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Does AbeBooks have a social media presence?

If you want to stay in touch with AbeBooks, one of the best options is to follow it on social media. You can follow AbeBooks on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube to make sure it’s at the top of your feed.

Is there a sale section at AbeBooks?

AbeBooks allows you to browse through all Seller Sales and search by Author, Title, Keyword or ISBN. If you’re looking for the absolute best deal, check for products that are currently on sale.

Can I buy textbooks at AbeBooks?

AbeBooks isn’t just here to sell reading books that you can put on your bookshelf. You can also find low-priced textbooks for a variety of subjects. If you have a required textbook for your next class, check AbeBooks to see if you can get it for cheap.

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Does AbeBooks stock the books I’m buying?

AbeBooks uses a “low touch" model that allows it to offer books sold directly from people and small businesses worldwide. There are no AbeBooks retail distribution centers, nor does AbeBooks have the seller ship books to a facility before shipping them to you. Instead, everything related to the communication, payment, and shipping is between you and the seller; AbeBooks will only get involved if necessary.

Does AbeBooks set its own return policy?

AbeBooks allows sellers on its main site to set their own return policies on top of the sitewide policy regarding incorrect, damaged, or not as described books. If you request a refund due to an error on the seller’s part – for example, the book arrived in a much worse condition than it was listed as, you never received the book, or you received the wrong book – you’re eligible for a full refund, including original and return shipping costs. However, if you decide you don’t want a book anymore and you’d like to return it, refunds on the main site must be approved by the seller. If the seller doesn't allow for non-defective returns, he or she can deny your request, and you'll not be eligible for a return. If the seller accepts your request, you'll be refunded the original price of the book, not including shipping, upon return delivery. If you’re not happy with your purchase, but you still want to keep the book, you may be able to negotiate a partial refund with the seller.

If you purchased your book through the UK, French, German, or Italian site, the seller is required to accept your return request, but the return will still be processed directly through the seller rather than through AbeBooks.

How does shipping work for AbeBooks purchases?

Because of AbeBooks’ model, each seller sets his or her own shipping and handling charges and methods. When you search for a book, you’ll be able to see the shipping price underneath the price of the book. Depending on the seller, you may be able to upgrade your shipping to an expedited method for an extra charge. Shipping is calculated as a specific charge for the first book, then a separate charge for each additional book. If you order an extremely heavy book or a set consisting of multiple books, which will be more expensive to ship, the seller may put in a notification of extra charges in order to cover the fees. You'll have up to four days to accept or reject the request; you'll not be charged unless you accept the request, and after four days, it'll be automatically rejected. If you choose to reject the charges, the seller will have the option to cancel the order or ship at the original price.

Does AbeBooks offer international shipping?

Because sellers on AbeBooks set their own shipping rates and methods, the availability of international shipping varies from seller to seller. You can set your destination country before looking through search results to make sure you get an accurate idea of how expensive shipping will be. AbeBooks also has UK, German, French, Italian, Australian, and Canadian sites that can make it easier to place an international order.

What’s the best way to get a great deal on my book purchase?

  • Check AbeBooks’ sale section to see what kinds of books are being discounted from certain sellers. These sellers partner with AbeBooks so they can easily advertise their heavily discounted books sitewide! If you’re just looking for an interesting next read, it’s a great idea to look through the sale section.

  • Look at Savings.com to make sure you have a great AbeBooks coupon code that can be used on your upcoming purchase. Though the AbeBooks model makes it easy to find books that are already discounted, there’s nothing wrong with getting an extra few dollars off your next books.

  • Follow AbeBooks across its various social media platforms to get information on new and bestselling books. AbeBooks updates profiles on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google Plus, and Instagram, so no matter where you have an account, you can find AbeBooks.

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