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Subject: Wow....
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 4:19 PM ET
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I just got a wishlist that looks as if a mouse chewed on it and there is a suspicious stain (mouse urine) on it! Underlined words as well, lol. I have been careless with checking out books and as a result have found water stains etc too late to do anything about it. This book was going to go under the microscope, wasn't necessary! lol

Date Posted: 6/8/2012 6:00 PM ET
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Gross!

Date Posted: 6/8/2012 7:18 PM ET
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Ick!

Date Posted: 6/8/2012 7:27 PM ET
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Yep..washed my hands asap!

Date Posted: 6/8/2012 9:48 PM ET
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Eeew no

Date Posted: 6/9/2012 5:55 AM ET
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My credit was returned!

Date Posted: 6/9/2012 12:10 PM ET
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Glad to hear you got that settled with the minimum of fuss.

Date Posted: 6/9/2012 1:45 PM ET
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I don't think you can argue with little mouse bites! lol

Date Posted: 6/9/2012 2:51 PM ET
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Actually, you can argue with it. I had a member refuse to return my credit for the same thing (plus the book was water damaged AND literally broken in half). "It was in perfect condition when I shipped it." Interesting definition of "perfect", no? The rodent must have liked the binding adhesive because that is what was chewed up. That was an unresolved RWAP unfortunately. Thankfully your sender was much more responsible!
Date Posted: 6/9/2012 11:13 PM ET
Member Since: 4/30/2012
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See, this is what scares me about requesting books. I have been doing great sending out about 2 or 3 of my books each week since recently joining. From the  PM's sent to me by the recipients after the books are received, they have all been very happy and excitied to receive a book that looks like new and several have asked if the book had ever been read.

I have only received 3 books so far and two were great, but the third one, I will not repost it when I am done with it because of stains and tearing on the dust jacket. After reading of many of the problems others have been having and now THIS, I am just getting a bit skeptical about the books that others may be trying to pass off as accecptable.

I often buy my books from used book stores and book sales, but I would not even consider sending someone a battered, torn or chewed up book.

Date Posted: 6/9/2012 11:45 PM ET
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Janet, people generally just come in here to complain or to ask advice when something goes wrong. Because of this tendency, it seems that everyone is having problems all the time. That's not the case. If everyone posted here whenever they had a perfectly satisfactory transaction, then things would look very different.

As of right now, I have received 462 books. Of all those books I have probably marked less than a dozen as problem transactions, and I am not shy about calling people out for sending me unpostable books.

Relax and go order some books. smiley



Last Edited on: 6/9/12 11:47 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/10/2012 2:20 AM ET
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I am so delighted that you got your credit back!

When I first joined, I was so hesitant to mark RWAPs.  Now having belonged to PBS for over 3 years, I mark the problem books.  That is the only way to weed out folks who consistently do not follow the rules.  It does not matter how nice you are to PM them about a problem, some folks can be pretty nasty.  But there are so many members who more than make up for those bad apples.

 

Date Posted: 6/10/2012 11:16 AM ET
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Years ago I requested a book on dog grooming.  It arrived in very good condition except for the large sticky smear of what appeared to be dog vomit on the cover.

Windex works wonders on a dirty cover, as long as the cover is glossy and the Windex is applied sparingly and wiped gently with a paper towel.

The book was salvagable -- I was able to clean up Spot's spots, and did not even bother to contact the sender. 

I figured that if they were crazy enough to think that it was OK to send out a book like that, they would not respond positively to being told about it.

Date Posted: 6/10/2012 11:20 AM ET
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When I first joined, I requested a book and received a PM from the sender that said her parrot had nibbled on the back cover.  She was wondering if I still wanted it.  Being new and naive, I accepted without asking any further questions.  Well, this parrot had eaten almost the entire back cover.  I suppose my definition of "nibbled" is different from others'.  :)  As soon as I saw the book, I realized my own stupidity in accepting it.  But I am happy to say that I've only had 2 other problem transactions since joining!  The majority of books I receive are postable and many of them are almost brand new.  Don't give up!

Date Posted: 6/11/2012 8:24 AM ET
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I agree that you should NOT worry about ordering books..the mouse book is truly the only horrible book I received. I have had more than several with water damage(minimal) that I did not notice until too late to RWAP so I am being more careful now. I don't mind reading them that way but cannot repost!

Date Posted: 6/11/2012 9:10 PM ET
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Rodent droppings are a health hazard! Don't try to clean it, discard, reorder and sanitize your house and take a shower. Immediately!