I'm of the school of thought that people who want like-new books, should go buy a book. It's asking a bit much of people to take a hike and play somewhere else if their books aren't up to your idea of what a used book should be. I had the same issue with the last independent bookstore that closed in our area; the guy wouldn't stock used books in good/fair/poor condition, which meant his inventory was lacking in a lot of genres I would have liked to read! Ever think an oft-handled book is perhaps that way because it's a good read or especially useful? Or a nice book has stayed that way because no one saw fit to take it off the shelf for rereading, handing around to friends, or frequent reference?
Personally, if I want to read a book, I don't much care about condition (except maybe extensive underlining, which I find difficult to read over). As long as it's not falling apart, I can still read it. I do include that caveat, because one poster said a while ago that he didn't mind books even held together with rubber bands. Errrr... I do mind that. I do need all the pages attached!
That being said, there is a way to address the "condition" concern without creating an entirely new site; add an optional condition grading to our listings, and make inventory searchable/sortable by condition. That would solve the problem as seen by the original poster. It would also, however, require more programming resources, which are in short supply, since BM has been put together by volunteers who do this for the love of books and community. Since it's also not going to add a great deal of utility for the majority of bookmoochers, I just don't see that ever happening. Unless, one of the pickier moochers is also a programmer, and takes it on as a pet project.
2 years ago