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Subject: UGH - Just Noticed Water Damage!!!
Date Posted: 4/23/2011 11:22 PM ET
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OK, this is totally MY fault for being in a hurry, but I received a book back on March 25th, took a quick look at it, marked it received, then put it on my bookshelf to read when I was finished with the series I had been reading at that time.  I finally picked up the book to read it tonight and when I opened it, I realized that there is water damage throughout the ENTIRE book!!!  The top right corner of the book looks as if it has been dropped in water.  Oddly, only a few of the pages are slightly wavy and the front & back covers are totally fine, or I would have noticed the damage when I received it.  If you look at the book with the cover closed, it basically looks fine.  But when you open it up and look inside, there are really bad water stains on the top outside area of every single page (about 2"-3" of water stains on each page, down onto the text).  Plus, some of the water damage on the inside pages is greenish tinted, so I'm wondering if it molded at some point.  There's NO WAY I can repost this book when I'm done with it, and no used bookstore would take it.

I'm slapping myself for not thoroughly checking the book when it got here, but I've never received a book this badly water-damaged so I wasn't being wary.  Dumb, dumb, dumb.

Is there anything I can do at this point, considering the fact that I didn't RWAP it when it arrived and it's been almost a month since it was received?  Should I PM the sender and let them know the situation (in hopes that they wouldn't send a book like this again), or should I just suck it up and learn a lesson from it?  Part of me wants to PM the sender and tell her that the book was absolutely unpostable, but part of me is really embarrassed about not checking the book thoroughly when it got here.  I'm not sure what to do.

Thanks in advance for your opinions.



Last Edited on: 4/24/11 12:38 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/24/2011 12:23 AM ET
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There's no way to mark it RWAP at this point. 

I personally would just leave it alone at this point. Chances are the receiver (a) won't remember the book or (b) won't care about it since the credit was already received. 

If it's a book that is popular, you can try to swap it unofficially through the Book Bazaar where you can fully disclose the condition, or likewise on another swap site which allow condition descriptions. 

Sorry this happened to you. 

Date Posted: 4/24/2011 6:22 AM ET
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I've had this happen before too and I just sucked it up and let it go since I didn't check it  thoroughly to begin with.

Date Posted: 4/24/2011 6:57 AM ET
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Unfortunately, we've all made the same mistake.   I've learned the hard way to check books very carefully when I get them.



Last Edited on: 4/24/11 6:58 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/24/2011 12:11 PM ET
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Same thing has happened to me. All you can really do at this point is let it go.

I've looked at each book carefully since the one I got that had writing on practically every page, and somehow overlooked it. My husband recently watched me inspecting a book I had just gotten in the mail. He asked me what the heck I was doing. I told him and he said "Oh, the way you 're pawing at  that thing, I thought maybe you had a 100 dollar bill stashed in there and couldn't find it."

Date Posted: 4/24/2011 2:02 PM ET
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I told him and he said "Oh, the way you 're pawing at  that thing, I thought maybe you had a 100 dollar bill stashed in there and couldn't find it."

LOL!  I wish I had 100 dollar bills stashed in all my books...

Date Posted: 4/24/2011 10:00 PM ET
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I have had the same thing happen to me a couple of times a few years ago...I just sucked it up and learned from the experience and now check my incoming books much more thoroughly than I once did so I can catch those things before marking them received. (Perversely, it seems the better I check the books over, the less problem books I've gotten...but that is a problem I'll take. LOL)

I would not be happy to receive a PM about damage to a book I'd sent more than a month ago--there's too much time and other ways that damage could be caused--so I would not send such a PM either. One of those 'live 'n learn' things, unfortunately.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/26/2011 8:58 AM ET
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Sadly, I think you just have to let it go. The member will probably just get defensive, perhaps even say that you damaged the book in the month you've had it and are trying to get your credit back.

Sometimes we have to learn the hard way about not marking books in a hurry :)

Date Posted: 4/26/2011 2:27 PM ET
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"Unfortunately, we've all made the same mistake.   I've learned the hard way to check books very carefully when I get them."   +1 

Date Posted: 4/26/2011 2:57 PM ET
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I rec'd a book about 2 months ago that had highlighting "not with a yellow marker, but underlined with an ink pen and had a lot of writing about things that were talked about in the book. I myself thought the book was brandnew, but was i shocked when reading it and turned the page and BAM their was the ink underlinings all over the back half of the book. I think maybe they were using it for a class or maybe correcting "under lining" what they thought was not well written by the Author. As I said there were lines drawn to some words and the word was crossed out and the member put their own word in their and for some reason there were lots of question marks after many sentences in the book. Thats why I thought maybe it had something to do with a class or just someone correcting what an Author wrote. I chunked it in the trash right then. I couldn't tell what the words were that were crossed out. I sure wasn't gonna list it and not even as a unpostable either.

Sorry that happened to you.

Lori - ,
Date Posted: 4/26/2011 4:43 PM ET
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I love how karma works out on PBS.... I received a book today from a PBS member that is in excellent condition WITH a totally unexpected surprise bonus... the author of the book had autographed the fly leaf!  It's the little, lovely things like that which keep me loyal PBS member.

Date Posted: 4/26/2011 4:46 PM ET
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Ah, yes, I have found that PBS karma will always reward me for any troubles that come my way :D

Enjoy your new book!