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Subject: Don't understand this RC
Date Posted: 6/22/2017 7:38 AM ET
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Got an RC that says if this book is a series romance please do not send if it has one of those order forms attached inside. Please do not send if it DID have one of those order forms attached inside but it has been removed. 

Considrering how many mass market romances are only available with the form to order more books, isn't this person basically going to lose out on most books in this genre? 

I am wondering if I should PM her to clarify because the books she ordered from me were wish list mass market paperbacks from the 1970s and not available in any other format.

Date Posted: 6/22/2017 9:05 AM ET
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Bren,

 

I would decline with the reason that you said here and let it go at that.

Date Posted: 6/22/2017 10:27 AM ET
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Like you said, most of the series romances have the forms. So I would also decline.

Date Posted: 6/22/2017 2:36 PM ET
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Well, personally, I would PM because I don't mind seeing if I can clarify something so that I can send books. What's the harm really, besides a few minutes of time?

Book orders don't fall off of trees lately.

Date Posted: 6/22/2017 5:58 PM ET
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"I don't mind seeing if I can clarify something so that I can send books..."

What's to clarify?  She doesn't want books with ordering inserts or that have EVER had ordering inserts.  At most, I would do as Michele said and decline it with the explanation.  If it's a wishlist book, there are other people who will want it without making you jump through hoops. 

Date Posted: 6/22/2017 8:34 PM ET
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Does Not Meet.  Simple.

Date Posted: 6/22/2017 9:31 PM ET
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Sending a pm to clarify often puts you into limbo as, in my experience, people often don't respond within the time frame you have to mail the book and you still don't know what to do. I'd decline with a brief explanation why. At least that helps educate requestors with unclear RCs.

Date Posted: 6/22/2017 10:24 PM ET
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You didn't actually say if your books have (or have had) the insert, just that many of that genre and era did have them.  If any of the ones she ordered from you do (or did) have the insert,  then they simply do not meet the RC, there's nothing to clarify,  and you have to decline.    I would tend to think that if she is ordering and wishlisting vintage series romance books, she knows the genre and she knows that most of them have that insert yet she doesn't want books with the insert so she knows she's going to get a lot of declines and that must be okay with her.  I tend to believe that people know what consequences their RC's will have, not that they don't.

Date Posted: 6/23/2017 8:37 AM ET
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I would rather not send the book(s) and decline and be on the safe side, rather than risk an RWAP and all the mayhem that ensues.

Date Posted: 6/23/2017 2:11 PM ET
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I think it's clear they DO NOT want order forms attached inside.  

I'm thinking they are not desperate to read those books.  There's some other priority that's important to them.

I think you should feel free to discuss it with the other member.  I would not go into it thinking I would change their mind. 

Date Posted: 6/23/2017 2:41 PM ET
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Date Posted: 6/23/2017 4:36 PM ET
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It says both.

Date Posted: 6/23/2017 5:05 PM ET
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I agree with Valerie - the requestor isn't desperate to read the book(s).  These are probably for a 'keeper shelf'...  I would decline and move on.

Date Posted: 6/23/2017 5:41 PM ET
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Or a profitable resale!

Date Posted: 6/24/2017 10:06 AM ET
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Where do profitable resales happen? Books cost $3.00 to obtain here unless you are a multi book mailer.

Date Posted: 6/25/2017 10:33 AM ET
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I was wondering too. Here the half price bookstore will not take them or you need a good 10-12 to get .50.  They say people won't really buy them.

Date Posted: 6/26/2017 9:15 AM ET
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Apparently the rc equates to a unique rare printing. I recall back when I began downsizing books in 2008, finding the pricing of some old (think 55 cent paperbacks) going on amazon for $20+. That is what I was thinking.

Date Posted: 6/26/2017 8:34 PM ET
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I can only think of a small amount of mass market romances that go for that much. There are a handful of early ones by Mary Balogh and maybe another handful of others that are also both out of print and much wanted.