To ensure a successful selling experience and high customer satisfaction, all booksellers are expected to adhere to the Bookseller Policies, outlined below. As a global marketplace, all AbeBooks' booksellers must comply with global regulations as outlined in the AbeBooks Bookseller Agreement, the Bookseller Policies, or the Returns policy. Being familiar with these policies will answer most questions you have about selling on the AbeBooks websites.
Items booksellers can list on AbeBooks:
AbeBooks accepts all book listings for sale on the websites. It is the bookseller's responsibility to ensure listings comply with AbeBooks' policies. Listing violations may result in removal of listings, account suspension, or termination of selling privileges.
International Edition Textbooks are permitted for sale as long as the following requirements are met:
Teachers' Editions, Instructors' Editions, Study Guides, and Solutions Manuals are permitted for sale as long as the following requirements are met:
Print on Demand listings are items that are not in printed form at the time of order. Print on Demand listings are permitted for sale as long as the following requirements are met:
Ebooks are permitted for sale as long as the following requirements are met:
Booksellers are permitted to reject refund requests on delivered Ebooks when the reason selected is 'Buyer does not want item', as long as the description includes the following statement: 'Refund requests for 'Buyer does not want item' after an Ebook has been received will not be accepted.'
Ephemera listings are permitted for sale on the AbeBooks' websites and refer to any written or printed matter meant to be used for a short time. Ephemera items permitted for sale on AbeBooks include:
Other non-book listings will be defined as Ephemera at the sole discretion of AbeBooks.
Photocopies, scanned copies, or printed copies of digital content are permitted for sale as long as the following requirements are met:
Audio books are permitted for sale as long as the following requirements are met:
Booksellers are not permitted to list other forms of media products on the AbeBooks websites, i.e. music CDs, movie DVDs, among others.
Items booksellers cannot list on AbeBooks:
Certain items are not permitted on the AbeBooks websites. AbeBooks reserves the right to remove any listing that we determine to be unacceptable in our sole discretion and to terminate booksellers' selling privileges for any reason, including for booksellers who fail to remove an item upon request or relist an item after it has been removed.
Items with the following attributes are not permitted for sale on AbeBooks websites:
Prelisting items that have not yet been made available to the public is not permitted. AbeBooks may, from time to time, invite some booksellers to prelist certain titles. This is at AbeBooks' sole discretion.
Specific Listing Violations:
We encourage booksellers to use a quantity field, to list multiple copies of an item. The use of a quantity field is an option available to all booksellers.
If a bookseller has multiple copies of any item, the following guidelines must be followed:
AbeBooks offers booksellers several locations to enter key information that assist with book sales. All information listed in these fields must be true and accurate and provided only in the fields designated for it. I.e. book descriptions must include only information related to the item being sold. No fields can contain information contradictory to AbeBooks' Bookseller Agreement, the Bookseller Policies, or the Returns policy.
Terms of Sale:
Booksellers should use the Terms of Sale field to state their business policies, information required by European Union consumer regulations, other applicable consumer regulations, and other important information potential buyers should know. The Terms of Sale are viewable via the book details page, the bookseller's Storefront and the Shopping Basket.
The Shipping Terms field allows booksellers to communicate their shipping information to buyers. This can include how items are packaged and whether pricing includes tracking. Shipping Terms are viewable on the book details page and on the bookseller's Storefront.
Booksellers may not redirect buyers away from AbeBooks to an alternative sales channel. Email addresses, phone numbers, and website URLs are permitted only in the fields specifically intended for them. Booksellers found to be redirecting customers as an alternative to completing a purchase via AbeBooks are subject to suspension or termination of selling privileges.
To maximize customer satisfaction, AbeBooks expects booksellers to process and ship all orders within 48 hours of receipt. Credit Card orders not processed after 96 hours will automatically cancel and will count as unfulfilled orders in the Completion Rate calculation. Bookseller direct orders not processed after 96 hours will automatically confirm as a processed order. Rejection of orders based on shipping location is strictly prohibited. Rejection of orders for books listed with a pricing error will count as unfulfilled orders in the Completion Rate calculation. Contacting a buyer directly to offer an item listed with a pricing error at a new price is strictly prohibited. Booksellers are responsible for ensuring delivery within the timeframe quoted to the buyer and in the condition described online.
Booksellers are permitted to have multiple ship-from locations for their account as long as the following conditions are met:
Providing tracking details for all orders is highly recommended, and in some cases AbeBooks may require a bookseller to use tracking for their shipments. When tracking information is unavailable, AbeBooks may temporarily suspend booksellers' listings while we request proof of shipment for quality assurance purposes.
AbeBooks may immediately suspend or terminate the selling privileges of any bookseller required to ship with tracking who stops supplying tracking information for orders placed with them.
