The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

31 October 2005

Right above the remainders

In this morning's Big Box from Amazon.com, I found one item with a little green sticker, which reads as follows:

Enclosed is the product you ordered which is the last or best available item currently in stock in our warehouse. It may be a hard to find title or no longer in print. Although this item does not meet the physical condition quality standards of Ingram Book Company, we have decided to allow you to make the determination as to whether or not this product meets your needs. If the product does not meet your needs, please accept our apologies and return this item through our Hassle Free Return System.

So speaks the Quality Control Department of Ingram Book Company, the wholesaler from whom Amazon.com got this title. I looked over the book for not quite half a minute, and determined that the deficiencies — a slightly-bent (we're talking about 4 degrees) front cover, and a small tear in the back of the dust jacket — were not sufficient to justify returning the book. (I read these things; I don't seal them up in plastic and wait for the price to go up.) And really, I'd rather have the book in slightly-less-than-mint condition than not have the book at all.

(This is the title in question. Considering its presumed rarity, and the fact that Amazon.com sold it to me for ten bucks off the preprinted jacket price, I'm not even complaining.)

Posted at 2:36 PM to Almost Yogurt