Thursday, July 9, 2009

Good Doesn't Mean A Broken Spine

Well, here's a disappointing purchase.
On 06/26/2009 I ordered a book described as follows from a seller on

Condition: Good Notes: Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear and the pages have only minimal creases.

Unfortunately, when it showed up, the binding was cracked in two. No pages were falling out, but the only thing connecting the two big chunks of the page block was the actual softcover itself.

Check out the binding:

Another shot of the binding:

Let's check out the book grading system:
Item Quality - Books
Brand New
Never read or used
In perfect, mint, undamaged condition
Publisher’s remainder marks are acceptable

Like New
Used but still in perfect mint condition inside and out

Very Good
Appears new from the outside with minimal marking inside
Books with these marks:
Name of previous owner
Underlining on 10% of pages or less
Highlighting on 10% of pages or less
Institutional ID stamps and library checkout card pockets

Books with minimal damage
Scuffed covers and missing dust jackets
Cover can't be creased, torn or have holes
Minimal crease or tears to majority of the pages
No missing pages

Books with damage
Creased, torn, or holes in the cover
Books with damaged spines
Books with more than 10% of pages highlighted or underlined
Books that have been refurbished
Books that have been modified for library circulation
Mylar covers
Attached dust jackets
Embossed covers or numbered book spines

Unacceptable - The following items cannot be sold on
Books without covers
Books with missing pages
Books with stains or water damage

I won't be complaining, as it was a really good deal.
Stay tuned, as in future posts I'll report on some of the interesting responses I get from sellers when I point out challenges in our transactions.
It should be a hoot.

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