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Subject: Is this water damage?
Date Posted: 2/22/2008 8:15 PM ET
Member Since: 8/29/2007
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This book has a few pages that are wiggly.  Otherwise in great shape.  Should I remove it from my bookshelf?

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Last Edited on: 2/22/08 8:16 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/22/2008 8:37 PM ET
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I'll jump in and say it's unpostable.  The wrinkles are close enough together to say "water damage" to me. 

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 8:54 PM ET
Member Since: 5/29/2007
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Uh, hello, there's a big puddle on the cover!!

Ok, kidding,

Seriously, it looks unpostable to me.

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 9:27 PM ET
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I'd say it has come in contact with water at some point...I'd vote unpostable.

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 11:03 PM ET
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This is the kind of thing that annoys me about the water "damage" guidelines. That book has a tiny bit of waviness in the pages but there is no mold or staining. Yes, by the letter of the law, it's not postable. But when I look at it, I know that my local UBS would have no trouble putting on the shelf and asking their full price for it.

I know that the problem is that you can't specify minor warping vs big nasty warping when the site put together the condition guidelines. But to me that book isn't really damaged. KWIM?

But I agree with the others, by PBS guidelines, it's not postable. That's just the way it is....

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 7:09 AM ET
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lol Julie!!  I was thinking the same thing!  Looks like the cover image leaked onto the pages! :-)  `

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 10:30 AM ET
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I would have no problem receiving that book unless it smelled like mold/mildew.  I live in a very humid climate (in the summer, anyway) and I've had books get like that w/o ever getting near any liquid water.  Especially during the 20 years we had no a/c.

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 10:48 AM ET
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Thanks guys.  Got a PM from someone who wants it as is (Thanks, Cheryl!), and the book is on its way.

I read that book recently, and never would have even noticed those wiggly pages, but the water damage rule is generally a good one, especially since sometimes people order books as gifts.

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 11:28 AM ET
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It could also be that someone "thumbed" the book while they were reading it - I've seen that leave similar looking "damage" to the page edges. I have a friend who does that almost all the time while she is reading and it drives me crazy!

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 11:45 PM ET
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Yep, water damaged.