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Subject: Now I'm thinking of having an RC
Date Posted: 5/15/2012 6:23 PM ET
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I'm pretty easy going, never had one, but I received one today that the pages were SO yellow, I really did not want to hold the book. It just bothers me to read a book that the pages are so yellowed.

Do you think that would be an okay RC?  I don't imagine it would cut down my receivables a whole lot, since most books are not this yellowed.

I know it's acceptable under PBS criteria for posting, but it's my "druthers" not to get any more like this.

Date Posted: 5/15/2012 6:35 PM ET
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I think you can have any kind of RC you want, but don't know how yellow is too yellow?  How old was the book?  If it was an older book, I'd expect the pages to be yellow.  Good luck on whatever you decide. Pat

Date Posted: 5/15/2012 6:42 PM ET
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It is a brand new book that came out in 2011.  

That was the part that I couldn't figure out.  Maybe heavy smoker or something?  But book didn't smell. 

Sometimes if you leave them in the car in the sun on the dashboard or in window sill they will do that.....get yellowed.

Date Posted: 5/15/2012 6:49 PM ET
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Well, people with books that have any amount of yellowing will probably decline you. Because no one will be sure how much yellowing is too much. So, you might get more declines than you think.

Overall, I think putting in place a RC in response to an issue with one book, which might prevent you from quickly receiving many books which you would consider to be OK ... is kind of silly.

You have to weigh the potential benefit against the potential cost though. If non-yellowed books are very important to you, then put your RC in place. (Especially if you tend to keep books). If you are planning to trade them on PBS anyway, and yellowing is postable (and not all that common, anyway) .. then maybe you don't need the RC after all.

Date Posted: 5/15/2012 7:04 PM ET
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I don't think you need to have an RC in place because of this one book. You'd probably get turned down pretty often, since a lot of older paperbacks have some amount of discoloration. And what are the odds that you'll be seeing a newer book like this again?

Date Posted: 5/16/2012 1:13 PM ET
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I just turned down a RC because it was ambigiously worded, and they wanted books to be in good condition according to them, and I was supposed to PM them and tell them about my book. That's not going to happen. The book they requested was published in 1970 and had significant yellowing, and I'm the sort of person that won't risk an RWAP and will turn down a request instead.

So make sure you consider that- some swappers would rather just turn down RCs that are unclear or at the reciever's discretion. If you must have an RC, you should probably say no yellowing at all, because I am not going to argue with someone about how yellowed a 40+ year old book is.

Date Posted: 5/16/2012 3:23 PM ET
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I'm afraid you'd get a lot of people declining it.  You have every right to put an RC on it if you wish though, but I just think some people will assume you're trying to be picky even if you aren't.