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Subject: I got a wishlist book that doesn't meet my conditions...
Date Posted: 3/18/2010 6:33 AM ET
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I just got a book from my wishlist that doesn't meet my requested conditions. This is what is on my conditions: "I am not willing to accept books that are currently in a smoking home or smell obviously of smoke. If you are not sure, please PM me."  When I opened the envelope with the book it was immediately obvious there was a problem. It reeks. So here is my problem.  I can't read it...not worth the allergy issues, and I can't keep it in my house. I can mark it as a problem, that's fine, but what about the wishlist? There are 32 wishing for that book and I don't want to end up back at the end of the line. Anyone know who this works?




Date Posted: 3/18/2010 6:56 AM ET
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When you mark a book RWP is puts you back in teh same position you were in line when the book was offered to you. 

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 7:28 AM ET
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Mark it RWP it will put you back where you were in position

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 8:41 AM ET
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I understand that your RC was violated but since there are 32 other wishers can you just repost it and send it on?   Sorry this is a small HiJack but I am curious if that would be OK to do.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 9:16 AM ET
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I would repost it.  You don't even need to PM about cigaret smoke-just decline if there is an RC for it. I would wait until I heard from the sender.  Theymight want to give you 2 credits to get the book back.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 11:26 AM ET
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The only thing with posting it and passing it on is that I do want the book and I don't want to be 33rd in line now to be able to get it.  I just marked it RWAP. We'll see how it goes.


Date Posted: 3/18/2010 11:35 AM ET
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I do not think posting it will put you at the end of the line.   Maybe air the book out for a few days then post it, to get some of the smell away from it.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 11:41 AM ET
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RWAP should return you to the front of the line.  Reposting shouldn't have any effect, but wait and see if the sender wants it returned.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 11:50 AM ET
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But if she's at the top of the line and there are no other copies in the system, and she posts it; won't PBS offer her her own book? Or will the smelly book be offered to #2 and she stays at #1? Wait, even I'm comfused now.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 12:11 PM ET
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That's an interesting question .... can you post a book that is on your wishlist? 

Because yes, marking it RWAP will bring you back to your original spot but I'm thinking that reposting the same book (same ISBN) that is on your wishlist might confuse the system. Interesting. 

Does anyone know? 

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Date Posted: 3/18/2010 12:46 PM ET
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I had the same issue come up... I got a book I requested and I had almost the exact same RC conditions not met.  It was not a book that was WL'ed, but when I RWP'd it due to RC violations there was a wishlist and I believe I got moved to the top position.  I aired the book out to where I don't think it would bother someone who doesn't have allergies, so now that I got a clean copy of the book that I had requested I think I am going to repost the other copy. 

I did not try and post it while the system showed I was on the WL for the book, so I'm not sure how that would work. 

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 1:01 PM ET
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Well, if the same book gets offered to you again, maybe you can refuse it due to the RC?  lol


Just a thought.  Boy, this would be confusing.  Maybe it would be better to store the book in the garage until another one goes through the system.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 1:41 PM ET
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I would store the smelly book in the garage or wherever and post it later after you get your book from someone else. Yes, you do go to the front of the line when you RWAP the book.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 1:57 PM ET
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I would just wait until the book got offered to you again.

Or advertise the book in the book bazaar or whatever genre it belongs to and find someone to post the book directly to their WL.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 5:49 PM ET
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A bit off-topic, but if you sprinkle some baking soda or odorless cat litter on the pages and leave it in a closed bag, it will make it better for the next person.  I've heard that putting it in a plastic bag in the freezer help, too, but I have tried that.

I'm not saying that will make the book okay for you -- allergies are allergies -- but it will lessen the smell.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 12:13 AM ET
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I would hesitate to actually sprinkle stuff in the pages of the book, because I would be afraid that it might not all come out again.

I have to be honest, if I got a book with even a tiny bit of any kind of powder between the pages, it would go straight in the trash and I would RWAP it immediately. I would be afraid to touch it, much less read it.

I have had some success with cat litter and book smells, but I don't let the book touch the cat litter ... I just seal it up with cat litter in the same container, and leave it for a little while.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 12:40 AM ET
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I used to be a heavy smoker and found that crumbled newspapers in a closed container with the book (large zip lock or rubbermain type container) helped a lot. It doesn't cover the smell, or get the book dirty, just seems to remove some or all of the smoke smell.  I always kept my books this way after reading and before sending and never had a complaint about a smokey book.

HOORAY - don't smoke anymore so that isn't a problem for me.