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Subject: Question about a request
Date Posted: 8/16/2007 11:36 AM ET
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I need some advice here. Last week I asked about a brand new wishlisted hardcover book that had a sticker onthe dustjacket that says "Special Promo Copy". (It's not an ARC, just has that sticker) After taking the forum's advice, I posted it (I agreed with the advice, just need to make sure, lol). Well, of course the person who is next on the wish list has a condition! (I know, another condition post).

This person doesn't want an books with a library binding and if I had questions to PM her. So I accepted the request (in order to PM I have to right?) and sent her a PM about the sticker on the dustjacket. I sent her another PM 2 days ago. Today is the day I need to mail the book (I picked the latest day possible), and I have yet to hear back from her.

What should I do? Cancel the request? Repost the book for the next person on the list? It's a long wish list too.



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Date Posted: 8/16/2007 11:45 AM ET
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If you don't hear back from her before the date you have to mail the book, I would cancel the request.  IMO....

ETA: you don't have to repost the book. The system will send the request to the next in line.


Last Edited on: 8/16/07 11:47 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
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Date Posted: 8/16/2007 12:01 PM ET
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Hmmm...if her only condition is the library binding one, then I don't see the problem with your mailing it. 

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Date Posted: 8/16/2007 12:25 PM ET
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I don't believe you need to accept the book to PM the requestor - that would defeat the purpose of verifying information before accepting (as in textbooks). I've had to send PM's to people with conditions and I swear there is a little PM button to hit on that condition screen - I could be wrong though.

Do you know if the person who had it wishlisted had an automatic acceptance on it? That could be why she isn't responding to your e-mails. She might be gone for a couple days and the wishlisted book was posted while she was gone - I did that this summer when I was gone so I didn't lose any wishlisted books. In your case, I'd probably contact R&R and get their advice. 

The other thing you can do is look to see if she's an active member. Look at her shelf and see when the last time she updated her books. She could very well be an inactive member who forgot about her automatic acceptance on wishlists.

And besides from all that, does Special Promo Copy automatically equal library binding? If not, I'd mail the book.

Last Edited on: 8/16/07 12:30 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
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Date Posted: 8/16/2007 1:10 PM ET
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I'd send it, it meets her conditions, IMO.

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Date Posted: 8/16/2007 1:15 PM ET
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I'm thinking that since dust jackets aren't required if the sticker is on just the dust jacket I'm guessing it would be ok.  Or you could omit the dust jacket all togther.  If it were me I would wait until the last day to mail and if she didn't respond by then I would most likely cancel.   If you do decide to send it, I would definitely use PBS DC to ensure the credit just in case.

Last Edited on: 8/16/07 1:16 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
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Date Posted: 8/16/2007 1:18 PM ET
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Yeah a sticker on the DJ does not = library binding, right?


Help Center sez (from "How to Use Requestor Conditions"):

"Remember, the sender will see exactly what you type! Choose your wording carefully: most senders err on the side of caution. A vague notation like "Nice books only" is not easily interpretable, and will probably result in a lot of your requests being declined.

  • Asking the sender to "PM me if you are unsure" is not a good idea
  • There is no mechanism for the sender to PM the requestor from a request without accepting it
  • If you want the sender to communicate with you about the book, you should phrase this "If you are unsure whether or not your book meets these conditions, please ACCEPT this request and then send me a Personal Message about the book."
  • Ideally, your conditions should be clear enough not to require Personal Message clarification."
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Date Posted: 8/16/2007 2:08 PM ET
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The purpose of library binding is to make the cover of the book itself more durable for extended use.  It is unusual for these books to have dust jackets. If the requestor doesn't say anything about stickers in their conditions, I would send the book.

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Date Posted: 8/16/2007 2:53 PM ET
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You can NOT PM the requestor without accepting the offer!!!   I've tried and tried - there is NO way to do it!  

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