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Subject: Was I wrong or are they just to picky???
Date Posted: 9/12/2007 12:38 PM ET
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       I try to be VERY careful about the books I post on here. At times I think I am just way to picky anyway about the books I post. When I get ready to mail a book if I see a flaw or something I'll sometimes even write the person about the book. Most of the time they are fine with it and even say, "This is a USED book site right?" lol

    I have traded with this one woman though well let's just see what you all think.

     The first I sent the wrong book. This was a trade through box o books. I had two books on my shelf that were different but each had the same title. I sent her the wrong one, told her I was sorry and mailed the correct book. I even let her keep the wrong book for herself to enjoy and as a bonus.

     Well today I got the book back. She never even emailed me about the book just sent it back with a note saying how disappointed she was with it and wanted to show me the condition that it was in. I was very confused as I flippe the book over and over in my hand looking for a flaw. I then flipped through the pages and it looked great to me. I then noticed on the inside of the front cover that someone had made a few scribbles with a pencil. I didn't see this before and I would have erased them myself but I some how missed them. The other flaw??? One of the corners had a little shelf wear. The book it self is very tiny and easily get lost on a shelf or in a diaper bag.

     So was I wrong to post this book??? I understand the small scribbles. But isn't this woman over reacting? She had no condition that I saw when I traded with her. Almost every book that is used will have a little shelf wear. I do think I remember talking to her about "corners" but she said no big deal because she planned to keep it in her purse or something.

    What do you guys think???

-confused

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 12:49 PM ET
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Yep, I think she was too picky.  It has been said before and I'll say it again:  This is a USED book site!  People who want perfection should go to Barnes and Noble.  The book regs clearly state that writing is permitted inside the front cover, e.g. dedications, book signings, etc.  I don't see that a bit of scribbling is any different.  I am amazed at the gripes some people have on here, when we should just be grateful that we can have fun AND get good book bargains to boot!  I'd take a book like you describe any day and be happy with it. 

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 12:50 PM ET
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Unfortunately when you are dealing with this many people and books there are a few that cannot be made happy, that is just a sad fact of life. But there is hundreds of other members here that are understanding of the web site as being a used book site and a great benefit to a lot of readers.

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 3:23 PM ET
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I wouldn't worry about it, and I don't think she is due a credit for the "poor" quality book nor a replacement. There is nothing wrong with a little shelf wear and a lot of books have a little wear & tear to them! If this woman wants "like new" books, she needs to go elsewhere, this site allows USED books! I agree with LeAnne, that you aren't going to be able to please everyone, and to me, that just means you should not box with that woman again! hahaha

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 4:37 PM ET
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hehe...she actually spent her own money to mail the book back to you so that you could see the damage and be ashamed? Sounds like something I'd do to my four year-old to teach her a lesson. ("Come here, K. Now look at the toilet bowl. We don't ever use that much toilet paper. See what a mess you've made?") :P

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 6:05 PM ET
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small scribbles in pencil inside the cover(front of cover, not on words, right).  I'd say she's incredibly picky.  Oh well, her loss.

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 7:08 PM ET
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Yep. she is picky....the book in that shape would have been fine with me too...don't worry about it!

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 8:43 PM ET
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Edited to go read a book.  :)



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Date Posted: 9/12/2007 10:20 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/13/2007 2:40 PM ET
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Ashley - just a different take on the situation - are you sure she was disappointed with the "condition" of the book and not the "format" of the book? Not saying you did anything wrong, but if she was not expecting a tiny gift book (which is what I am assuming it was), she might have been disappointed to find out what the book was. It's her fault for not checking the description before ordering it, but I'm just wondering if that might have been her problem.

I've actually had this happen to me once - I ordered a book here not knowing it was one of those tiny little gift books like they sell at the front counter in B&N - I was very disappointed that I spent a credit on something like that, but I never would have blamed the sender. It's the requester's responsibility to make sure they want a specific book before ordering it, even if that means checking out the description over at amazon.com.