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Libby, the discoverer of the C14 dating method, was very disappointed with this problem.
Fortunately, there are also ways to detect these and compensate for them. (If you're curious, here's a start: from the facility at the University of Arizona)Libby's basic method has been refined and extended ever since 1949.
The short answer is that the underlying physics behind radiocarbon dating was worked out, by many people, between the 1910s and 1940s. They measured the actual carbon-14 remaining in these, and found that it was very close to the predicted amount.
There's a nice review here of how radiocarbon dating was developed: . Arnold and Libby knew how much carbon-14 should be remaining in these objects, given their known ages.
It is, therefore, not surprising that many misconceptions about what radiocarbon can or cannot do and what it has or has not shown are prevalent among creationists and evolutionists - lay people as well as scientists not directly involved in this field.
In the following article, some of the most common misunderstandings regarding radiocarbon dating are addressed, and corrective, up-to-date scientific creationist thought is provided where appropriate. Radiocarbon is used to date the age of rocks, which enables scientists to date the age of the earth.
All the gotchas are well-known, and routinely allowed for.