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I'm new, and have only made two swaps. The second was a paperback (I received) with very deeply yellowed pages, and some stains on the pages. Does this fall into the category of good condition? I gave the swapper credit for sending it, especially since they prompted me for giving them credit, but I admit I don't like the book. It seems awfully used - I don't like getting other peoples stains. I don't know what it is. Yuck. :(
Yellowing of pages due to age are within guidelines but stains r not allowed.
Book Condition Criteria for 'Swappability' at PBS
When you Post a book, you are asked to confirm that the book is "in good condition, and not excessively worn". It is impossible to list all of the ways in which a book might be considered excessively worn, but the criteria below are as comprehensive as we have been able to make them.
If you feel your book falls into a "grey area", you can either post the book and send a Personal Message to the requestor, or not post the book. We have delineated what we can, and we expect members to follow these guidelines, and use their common sense in cases that are unclear. If you would not mind "paying" a credit for a book you are considering posting, then it is probably okay to post. However, book condition can be a subjective matter. Keep in mind that a pattern of sending out poor-condition or inappropriate books will jeopardize a sender's membership.
These Guidelines are not suggestions. They are criteria to which all books Posted here MUST comply.
All of the information below apply both to swapping for credits and Box-O-Books swapping.
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wrong link so i edited
answers to all your questions are found in the help documents...just click on help center tab at the top of the page. There are also numerous threads with the same questions.
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That's unfortunate Wren, PBS is a fun place :-) And probably 80% of the books I receive are in excellent to like new condition, but that may depend on your favorite genre and what you request.
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Books are supposed to be in good used condition. Stains, water damage, tears (for the most part), etc. aren't considered postable conditions. When/if you get a book like this you are supposed to mark it RWAP (received with a problem). You are supposed to use the PBS check in survey as a way to let the sender know what is wrong, to ask for your credit to be returned, and to respond to your message within a certain number of days. You also use that form (at the bottom) to let PBS know what the problem(s) are. Most people do not send books in poor condition. We members are the quality control for the site, and we aren't supposed to let members get by with sending these out. I hope you will reconsider and stick it out a little longer.
But I've also sent 30 and 40 year old out of print paperbacks. Yellow pages and these rust like spects would be expected when someone orders a book that old. I will PM the person to point out the age of the book, giving them extra time if they want to cancel. Mine have been in great shape for their age. And knowing that they are going out to be loved once again has helped me let them go.
Those age spots are very different than stains. Stains and water damage should not be here. Sorry you had a bad experience. That is not typical.