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Subject: Unpostable wish list book
Date Posted: 7/11/2011 9:25 AM ET
Member Since: 3/2/2011
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I have a wish listed book that is unpostable due to writing/highlighting in the book.  I used it for a book study.  I looked at the forum for the genre and found a few PBS members who have this on their WL.  Is it ok for me to PM them and offer my unpostable to them, letting them know the condition of the book.  Also is it in poor taste to ask for a credit for the book, simply because it is a heavy book and will be expensive to ship. 

Date Posted: 7/11/2011 9:29 AM ET
Member Since: 11/11/2008
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There is a textbook exception to the no highlighting/writing rule.

 

it does not matter what the "objective definition" of a textbook is.  The club members decide this - as long as the rules in the Book Condition Criteria for 'Swappability' at PBS are followed.  See the explanation and examples below.

If a member considers her book a textbook she may Post it with underlining/highlighting/writing on text pages, according to the "textbook exception" in the Book Condition Criteria for 'Swappability' at PBS; BUT since the textbook exception in theBook Condition Criteria for 'Swappability' at PBS require her to contact the requestor and obtain PM consent to the book's condition, she won't be in the position of sending a "stealth textbook" to someone who doesn't expect to receive one.

Examples/further explanation:

  • Member A posts an Economics 101 textbook - something that most people would clearly consider a textbook.   
  • Following the Book Condition Criteria for 'Swappability' at PBS textbook exception rules, she sends a Personal Message to the requestor when she gets a request, describing the book's condition.
  • Chances are good that she will get PM consent from the requestor to send the book with highlighting/etc. 
  • Member B posts a novel (fiction) that she used in a class - something that most people would NOT consider a textbook.
    • Following the Book Condition Criteria for 'Swappability' at PBS textbook exception rules, she sends a Personal Message to the requestor when she gets a request, describing the book's condition.
    • Chances are good that she will NOT get PM consent from the requestor to send the book with highlighting/etc.
    • If the requestor declines the book in its condition, Member B will have to cancel the request and repost her book.  It will go to the 'back of the line' for requests.  (If it is a Wish Listed book, it will be offered to the same wisher and the sender will again have to cancel.  She will have to wait for the wishing member to get a copy of this book from someone else before Member B can post her copy again.)

So, the farther the book is from a 'textbook' in common perception, the more likely it will be difficult to get consent to its condition.  Members in Member B's situation may encounter several declines, and will eventually realize that the book is not likely to be acceptable to the club in its condition.  Member B will stop trying to offer it as a "textbook"  and will consider it instead an unpostable/damaged book.

In this way, the club defines "textbook" on a case-by-case basis, and no one who is following the rules will be able to "surprise" another person with a highlighted/written-in/underlined book.

 

Date Posted: 7/11/2011 12:14 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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If the book is otherwise postable Nancy, the book can be listed FIFO (for credit) ... just be sure you read, understand, and follow the Textbook clause in PBS rules.

There are also a few forum threads for wishlisted books, your book can be posted there.  Be sure to state its condition, and request a credit (and any other conditons you may have such as auto-request or no RC's.)

Date Posted: 7/11/2011 12:14 PM ET
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So the procedure that you would follow with your textbook is:

1. post it just like any other book.
2. When it is requested from you, PM the requestor, let them know about the highlighting and writing,
3. wait for a response indicating acceptance of the book with the writing before mailing.

If they don't want the book with the writing, it is up to you to cancel the offer of the book. (If the requestor cancels, then they lose their spot in the WL line). So, you cancel the offer.

If you think the other member will help you out, you could ask them to make a RC, then you could repost the book, reject the RC, and move your offer onto the second wisher.