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Smoking might cost you ebay sales

February 26th, 2008 at 12:56 pm

I just bought a book off ebay for my sons next math adventure...it smelled like smoke so bad I immediately stuck it out in the garage. Two weeks later I still cannot walk past it without gagging.

Now I was stupid to buy a book without checking, I wont be making that mistake twice. The next book has to come from a smoke free home, or I am not buying it.

8 Responses to “Smoking might cost you ebay sales”

  1. just me Says:

    I have bought a few books from ebay and half.com and was surprised that a book could absorb so much smoke. I never even gave it much thought, but the first time you open the book, watch out!

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Indeed. That triggered my husband's asthma. But I set them aside and eventually they did air out sufficiently. Another problem with books from a smoking home is that the smoke degrades the paper. They fall apart sooner. I know this from lending books to smokers for months to years and getting them back all yellow and brittle, like some ancient thing. It is definitely a positive if the seller can assure they are from a nonsmoking home.

  3. luxlivingfrugalis Says:

    even so, if they bought it used...

  4. disneysteve Says:

    So true. I wish all sellers would specify if they smoke or not in their listings, especially on items that aren't really cleanable, like books.

  5. nanamom Says:

    I agree, it should be an automatic thing to check off when you are listing. I ordered clothes and forgot to check, yuck! You might try putting it outside on a nice day and letting the wind flip the pages.

  6. disneysteve Says:

    "it should be an automatic thing to check off when you are listing."

    That's actually a really good idea. I think I will e-mail that to ebay as a suggestion. It would be simple for them to implement.

    Maybe if we all suggest it, they'll do it.

  7. nanamom Says:

    probably should add pet free to for those who are allergic, doesnt matter to me I have dogs and cats but my grandson has allergies so would care if I were sending it that way.

  8. disneysteve Says:

    I have a listing template that I use for my auction listings. I'm going to add "smoke-free, pet-free home" to that template.

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