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Subject: your thoughts on this
Date Posted: 6/17/2008 2:05 PM ET
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I recently aquired several boxes of paperback books for swapping prior to my getting them it appears that they were stuffed into a box to tightly I think because many of them have a small amount of scuffing to the covers like they were to tightly packed also I have noticed a lot of them have some wavy pages but none of them have any water damage the ones with only a few wavy pages I have posted while the others I have been giving away with any order from my shelf also I have noticed several that have a browning on the inside of the covers  It looks like a coffee spill but it is not since it covers just the inside of the covers not the front or any pages. Is this what they call foxing?

So I guess my question is should I be posting any of these .  some are wl

How would you feel about getting a book with a cover that might have a little bit of scuffing or a few wavy pages?

These are all mmpp romances is it typical for them not to hold up well?


Thanks for your thoughts

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 6/17/2008 2:49 PM ET
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A bit of minor scuffing should not make a book unpostable.  That is not what I would term "excessive wear".  Many people have issues with waviness, although it is my opinion that humidity-induced waviness is postable since it isn't water damage to me, but I've seen other forum posts where members disagree with that view.

Personally, they sound postable to me, although I also would go the extra step and PM a requester about the condition to see if they were ok with it (especially the waviness, as that seems to be a "hot button" topic here.)  Again, my approach isn't typical, many members disagree with sending PMs ahead of time about grey area book conditions.

About your books with inside cover brown color:  if it is tanning discoloration due to age, like yellowing of pages, then books are postable, but if they look like a stain, or like something like coffee spilled in them, then not postable.  Foxing generally shows up as looking like speckles on the pages and edges of books.  I think the discoloration you are mentioning is what I call tanning, or a form of yellowing of the cover paper due to age-related chemical reactions in the paper.

I think there are quite a few romance publishers that do not publish on the highest quality paper, and I think many of these older mmpps should be expected to show their age.

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 3:37 PM ET
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Date Posted: 6/17/2008 3:40 PM ET
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Robin , Thank you for your thoughts on the matter. Yhea there is no (liquid damage to any of them and I think the waviness actually is coming from being to tightly packed together and it just being cheap paper. I just do not want to go thru the trouble of posting them, wrapping them, walking 3 miles each way to a PO and paying postage only to have someone unhappy.   So I thought I would take a poll of members thought on these issues. 

Please keep your thoughts on the matter coming .  Thank you

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 3:45 PM ET
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It is the oddest thing I have ever seen the only reason I know it is not a stain is the rest of the book(s) ( there are multiple) is in good condition pages are clean no funky order just the insides of the covers front and back  and these books are not that old less then 10 years. It is very strange.