So I’ve mentioned before that I utilize a site called Paperback Swap and other than the one incident, I’ve had very good experiences using it. The number one thing that is stressed about the site is that it’s for USED BOOKS in GOOD CONDITION. Not brand new books, like new books; not even very good condition books. There is even a whole section on the site that explains what criteria a book has to meet to be eligible for swapping:
- This is a used-book swapping site; books are not expected to be in like-new condition.
- Older books may have some page yellowing or spine-creasing or dogeared pages; these are all OKAY.
- Decirculated library books may have various markings and/or stamps inside or outside or on the page edges of the book; this is OKAY. These may not obscure text.
- BookCrossing books may have stickers or stamps or markings on the outside or inside covers or page edges of the book; this is OKAY. These may not obscure text.
- Hardbacks do NOT have to include their dustjackets.
- Audiobooks MUST be the original cassettes/CDs, but do NOT have to include the outer “box” that held the set.
- Audiobooks must be playable and have all the CDs/cassettes.
- Books that require batteries to work do NOT have to have working batteries.
- “Playaway” books must include working headphones.
- Since this is a used-book swap, members shouldnot expect to receive non-Media items with the books.
- There is an exception to general condition guidelines for textbooks; see below.
- There is an exception to general condition guidelines for cookbooks; see below.
- There is an exception to general condition guidelines for travel guides; see below.
- We do NOT have a place for members to describe the condition of a particular copy of a book.
- If you would like your books to be in “better-than-PBS” condition :
- You are responsible for setting Requestor Conditions on your account.
Now it gets even more detailed than that, but you get the general gist. Now as far as requester conditions, I fully accept people who do not want books from smoker’s homes or homes with animals. As a sufferer from asthma and terrible allergies, I totally get it. Also, there’s nothing wrong with not wanting books that reek of smoke, especially if you’re a non-smoker. But anything other than that and you should just buy new books. Seriously. Here is an example of what someone’s requestor’s conditions are, and I’m tempted to cancel the request just because I don’t want to cater to this level of bitchiness:
I am not willing to receive books that are currently in a smoking home. I am not willing to receive books that have excessive bends, tears, rips, stains or writing. I am not willing to accept books with stickers (former library books, price stickers from stores (unless on the back barcode, that’s fine)). If it does have stickers, please do not peel off the stickers to leave a sticky mark. All hardcovers must have dust jackets in good condition. If you are unsure if the book meets my conditions, feel free to send a PM and explain. I will let you know.
No price tags? No library books? Seriously? And it clearly states in the rules that dust jackets are not a requirement. And the excessive bends, tears, stains is already in the rules!!!!!! Someone else had insisted that the cover on the book match the cover on the listing. Do people forget that they change covers for books? That some books are released with multiple covers? Or that it’s in the rules that the cover on the book doesn’t have to match the one on the listing as long as the title, author, binding type and ISBN match?! Dude just go to Amazon or Barnes and Nobel!
Maybe I’m being bitchy, but really? My only requestor’s condition is that the ISBN on the book match the one of the listing (which is in the rules). And that’s only because I’ve had an issue with that before. As much as I don’t want a book that smells of smoke, I know how to get rid of the smoke (two days in kitty litter). I understand that used books mean they’ve been used. I just don’t understand why you’d be on that site with that level of requirements.