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Subject: Unpostables
Date Posted: 10/9/2007 11:02 AM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2007
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I have a question. It has probably been asked before. I have a bunch of unpostable books. I did post them on the message board in the unpostables section but my question is cal you offer the unpostable books for free even if they are water damaged, stained, or in really really rough condition but still readable? I have a few that are coming apart but still intact.

What is horrible is that I have about 180 books in my TBR pile that are in very postable condition, most are like new but I dont want to post them out of fear of getting complaints. Most of the books in my TBR pile are also on wishlists.

But anyways I was just wondering about unpostables and if they had to be in certain conditions or does anything go with unpostables that you are giving away for free?

Date Posted: 10/9/2007 11:06 AM ET
Member Since: 4/6/2007
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Anything goes as long as you let people know what's wrong.

Date Posted: 10/9/2007 11:16 AM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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Well, you certainly are not required to disclose the condition when you are offering freebie unpostables, but I think its the right thing to do.  But yes, you can offer a book falling apart at the seams if you'd like as a freebie.  As you say - anything goes.  A lot of people (myself included) put a line about our unpostables in the signature line referring the reader to go to our account to read about the condition of the books.  Feel free to plagarize mine if you'd like.

Also, if you have any books that you feel are questionable as to whether you can post them, you can always post a message here on the message boards explaining the condition and asking for feedback on whether others would post them. 

Last Edited on: 10/9/07 11:17 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 10/9/2007 12:44 PM ET
Member Since: 2/8/2007
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If they are freebies, I think anything goes.  However, saying that, I think it's nice if you reveal the flaws when you describe the freebies, and/or PM person requesting them.  Also, think about the other person who will be receiving it - some folks don't mind books that are still readable but in rough condition, but no-one wants a really gross book.

If you read the forum posts, there are some books that have been sent out that are in really disgusting condition.  I think those shouldn't be given away no matter what.  Unless MAYBE if someone swears they are desperate for a copy of something and will take it in any condition whatsoever.

Not saying that any of your books are like that, but just mentioning...

Date Posted: 10/9/2007 12:58 PM ET
Member Since: 8/12/2006
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Unless it's moldy/mildewy (which means it should be immediately thrown away because the mold/mildew can spread and ruin other books) or has been peed on (I once had to throw away about fifteen cookbooks that one of my male dogs decided to mark) or bled on or something really gross like that, it's fine.

I always post a brief description of the damage that makes the book unpostable, so people know what they're getting.

Last Edited on: 10/9/07 1:00 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/9/2007 1:19 PM ET
Member Since: 9/17/2005
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A little overview of what is going on with the book is always good :)