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Subject: Verifying Quality of Audio Book - Cassette or CD
Date Posted: 7/24/2015 8:58 PM ET
Member Since: 9/30/2008
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I received a cassette book in November 2014, and marked it received.

when i began to listen to it today, 2 of the 4 cassettes were bad.

Obviously, from now on, I've made a change to my receiver conditions to specify that the sender confirm that the cassette(s) play, or, if the person hasn't listened to them him/herself, then at least he/she has fast forwarded through one side of each of cassette.

When I receive the cassettes, I'll at least fast forward through one side on each cassette before approving the transaction.

Are these reasonable precautions?

What do you suggest for books on CD? I could burn them to MP3 prior to marking them received, and, if the burning fails, reject the transaction.

Date Posted: 7/25/2015 8:30 AM ET
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Date Posted: 7/25/2015 5:46 PM ET
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Cassette tapes do degrade with age, they may be fine when you receive them and if you store them for a while,  depending on the storage,  they could be deteriorating in your care.  But they definitely don't last forever.