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"Bad experience here. I've purchased 10 books and have received 6 in a time lapse of 3 years. It seems that there are very bad vendors or those vendors have thieves as employees... and those thieves never send the books!I am very disappointed with their service because I'm never sure if I will get them or not. From those 4 times I lost books, only in two occasions I got a refund.Very risky..."
"I placed the order with Wonder Books and received it in 5 days. The other books came from Bookhouse and I received them in 8 days. I am very pleased with the service and the books were exactly as described. The price was great. THANKS ABEBOOKS AND SELLERS! I will be doing future business and pass the word to my family and friends."
"After reading the reviews, I was fairly scared since I ordered the book before I saw the reviews. I ordered a book for college. I found it for cheap on AbeBooks and selected the 2-6 days shipping. It shipped right away. The expected date it said for arrival was on or before February 9th. It got here February 2nd. The order was sent on January 31st so I'm very satisfied with how soon it came, as well as the condition it arrived in. Overall, no complaints and excellent service. The bookseller was Stjoebooks."
"I ordered my textbooks before finding and reading these reviews. After reading them, I was very nervous about losing my money to some scammer or such. However, I ordered on a late Monday night and my textbooks were delivered to my home early Thursday morning(with expedited shipping). I also went through 3 different sellers and received them all the same day. I suppose there may be some fraudulent sellers out there, but mine were great! SUPER FAST ship and delivery and nice packaging. They were all brand new, exactly as described. Not to mention the prices for the sonography books run between $150-$360 each. I bought all four of my textbooks for about $320. AWESOME! Saved me tons. THANKS ABEBOOKS AND SELLERS! Will do future business with them."
"The book never came, and they require you to wait until a week after the book was supposed to arrive before you say that it is missing. And I'm not talking about after the estimated delivery date. I mean the last possible date that the order should possibly be getting there. 3 weeks later (after choosing a standard shipping option), I have not seen the book or heard anything about it. I have already missed two assignments in my class. I'm now paying $25 more to get the book from amazon with faster shipping, and it is worth it!"
"Terrible experience!!!! I never had dealt with such ignorant customer service ever. First of all, they charged me 10$ for shipping and handling. Well that was fine, until they sent me a wrong book with a wrong ISBN. Once I contacted them they wanted to accept the book and try to deal with the fact that it is "similar but not the same" book. Finally after almost 5 days of e-mailing back and forth, they finally accepted to refund the book, but they won't refund the shipping & handling, they want me to pay for the return shipping, and as they told me some extra charges "may" apply. Seriously??? It is just a rip-off..... Terrible Business! With no business ethics at all !"
"I encountered a fraudulent seller who never shipped the book. To their credit, AbeBooks refunded my money promptly. One drawback is that you have to wait a whole month before you can pursue a non-delivery claim. Another drawback is that they don't have user reviews of sellers which may encourage fraudulent sellers to set up shop. Since they refunded my money, I'll probably give them another chance but I will definitely research other sellers."
"I ordered a book from Abe's and paid $6.99 extra for expedited shipping. However, when I received the shipping notice it indicated it would take 10 days/8 business days to deliver. Only after several e-mail complaints did Abe's agree to ship in 8 days/6 business days. I received the book today. It came via regular mail 7 days after my order. It is pretty apparent that Abe's is pocketing most of the shipping charge and using an inexpensive delivery service regardless of delivery time. "
"I placed in error (warning! Things stay in your cart on the website for months - causing inadvertent orders) then immediately canceled an order through Abe Books. Though the bookseller wrote and said it was canceled, they then shipped the book in error. I returned it (at my own expense) and apparently they are refunding my money. HOWEVER Abe Books was the one that had to ok and do the refund and they were difficult, slow, and I had to explain the situation in numerous (over a dozen) emails, over a long period (a month). I do not recommend this website for used books because I found the customer service to be wanting. It's you against them (Abe and bookseller) and you have to fight both, with them passing responsibility back and forth. Amazon used books is better - at least Amazon offers fair customer service."
"Horrible - do not buy from this site. Ordered and was charged for three books - received only one. Did not respond to three separate emails. You're basically just giving your money away."
"In the middle of trying to get my book. Post office says it is in Michigan ( I am in NC).Keep getting automated responses that say don't reply to me. Horrible expoerience. Will NEVER use them again. kiss your money goodbye. They are a scam. "
"Ordered two textbooks 3 days before class started. Not only were they new and in perfect condition from traveling from halfway across the world, I got them in just 5 days as expected. I was worried after the bad reviews but $75 dollars versus $535 dollars at a college bookstore was worth the risk. I posted this because I figure only the upset customers post reviews, and how many who actually get their order right on time and have no problems take the time to post? Excellent transaction and I will definitely do it again."
"I bought "Understanding Exposure : How to Shoot Great Photog" from abebooks.com.It has been 30 days but I didn't receive the book. It has exceeded the due date of the shipping."
"I would strongly recommend against this bookseller. I ordered a book listed as in "good" condition, and specifically noting "Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use." Fully HALF of the pages were completely missing! When I contacted Abebooks for a refund, I was told that I'd have to return the book at my own expense (and they recommend doing that with tracking, which of course boosts the shipping expense considerably) and it was left completely in the individual seller's hands whether to refund return shipping, but they would if they agreed that the book wasn't in the condition described -- so I shipped it back, confident that they'd agree once they saw. Nope, they only refunded my original purchase amount, which means that essentially my entire refund was eaten up by return shipping. I'm out nearly the entire cost of the book despite having received a completely unusable book, and unlike Amazon, Abebooks takes no responsibility for their individual sellers if you're dissatisfied."
"Horrible experience. Worst in my many years of online shopping experience!! Even contacted abebooks and the reseller for refund but nothing! Paid for "priority" shipping $46 on a $98 order and yet one month later the parcel did not arrive and when I ask for refund, the conditions attached make it worthless to ask for the refund. They never refund the whole amount anyway. So this means that once you paid them, some of the money is sure to remain theirs. Never had such a problem with amazon. First time i used abebooks, and I am extremely disappointed. They do not even try to keep a good image with customers, replying bluntly and not making an effort to solve your issue. They cannot refund your money, that's it. They do not care about anything else. Oh of course they will refund part of your money, IF you send the item back to them in shorter time than they sent it to u under "priority shipping" and even then after you take off the shipping cost, the refund is worthless... One word: Crap. Do not put your money in such a dangerous place..."
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