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Subject: Unpostable Audio CD's
Date Posted: 4/7/2012 10:28 PM ET
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I have a few Audiobook CD's with one disc missing. Can I go to Book Bazaar and see if anyone wants them for one or two credits ??

Date Posted: 4/7/2012 10:32 PM ET
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I don't see why not Larry.  Some publishers can help you replace the missing CD's, then you could post them FIFO.

Date Posted: 4/7/2012 11:08 PM ET
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Yes, as long you explain the damage to unpostable books so the requester knows what they are getting, you can ask for credit for them in the Bazaar (or offer as freebies, its your choice). 

Date Posted: 4/8/2012 2:14 AM ET
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I don't know if that would work.  Ordering an audiobook with a missing CD would be like ordering a really good book and having a bunch of chapters ripped out.  If you could replace the missing CD, it would make it postable, but I wouldn't order an audiobook with a missing CD even for one credit.

Date Posted: 4/8/2012 9:09 AM ET
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I thought the same thing, Sarah. If an audiobook is missing a CD, then it will miss part of the story so I really don't see why anybody would be interested. You can certainly try of course!

Date Posted: 4/8/2012 10:08 AM ET
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Some of these Audiobooks have 10 cd's and one is missing. They are abridged versions anyway so I figure one disc missing makes it really abridged.

Date Posted: 4/8/2012 2:19 PM ET
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<<I figure one disc missing makes it really abridged>>

No, not quite, and if you offer them in the Bazaar, you should ensure that you fully disclose what's missing, don't just say "abridged" because you feel that missing content = an abridgement.

A better idea, though, would be to try contacting the publisher(s) yourself, to see if you can get those missing CDs replaced.  If so, then you'll be able to offer them for the full 2 credits, and have a better chance of folks requesting them.  I've done this myself, when I had a problem CD set (2 copies of disc 1, no disc 2), and found the publisher was very responsive.

Date Posted: 4/8/2012 7:37 PM ET
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 A missing disc doesn't just make it abridged.  An abridgement is a careful trimming of the story to remove stuff so that the story still makes sense.  Not just them randomly taking a huge chunk out to make it short.  An abridement just trims down descriptions, conversations and maybe removes some stuff that could be considered "filler". 

I personally wouldn't pay a credit for an audiobok missing a disc but someone might if they have a damaged one already to piece the two together into one good one. Well I might pay a credit for a hard to find one if it was just missing a bonus CD that was just author interview or something. But I'd personally want the whole story.

Date Posted: 4/8/2012 8:30 PM ET
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Some of these Audiobooks have 10 cd's and one is missing. They are abridged versions anyway so I figure one disc missing makes it really abridged.

Errr...no. Missing a CD doesn't make an audiobook abridged. (This tells me you don't listen to many audiobooks.) An audiobook missing a CD would be the same thing as a book missing several chapters. In this case, if the audiobook is 10 CDs and it's missing one, the audio will be missing 1/10 of the story.

10 CDs for one book may seem like a lot to you but it's actually around an average number of CDs for even unabridged versions (usually a CD has a around 70 minutes of audio).

Date Posted: 4/8/2012 9:08 PM ET
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10 cds really isn't an overly long book.  I checked out 5 from the library the other day and the shortest one has 10 cds and none of these books are big epic tomes.  They're all books in the 350-500 page range.

Date Posted: 4/8/2012 10:14 PM ET
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They are abridged versions anyway so I figure one disc missing makes it really abridged.

No, not quite...

A missing disc doesn't just make it abridged...

Errr...no. Missing a CD doesn't make an audiobook abridged...

Am I the only one to have taken this to have cheeky at the end of it? I understood him to be joking about it, not that he really believed it to actually equate to an abridged book. The posting in the Bazaar is just fine for offering the books, the missing CD is explained. Someone might not care. I have a few that had a bad cassette and I listened to them. Its just like missing 10 minutes of a movie to me, I could still follow the story.  Someone might want them at a discount (I am guessing they are going to want a BIG one though).

 

 

 



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Date Posted: 4/9/2012 12:16 AM ET
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They are abridged versions anyway so I figure one disc missing makes it really abridged.

I think this is tongue-in-cheek angel

Date Posted: 4/9/2012 10:07 AM ET
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I've answered enough LH questions that I've learned to take questions/comments at face value. wink

And an audiobook missing a disc would be missing around 70 minutes of audio which depending on which one it is (it could be the last one!) may be a big deal indeed.

But I think a few of us have mentioned that he can certainly try to get swap them unofficially in the BB, provided he mentions the missing CD.

Date Posted: 4/10/2012 9:55 AM ET
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I had an audiobook sent, not in a bubble mailier, and was cracked disc on delivery. The person who sent the cd's was very nice and refunded my credits. I then tthrew out the discs, since the manufacturer had no disc replacement policy. I had to order a paperback copy of the book.

Missing or unplayable cd's would be like 1/2 a book. If it is not playable or missing cd's, best throw it in the trash, That is what I did.

missing pages = missing information = no fun

 



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Date Posted: 4/10/2012 11:38 AM ET
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I would post on the BB, clearly saying you have PART of a whole set of X title audio book. Because there are people out there needing to replace damaged CDs.

Even at work where I mend/resurface audi cd's I usually call in all other copies of that same audio book to check the condition of the cds and swap them out. Usually I can swap discs enough so it stops another set from needing to be retired.


 

Date Posted: 4/10/2012 6:58 PM ET
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I had an audiobook sent, not in a bubble mailier, and was cracked disc on delivery. The person who sent the cd's was very nice and refunded my credits. I then tthrew out the discs, since the manufacturer had no disc replacement policy. I had to order a paperback copy of the book.

Missing or unplayable cd's would be like 1/2 a book. If it is not playable or missing cd's, best throw it in the trash, That is what I did.

missing pages = missing information = no fun

Dave did you tell the sender they had to return your credits? Because they did not have to, the loss is put on the receiver in the case of damage by USPS when the book arrives damaged (and there is no requirement to use a bubble mailer to send audio books). It was VERY nice that the sender refunded the credits to you because they had no obligation to at all.

Some people won't mind missing one CD and often it wouldn't be like missing 1/2 the book. One of the OP books is 14 CDs long. Its more like getting up and going to the kitchen for a snack and a bathroom break during a movie :) No harm in offering them in the Bazaar. If there are no takers they can still be tossed. If someone asks for them, they get more use!