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Consolidated Shipping Information

How to consolidate your shipping and save

Purchase more than one item from the same seller and receive shipping discounts.

  • Place a purchase item (excludes rentals) listed by an independent seller in your cart.
  • Receive discounted shipping for each additional item you purchase from that same seller.
  • Find items by browsing or searching a particular seller's inventory.
  • Purchase books, music, or movies from sellers anywhere in the world.
  • Ship only to U.S. addresses.
  • Discounts are applied on a per-order basis.

Consolidated shipping overview

Consolidated shipping in detail

Consolidated shipping rates

Consolidated shipping overview

A quick introduction

Consolidated shipping enables you to receive discounted shipping and handling when purchasing from our independent sellers and shipping to U.S. addresses. The first item you purchase from an independent seller is charged a standard shipping rate, but each additional item you purchase from that seller in that same order is shipped at a discounted rate. In addition, all of the items are usually shipped together in the same package by the seller.

Because rental items are shipped via the faster Trackable Expedited shipping method, rentals are ineligible for consolidated shipping.

TIP FOR YOU: Because rental items may be available for less, and because their return shipping at the end of their rental period is free, you may still wish to consider whether renting items is best for you.

If you purchase items from more than one seller, you will be charged the standard rate for the first item ordered from each seller. Shipping discounts are applied for all additional items purchased from each independent seller. Please note that if you purchase a combination of books and music, or movies you will be charged the first item rate for the book, and the additional item rate for any other books, movies, or music in your order. The shipping rates are lower for music and movies.

Find items for purchase from a single seller

Consolidated shipping applies to book, music, and movie purchases shipping to U.S. addresses. Merely search our site for your first item. Once you've located the item you want to purchase, click the Add to Cart button. Then you need at least one more item for purchase from the same seller to qualify for consolidated shipping. So click the name of the seller to access their online seller store. Then use the search fields provided to search their inventory for other items that interest you. Once you find another item for purchase, add it to your cart, where consolidated shipping will automatically be calculated.

Because they all ship via Trackable Expedited shipping, rentals are ineligible for consolidated shipping.

All transactions guaranteed

You can rest assured that Alibris stands behind our independent sellers with a money-back guarantee that ensures your satisfaction. You can also find each seller's reliability rating associated with any item they list on our site.

About our independent sellers

Our network of independent sellers expands our already-extensive selection of books, music, and movies. Thousands of sellers from around the world have registered with us in order to sell or rent their inventory on our Web site. Alibris offers more than 100 million titles, thanks in part to our partnership with neighborhood bookstores and mom-and-pop music, and movie sellers. You help support independent sellers when you purchase their merchandise through Alibris.

Consolidated shipping in detail

Multiple sellers in one purchase

If you purchase items from more than one seller, you will be charged the standard rate for the first item ordered from each seller. Shipping discounts are applied for all additional items purchased from each independent seller. Each seller ships their items separate from those ordered from other sellers.

Items that ship from Alibris

Consolidated shipping applies to items you purchase from independent sellers through our marketplace. However, you'll also find many book, music, and movie selections that are stocked in our warehouses and ship directly from Alibris. Read more about our shipping policy and prices for these items.

How shipping refunds work

If you need to return a book that was sent to you by a seller via consolidated shipping, please review our returns policy.

Non-U.S. seller eligibility

You can order items from sellers around the world through Alibris. Our consolidated shipping policy applies to items purchased from sellers anywhere in the world, as long as the items ship to addresses inside the United States.

Consolidated shipping rates

Regular shipping rates

With an order shipping within the United States, the first item purchased from each independent seller is charged a standard shipping and handling charge. Items purchased in addition to the first item from each seller in an order are charged a discounted shipping and handling charge. Please note that if you purchase a combination of books and either music, or movies you will be charged the first item rate for the book, and the additional item rate for any other books, movies, or music in your order. The shipping rates are lower for music and movies. Read more about our shipping policy and prices.

Because they all ship via Trackable Expedited shipping, rentals are ineligible for consolidated shipping.

Rush shipping rates

For packages shipping within the United States via expedited shipping, we charge a standard shipping and handling charge for the first item purchased from each independent seller and then a discounted shipping and handling charge for each additional item from that seller within the same purchase. Please note that if you order a combination of books and music or movies, you will be charged the first item rate for the book, and the additional item rate for any other books, movies, or music items in your order. The shipping rates are lower for music and movies. Read more about our shipping policy and prices .

Non-U.S. shipping rates

For packages shipping to Canada via Canadian shipping, we charge a standard shipping and handling charge for the first item purchased from each independent seller and then a discounted shipping and handling charge for each additional item purchased from that seller within the same order. Because of our shipping methods, consolidated shipping discounts are not available for items shipping to addresses outside the U.S. and Canada. Read more about our shipping policy and prices .

Why not free?

Free shipping is available when you purchase at least $49 worth of items that display our Super Value shipping truck. Super Value Shipping isn't available on items that ship from independent sellers. We offer consolidated shipping as a way to make shipping discounts available when you purchase from sellers, but free shipping isn't available on orders from sellers because they ship directly to you and pay their own shipping expenses. Fortunately, many sellers charge reduced rates for their merchandise, making shipping and handling charges very affordable—especially on consolidated orders.

More questions? Go back to the main Help & Customer Service page or send e-mail to customer service .

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