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FAQ Details

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  •  Do you have a store front?
At this time all of our business is conducted online.
 
  •  How do I find a book?
You can search our inventory of books using our new and improved search engine, located at the top of every page of our website. Just choose your search category (Author, Title or ISBN) from the drop-down menu to the right of the search bar, and enter your keywords. We’ll quickly chug through our inventory of more than 6 million used books and tell you what we have in stock.

You can also use the Browse menu, available from the navigation bar at the top of your screen. Select a major category and you will be taken to a landing page for that subject. Use the menu on the left side of your screen to select a sub-category, or just use the small search bar at the top of this section to search through only the books in your selected category.

Finally, give our Advanced Search form a try – you can find a link to it just below the main search bar.
 
  •  How do I place an order?
Purchasing books on our website is fast, easy and secure. First, locate the book you wish to purchase using the search bar located at the top of every page of our website. Once you have decided on the copy you want, you can either instantly add a pre-selected copy to your cart using the button to the right of the listing, or click on the “Choose a Copy” button to see all available options. From here, click on the green “add to cart” button for the copy you would like to purchase.

After you have added all the books you wish to purchase to your shopping cart, you can see the contents by clicking on the Shopping Cart box at the upper right hand corner of your screen. From here you can view your items, select a shipping method, add or delete items, or save your entire order to a Wish List. When you are ready to check out, simply click on the “checkout” button in the lower right corner of the shopping cart and follow the prompts. Remember that you will need to be signed in to your account to complete the order.
 
  •  What condition are your used books in?
Each book is individually rated by a Thrift Books staff member. Below are the different condition ratings and definitions:

  • * New: Just like it sounds. A brand-new, unused, unread copy in perfect condition.
  • * Like New: An apparently unread copy in perfect condition. Dust cover is intact; pages are clean and are not marred by notes or folds of any kind.
  • * Very Good: A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged.
  • * Good: A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include "From the library of" labels or previous owner inscriptions.
  • * Acceptable: A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact (the dust cover may be missing). Pages can include considerable notes--in pen or highlighter--but the notes cannot obscure the text.
 
  •  What is an ISBN?
ISBN is an acronym for International Standard Book Number. An ISBN is a ten- or thirteen-digit code used to identify a book. You can find the ISBN on the back of a book near the barcode or on the copyright page. Each book has its own unique ISBN.
 
  •  How does the Wish List work?
The Wish List is designed to allow you to save items that you are interested in purchasing for another day.

If you add an out-of-stock item to your Wish List, you will receive an automated email notifying you once that item is re-stocked and available for sale.

The Wish List can be found by clicking on the “Wish List” link at the top of your screen, or from the My Account page. You can control your Wish List email settings from here as well.

Click on the “Share” link at the top of your Wish List to generate a custom link that will point to a publicly viewable version of your Wish List. This is a great way to share your list with friends and family!
 
  •  Do you offer gift cards?
Yes! You can email a gift card instantly, or you can print out a copy to give to the lucky recipient in person. To place an order for a gift card in any amount, click here.

For complete terms and conditions, click here.
 
  •  I ordered a gift card for someone but they never got the email.
You can find all the information regarding a gift card order by clicking on the My Account tab located at the top of your screen. Click on the Order History link, and look for your Gift Card orders below the list of book orders. You can also make sure the email address is correct and resend the email from this page, or even print out a hard copy.
 
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