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Subject: water damage or not?
Date Posted: 8/29/2007 6:54 PM ET
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I just received a book and the top outer edges are wavy and wrinkled.  I would guess it is about 3 square inches of waviness and it is every page.  It almost looks like someone flipped through the book with wet hands.  I hate to be picky, but is this a book that I should report as damaged?  I am going to say this is not even acceptable to repost since I am not really all that pleased about getting it, but it will not inhibit my reading the book.  I just hate to not be able to repost it.  What are everyone's thoughts?  Would you be OK with it?  Should I report it and ask for my credit back or let it go since it is not stained or unreadable?


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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 6:58 PM ET
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I would report it. Sounds like water damage to me.

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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 6:59 PM ET
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I had this situation recently. One book I received was wavy, but there were no visible stains, and it didn't even feel like it had been wet. I had never thought of it before, but someone suggested it was just a result of humidity.

I received another book this week which was clearly wet. There's no obvious stain, but the pages are again wavy, and I can actully feel a difference, texture-wise, on those parts of the pages that got wet - they're a little rougher than the rest of the pages.

I did report the 2nd book to be received with a problem.

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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 7:16 PM ET
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I've seen brand new books in B&N that look like this.    I think mostly it's cheap paper and a cheap printing job.  But who know?   Everyone has to use their own judgement when holding a book like that.

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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 7:30 PM ET
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I would mark it "received with a problem." 

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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 7:53 PM ET
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I marked it received with a problem and the sender was super!  Didn't realize the damage since it was unread.  Thanks, to all, this swap turned better since the other person was so nice.


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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 8:00 PM ET
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I had a book like that and I put it as a freebie.  I just read it last week and I don't remember getting wet.  I think it must have been in the bathroom when I showered.  (yes I am a bathroom reader).  I would probably report it as damaged. 

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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 8:01 PM ET
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I just had a similar situation, reported it, contacted the sender stating the problem, and was basically told to pound sand.  Glad your deal went a lot better than mine!

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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 8:08 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 8:21 PM ET
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I got one once where the last 30 pages or so looked like they had been handled with wet hands and the tops of the pages had absorbed some of the moisture....like maybe someone washed thier hands but didn't dry them before picking up the book?  Anyway, it wasn't really noticeable, the book was a new release that I had been waiting for and I have a used book store that will take it no problem when I am done with.  So in that case I did not mark it RWP, but I did let the sender know about it and let them know I didn't need my credit back, just that they might want to double check their books before they mail them. 

Well.  She got pretty darn snippy with me and told me she took good care of her books, thank you very much, and had wrapped that sucker in plastic and everything, so there was no way that it had the damage I was describing.  I kindly pointed out to her that I was staring right at the damage, and that it must have been there before she mailed it, considering that yes, she did wrap it very well and the package never got wet.  Plus, I pointed out, I am happy to read it and take it to the UBS when I am done, I didn't mark the book RWP, and I'm not asking for a credit back, so why would I make it up?  She never responded.  Had I known she was going to be rude about it, I would have marked it RWP.

Generally, I think if it's a paper quality problem or the binding is too tight, you'll see waviness all throughout the book, from the top of the page to the bottom, and not just in one area.

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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 10:36 PM ET
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I bought a few with wavy pages new. I checked them all and they were all that way. The book I'm reading now was from a FOL sale and it was wet for sure, the pages are only half of them and they are stiffer.

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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 11:14 PM ET
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I never looked at books so closely as I do since I became a member.  people probably think I'm crazy at stores when I stand there and look at books sideways/up/down/inside and out.  guess this place is not only fun but a lesson in book conditions also LOL.

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