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Topic: Just want to make sure this is repostable before I mark received - burn mar

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Subject: Just want to make sure this is repostable before I mark received - burn mar
Date Posted: 10/28/2010 4:35 PM ET
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I just received a paperback with a burn mark on the upper edge of the pages.  It looks like perhaps a cigarette ash fell on the book and was brushed away - it is about that size.  It cuts into a small chunk of pages but does not obliterate words and does not compromise the structural integrity of the book. 

Postable, or not postable?  (This will inform whether or not I mark it RWAP...if it's unpostable, I will want my credit back!)  Thanks.

Date Posted: 10/28/2010 4:48 PM ET
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Well, usually dirt or smudges on page edges can be removed with light sanding with sandpaper. So, if I am able to remove the dirt or smudges, I do not mark RWAP.

Technically, books cannot be dirty or stained, though.

So, I guess you have to decide!

Date Posted: 10/28/2010 6:43 PM ET
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Its a stain so I would mark it RWAP..Burn marks make the page edge brittle too.

Date Posted: 10/28/2010 7:07 PM ET
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I've seen burn marks on my mother's books before (she's a smoker). If it's the kind of burn I'm thinking of (more of a burn and less of an ash stain), I'd RWAP it.

But pictures would help us to judge better.