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Subject: What you do think of this request?
Date Posted: 6/4/2008 3:46 PM ET
Member Since: 4/22/2006
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I have a small shelf at present, only 18 books, of which 4 are westerns that my husband is finished with, and the other are books I'm finished with . . . 14 romances.

I just had a request for one of my husband's books with the following conditions on it, and I quote:

"Please do not ask to swap if the majority of what you have on your bookshelf are harlequin type books, we do not read them. 

Thanks for looking."

/s/ requestor

How do I respond to this request.  If he looked at my shelf, he knows they're mostly romance but this person did request the book.  And who the heck is "we" of "we do not read them."  I'm just not sure of how to respond and I need to do so within the next couple of days or so.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 3:49 PM ET
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That condition may have something to do with BOB...if the book was requested from your shelf for a credit, then I would accept it. They do need to reword their conditions, though.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 3:49 PM ET
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Are they referring to BOB maybe?

Angie -
Date Posted: 6/4/2008 3:50 PM ET
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NM I assumed this was a BOB trade.



Last Edited on: 6/4/08 3:51 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/4/2008 3:50 PM ET
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I wonder if s/he means like book-for-book swap. The order is for the western book only, so I'd accept it. 

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 4:13 PM ET
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I'm thinking the same thing.  They probably put it up there from the BOB pages, not realizing that the conditions will show up on their requests as well.  I'd drop them an inbox - if you can figure out who they are.  Barring that, just refuse the request and then inbox them with why.  Their account name should show up on your transaction record.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 6:19 PM ET
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If it's a credit transaction then accept the request. You're not showing as a BOB member. My guess is that they (probably a married couple sharing an account) are boxers and get a lot of BOB offers with the requestor having mostly romance novels.  So they put the request on there in hopes of deterring someone w/o only romance from making them a BOB offer.  I read a lot of mysteries as well as romance. But my mysteries always seem to be WL and go out right away.  So I would probably be one of the people they wouldn't want making them a box offer since mostly whats on my shelf (when I have one) is romances.  Also some people pick up a bunch of series romances cheap to have a bigger shelf when they don't really read them. 

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 9:28 AM ET
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Did a little bit more checking and found out the fellow is a boxer.  The good part about it is that he did go ahead and order all four western books on my shelf to be sent to his Dad.  My shelf is small, but entirely romance for the time being. 



Last Edited on: 6/5/08 9:28 AM ET - Total times edited: 1