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Subject: What's the correct procedure? Textbook issue.
Date Posted: 2/25/2009 1:57 PM ET
Member Since: 11/22/2008
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I posted an old textbook that I never used. It was wishlisted and was requested from me right away (Feb 22). I accepted the request immediately and chose the "I can mail within two days" option. But I sent the member a PM to say that while the book was perfect inside, one of the cats decided to take a couple of swipes at the front cover.

Last night I was still waiting to hear from her. I went ahead and printed out the postage and packaged the book up, figuring that I would never hear from her. But she wrote me this morning asking how bad the damage is because she's going to give it to a "picky" friend.

I told her I would unwrap the book and take another look. But I'm slightly peeved. Mainly at myself for assuming that I could send the book out without hearing from her. I feel like I painted myself into a corner with the two day deadline. Not that it would have been the end of the world if I missed it (which I obviously have done now that I wasn't able to drop it off at the post office this morning).

I'm just blowing off a little steam before I reply to her PM.

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 2:06 PM ET
Member Since: 12/20/2008
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I'm not sure what you mean by <<one of the cats decided to take a couple of swipes at the front cover>>

If you mean the cat chewed it, then it is not postable. If it's scratched, I believe it is okay. Here are the help doc comments: www.paperbackswap.com/help/search.php

 

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
Date Posted: 2/25/2009 2:09 PM ET
Member Since: 11/22/2008
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It's not chewed. There's no way I would ever post a book that way. It looks like someone poked the cover a few times with a pin. It's a hardcover book; the shiny covers show blemishes easily. That's why I wanted to send the PM and let her know.

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 2:11 PM ET
Member Since: 1/15/2007
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If it's just a couple of pin holes, it sounds like you didn't even need to PM, unless there were RCs.



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Date Posted: 2/25/2009 2:17 PM ET
Member Since: 12/20/2008
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<<It looks like someone poked the cover a few times with a pin.>>

Given that description, my opinion is that the book meets PBS guidelines.

To save yourself future heartache, I would PM her, because if it's a gift for a picky friend, she might argue with you later that it was unpostable. She'd be wrong, but is it worth the hassel down the road?

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 2:22 PM ET
Member Since: 11/22/2008
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I agree with PMing her. Which is why I did. Three days ago. Now I'm in limbo because I'm waiting to hear if the damage is acceptable. But if it's not, I already paid for the postage. Hence my frustration.



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Date Posted: 2/25/2009 2:26 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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THis is why I always, always choose the abosolute longest mailing time I can. YOu just never know what's going to come up.  I accepted a book request today and chose the last possible mail by date even though I knew I was going to the PO to mail some already wrapped books.  I ended up mailing this one too but with the extended mail by date I had the option of holding off if I didn't have time to wrap it up.

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 2:29 PM ET
Member Since: 11/22/2008
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Oh yeah, I've definitely learned my lesson, especially because this was a textbook and required a PM exchange.

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 3:45 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2007
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I learned at the last 'update' that PBS did to always choose the farthest out date to mail.  I couldn't get into the site for 2 days long enough to post that I'd mailed lthe books, and was timing out and I had 21 books to post as mailed.  Fortunately I was able to get into the site long enough to get them posted, but I never chose 2 day mailing after that, even if I'm going to mail on that day. 

It is frustrating when you're waiting and you can't get the other person to respond.  Good luck.  Pat

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 4:38 PM ET
Member Since: 9/13/2007
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While you are correct about textbooks requiring a PM, it is only required in the instance that the textbook has highlighting or underlining. If the textbook in question does not have either of these things then no PM is nessisary (or at least thats how I read the rules). Would you have bothered to PM about it if it wasn't a textbook you were sending?

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 5:18 PM ET
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While you are correct about textbooks requiring a PM, it is only required in the instance that the textbook has highlighting or underlining. If the textbook in question does not have either of these things then no PM is nessisary (or at least thats how I read the rules)

 

That's how I understand it, too.



Last Edited on: 2/25/09 5:18 PM ET - Total times edited: 1