More and more people are transitioning their business online and bookstores are no exception. Just try searching for ‘cheap books‘ on Facebook or Instagram and you’ll see the large variety of books available. No worries, though. Below are Facebook book shopping tips to help you get started.
Look for the best price
Window shop! A lot. And since you’ll be doing all the shopping online, you can cover many store/seller pages with minimum effort. Remember to not skip the book groups and forums. Most of these Facebook book communities have ‘looking for‘ message boards where members can post book title(s) they are looking to purchase and the amount they are willing to pay. Just make sure you check the groups’ posting guidelines first if there are any.
Always check bookstore or seller reviews! Do your due diligence. As much as possible, I only buy from verified accounts and I also limit the information I provide to the seller. For instance, I rarely give out my home address so I always go for branch pick-up instead of door delivery or I use my office address.
Consider shipping cost
One obvious catch of buying things online is the added shipping cost. One rule I follow is if the shipping cost is greater than the price of the book, I press pause. But, you can always check the more popular bookstore pages because they often have deals and some even cancel the shipping cost if you meet a certain purchase amount. Other independent booksellers offer meet-ups to cut the shipping cost. Both parties will have to agree on a date and place for this set-up to work.
Check return or refund policy
Return or refund policies may vary from bookseller to bookseller so be sure to confirm this detail from the get-go.
Ask for actual book pictures
Side story: I used to manage a bookstore account on Instagram and the picture requests I received varied from very specific to alarmingly weird. Anyway, don’t be afraid to ask for book pictures since it’s your right as a consumer to know the condition of the item you want to buy.
Facebook booksellers also now use the AB Bookman’s Weekly terms to describe the condition of the books that they sell. Some of the commonly used terms are:
- As New is self-explanatory. It means that the book is in the state that it should have been in when it left the publisher.
- Fine (F or FN) is As New but allowing for the normal effects of time on an unused book that has been protected. A fine book shows no damage.
- Very Good (VG) describes a book that is worn but untorn. For many collectors, this is the minimum acceptable condition for all but the rarest items. Any defects must be noted.
- Good (G) describes the condition of an average used worn book that is complete. Any defects must be noted.
- Fair shows wear and tear but all the text pages and illustrations or maps are present. It may lack endpapers, half-title, and even the title page. All defects must be noted.
- Poor describes a book that has the complete text but is so damaged that it is only of interest to a buyer who seeks a reading copy.
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