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Subject: Want to pm a requestor
Date Posted: 12/5/2016 11:08 AM ET
Member Since: 10/5/2012
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The requestor has put RCs on their request. My book meet all of the qualifications except for size. Requestor conditions are: "I prefer "mass market paperback" (4-1/8" by 6-3/4") books from a non-smoking environment that are truly in PaperBackSwap condition.  Full covers required, ownership markings of any kind , store/(ex/)library stamps and/or stickers are ACCEPTABLE, but not desirable.  Some books are ONLY available in Trade Paperback form (6" by 8"), and I (obviously?) will accept books under those conditions.  (Example: Star Trek Corps of Engineers Trade Paperbacks)"  My book is 6" by 9", Should I go ahead and send it? I would like to pm the requestor but I do not see a way to do that.

Date Posted: 12/5/2016 11:39 AM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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You have to accept the request before you get a PM button so that you may contact her. This RC is very unclear so I understand your reluctance to just mail. So you have two options: 1. You can accept the request and PM, but keep in mind that requestors don't always check back to see if they have a PM. If you PM, I would put a response time on it, such as "if I don't hear from you by December 7th I will cancel this request". The problem with that scenario is that you would then have to indicate that you cannot mail the book if you get no response and it would be removed from your bookshelf, thus losing your place in the FIFO line and you would have to relist the book. 2. Turn down the RC with the response that your book measures 6x9 which is not what she wants. This will preserve your spot at the top of the FIFO line and the next person who wants it will get it from you. Personally I would reject it since her RC is so unclear as to whether your book would be acceptable to her. RCs should be clear enough that they leave no doubt whether your book would be OK and this one is NOT clear at all!

Date Posted: 12/5/2016 11:48 AM ET
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Thank you Sally W. I will do as you suggested and refuse the request with a note about the size of the book. It is in really nice condition and it includes some extras from the series. The book is also over an inch thick. It would be expensive to mail just to have the requestor reject it and demand a credit back.  BTW, the book is Star Trek, the Next Generation, The Sky's The Limit.

Date Posted: 12/6/2016 2:34 AM ET
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If somebody requests your book can't you click on their name and go to their profile and use the pm button there?

Date Posted: 12/6/2016 7:07 AM ET
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Once you accept the request, yes, then you can contact them, but before that -- no. That's why it is so imperative that RCs be crystal clear, with no room for interpretation because the request must be accepted before any discussion can take place. With a clear, concise RC, discussion is not needed.

Date Posted: 12/11/2016 2:32 AM ET
Member Since: 10/5/2012
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How things ended up: I refused the request. Another wish-lister requested the book within 24 hours with only one condition (no books from smokers). I could comply with that readily. I sent the book. It has been received by the wish-lister. I have my credit. I am happy with the transaction. I hope that they are happy with the book and we can do business again.

Thanks for all your help.

Date Posted: 12/11/2016 8:10 AM ET
Member Since: 8/25/2009
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Somebody that puts "I prefer" and "acceptable but not desirable" in their requestor conditions, doesn't understand how requestor conditions work.

mistie -
Date Posted: 12/15/2016 3:29 PM ET
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IMHO, it is the responsibility of the person requesting the book to know what they are requesting. They can check from the ISBN what they type/dimensions of the book are. I'm not going to mess with figuring it our for them, particularly when the book is wishlisted,