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Subject: When posting without an ISBN>..
Date Posted: 6/10/2009 3:56 PM ET
Member Since: 3/13/2007
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what happens when someone posts a book without an ISBN and for some reason states the book is paperback but it's really a hardback. is that still grounds for marking the book RWAP for not matching listing?

i've never posted a book w/o isbn so i dont' know what the process is, but when you choose the binding is it cleary visible to choose or is it confusing? i've just had this happen several times and i just found a book listed where i KNOW the book is not a PB and is a HB (b/c there never has been a PB version out) and it is posted without an ISBN

Anissa (WVgrrl) - ,
Date Posted: 6/10/2009 4:02 PM ET
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I have had to post a few books w/o ISBNs. It is very simple and not at all confusing to mark whether the book is paperback or hardback, and thus no excuse (IMO) for someone to not get that right in the listing.

I would definitely RWAP a non-ISBN book if the binding didn't match the listing when I received it. The rules still apply.

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 4:43 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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YOu could try contacting the member-to find out who it is-order the book then click on the order more from member page before completing the order-get their name and then look them.  Don't finish processing the order.  Then if they have a profile you can look them up and PM them. 

I would mark a book RWP if the binding didn't match.  Just because it was listed without an ISBN doesn't mean that the rest of the things don't have to match. If you order a book without an ISBN because it has a specific binding that you listed then you should complain if you don't get the binding.  It's possible that when they posted the book they just clicked on the wrong binding type.

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 5:11 PM ET
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When listing a book without an ISBN the default listing is set to paperback. So if someone wasn't paying attention, or didn't realize they could change it, the book could be listed wrong. Not excusing, just saying. ;)

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 7:27 PM ET
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Thanks for the info..i didn't know that the automatic is set to paperback. They really should change that because I bet some people don't even look. I sent the person a PM to confirm the binding. If they tell me it is a HB i'll let them know they need to change their listing before I order it.

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 1:33 AM ET
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One possibility is that the sender didn't actually create a new listing.  They may have done a search before posting it to see if it was already in the system, not noticed the disparity with the binding and just clicked "Post This Book"

I know that I myself hate having to post books without ISBN's (I have several boxes full of them here) so I usually avoid doing it.  If, however, I happen to see the book already posted by someone else, and it matches my book completely (pub date, binding, etc.) then I go ahead and click the "Post This Book" button.  It saves me a lot of typing.