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Subject: Textbook requested.... question about condition
Date Posted: 7/19/2013 9:21 AM ET
Member Since: 5/21/2013
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I have a textbook offered, that someone requested. I pm'd the requestor with a description of the book (writing inside, etc). I'd planned to mail it out tomorrow with the other books requested this week. However, the requestor has not pm'd back to say that they accept the condition of the book. I know they have another day and they might yet still answer and this will be settled, but for future reference, my question is this: If I don't get a reply do I send the book anyway? Or decline to send it? Because I live way out in the country and can only make a trip to the Post Office once a week. So if I can't send it tomorrow, it will be next Saturday before I could send it.

Date Posted: 7/19/2013 10:30 AM ET
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Usually when I am in a situation like this and send a PM, I include a statement along the lines of "If I have not heard from you by (such and such a date) that you are okay with the condition of this book, then I will decline the request and not send the book."

Date Posted: 7/19/2013 10:39 AM ET
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I think I'll send another pm to include that. 

Date Posted: 7/19/2013 10:48 AM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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Yes, if they don't answer the PM then you should not send the book.

What I do when I offer a book with writing in it, is, I always pick the longest mail date possible to give the requestor max. time to answer the PM.

Date Posted: 7/19/2013 11:47 AM ET
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With the textbook exception you CANNOT send the book without an answer. If you do and they complain you have to return the credit. The exception requires that you send the PM and get an acceptance of the condition from the receiver before sending the book.

Date Posted: 7/19/2013 12:35 PM ET
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It was requested on Wednesday. Mailing on Saturday gives them until I leave Saturday to mail them out for them to answer. Since Saturday is the only days I can go to the Post Office (One vehicle, hubby works through the week and I have no way to go until Saturday when he's off) That was the only time frame I could give, because otherwise it would have been a week longer. The only other option would be to wait until Sunday or Monday to accept the request for the book and then send the pm, as that  would give me the option to mail by the following Saturday, and give a week for a response. I just assumed since the acceptance/pm was sent within minutes of the book being requested that I would've gotten a prompt answer, but apparently they got offline shortly after requesting and didn't bother to check back in yet. 

If I haven't heard from her by 10am tomorrow morning, I'll cancel the request. Hopefully this will not go against me in a bad way, as I'm trying my best to follow the rules and be a good member. 

Date Posted: 7/19/2013 12:45 PM ET
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If I haven't heard from her by 10am tomorrow morning, I'll cancel the request. Hopefully this will not go against me in a bad way, as I'm trying my best to follow the rules and be a good member.

There is no penalty for cancelling a request.

Date Posted: 7/19/2013 1:38 PM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2007
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The only 'penalty' is that you lose your place in FIFO and have to start over. Not too bad, but I've had books listed for a couple years and it hurts my feelings to cancel :( But FBOFW I love PBS and someone will request it again someday and they will be okay with the writing.

The last time I had a textbook exception on a novel I had received the book from a friend, a girl who was valedictorian of her graduating class so I mentioned that in my PM, lol. Don't know if it helped, but they accepted the book!