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Subject: I two popular books with a "drop" of water damage- what to do
Date Posted: 10/26/2008 5:02 PM ET
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I have two books that are on other peoples wish lists- my husband and are extremely careful with PBS books - however -life happens- and both these books have a drop of water damage- no larger than a dime on a small section of the books- I think they are appropriate to give to someone else to read, however if someone was using PBS to get books to sell ( I am not sure if people do that) then they are not postable- I feel bad for that person who is waiting for the book, i don't know how to contact people and ask them if they will still take the book with the drop stain.

any advice?

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 5:12 PM ET
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First of all, people aren't supposed to be using PBS as a source of books to resell, that's against the rules.  Second, water damage isn't allowed.  At all.  They make a book unpostable.

You can always get into the games forum.  There's usually an unpostable WL swap game going on.  Or, add the books to your signature line and offer them free with an order from your shelf.

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 5:23 PM ET
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What Sarah said.  PBS Condition Guidelines clearly state, "No damage at all from water or other liquid".  There are no special exceptions for WL books.  You can offer it as an unpostable with another offer from your shelf in the Book Bazaar and someone may snatch it up.



Date Posted: 10/26/2008 5:49 PM ET
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You may have some luck if you post something in the Bazaar.  There's a thread there for unpostable wish list books - you could offer it free with an order from your shelf.  I actually check that pretty often to see if any of my wish list books are in there.  And like Sarah said, if you put something in your signature about it, it would be more visible to everyone whenever you post in the forums.

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 7:07 PM ET
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What books are these?

Date Posted: 10/27/2008 9:15 AM ET
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There's also a Damaged Books Virtual Box going in the Games forum.  I've seen a few WL books get put in there.  I've put a couple in myself.  Basically everyone names a couple unpostable books they have. Then people take turns selecting them and you mail them off.  Then you select books from the box that you want.  I've gotten a few books from the box and you can barely tell that they're unpostable.

Date Posted: 10/27/2008 7:15 PM ET
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One thing I did, was when someone requested a book that I had by the same author, was I sent them a PM and offered my water damaged book to them for free.  They took it.  People like 2 for 1 deals. 

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 7:07 PM ET
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Not to get off topic, I was told by the tour guide assigned to me as a new person that they could do whatever they wanted with a book after they got it.  If PBS is noncommercial only is that explicitly posted?

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 7:27 PM ET
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For the most part you can do whatever you want with a book after you pay a credit for it from PBS.  But they don't allow mass buying of credits to order books for resale.  I can't imagine that being overly profitable but who knows.  So they will suspend an account if they think someone is using PBS solely to get books for resale. If it's someone who just sells the occassional book they get here from PBS. 

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 7:36 PM ET
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Brian, the non-commercial issue is in the Terms of Use which you agree to when you join the club: (#14 from the TOU.  The TOU can be read by clicking on the link at the bottom of any page)   The formatting went a little wonky, but that's this is the info....

Commercial Use Prohibited

  • This Site and the associated service are to be used for non-commercial purposes only. Commercial use of the Site or associated service is absolutely prohibited and constitutes a breach of this contract, giving rise to substantial damages. Commercial use includes but is not limited to the following:
    • Any use of bots or other systems to repeatedly access the site in an automated fashion
    • Use of the search function on the site for any purpose not directly related to participation in the book exchange
    • Any systematic effort to resell ordered items online or in person
    • Commercial use will result in immediate cancellation of service and forfeiture of credits. You hereby agree that damages from the commercial use of this site are difficult to compute. Damages from breach of this commercial use provision shall therefore be set at $100 per unauthorized Site visit. You hereby agree that such damages are a reasonable estimate of actual damages and you waive your right to contest these damages in a court of law or other proceeding.