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Subject: On Textbooks and Cookbooks....
Date Posted: 1/15/2008 2:51 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2007
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OK, so I posted a cookbook today, and I can't guarantee that there aren't any stains in it (I use my cookbooks in the kitchen, LOL!). So I PM'd the requestor to confirm that it's OK if there's a small stain or maybe a pencil notation or two. (I also write in my cook books, LOL!)

Now, this got me to thinking. This cookbook has 58 members wishing for it. Well, if the original requestor doesn't respond, my book will either timeout or I'll have to cancel the request.

But here's the issue I have: There's no way for me to push this book to the #2 in line if #1 decides she wants a clean book. There's not a, "Cookbook/Textbook condition decline" or something like that so I can allow #1 to stay at #1 and offer the book to #2.

So what would I do if the wisher doesn't want this book? Wait until I think that maybe/possibly the person has received the book from someone else and repost it?

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 2:58 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I would post in Book Bazaar the WL book you have and explain.  Cookbooks are allowed to have stains but they have to be mentioned to the requestor first.  Most likely the 1st person will want it since the WL line is so long unless it's really, really messy.  If they don't post it in the BB or even the Thoughts boards.  Out of the 58 someone will want it and then you can post direct to their WL.

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 3:04 PM ET
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Mary, that's a great idea! I didn't think of posting directly to someone's shelf. (DUH!) I usually don't search people's shelves because of the time factor involved.

Still, it would be nice if there were a way to pass the offer on to the next person in line. I really feel that those in line should get the offer first. (I feel the same way about unpostables... to be able to offer to the WL line in order (at no cost, of course, LOL!))

ETA: I'm sure this person will want the book. It's really in great shape, but I just can't guarantee there isn't a little spot or a note someplace inside. The whole thing just got me to thinking... :)



Last Edited on: 1/15/08 3:06 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/15/2008 3:12 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I just posted 3 cookbooks with long lines. Mine were in mint condition because I got them at a garage sale and then never used them.  But I still PM'd. 2 of them had gift inscriptions and I was worried that the person wouldn't want them.  So my plan was to go to the BB if they didn't want them.  The only other option would be to ask the 1st person to add a no stains condition for cookbooks and then you could decline it and it would move on to the next person.  But I think with a WL line that long and you saying the book is in good conditon-the 1st person will accept it anyway.