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Subject: What do you do when the book you received is in bad condition?
Date Posted: 2/26/2009 9:12 PM ET
Member Since: 2/11/2009
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Hello,

How damaged can a book be and still be considered a legitimate swapping item?  I'm new to this, and so far every book I have received has been in good condition.  However, today I received something with the cover and first chapter pages that are obviously falling off, and have been haphazardly been scotched taped in some attempt at repair.  This book is about 4th gen (3 others had it before me), so I'm not sure who did this, but I'm really dissapointed that someone thought this would be an appropriate book to swap given its condition.  It is such a waste, because I feel like I cannot repost it after I am done reading it - I'd be so emabarrassed to send something so trashed.

If anyone can offer advice in this matter, I would appreciate it.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 9:18 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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It sounds as it it isn't a credit-worthy book for PBS and you need to fill-out the survey with RWAP (Recieved With a Problem) so it's recorded by PBS and send the details to the sender in the PM space provided in that survey also detailing to PBS in the bottom portion for comments so it's all in one PM and can be traced.  You go to the Help Documents and click on "I received a book with a problem and it will tell you all about what to do.

www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_index.php

You can also use that first page to find out all the things that make a book postable or not postable.

Ruth

 

Guidelines:                                                                                                                                       

Overall Condition:

  • No damage at all from water or other liquid
  • Not soiled
  • No stains (exception for cookbooks--see below)
  • No mold
  • no highlighting, underlining or writing on text pages (exception for textbooks --see below)

Dust Jacket:

  • The DUST JACKET (this is not the same as the cover of a book) does not have to be included with a book at all, unless the requestor had this in their Requestor Conditions. 
  • So DUST JACKET condition cannot be considered as part of the condition of a book, unless there were Requestor Conditions on the request specifying that the dust jacket be included.
  • If the Dust Jacket was to be included as specified in the Requestor Conditions on the request, the Dust Jacket must meet the same conditions as defined for the cover, below.

Cover:

  • Must both be present (front and back)
    • note that a paperback missing its front cover is  usually an illegal, unsold copy
    • "cover" does not = dust jacket.  Hardcovers do not need to include their dust jackets to be swapped here.
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • Cover not torn or chewed/gnawed
    • some used book stores cut out a small part of the cover; if the amount missing is less than 1 inch, this is OKAY
    • a small rip (less than 1 inch) in the cover is OKAY
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed" above.  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • A bookplate inside the cover or on the flyleaf is OKAY

Binding:

  • Must be intact, with no separation on the inside or outside of the book
  • If the book tends to open at a particular page, this is OKAY
  • Small amount of fraying or denting at top or bottom is OKAY

Pages:

  • No torn or chewed/gnawed pages
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed".  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • No loose or missing text pages
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • No writing or highlighting or underlining on text pages
    • a signature or note on the flyleaf or inside front or back cover is OKAY
    • an author's signature on the title page is OKAY
    • writing or highlighting on the text pages is NOT OKAY
      • Exception: if it is a textbook or workbook, these are expected to have highlighting/underlining/writing
        • if you post a textbook/workbook, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
        • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO before the book is sent
        • This is the one of the ONLY two cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent(the other is for cookbooks--see below).
  • No staining

    • Exception: Cookbooks may have some mild staining, since these are used in the kitchen and while cooking, and some minor degree of staining could be expected in a used cookbook.  Also a small amount of writing in cookbooks could be expected
    • HOWEVER, if you post a cookbook and it is stained and/or written-in, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
    • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO before the book is sent
    • This is the one of the ONLY two cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent (the other is for textbooks--see above).
    • this exception applies to the covers of cookbooks also.
  • Page edges: remainder marks are OK.  A name written on the page edges is okay (if it does not bleed in and obscure text on the text pages)



Last Edited on: 2/26/09 9:20 PM ET - Total times edited: 1