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Subject: What happens when...
Date Posted: 6/28/2016 3:13 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2007
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you post a WL book and it has extensive underlining in it, and you PM the requester letting them know, but they don't respond back. Do you (a) go ahead and send the book or (b) cancel it because you haven't heard back.

Will the book then go to the next wisher on the list (there were 7 wishers for the book). Thanks. Pat

Date Posted: 6/28/2016 3:20 PM ET
Member Since: 6/20/2007
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You (the sender) needs to cancel the order. Under the textbook clause, highlighting is only allowed if it is agreed to by the recipient.

I recently posted a textbook (a biochemistry book) and there was highlighting on 4 or 5 pages. I PMd the requestor to ask if she agreed to accept it. Never got a response, so I cancelled the order. Now the book is sitting on her WL, so I can't even repost it unless I want to start the process all over again with the same person.

Date Posted: 6/28/2016 7:37 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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Yes, what Sheryl said. This is from the Help Center:

What is the definition of a textbook?

Actually, the way the system and rules are designed, it does not matter what the "objective definition" of a textbook is.  The club members decide this - as long as the rules in the Book Condition Criteria for 'Swappability' at PBS are followed.  See the explanation and examples below.

If a member considers her book a textbook she may Post it with underlining/highlighting/writing on text pages, according to the "textbook exception" in the Book Condition Criteria for 'Swappability' at PBS; BUT since the textbook exception in the Book Condition Criteria for 'Swappability' at PBS require her to contact the requestor and obtain PM consent to the book's condition, she won't be in the position of sending a "stealth textbook" to someone who doesn't expect to receive one.

Examples/further explanation:

  • Member A posts an Economics 101 textbook - something that most people would clearly consider a textbook.   
  • Following the Book Condition Criteria for 'Swappability' at PBS textbook exception rules, she sends a Personal Message to the requestor when she gets a request, describing the book's condition.
  • Chances are good that she will get PM consent from the requestor to send the book with highlighting/etc. 
  • Member B posts a novel (fiction) that she used in a class - something that most people would NOT consider a textbook.
    • Following the Book Condition Criteria for 'Swappability' at PBS textbook exception rules, she sends a Personal Message to the requestor when she gets a request, describing the book's condition.
    • Chances are good that she will NOT get PM consent from the requestor to send the book with highlighting/etc.
    • If the requestor declines the book in its condition, Member B will have to cancel the request and repost her book.  It will go to the 'back of the line' for requests.  (If it is a Wish Listed book, it will be offered to the same wisher and the sender will again have to cancel.  She will have to wait for the wishing member to get a copy of this book from someone else before Member B can post her copy again.)

So, the farther the book is from a 'textbook' in common perception, the more likely it will be difficult to get consent to its condition.  Members in Member B's situation may encounter several declines, and will eventually realize that the book is not likely to be acceptable to the club in its condition.  Member B will stop trying to offer it as a "textbook"  and will consider it instead an unpostable/damaged book.

In this way, the club defines "textbook" on a case-by-case basis, and no one who is following the rules will be able to "surprise" another person with a highlighted/written-in/underlined book.

Date Posted: 6/28/2016 8:42 PM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2007
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If she declines you need to wait before reposting so someone else can offer a different copy to her. As Sharyl said, it could be a while if it's a seldom-posted book. But, when you can post it again it will be to the next person in line. 

Date Posted: 6/29/2016 9:43 PM ET
Member Since: 5/4/2009
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If they do respond and don't want the book, you could ask them to put an RC on their account for a short time while you post the book. Then you can reject their RC and it would flow to the next wisher. This is a nice thing that the 1st place wisher could do for you and they are certainly not obligated to do it! If the second person declines, I'd wait to post it.