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Subject: What would you take this to mean?
Date Posted: 4/11/2009 12:48 PM ET
Member Since: 2/23/2008
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I had a book requested from me and one of the requestor conditions was that hardcover books must have dust jackets.  I got this book new, and mine never had a dust jacket, but after looking at some other websites, it seems like some of them did come with dust jackets.  The cover image is ON the hardcover book itself.  So, this is the PM I sent to the other member:

Hi ____,

I received this book new a few years ago, and as far as I know, mine never had a dust jacket. The cover pictured is the cover on the book itself. If this is OK, let me know and I'll get it in the mail to you. If not, we can cancel.



This is what I got back:

"It sounds as if the cover is the dust jacket. If so, that's fine. Thanks for letting me know."

It sounds like she's fine with it, but I'm still not really clear on what she's saying about the cover and the dust jacket.  I can PM her back to clarify again that there is not a dust jacket, but I feel like I already did that - or was I not clear?  What do you think?

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 12:57 PM ET
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I think she's fine with it.  Cover is the DJ--IE the cover has the image/text/information on it. 

You were pretty clear it does not have a separate DJ.

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 12:58 PM ET
Member Since: 3/28/2009
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It sounds like you meet her requestor condition - though the situation is muddled! "If so, that's fine" seems to indicate the requestor wants the book...But I can SO understand the communication gap!

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 12:59 PM ET
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It sounds to me like she understood what you said. If it were me, I would probably just send it at this point. Because, you did explicitely say "mine never had a dust jacket". Not much room for misinterpreting, in that statement.

But, if you wanted, you could PM her and ask her to cancel the order, and request it again from you with her RCs turned off.


Date Posted: 4/11/2009 1:10 PM ET
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I'd send the book.

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 2:05 PM ET
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I don't normally PM if I'm in doubt of a books RCS. But in this case I would send the book and keep the PMS.  Then if she does complain you can refer to your PM stating that you told her ahead of time that your version never had a dust jacket and she said she still wanted the book.

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 2:09 PM ET
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I had this issue once.  A hardback purchased new without dustjacket, the cover was printed in full color instead.  Like Ashley, the requestor had a DJ RC, I pm'd the situation, she still wanted the book and was happy with it when received.  Go for it Ashley!

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 2:29 PM ET
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Thanks for the input, that's what I was leaning towards too!  Just wanted a second (or third, or fourth...) opinion.  =)

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 2:33 PM ET
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I had one, too; it was for a cookbook where the covers looked liked they'd be the DJ if there was one, meaning with pictures, title, author, publisher, etc, printed on them. PM'd the requester and explained and she was good. and was very happy with the book. I

I have some HC LPs that have no dust jacket. I would hope that if the requester is familiar with the edition(s) they're looking for they'd be aware of what they'd be like, but a PM never hurts.