By Barbara Hagen • November 15, 2022
If you are like me, it's hard to believe that the holidays are upon us! The year has flown by and now it is time to turn our attention to family, food, faith, and festivities! The ThriftBooks team has worked hard all year long to build a best-in-class shopping experience for our valued customers. To help you learn about what is new, and maximize the value you can have from ThriftBooks.com, I've put together this list of "Holiday Hacks" for you to reference as you begin your holiday shopping now and in the weeks ahead.
A couple of weeks ago we officially launched our Gift List feature. This feature enables you to build and share a gift list with your friends and family. Now they can shop directly from your gift list with the items purchased sent directly to the address you specified. Avoid receiving gifts you don't really want. Instead, build your Gift List and share away!
Tip: You can easily turn an existing Wish List into a Gift List with a simple click of the "Share list" link located above the wish list! Then select your preferred shipping address and share away!
Tip #2: Within Gift List you can use "configure options" to select the book condition you desire. It's a great place to specify "New" if you want a New version of the book!
We have added two payment methods to provide additional payment options at checkout. First, is Pay Later, PayPal's "Pay in 4" option. For all carts over $30, you can select Pay Later and pay for your purchase in 4 easy payments. The second option is Venmo, for a convenient, mobile phone payment experience.
Tip: Fill up your cart with books, DVDs, Vinyl, Video games, or our new giftable items. All our products can be purchased with Pay Pal's Pay Later.
Tip #2: Pay Later is the perfect payment option when shopping our Collectibles section of rare and vintage books. You'll find unique books for every type of book lover and every gift budget level!
As most of you know, we have many non-book items available for sale on ThriftBooks.com. From DVDs and Blu-ray under Movies & TV to Video Games to our new giftable items under Gifts, there are gifts for everyone. Our Holiday Gift Guide has a wonderful, curated assortment of items, but you can also find suggestions in our new "Explore More" section, based upon what specific item you're viewing, like this:
Calling all Educators! Homeschooler, Childcare workers, K-16 teachers and staff, if you haven't yet joined our educator program, ThriftBooks 4 Teachers™, now is the time to do so! Verify your credentials and join (for free) and receive Literati status in our ReadingRewards® program plus every 5th book is free (up to $7). All day, every day. ThriftBooks 4 Teachers™ is a great way to leverage your teacher benefits into holiday shopping benefits!
Ease your holiday shipping worries with our new order shipment tracking communications. Emails and/or SMS will provide you with updates on your package from the moment it leaves our processing center to the moment it arrives at your house. You will also find relevant product recommendations and any new promotional offers in these messages as well. Of course, our award-winning Customer Service team is available with any questions you may have.
If your book arrived damaged or wasn't what you ordered, our new self-service returns portal, complete with a free return label, is available via your My Account page. Simply select the order number associated with the book(s) you need to return and follow the prompts from there.
In addition to all this newness we still have the core benefits of ThriftBooks.com. You can find more detail on most of these in my Holiday Helper blog from last year.
We know you have many options for your book purchases. The ThriftBooks team works incredibly hard in our five processing centers across the U.S. and from our corporate office to provide each of you a personalized and best in class shopping experience. We strive to be the best alternative to shopping at large, faceless online booksellers. Our Best Customer Service and Best Online Shop awards mean we have your back from beginning to end and we hope our over 1 million 5-star reviews on Trustpilot provides you with confidence while shopping ThriftBooks.com.
We are not perfect, but we are passionate about being perfect so if you have any issues or concerns, please contact us and we'll do our best to set it all right.