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Alibris Help: Shipping & Delivery

A shipping snapshot: how it works and how to save

  • Items ship from thousands of independent sellers or from an Alibris warehouse.
  • Shipping methods are selected during checkout.
  • Expedited shipping is available for most sellers.
  • Items from sellers outside the U.S. or Canada will take longer to reach you.
  • Items displaying the SVS truck are eligible for free shipping to U.S. addresses.
  • Shipping discounts are applied when you purchase more than one item from the same seller in the same order.

Shipping & handling rates

Delivery times

Expedited shipping

Consolidated shipping

More help

 More questions? Visit our Help & Customer Service page or e-mail Customer Service.

 Books, music, and movies shipping from Alibris

To contiguous U.S. addresses
FREE!
Super Value ShippingItems displaying the Super Value Shipping truck icon are eligible for free shipping.
3-4 business days* Free for eligible items when you order at least $49.00 of eligible items
Standard 3-4 business days* Books: $3.99
Music & movies: $3.99
Books: $2.99
Music & movies: $2.49
Trackable Expedited 2-4 business days* Books: $7.99
Music & movies: $7.19
Books: $5.99
Music & movies: $4.99
Two Day Air 2-3 business days Books: $14.99
Music & movies: $9.99
Books: $11.99
Music & movies: $7.99
One Day Air 1-2 business days Books: $19.99
Music & movies: $19.99
Books: $16.99
Music & movies: $10.99
To Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. protectorate, P.O. box, and APO/FPO addresses
FREE!
Super Value ShippingItems displaying the Super Value Shipping truck icon are eligible for free shipping.
4-28 days** Free for eligible items when you order at least $49.00 of eligible items
Standard 4-28 days** Books: $3.99
Music & movies: $3.99
Books: $2.99
Music & movies: $2.49
*may be delayed in transit up to 30 calendar days
**may be delayed in transit up to 45 calendar days

 Books, music, and movies shipping from an independent seller

The first item from each seller is charged as noted below. Purchase additional items from the same seller to receive consolidated shipping discounts (excludes rentals).

To contiguous U.S. addresses
Standard 4-14 days* Books: $3.99
Music & movies: $3.99
Books: $2.99
Music & movies: $2.49
Trackable Expedited for rentals 3-8 days*** All items: $7.99
All items: $7.99
Trackable Expedited 3-8 days*** Books: $7.99
Music & movies: $7.19
Books: $5.99
Music & movies: $4.99
Two Day Air 2 business days Books: $14.99
Music & movies: $9.99
Books: $11.99
Music & movies: $7.99
To Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. protectorate, P.O. box, and APO/FPO addresses
Standard 4-28 days** Books: $3.99
Music & movies: $3.99
Books: $2.99
Music & movies: $2.49
*may be delayed in transit up to 30 calendar days
**may be delayed in transit up to 45 calendar days
***may be delayed in transit up to 14 calendar days

 Books, music, and movies shipping to Canada**

The first item from each seller is charged as noted below. Order additional items from the same seller to receive consolidated shipping discounts.

From Alibris or an independent seller
Canadian 7-14 days* Books: $10.99
Music & movies: $3.99
Books: $6.49
Music & movies: $3.49
*may be delayed in transit up to 30 calendar days
**If you receive delivery of an order at an address outside the United States, you may be subject to import duties and taxes. You are responsible for these and related charges.

 Books, music, and movies shipping outside the U.S. and Canada**

From Alibris or an independent seller
Standard International 3-4 weeks* Books: $14.99
Music & movies: $14.99
Books: $14.99
Music & movies: $14.99
Priority International*** About 2 weeks* Books: $19.99
Music & movies: $19.99
Books: $19.99
Music & movies: $19.99
*may be delayed in transit up to 45 calendar days
**If you receive delivery of an order at an address outside the United States, you may be subject to import duties and taxes. You are responsible for these and related charges.
***Priority International shipping is available only for orders consisting entirely of items shipped by Alibris, not for items shipped by an independent seller.
Shipping service

Tracking your order

If you selected Trackable Expedited, One Day Air, or Two Day Air as your order's shipping method, you can track its progress after it has shipped. To do so, click the Account link in the upper-right menu of our Web site. Then enter your password to review and track such purchases. Other shipping methods are not trackable.

Independent seller shipping & handling

Items shipped by our independent sellers are not eligible for Super Value Shipping (SVS). As a result, shipping and handling charges are applied to items listed by independent sellers, even if other items in your shopping cart do qualify for Super Value Shipping. However, you may receive consolidated shipping discounts when you purchase more than one item from the same independent seller in the same order. Because they all ship via Trackable Expedited shipping, rentals are ineligible for consolidated shipping.

Estimating total shipping time

The amount of time your order will take to reach you depends on the items you're ordering, where the seller is located, and where and how you want the order shipped. Items listed as shipping from Alibris are normally sent on the first business day after you order them. Items listed as shipping from independent sellers usually take 2 to 3 days to process before shipment, and items from non-U.S. and non-Canadian sellers may take up to three weeks to process. Once you have selected your items, please use the tables above to estimate the total delivery time to your location.

Items from non-U.S. and non-Canadian sellers take longer

When you order items from sellers outside the United States or Canada, they ship your merchandise to our warehouse first. We then verify and check your order before shipping it on to you, whether you're located inside or outside of the U.S. This process takes some extra time, but it helps to ensure that your order is accurate when it reaches you.

Rental items and shipping

All rental items ship only via Trackable Expedited shipping. That means that anything you rent from our independent sellers should arrive faster and will include a tracking number in Your Account, so you can keep an eye on its shipping progress.

Import duties and taxes on orders shipped between countries

If you are the recipient of an order shipped between countries, you may be subject to import duties and taxes, which are assessed when the package reaches your country. You are responsible for these and any other additional charges. Most carriers assess applicable duties and taxes when the shipment from us arrives in your country. If more money is owed, they will send you a letter notifying you of the charges and the steps you need to take to receive your package.

Unfortunately, we can't control or determine the duties and taxes that will apply to your order. Because policies vary, please contact your country's customs office for more information. When ordering from us, you are the importer of record and must comply with all applicable laws and regulations of the country in which you are receiving the goods.

Additional shipping charges may apply

When multi-volume sets, exceptionally large or heavy books, and/or ephemera are ordered, additional shipping charges may be assessed. If you are ordering such an item, we recommend contacting its seller beforehand to determine whether non-standard shipping charges will be applied to your order.

Expedited shipping

Rush methods available

One Day Air shipping is only available for items listed as shipping from Alibris. To ship an order via One Day Air, place an item available from "Seller: Alibris" in your Cart. On the final checkout page, you will be able to select One Day Air as your shipping method.

Two Day Air shipping is available from both Alibris and select independent marketplace sellers. Please add your items to your Cart and if the independent seller offers Two Day Air, it will appear as an option on the final checkout page.

How fast is rush delivery?

Rush orders normally ship the next business day after the order is placed. However, while it's definitely not the norm, some rush items can take longer than expected to be delivered.

Please be aware that items shipped One Day Air and Two Day Air sometimes require up to two days of processing time before they can ship. Rush orders can also only ship and be delivered on non-holiday weekdays within the contiguous United States. And the availability of an item (as described in its listing) is also a factor; some items aren't available for several days.

Again, complications aren't common, but please bear these details in mind when selecting a rush shipping method.

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