5 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Used Book on Amazon

February 23, 2013
  1. imagesAlways read the seller’s feedback.  Look for a five-star seller but also read the comments.  If there are negative or neutral comments, don’t just take them at face value.  They are there so you can decide whether you can trust the seller.
  2. Make sure you know exactly what you are buying and understand any defects.  If you have any questions, contact the seller before you make the purchase.  If the seller doesn’t bother to respond or doesn’t satisfy you, stay away.  Don’t buy from somebody who doesn’t treat you and your question with respect.
  3. Don’t automatically choose a book with free shipping.  Sellers using Amazon’s FBA program allows them to offer free shipping, a great deal, but they have to raise their book prices to compensate for the additional Amazon fees.  You will often find a book in better quality at a better price if you just scroll down past all the free shipping choices.
  4. Know your seller’s return policy before you make your purchase.  As before, if you have any questions, email the seller.
  5. Last and most important, keep in mind that good feedback is essential for Amazon sellers.  If you are unhappy, don’t just post bad feedback.  That won’t help YOU at all.  Contact the buyer and ask them to resolve the issue.  Be respectful and expect the same.  Bad feedback should only be the last resort.  Remember that you can only hold the seller responsible for their processing time, not the shipping time.  That is out of their control.

Most Amazon sellers (especially me!) want to treat their customers exactly the same way they want themselves to be treated.  I hope your shopping experiences will all be great!


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