PAYMENT, REFUND, SHIPPING AND BOOK GRADING POLICIES

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Refunds & Tax

 

All books are shipped with USPS Delivery Confirmation and Tracking numbers that can be viewed online at the USPS.com website. Returns for refund (less shipping) accepted for any reason within ten (10) days of book receipt. (Notice of return must precede shipment.) California Sales Tax at 8.25% is collected for all shipments within California.

Shipping Rates - Domestic (USA)

Titles shipped Priority within the Continental US only are $6.50 USD for the first book, and $6.50 for each book thereafter. Oversized books for Priority shipping are shipped by weight following notification starting at $10.75 per book. Books shipped Standard rate are $5.00 for the first book and $3.00 for each additional book.

Shipping Rates - Canada & International

International shipments to Japan, Australia and selected countries in the European Union for International Priority Mail (6 to 10 business day delivery) is $26.00 USD for one (1) book. Multiple books can be shipped either Priority or International 1st Class Mail.  We do not guarantee International 1st Class Mail shipments, but we include tracking information and shipments can be insured at Buyer's expense. A copy of the mailing confirmation with tracking is emailed to the Buyer.

                                          Canada Only - 1st Class Mail                                          2 - 3 weeks                                          18.00                                          5.00


Canada Only - Priority Mail (1 Book only) 6 -10 days 21.00 0.00  


EU - Int'l 1st Class Mail (1 - 3 Books) 3 to 8 weeks 26.00 13.00  


EU - Int'l Priority Mail (1 Book only) 6 to 10 Business Days 26.00 0.00  


EU - Int'l Priority Mail Box (2 - 3 Books) 6 to 10 Business Days 62.00 0.00  


US only - Express Mail (1 Book only) 1 to 2 Days 20.00 0.00  


US only - Express Mail (2-3 Books) 1 to 2 Days 45.00 0.00  


US only - Media Mail 7 to 10 Business days 5.00 3.00  


US only - Priority Mail 3 to 6 Business Days 6.50 7.00

Book Grading

Top Shelf Books.com adheres to the traditional bookseller's grading terms in our book grading descriptions that were originally propounded by the weekly periodical AB Bookman's Weekly, which was published until 1999. However, with the advent of the internet, search engines and book listing website portals such as Amazon.com, we have expanded the classic grading terms to include terms more searchable on the World Wide Web and compatible with eCommerce.

 

"Always bear in mind that a bookseller's reputation and credibility are his most valuable assets, and accurate description preserves that credibility." - AB Bookman's Weekly

 

Very fine/New: Book and jacket are without defects. Essentially a new and/or unread book in crisp condition.
Fine/As New: Book and jacket show light handling and/or shelfwear, but pages are clean, crisp, boards are straight and jacket is without defects. A book can be an unread copy but still graded as Fine only in that it's an older book with age-related shelfwear. (Minor defects, if any, are noted.)
Near Fine/Very Good: Moderate handling, normal shelfwear and any defects are noted.
Good: Wear with any one or all defects including jacket tears, textblock dents or stains, spine leaned, etc., are noted.
Fair: Heavy handling, damage and wear, all defects noted.
Poor: Usually an ex-library copy with paste-downs, damage, stains, etc. and usually reserved as a reading copy only. All defects noted. Book and jacket are without defects. Essentially a new and/or unread book in crisp condition. Book and jacket show light handling and/or shelfwear, but pages are clean, crisp, boards are straight and jacket is without defects. A book can be an unread copy but still graded as Fine only in that it's an older book with age-related shelfwear. (Minor defects, if any, are noted.) Moderate handling, normal shelfwear and any defects are noted. Wear with any one or all defects including jacket tears, textblock dents or stains, spine leaned, etc., are noted. Heavy handling, damage and wear, all defects noted. Usually an ex-library copy with paste-downs, damage, stains, etc. and usually reserved as a reading copy only. All defects noted.
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