When you handle as many books as we do on a daily basis, there is no way to avoid a few dinged up, torn, and oddly folded copies. Since books like this don't meet our strict requirements for sale, they've always ended up in the recycling bin.
It pains us to get rid of usable but imperfect books, but we never want to risk shipping damaged books to teachers like you who already have enough to worry about.
In these tight economic times, it occurred to our warehouse staff that teachers might appreciate having a free back-up copy -- even if it is slightly damaged or torn.
That’s why they came up with new “Waste Not, Want Not…” envelopes.
These envelopes are added to orders when we happen to have extra copies that are unsaleable but still readable. Each envelope says “Please note that you were not charged for this copy. Since it is slightly damaged and therefore unsellable, we hoped that you might be able to use it as a backup. Sincerely, The Prestwick House Warehouse Staff.”
At Prestwick House we strive to be on the teacher's side, and are constantly trying to come up with new ways to help you out. We know budgets are tight, and we hope that finding an unsolicited extra copy in a future order might be something that comes in handy in your classroom.