Booksellers are required to accept returns, when initiated within 30 days of the estimated delivery date, for all reasons under AbeBooks' Return Policy. Refund amounts are based on the return reason. If the return reason cannot be determined, the minimum required refund amount is equal to the book price. Charging a restocking fee for any return is strictly prohibited.
Definitions of Return Reasons and Corresponding Reimbursement Amounts:
'Buyer does not want item' orders placed on AbeBooks.com:
'Buyer does not want item' orders placed on AbeBooks.co.uk, AbeBooks.de, AbeBooks.fr, AbeBooks.it, or IberLibro.com:
'Buyer does not want item' Ebook orders, regardless of domain:
'Item did not arrive':
'Item was damaged':
'Item not as described':
'Incorrect item delivered':
'Order accepted in error':
'Buyer cancelled before shipping':
All returns, regardless of payment method, are subject to the return policies as outlined above, and must be processed via the AbeBooks online system. Failure to process a refund for a returned book is strictly prohibited. All refunds must be issued via the same payment method originally used to pay for the order.
Booksellers are also required to provide a refund in cases where a book is unclaimed, returned due to an incomplete address, returned to sender, or similar reason. Any bookseller found to have received returns for which no refund has been issued, and/or no resolution attempt made, is subject to suspension or termination of selling privileges.
Reporting a Missing Shipment:
When a return has been initiated by the buyer, it is the responsibility of the bookseller to report a missing shipment online if they don’t receive the book back within 28 days of initiation for domestic orders, or 77 days for international orders.
The timeline for reporting a Missing Shipment is as follows:
When a missing shipment is reported, AbeBooks Customer Support will contact the buyer to ask for tracking information. If tracking information is not provided, the return is cancelled. We recommend that booksellers wait at least 21 days before notifying AbeBooks of a missing shipment in order to allow the book adequate time to arrive.
Return Dispute Resolution:
All return disputes are to be handled between the bookseller and buyer. Returns should be processed online once a resolution is reached. AbeBooks does not participate in dispute negotiations, but booksellers must act in accordance with all AbeBooks policies, guidelines, and the Bookseller Agreement, or risk termination of selling privileges from the AbeBooks websites.
Credit Card Chargebacks:
Any chargeback received where payment has been accepted by our external payment service provider may be debited against a bookseller’s account by our external payment service provider. A chargeback is a reversal of funds on a Credit Card by the credit card issuing bank. Chargebacks occur when a cardholder contacts their bank to initiate a return of the funds paid for an order.
AbeBooks will always attempt to contact a bookseller prior to applying a chargeback to their account. In some cases, this investigation provides the details required (such as shipping information) to cause the chargeback to be refuted with the buyer’s payment card company and avoids having the chargeback passed on to the bookseller.
AbeBooks will not cause a bookseller's account to be debited when a chargeback is the result of actual fraud. AbeBooks fraud protection applies only to credit card transactions processed by our external payment service provider and is based on the information received in the AbeBooks Checkout process.
AbeBooks monitors bookseller performance in order to ensure customer satisfaction. The required standards for bookseller participation are based on Completion Rate, Return Rate, and Inquiry Response. Failure to meet AbeBooks’ minimum performance standards will result in suspension or termination of selling privileges.
Completion rate is based on order completion, calculated by the number of ordered items minus the number rejected and returned, divided by the total number of ordered items.
The minimum required standards for Completion are:
Completion rate is calculated based on a rolling six-month period, updated on the 1st and 15th of every month.
Booksellers are required to maintain a return rate of 5% or less.
Return reasons included in the return rate calculation are:
Booksellers are required to respond to all inquiries from buyers, potential buyers, and AbeBooks staff within two business days.
Communication with customers, fellow booksellers and AbeBooks staff must be professional at all times. Communication that is derogatory or discriminatory in any way, or that includes language that is abusive or threatening, is strictly prohibited.
Contact and Account Information
Booksellers are required to keep their contact and account information up to date at all times. AbeBooks reserves the right to temporarily remove listings and withhold payment to accounts with incomplete or inaccurate account information.
Contact information must be accurate and current at all times. Required information is marked with an*:
Valid contact information is necessary so both buyers and AbeBooks can contact booksellers. Information required by European Union consumer regulations must be included in your Terms of Sale.
Contact information is not permitted in listings.
Booksellers must also keep all account information current, including the following. Required information is marked with an *:
If non-required contact or account information is provided, it must be kept current.
Direct Debit for Fees:
Some booksellers located in Europe have the ability to pay fees via SEPA Direct Debit from European bank accounts denominated in Euros. Booksellers paying seller fees via direct debit, by providing AbeBooks with their bank account information, authorize:
As a part of your rights, booksellers may be entitled to a refund from their bank under the terms and conditions of the agreement with the bank. A refund must be claimed within 8 weeks starting from the date on which the account was debited.