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Subject: What exactly is your definition of "Good Condition"? (Newbie here)
Date Posted: 8/20/2010 1:19 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2010
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Hello to all, I'm brand new here and I'm really excited about this!! I devour books and my hubby groans every time I come home with more books. lol. So this is a great way for me to recycle my books without constantly sending them to Goodwill or wherever.

I've got several books that I would like to post but they've got either some corner wear or a used book store stamp on the inside cover. I don't want to send out any books and get a negative response because of any of this. So, I guess I'm wondering...Does the book have to be in pristine condition with no corner wear or faded binding? Is somebody going to get in a twist if there's a store stamp on the inside cover? Some of my books are older, from the 80's and 90's so I feel like some wear is inevitable and should be expected.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated!!!

Date Posted: 8/20/2010 1:21 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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Luckily, you don't have to ask us all. Welcome to PBS ... and check out the "Help Center" link right at the top of the page. Among the info there is a page on "Book Condition Guidelines", which will lay out the answers to some of your qustions. Here is a link:

http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_item.php?id=205

Used bookstore stamp = OK, as long as they don't do it on a text page where it covers text.

corner wear = OK

faded binding = OK, as long as it is structurally sound.



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Date Posted: 8/20/2010 1:21 PM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2007
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Tonia--

Welcome to PBS!  There's a document in the Help Center which goes into detail about various types of damage in books, and which ones are unpostable.  Search for "condition guidelines".

Date Posted: 8/20/2010 1:25 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2010
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Thanks for the replies!!

Now I feel a little silly, lol.

Date Posted: 8/20/2010 1:28 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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No need to feel silly, we LOVE new members who want to make sure their books' conditions are good before sending!

Welcome to PBS and Happy Swapping!

Date Posted: 8/20/2010 1:48 PM ET
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S'ok Tonia -- no need to feel silly.  There are no dumb questions, just dumb reasons not to ask ;-)

Date Posted: 8/20/2010 2:47 PM ET
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Again, thanks!  I personally am really reasonable when it comes to books especially if it's one I've been looking all over for. I pick up a lot at thrift stores since they tend to have harder to find titles.

But I know that while I'm not offended by corner creases and faded binding there's always someone who is SUPER picky and will not hesitate to complain about the smallest thing.

Date Posted: 8/20/2010 2:57 PM ET
Member Since: 2/26/2009
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Welcome to our addiction.   smiley

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Date Posted: 8/20/2010 3:14 PM ET
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Regarding people who are super picky ...

PBS has a mechanism for allowing book requestors to add conditions of their own to the book request ... they are called "Requestor Conditions' or RCs and if someone has them, you will see them when someone orders a book from you.

Commom RCs are things like not wanting a book if the sender has cats (allergies) or wanting hardcovers to have dustjackets ( because PBS doesn't require this).

So, in general, your books just need to meet the general Book Condition Guidelines ... unless someone has a RC attached to their account, in which case you would follow that as well.

And, if you have your own conditions for books you want to request, you can add your own RCs as well.

Date Posted: 8/20/2010 5:37 PM ET
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