Frequently Asked Questions
I have a few books that I want to sell. How can I find
out how much they are worth?
AbeBooks cannot provide book valuations and we do not buy books. AbeBooks is an online marketplace where thousands of independent booksellers from around the world list their books for sale. We don’t sell, buy, or hold stock ourselves.
For help evaluating your book(s), consider the following:
If you don’t yet know which inventory management method you will be using, we recommend starting with HomeBase, AbeBooks’ free inventory management software. If you prefer not to use HomeBase and you don’t already have your own database, you can use our Online Inventory Management System to easily add, update, and categorize your listings directly through your AbeBooks bookseller account. (Note that the Online Inventory Management System can only be accessed after your bookseller account has been activated.)
If you have your own database already, confirm that it complies with AbeBooks data requirements. When your file is ready, complete our Bookseller Application and we will process it as quickly as possible. As soon as your account is activated, simply upload your first inventory file and contact Customer Support for further assistance.
Monthly Subscription Rates:
Our monthly subscription fees are based on the number of books you hav online and start at just US $25.00 per month.
Note: Once your application has been processed and your bookseller account activated, monthly subscription fees are immediately applicable. The minimum monthly fee of US $25.00 applies even if you have zero books online. Review the Subscription Rates.
An 8% commission fee is applied to all sales, including shipping and any extra charges. There is a minimum commission of US $0.50 per book and a maximum commission of US $40.00 per book.
External Payment Service Fee:
A variety of payment methods (including credit cards) may be used by buyers to purchase on our Web Sites and these payments will be processed by our external payment service provider. For credit card transactions, an external payment service fee of 5.5% of the total item amount is charged for the first $500 ($1-500) and 3.5% on the subsequent value ($501 and beyond).
Our customizable Shipping Matrix is unique within the bookselling industry and is designed to meet the needs of booksellers in the international marketplace. The shipping matrix is pre-populated with default shipping rates and speeds for both domestic and international destinations. However, once your bookseller application has been processed and your account is activated, we strongly encourage you to adjust your matrix to best suit your specific business needs.
Note that it is not possible to opt out of shipping internationally. As a global marketplace, all AbeBooks booksellers are expected to accept all orders, regardless of shipping destination.
A variety of payment methods (including credit cards) may be used by buyers to purchase on our Web Sites and these payments will be processed by our external payment service provider.
The Acceptable Payment Methods form, available after your bookseller account is activated, allows you to tell us which additional payment methods you will accept from buyers on the AbeBooks Web sites. These options (e.g. check, money order, PayPal, etc.), will be displayed to buyers during the purchase process. You can update your additional payment options at any time.
You may receive payment weekly by electronic funds transfer (EFT), if available. If not available you may be paid monthly by an alternative method.
We are unable to accept files until your application is processed and your bookseller account is activated.
Shortly after completing your AbeBooks application, our Registrations team will review and confirm the information you provided.
If your application is complete, it will be processed and your bookseller account will be activated and we will notify you by sending a 'Welcome' email. This note also provides details about your AbeBooks bookseller account and a summary of features on the AbeBooks website.
If our Registrations team has any questions, they may contact you by telephone or email prior to activating your account.
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