November 23, 2010 11:42 AM Subscribe
How would you feel if you received a book as a gift and found that it had a remainder mark
posted by jocelmeow to human relations (70 answers total)
I got a very early start on holiday shopping this year. I do it exclusively online because I'm bedridden by chronic illness.
I decided that this year, I wanted to avoid my former practice of paying Amazon $4 to $6 to gift-wrap each item. I figured I'd ship everything to myself, then have el_lupino wrap it and ship it out again, mostly using Media Mail. I've been ordering holiday gifts from Amazon for ten years now for my family and friends who are spread all over the U.S.
Figuring I could buy more presents per person if I purchased them from Amazon Marketplace sellers, I ordered a few items that way. I was careful to choose only those items claimed to be "Like New." Well, I have the items in hand now, and two of the three books I bought for a particular person - someone I've known for 20 years and who is a very close friend - have a remainder mark. The marks weren't mentioned in either book's description.
Now I'm trying to decide whether to return the books and buy new ones, or give them as gifts the way they are.
So: How would you feel if a book you were given as a gift had a remainder mark? Insulted? Hurt? Devalued? Nonplussed? Other? Thanks, MeFites.