Alibris was founded in 1997 by martin manley and incorporated in 1998. It grew out of Interloc, an online company founded by antiquarian bookseller Richard Weatherford in 1994. Interloc was one of the earliest successful efforts to centralize used book data online. It remained a private network until 1996, when the company launched its website. The company was backed by venture capital until 2006, when it was purchased by Oak Hill Capital Partners, a private equity firm. In February 2010, oak hill capital partners bought monsoon and merged it with Alibris with monsoon commerce owning Alibris. As of February 2017, Alibris is now owned by AM Holding Inc. Booksellers list their inventories on Alibris which in turn offers the books on its retail website, a separate library services site, and business-to-business partners such as Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and chapters indigo. It also offers services in the UK with the waterstones marketplace. It offers more than 150 million books from a network of over 15,000 booksellers in 65 countries.
Most sales made through Alibris are fulfilled by the bookseller directly to the end customer. Sales to libraries or other institutions or books needing transoceanic shipping are consolidated in a distribution center in Sparks, Nevada. Alibris also has a similar network for music (albums, cassette tapes, and CDs) and movies (VHS or DVD).
Alibris allows customers to buy and sell at the same time. Alibris charges a starting fee that varies based on what is being sold and what kind of commission is charged.
Alibris was a charter member of the Google eBooks service when it was announced by Google on December 6, 2010.
U.S Shipping methods : Alibris providing supers value shipping method with total free of cost on purchase over $39. It take 3 – 4 business days to deliver the product.
Trackable expedited method : Alibris providing Trackable expedited method it takes 2 – 4 working days to deliver the product. For that it charges $7.99 for first item and $7.19 for additional for each item.
Two day air shipping : Alibris providing Two day air shipping method. It takes 2- 3 days to deliver the items. For that they charges $14.99 on first item purchase and additional for each item they charge $9.99.
One day air shipping method : In this shipping method they deliver the items with in 2 days so they charges little high to compare with earlier shippings. They charges $19.99 on first item and 19.99 on each additional item.
Return policy :
For return to Alibris customer need to follow some policies. Those are
- Order number is mandatory
- Mention reason to return.
Please rewrap the item in its original packaging, along with the authorization page and ship it using the mailing label provided. Once we have received and processed the returned item, Alibris will notify of refund via e-mail. Refund in the same form of payment originally used for your purchase, two to three weeks after receive item return. Not all Alibris sellers have elected to accept returns when they are not at fault. When you select “Changed My Mind Or Ordered By Mistake” you may be required to contact the seller for approval of the return before it can be authorized.
The return authorization page must be included with return. Items returned without the return authorization page will be discarded without refund. For items valued over $100, the use of delivery Confirmation or other tracking is strongly recommended.