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Subject: Wavy pages, NOT from liquid
Date Posted: 6/16/2011 9:14 PM ET
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I've got a handful of mass market paperbacks I'd like to post however they have wavy pages. They're not wavy from liquid damage just from how they were stored I guess or possibly how they were made. I'm afraid if I post & send them they'll be mistaken for liquid damaged.

What would you do with them?


Date Posted: 6/16/2011 9:18 PM ET
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If they are WL books, you could do a post in a WL thread explaining that the books are wavy from cheap manufacturing and/or storage.  If not, maybe run a deal for them in the bazaar.  I can understand why you wouldn't want the hassle of dealing with potential RWAP from those that will insist it was liquid damage, not cheap manufacturing.

Date Posted: 6/16/2011 9:20 PM ET
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I post those and I've received those kinds of wavy paged books.  For the most part, I don't think anyone really takes any notice of them and I've never had one marked as a RWAP nor have I marked one I've received as a RWAP.  It's just the paper and the way books are made these days.  Books that have water damage are fairly obvious so I wouldn't worry if you're sure it's not water damage.  Pat

Date Posted: 6/16/2011 11:11 PM ET
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I keep a big dictionary to punish rolled and wavy books. Humidity can also cause it. There was several months when all the new paperbacks had waves. Thinner paper? Poor binding? Just be sure to check for that tell tale texture change of water damage.
Date Posted: 6/17/2011 1:15 PM ET
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Some of the newer/cheaper papers are doing this in humidity (doesn't even take alot of humidity).  Weight might help.  It's frustrating tho, because the books are postable but there's the potential for a misunderstanding.

Last Edited on: 6/17/11 1:15 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/17/2011 3:00 PM ET
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I would first try to press them like others have described to see if I could get them to lay flat again.

If a book just looks really bad and I think the receiver would not be happy getting the book I wouldn't post it even if I felt it was postable. Me getting  credit isn't worth it. If was a rare book that was harder to find I might offer it in the Bazaar with a description, or offer deals on books that look bad.

If its rippling that looks like the standard publication these days, I don't even think twice about sending it. If a book on Target's shelves looks exactly the same, then I shouldn't have a problem sending it. If it looks like water damage (few pages, not uniform, change in texture), then I usually won't find it worth the hassle to post it, I go straight to the Bazaar. Even a new book I can't say for 100% certain it isn't water damage because stores let people read merchandise in their cafes now, let their employees check out their books, and let people return books. A few pages that look like water damage in a new book could really be water damage.

Date Posted: 6/17/2011 3:11 PM ET
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Emily sez:

"I keep a big dictionary to punish rolled and wavy books."

Do you just show them the dictionary, Emily, or do you make them copy a page from the "Q" section 100 times before sending them up to their shelf? devil