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For a wishlisted book, yes, I agree it should be the sender who cancels so that the wisher doesn't lose their place in line. As far as getting past the first wisher so that the book can be offered to other wishers -- if the first person in line is willing to play along, they can put Requestor Conditions on (saying whatever they want). When you post it again, and it goes to that person again, you can reject their RC and it will move on to the next wisher. If the first wisher is not willing put on an RC, I'm not sure what you can do.

Edited to add -- I'm assuming the requestor does not already have an RC, and that the sender followed the "textbook exception" guidelines and sent a PM to the requestor stating the condition of the book and the requestor PMed back saying that they don't want the book.



Last Edited on: 10/5/14 1:33 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 10/5/2014 2:38 PM ET
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The requester did not already have RC for this book, but I was just wondering about the etiquette because there is no way for me to PM the person without accepting the request. I definitely didn't want her to lose her place if she didn't want my book. Because the book is posted so rarely, I was hoping there was some way to get it to the others on the list without her losing her place.

Anyway, I just heard back from her this afternoon that she is OK with the book as is, so it is all a moot point for now. But at least now I know what to do next time if it comes up again. Thank you, everyone for your advice. It is always appreciated :)



Last Edited on: 10/5/14 2:39 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/5/2014 4:43 PM ET
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It is unfortunate that the sender has to accept the request first before they can go through the textbook-exception PM exchange, causing one party or the other to have to cancel the request if the condition is not acceptable to the requestor. I do wish there was a way to do it before the request is accepted, such as having something like Book Conditions similar to Requestor Conditions. I believe this feature has been requested of the-powers-that-be before, though.

Date Posted: 10/5/2014 7:34 PM ET
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The etiquette is that the sender cancels.  See What is the definition of a textbook? for the logic of it. 

Valerie described a good work-around to get it past the first wisher, if the wisher is willing:

if the first person in line is willing to play along, they can put Requestor Conditions on (saying whatever they want). When you post it again, and it goes to that person again, you can reject their RC and it will move on to the next wisher.

My understanding is that the swap process is designed to work without the need for an exchange of PMs.  The textbook exception is one of the few instances where a PM is required, but the software is set up for the general swap process rather than for the exception.

Date Posted: 10/6/2014 2:29 AM ET
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I think posting it via the unpostable WL thread on the Book Bazaar might be easiest. Then you can circumvent the whole process.

Date Posted: 10/6/2014 2:01 PM ET
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Yes, the sender cancels.  An RC is the easiest method, and members are often kind enough to add one if they don't want the book.

Date Posted: 10/6/2014 3:28 PM ET
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I don't know what the book is, but it may be something that would be of interest to people in other forums such as Teacher, Homeschool, or History forums.

 

Date Posted: 10/10/2014 7:22 PM ET
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I don't know what the book is, but it may be something that would be of interest to people in other forums such as Teacher, Homeschool, or History forums.

Just want to point out that the Genre forums are NOT meant for offering books/deals/advertising what one has to swap. They are discussion forums. There are red sticky thread at the top of those forums those are the only threads in the Genre forums that anyone really should be doing any advertising of books they have. The Book Bazaar is really the only forum set up trade activity.