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Subject: WHAT is up with these RCs?!?!?!?
Date Posted: 6/2/2009 6:45 PM ET
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Okay same book as before but possibly a different person asking for it.

Here is the RC ...

I am not willing to accept books with yellowed pages, damaged binding, torn pages or cover, or books from a smoking home.  I prefer books that are in very good condition.

I'd really LOVE to get this book out to someone but I think these RC's are R I D I C U L O U S.

I can understand not wanting moldy or books from a smoking home ... but yellowed pages?!?!? Damaged Binding?!?!?

Yellowed pages doesn't make a USED book any LESS readable for good grief!!!!!!!


Maybe I'm just in a *mood* since I had to take my Persian to the vet for an emergency surgery and my emotions are engaged, but really ...

*zips lips*

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 6:53 PM ET
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Date Posted: 6/2/2009 7:02 PM ET
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I just go down the list to see if my book meets the RC:


yellowed pages-------------->check

damaged binding,----------------->check

torn pages or cover----------------> check

books from a smoking home-------->check

As for the following non-request.

" I prefer books that are in very good condition."

It's meaningless because of the word prefer. I can send my book even if it's in fair condition because, after all, she says she prefers but isn't demanding books in very good condition.

But I don't want to play word games. I just want to know what she wants.

I know what she's implying. She actually WANTS books in good condition and the word prefer is probably her attempt at politeness. Well everyone wants books in good condition. If my book was in good condition according to my standards, I'd send it. If I was in any doubt, I'd decline.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 8:04 PM ET
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Ditto, what Laura said.

Though, I'd have to decline this one because we smoke.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 8:18 PM ET
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I just received one like that too;

 My only requests are that I do not receive books from a smoking / pet environment, I would like the books sent to me in very good condition with no writing , labels etc on books, good cover and no yellowed pages.


Since I have a cat, I will have to decline and to me the book is in very good condition but does have yellowed pages abit b/c its 5 years old.  Whenever I buy a book I send it out in like new condition and as much as I would love to get all my books like that, I know its a USED site also and don't make any RC about it.

And another note, my RC is I am not willing to recieve books that smell of smoke or are currently in a smoking enviroment.   I got one declined today and got this message:  My husband smoke sometimes but this book is 100% brand new and I just don't want to take a chance.  Thats totally fine but I don't know, it just came off a little, um, snotty I guess with the "100% brand new" bit.  Its fine it was declined.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 9:10 PM ET
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This is a 3 yr old book. It's in what I would consider very good condition but I have to be honest, these RC's make me very very nervous!

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 9:15 PM ET
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Just decline and move on.   No need to fret over what others want.  If your book doesn't fit or you just don't want to send, that's ok.   They have a right to require a purple book with pink poka dots IF they choose.   It's their lose not ours. 

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 9:38 PM ET
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Now I'm really curious as to what the book is.  Is it WL?  If so you may be going through all of the people at the top with picky RCs that keep getting passed over.

I hope your kitty is doing well after his (her?) surgery. 

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 9:49 PM ET
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Cozy thanks for putting it so very bluntly. I feel nervous about this one so I'll go with my gut.

Karen it's name is The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 10:11 PM ET
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praying for your kitty and yellow would scare me....unless I just purchased the book

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 11:02 PM ET
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Thank you about my kitty. She should be okay. She's home recovering and sleeping.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 11:03 PM ET
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I would decline because of the Very Good Condition part.  That's too subjective. I'm one of those that doesn't want to be reminded of the posting guidelines and I hate being asked for a "like new" or "mint condition" book or something.  I don't want the hastle of an RWP on a perfectly postable book because my definition of "very good" and yours are different.  (the only reason I mark books RWP is because of PBS' posting guidelines and I like to repost my books-otherwise I'm ok with books that are a little beat up but readable).

If I had bought the book brand new and only read it once I might accept. Unless it was WL then I would let it go to someone else that RC.  I accept the no smoking, no cats, dust jacket, no ex-library ones-if they are clearly worded.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 11:58 PM ET
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I definitely declined it b/c I had to go with my gut on this one.

vic8 -
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 12:00 AM ET
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Does yellowed pages make it unpostable by PBS standards? Or is that just a personal RC?
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 12:19 AM ET
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Does yellowed pages make it unpostable by PBS standards? Or is that just a personal RC?

That's personal. Yellowed pages (from age) are OK by PBS rules.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 1:33 AM ET
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What I can't figure out is if they want a book in such great condition, why don't they just go out and BUY it???  This is, after all, a used book site.  I've sent and received books that are in like-new condition, but not because of RC's on anyone's part.  Just lucky, I guess.   :)    D.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 7:02 AM ET
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You did the right thing, I think. Parts of the RC are clear, and parts are too vague. As Cozi said, no need to stress over what someone else wants. PBS allows us to ask for conditions for whatever we want--and also allows us to decline orders we don't want to fill. If ever you're uncertain, just decline and move on. Stress free! :)


Date Posted: 6/3/2009 12:39 PM ET
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Im still aggravated over that RC. lol 

I've been here almost 2 years and never received so many RC's as recently. I dont mine the smoking or moldy and even one time I accepted one about the HB cover condition .... but IMO these RCs are ridiculous for a used book site.

Yes Vic, yellowed pages is a preference but IMO lots of these newer books look like they were Printed on yellowed paper!!

Gard I know. I received one earlier on this same book saying they only send out Excellent condition books and want the same... I declined that one for sure. This is a used book and it's in very good Used condition and didn't meet their *excellent condition.* Rolls Eyes

Cheryl, I love Stress Free. LOL