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Subject: Is there a way to let people know....
Date Posted: 4/2/2008 9:48 PM ET
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That my books come from a multi-pet home and although I do not smoke in my home, I do smoke and sometimes my books come with me outside....so there may be some smoke smell.  I want to be sensitive to those with allergies and sensitivities, but not all PBS members have RCs listed. 

Is there a way I can make sure that if someone wants to request or does request one of my books (and they don't have an RC to guide me) that they will know, up front, that my books come with the above qualifiers and thus not request from me if that is a problem??  Is this even something I need to worry about??  Or is it up to each PBS member to make sure they have RCs to guide the sender?

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 9:54 PM ET
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Don't worry about it.  It is up to the sender to have RCs if they have sensitivities to those things.  Unless the books are unpostable don't worry about it.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 9:55 PM ET
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Brandi, if someone wants a book from a non-smoking person and/or home, there should be a requestor condition that shows up when the order is placed. You'll see it before ordering a book. If it's that imortant, there will be a RC. Your books meet PBS posting guidelines as they are. When members want more than that, they can use RC's.

The only other option is to state that in your public profile. Then if someone is browsing your shelf, they might see it if they view your profile. But there is no guarantee that someone would see it.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 10:01 PM ET
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I don't think you have to let people know that, but you can always put something in your signature line, and/or profile if you want to.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 10:17 PM ET
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ditto to all the above....I have a RC that requests book not in a currently smoking environment.  So it would pop up and you would decline it since you smoke.

If you do post a special in the book bazaar it would be nice for you to put that in the first post so if people have the issues they won't order because if they do and you cancel then it goes into the FIFO system and that can cause a mess!

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 2:01 AM ET
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as someone with a non-smoking RC, i still find it nice if someone posts in their profile whether they're smoking or not.  that way if i'm looking at their shelf for some reason, i know up front i probably don't want to order specifically from them - or if i do for whatever reason, i need to turn off my RCs first.  or if i place the order through FIFO and then look at their profile, then i'll know to expect my order to be turned down and passed along - and perhaps can just cancel my order right away (after putting in a second order to another person) so i don't have to wait for them to come and say no to my RCs.

i imagine people who have pet allergies would appreciate that info up front as well.

ETA: i definitely second the thought that it's nice if anyone who posts a deal in book bazaar mentions smoking or non, and pets or not right in the first message.

Last Edited on: 4/3/08 2:02 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/3/2008 3:09 AM ET
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I hate the thought of people putting things in their profile or signature line and think that someone ordering from them will see it.   Almost all my orders are auto from my wish list.   I am not going to see your profile or signature!      And even when ordering books not on my wish list, I simply do not check profiles and signatures before or after ordering.

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 2:38 PM ET
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The only time I had a problem with having a book come from a home with  pets was when I ordered a book as a gift to my mom.  After I ordered it - I realized that I should have specified that the book needed to come from a home that didn't have cats since she is so allergic to them.   She reacts to people who come to visit her who have cats.  So I had to PM the sender with this request and she had to cancel it.  Good thing I PM'd her.  Great thing that she wasn't mad at me!  I personally have no problem with books that come from owners with any pet.

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 3:29 PM ET
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<<although I do not smoke in my home, I do smoke and sometimes my books come with me outside>>


As someone with severe smoke sensitivity and asthma, I applaud your desire to be open with swappers with regard to potential allergy issues.   This may go without saying, but you should decline those who cannot accept books "from a smoking home" in their RCs (like mine); even though you don't smoke in the house, you do, as you've noted, often bring the books into a smoking environment, which could trigger a problem for some readers.



Date Posted: 4/5/2008 11:06 AM ET
Member Since: 9/19/2007
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Thank you everyone!!!  I appreciate your input!  :)