I've never used Abebooks before and like most companies their reviews could be a bit hit and miss, although to be fair most of the experience comes from the seller. I contacted a couple of sellers, one of which didn't reply at all and the other replied virtually the same day. I bought from seller Better World Books (a US based company), they replied to all my emails and eased my concerns over condition. I'm from the UK and the book I ordered arrived well within the 7-14 day estimation and was in excellent condition, better than I hoped for, and at a crazily good price. I couldn't praise them enough to be honest.
If you're at all worried about buying from the site, I would advise contacting the seller of your chosen book first, even if it's just an email to check they have it in stock, you can gauge a lot from their communication.
Since I didn't have any problems, there wasn't any need to contact Abebooks so I can't speak of their customer service really, although I do find their site easy to use and fast. Having developed in-house systems myself I like that they develop their sites in-house so they should be fast to address any technical issues. I couldn't find anywhere to leave seller feedback on the site so if you're listening Abebooks, put it to the top of your todo list.
Very pleased to find this company. I buy a lot of books second-hand from Amazon and charity shops, but I wanted a book I'd read over 30 years ago and was out of print. Abebooks had it and sold it for an incredibly small price. It was three times as much at the American Amazon site plus P&P so really glad I found them. It arrived just three days after I'd ordered it too, pretty good going I think! I will definitely use them again as they have a very comprehensive list of older books not available elsewhere.
As a resource for finding rare books it is right up there. However, as a marketplace it can be sadly lacking. The majority of books i source here are from overseas, and the whole concept of accurate pricing is lost on abebooks - so, you are often at the mercy of the book seller over "additional charges". How hard can it be to reflect accurate shipping charges? eBay manages it just fine....
I Have waited for 70days, the shipment limet where 55days...and I still haven't received the book. I wrote them and the asked me to wait til a week after, i did and now the wont anwser my mails. I got a BAD servis from Abebooks.co.uk
They say that they will buy back your book and when you decide that the price is ok-ish and you go ahead, when you get to the check out they then say that they will only buy-back a minimum amount of 15 books! Who has 15 books to sell!! :S
i used this store a lot for books that were unavailable or too expensive from other book stores. it was always reliable delivery varied as the books came from different sellers but it always generally informed you of this in the description. if you need a book urgently (as in the next couple of days) this website is probably not for you but i've not had too many problems
Abebooks har forbindelse til antikvariater i størstedelen af verden, så man kan finde næsten alt hvad hjertet kan begære. Hjemmesiden er enkel at bruge, man får hurtigt bekræftelse på om en bog kan skaffes, og man kan følge hele forløbet via sin konto hos abebooks. Ens betaling trækkes først i det øjeblik leverandøren har bekræftet over for abebooks at bogen er afsendt. Jeg har aldrig oplevet svigt eller dårlig behandling.
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