PAYMENT, REFUND, SHIPPING AND BOOK GRADING POLICIES


 

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Refunds & Tax

All books are shipped with USPS Delivery Confirmation and Tracking numbers that can be viewed online at the USPS.com website. Returns for refund (less shipping) accepted for any reason within ten (10) days of book receipt. (Notice of return must precede shipment.) California Sales Tax at 8.25% is collected for all shipments within California.

 

Shipping Rates - Domestic (USA), Canada & International

Oversized books for Priority shipping are shipped by weight following notification to the Customer. 

International shipments to Japan, Australia and selected countries in the European Union for International Priority Mail (6 to10 business day delivery). Multiple books can be shipped either Priority or International 1st Class Mail. We do not guarantee International 1st Class Mail shipments, but we include tracking information and shipments can be insured at Buyer's expense. A copy of the mailing confirmation with tracking is emailed to the Buyer.

 

Destination

Delivery Time

For One Item

Each Additional Item

Canada Only - 1st Class Mail

2 - 3 weeks

18.00

5.00

Canada Only - Priority Mail (1 Book only)

6 -10 days

21.00

0.00

EU - Int'l 1st Class Mail (1 - 3 Books)

3 to 8 weeks

26.00

13.00

EU - Int'l Priority Mail (1 Book only)

6 to 10 Business Days

33.95

0.00

EU - Int'l Priority Mail Box (2 - 3 Books)

6 to 10 Business Days

62.00

0.00

US only - Express Mail (1 Book only)

1 to 2 Days

20.00

0.00

US only - Express Mail (2-3 Books)

1 to 2 Days

45.00

0.00

US only - Media Mail

7 to 10 Business days

5.00

3.00

US only - Priority Mail

1 to 3 Business Days

7.00

7.00

 

Book Grading

"Always bear in mind that a bookseller's reputation and credibility are his most valuable assets, and accurate description preserves that credibility." -AB Bookman's Weekly

 

 

Top Shelf Books adheres to the traditional bookseller's grading terms originally propounded in the periodical AB Bookman's Weekly. AB Bookman's Weekly was described as "the leading trade publication in the antiquarian world" with books for sale, trade news, reference lists, conference announcements, and special features concerning the book trade, librarianship, and book collecting. Publication ceased in 1999 with the advent of the Internet book portals such as Amazon. After TSB went online in 1996, we expanded the classic grading terms to include terms more searchable on the Internet and compatible with book portal websites.

 

Very Fine/As New: Book and jacket are without defects. Essentially a new and/or unread book in crisp condition.
Fine: Book and jacket show light handling and/or shelfwear, but pages are clean, crisp, boards are straight and jacket is without defects. A book can be an unread copy but still graded as Fine only in that it's an older book with age-related shelfwear. (Minor defects, if any, are noted.)
Near Fine/Very Good: Moderate handling, normal shelfwear and any defects are noted.
Good: Wear with any one or all defects including jacket tears, textblock dents or stains, spine leaned, etc., are noted.
Fair: Heavy handling, damage and wear, all defects noted.
Poor: Usually an ex-library copy with paste-downs, damage, stains, etc. and usually reserved as a reading copy only. All defects noted. Book and jacket are without defects. Essentially a new and/or unread book in crisp condition. Book and jacket show light handling and/or shelfwear, but pages are clean, crisp, boards are straight and jacket is without defects. A book can be an unread copy but still graded as Fine only in that it's an older book with age-related shelfwear. (Minor defects, if any, are noted.) Moderate handling, normal shelfwear and any defects are noted. Wear with any one or all defects including jacket tears, textblock dents or stains, spine leaned, etc., are noted. Heavy handling, damage and wear, all defects noted. Usually an ex-library copy with paste-downs, damage, stains, etc. and usually reserved as a reading copy only. All defects noted.