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Subject: Wrinkles or water damage
Date Posted: 7/4/2012 1:30 AM ET
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I got a message today from a member that had a book from my wish list. She wanted to let me know that the book had " some wrinkles on the back cover and pages from reading at the pool". Does anyone else agree this message sort of says the book has water damage and she wants me to agree to send it??? I politely asked for the request to be canceled from their end so I didn't lose my place in the wish list.
Date Posted: 7/4/2012 4:10 AM ET
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Sounds like that to me.  At least she admitted to it before mailing the book.  I have been getting books with stains and rips in them as well as one book a kitten gnawed.  What about condition rules?



Last Edited on: 7/4/12 11:09 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/4/2012 7:48 AM ET
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Sometimes wavy pages can be due to humidity, especially if all of the pages are uniformly wavy.  I've seen postings in this forum from folks who bought brand new books and they were already wavey.  Guess it depends on theq quality of the paper. 

In your case, it does sound like the "wrinkles" were due to water damage, since they were only on the back part of the book.  I would have done the same as you, and asked her to cancel.

Date Posted: 7/4/2012 12:13 PM ET
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I also agree.  While we are seeing new books with wavy paper, the part about the back cover and having been near the pool sound suspiciously like water damage. 

Date Posted: 7/4/2012 6:09 PM ET
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Yeah...she pm' Ed again to say it was only slight water damage and do I still want it.......so it's not the "new book wrinkle style pages".
Date Posted: 7/5/2012 5:35 AM ET
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Hope you told her that posting a book with "slight water damage" was against club rules.

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 8:32 AM ET
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I did....very politely twice......i also reported it because even after all that she asked me a THIRD time if I wanted it cause it was still readable. I said no and mentioned the rules again. She then marked it as mailed to me!
Date Posted: 7/5/2012 8:50 AM ET
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YIKES!  How frustrating! You definitely did the right thing, Tammie!

Date Posted: 7/6/2012 12:19 AM ET
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You should check out the PBS Facebook Group.  There's someone there who admits to doing what Tammie had happen...

Date Posted: 7/6/2012 10:42 PM ET
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Yep , I agree too.

I got some ( romance) books from my friend , they are like new but they look wavy. I'm having a hard time figureing out if its just cheap paper or not. I dont see any water marks, so I dont think so.  Should I offer them as unpostables  with order from shelf?

Date Posted: 7/7/2012 6:34 PM ET
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I had someone order a wish list book from me today, when I pulled it the bottom edge was wavy, not sure if was water or not. Sent her a pm told her about it told her to go ahead a take the book, then I would refund her credit. Which I did. I figured I would have to donate the book to the thrift store so why not send it to a member that wanted it.