Being a fan of English women’s novels, I was agog when I learned that several of Stella Gibbons’s books have been reissued as Vintage Classics editions in the UK.
And so I ordered an inexpensive copy of Stella Gibbons’ Westwood from a UK bookseller via Abebooks.
The bookseller’s description said it was in “good or better” condition.
It has no tears to the pages and no pages will be missing from the book. The spine of the book is still in great condition and the front cover is generally unmarked. It has signs of previous use but overall is in really nice, tight condition. Shipping is normally same day from our UK warehouse. We offer a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied.
Finally the book arrived. Oh, joy! I couldn’t wait to curl up on this snowy, freezing cold winter day with Westwood.
It is in deplorable condition. In fact, I’ve never seen a book in worse condition.
There are tracks and blobs of something jammy mixed with glitter on the cover.
My cousin has this suggestion: “Perhaps it’s jism with glitter thrown on.”
Yes, it is really that gross. Not only is the glitter disgusting, but the spine is cocked (the book is practically bent in half) and the cover is very creased.
And so I went to the bookseller’s website to figure out where this book has been.
In 2004, ____ was founded by a group of people who loved reading and wanted to spread the love with like minded bookworms. They found that despite the sometimes pricey nature of tomes on highstreet, there were many other cheaper sources of books which were either being thrown away, were sitting around idle on dusty bookshelves or being sent directly to paper recyclers for pulping. Having experimented in one unfortunate mother’s basement (sorry Mum!) to see if these could be sold online, they found there was great demand for used books and that customers always knew a good bargain when they saw one.
I can tell you why they’re not selling on “highstreet.”
It’s very much a “Caveat Emptor” situation when you order used books online. I have had good luck with ordering books in “very good”condition, but this “good” book was a disgrace to booksellers everywhere.
P.S. The copy of Westwood went into the trash. And I have written demanding a refund.
I’ll let you know what happens.