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Subject: what would you do?
Date Posted: 3/3/2008 8:04 AM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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I'm in a quandary... I got a request for a book on my shelf, and when I flipped through the pages as a "last check" I noticed something I hadn't noticed before:  the book is borderline postable.  So I sent a PM to the requestor as follows:


I was about to print the wrapper for [the book you ordered] and while flipping through the book I noticed that the spine was not in the best of shape. It's very creased, and when I open the book towards the end, it's just about going into being 'cleaved'. (Hadn't noticed this when I originally posted the book.) I would like to send it to you as a freebie, if you still want it.


The response was to just send it, and not to sweat the small stuff, as long as it's complete and readable.

What would you do in this situation?  It's one of those books where the next full "read" of the book will probably put it into the "no longer postable" stage.  I don't want this to end up being my first RWAP.



edited to fix formatting.

Last Edited on: 3/3/08 8:13 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/3/2008 8:16 AM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2007
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All books, if read enough, will reach that stage eventually.  If the book currently meets PBS guidelines:

"Older books may have some page yellowing or spine-creasing or dogeared pages; these are all OKAY.


  • 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"

Then it is, technically, postable.  You've been kind enough to notify the recipient in advance, who has indicated it doesn't matter to him/her, so send it.



Date Posted: 3/3/2008 8:35 AM ET
Member Since: 6/20/2007
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I have received A LOT of books in the condition you describe, mostly in box swaps, and those sending them have had lots of positive feedback (one member sent me 4 books like that and had over 100 positive feedbacks), so overall it seems to be very acceptable to post books like that.  I have reposted books received like that, figuring if others were OK with it then it was OK, and I've gotten good feedback on all of them.

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 8:43 AM ET
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I would just send it, and send them a PM letting them know that you've mailed it, and if they decide they aren't happy with it, to let you know and you will refund the credit.  I would find it hard to believe that they would mark it RWP after you offered it for free.  If they do, just send R&R the pm's you exchanged.  But really, I think you've done the right thing so far.

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 8:47 AM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2007
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If it meets PBS conditions, it's postable. Period. No explanations necessary. If the recipient wants something in better-than-PBS quality, it needs to be in a requestor condition.

Also, please refrain from using "cracked" and "cleaved" when using book descriptions. PBS no longer uses these terms, so it just confuses the issue, especially for newer members.

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 10:07 AM ET
Member Since: 10/24/2007
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Why would the person mark it RWAP if they said it was fine to send?  I wouldn't worry about it!