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Subject: Want to offer damaged book to wisher first
Date Posted: 12/4/2009 12:21 PM ET
Member Since: 5/30/2007
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I have a book that I received via a PBS swap, but it is water damaged so I should not repost it. One person is wishing for it. Is there are way for me to offer it free to the wisher without 1) posting it, PMing them, then cancelling the swap or 2) posting it on the damaged book thread and possibily not having them see the offer?

Thanks!

Nancy

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 12:25 PM ET
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I don't think so -  I have 2 WL unpostables, both perfectly readable.

You could try putting it in the Book Bazaar - but you won't know if the wisher will see that. 

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 12:25 PM ET
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No. 

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 12:34 PM ET
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Unfortunately, no :-(

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 2:46 PM ET
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1) posting it, PMing them, then cancelling the swap

Please don't do this. Though it seems like the nice thing to do by offering the book to the #1 wisher first, it is usually a big disappointment to someone to see their wish granted and then get told that the book isn't postable and it ties up their wish while someone behind them could be getting a postable copy. If you cannot answer all of the questions during the posting process YES, please don't post the book into the system.

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 5:24 PM ET
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What Melanie said.  It violates site membership guidelines.  Although some members may not mind (much) some will become very cranky, because if they do not want an unpostable book they have to trust the poster to cancel the transaction or loose their place in the wishlist line.  While only one wisher may be showing now, there may be others on hold...but with only one showing, it does look tempting to check doesn't it?

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 9:03 PM ET
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Although some members may not mind (much) some will become very cranky, because if they do not want an unpostable book they have to trust the poster to cancel the transaction or loose their place in the wishlist line.

This.

This happened to me recently, and I was very cranky indeed.  And they took forever to cancel and PMed when I turned it down that I should take it as it was the only one in the system.  Grr.

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 9:15 PM ET
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This happened to me recently, and I was very cranky indeed.

It just happened to me too.  I got the WL offer (on a book I have been waiting months for).  Then I get a PM telling me that it has highlighting and writing did I still want it?  I couldn't believe it.  I am just hopeful that during the PM'ing back and forth another copy didn't come up that the next person in the FIFO line got it.

Use the Book Bazaar to offer it.

Subject: Thanks
Date Posted: 12/5/2009 10:31 AM ET
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I will put it on Book Bazaar instead of trying to give it to the wisher. I was hoping for some other way to let the wisher know, because I knew the posting and cancelling was NOT the way to go, but it was the only thing I could think of.