AbeBooks.com sells you book for cheap but under the hood charges you out of the country transaction which incurs some more finance charge on your credit card. Beware. Compare the costs before buying from US seller and AbeBooks.com (even if marketplace seller is from US). In their policy it says NO-WHERE that they'll charge you from outside the country. They get you by showing you the amount in US$ and charges you in foreign transaction. And also no to mention, dont expect to get any resolution to that.
Thursday, May 22nd 2008 10:25 PM
I'd suggest only buying from sellers who have a 5 star fulfillment rating. Anything less and ignore them altogether.
Thursday, February 9th 2006 8:42 PM
If you want to buy book from them. Make sure you buy at least 1 months ahead of the time that you need the book. I have just ordered a book, and it took them 4 days to just process the credit card payment. Don't know how long would it take for their "over night" shipment to get to me .
Wednesday, January 11th 2006 10:20 AM
Abebooks is really just a searchable inventory of thousands of independent used book sellers, so some of their problems stem from the fact that these used book sellers do not always have up to date information on inventories, etc. I have had orders cancelled or partially cancelled due to a book no longer being available or being mis-listed. However, most of my transactions with them have been smooth and their inventory is amazing. Their prices are generally really good too (often beating used prices on Amazon & BN), but I suggest always checking around. If the new price is within a few dollars of used, I typically go with the big guys for the free and more predictable. Overall I recommend them and use them myself fairly often (esp. when time is NOT of the essence).
Thursday, September 29th 2005 8:56 PM
I placed an order for 6 books, out of which they have cancelled the order of 1 book as they couldnt find it in stock at the booksellers. 4 out of the 5 books have taken over 10 days to come despete paying over 30 bucks for expedited shipping wihtin 4-8 business days. They are unable to provide a tracking number so I wonder whats going on. On requesting a tracking number they send a weird mail saying that its not their responsibilty. The booksellers reply is that expedited shipping can take over 21 days !!! I dint know I am paying more money for shipping with out getting the service in return. I also ordered 2 books from Barnes and noble and got the books within 4 days of placing order without paying any shipping charge so that was standard shipping and still got it in 4 days. I can understand delays but not irresponsible replies to simple requests like tracking number. Why should i suffer in class despite paying ecpedited shipping charges..!!!
Friday, January 28th 2005 12:17 AM
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