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Subject: Using Requestor Conditions for the First Time - are these clear enough?
Date Posted: 3/12/2009 11:02 AM ET
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Please don't reject this before reading, pretty please.

My Requestor Condition ONLY applies to Travel Books. 

For Travel Books, could you please double-check the book to make sure there are no big dents, dog ears, writing or highlighting? 

If the book I ordered is not a Travel Book, there are no conditions at all.

This is my first try with Requestor Conditions, so please let me know if you think they are unclear or unreasonable.

Lita M (nashvillethecat)

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 11:18 AM ET
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That sounds fair to me, Lita. Id accept that RC. Any particular reason you want Travel Books to be in better condition than non Travel Books?

PS - Your cat avatar is adorable! =3

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Date Posted: 3/12/2009 11:18 AM ET
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Date Posted: 3/12/2009 11:25 AM ET
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Erin, these books are for my husband's travel shelf and he is more particular about his books than me.  Most of the books I get for him thru PBS  have been great, but the last ones have been more "beat up" than usual, so to keep him from being disappointed, I put one the conditions.

I know that this sets me up to get denied on principle by a lot of folks for the fact that I have ANY conditions, but I am OK with that.

Cindy, I also don't really know how to decribe a big dent... but I am hoping that if someone has a book with dents they will just go ahead and decline.  The Eye Witness travel guides that he likes are paperback, but have somewhat sturdy shiny covers and dents are more obvious in these than in a "regular" paperback. 

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 11:40 AM ET
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I think you would be better off taking out the bits about it only applying to travel books and instead only turn them on when you are requesting a travel book. It should be clear enough, but you should know that if you leave them like this I'd be willing to bet money you will get at least one refusal with the explanation that their book is not a travel book, or some such nonsense. It seems to happen often enough with people who have RCs that only apply to Hardcovers anyway.
Date Posted: 3/12/2009 11:51 AM ET
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If I were writing it, I'd put it in this format. Quick, simple, to the point.

For Travel Books only: Please no big dents, dog ears, writing or highlighting. 

For all other books: All I'm looking for is PBS posting guideline condition.

Thank you for your consideration!

I'd also ditto Liesl's suggestion about turning off the conditions. But if you've got the travel books on Auto-request, this should help. My RC's are in this format, and as far as I can tell, I've not been turned down because of them. (My special RC is for cookbooks.)

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Date Posted: 3/12/2009 12:09 PM ET
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Lita, that makes perfect sense to me. People are diferent when it comes to condition of books. I am always very careful with handling my books but my mother gives them a much rougher treatment.

I would goe with Jane's recommendation and post an RC like she has written. Its a bit more clear than what you had in mind and I think that would help with getting the condition you desire on travel books.

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 1:00 PM ET
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Thanks All!

I have replaced my conditions with the Jane's.. thanks.  I will turn it off before ordering "my" books :  )

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 1:56 PM ET
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I think it's humorous that your husband wants books on travel, but does not want the books themselves to be well traveled.  :)

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 1:57 PM ET
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Could your dh get his own account?  You could gift him some credits.  That way, all of his could have a clear condition and none of yours would have RCs.


Date Posted: 3/12/2009 2:42 PM ET
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I'm unclear on how to use RC's intermittently.  Do you keep them turned on all the time and take them off temporarily to accept an offer?


Date Posted: 3/12/2009 3:14 PM ET
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Ruth, I think what it means is that you can turn you RC on and off as you see fit. They were recommending that Lita write an RC but only turn it on when she is requesting a Travel Book for her husband.

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 6:58 AM ET
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I leave mine off and only turn it on for particular books. I don't get books very frequently, so I can even tailor make them per book, i.e. one's a hardcover where I want a dust jacket. one's a keeper, when I want one in better condition.

I had even written to PBS a couple weeks ago and asked bout specific RCs. I ordered one book with one set of RCs and was waiting for the Sender to respond. A WL book came in during the same time, and I wanted to change the RC for that second book. I asked, if the the  Sender passed on the first book and it got bumped to the next person in line, would that same RC continue with that book? Or once I changed the RC, would the new one attach to the book?

PBS said that once an RC is requested for a specific book, it will continue with that book. So I could make different RCs if 3 books came in and there wouldn't be a problem. :-)

So now, I even insert the title of the book into the RC. (I never have any books on auto-request.)