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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.
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.