Account information must be kept up to date to ensure that you receive your orders and payments. To update your account information, please make changes on the My Account Information page. Our checks are made out to the business name listed. Outdated or invalid contact information, including business name as well as e-mail and physical addresses, can result in a seller's account being put on hold and a $10.00 fee for reissued checks.
E-mail accounts: Please note that some e-mail account services, such as Hotmail or Yahoo, have small mailboxes and use filters and spam-blocking on all incoming messages. This can lead to some (or all) Alibris messages not reaching your inbox. We suggest you use another type of e-mail carrier for your Alibris seller account. Due to the unreliability of e-mail in general, the seller hub is the source of record for your open orders. Therefore, we require that you check the seller hub once a day for open orders.
Beginning in 2022, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations require that US payment processors, including Alibris, file Form 1099-K with the IRS for US-based sellers that exceed US$600 in gross sales in a calendar year. This change, a result of the March 2021 American Rescue Plan Act, lowers the threshold for reporting from $20,000 to $600. The regulations also require that US-based sellers (regardless of account status or sales volume) have taxpayer identification information on file with Alibris in order for backup withholding not to apply to gross sales.
Therefore, all US-based Alibris sellers must provide taxpayer identification information to Alibris by the end of 2022. After that time, the Alibris accounts of sellers who fail to do so will be suspended until the information is provided.
Alibris will annually provide sellers exceeding US$600 in gross sales with a Form 1099-K. The form will also be filed with the IRS. Learn more about the regulations and Form 1099-K at the IRS's 1099-K Web site.
As with all information you provide via the Seller Hub, your taxpayer identification information is kept confidential, encrypted, and is stored securely.
Alibris enables visitors to our web sites to send inquiries about specific items to sellers. Customers from HPB Marketplace and/or Waterstone's Marketplace may also email our sellers with similar inquiries. Please respond to all inquiries within two business days.
Sellers must have their inventory ready to ship within 48 hours with an appropriate packing slip from the location stated on their account. "Drop-shipping," or filling an order through another seller without prior arrangement, proper paperwork, etc. is grounds for immediate termination. All sellers are responsible for keeping their listings up to date. Uploads (adds & deletions) are processed throughout the day. Any orders that are generated before an upload has been processed will count against the seller's rating as cancellations. Additionally, any orders marked as shipped in error, and thus refunded, will also count against the seller's rating (see YOUR SELLER RATING below).
The minimum upload price for an item is US$0.01. Any item uploaded between US$0.01 and US$0.98 will be uplifted to the US$0.99 minimum price on the Alibris web sites.
Alibris does not allow sellers to duplicate their listings on the web sites. If a second account is created and listings are duplicated, this account will be removed immediately.
Alibris adds the following amounts (in US dollars) to the price of each item listed by sellers outside the United States on www.alibris.com:
|Country||Books||Music & Movies|
|Rest of World||$12.00||$9.00|
Alibris adds the following amounts (in US dollars) to the price of each item listed by sellers from outside the United Kingdom on www.alibris.co.uk:
|Country||Books||Music & Movies|
|Rest of World||$12.00||$9.00|
To assist customers in making buying decisions, each seller earns a rating based on their ability to fulfill orders, ship quickly and do all within their control to ensure that what arrives at the customer's address matches the description of the product listed for sale.
When your fill rate and customer feedback are calculated together, you will receive an overall Seller Rating, expressed as a percentage between 1% and 100%. Your rating will be displayed as one to five stars, based on the following ranges, which can be adjusted at any time without notice.
95–100% = 5 stars
85–94.99% = 4 stars
70–84.99% = 3 stars
60–69.99%= 2 stars
1–59.99% = 1 star
The most critical component of your rating is your fill rate which accounts for 80% of your overall rating score. This is calculated according to the percentage of orders shipped versus those cancelled or refunded. The seller rating is based on orders placed during the "Current Rating Period" (which is the previous 31 to 210 day period).
Keeping your fill rate at the highest possible level not only helps keep your seller rating similarly high, but will ensure that you have the opportunity to participate in all of our partner programs. Some of our partners will not accept inventory from sellers with too low of a fill rate. Our various partner programs require different minimum fill rates. Please visit My Sales Channels page for more details.
If your rating drops below 85% at any given time, you will be counseled through an automated email notification system. If your performance does not improve over the ensuing thirty days, you will be further warned that the account may be put on hold. Once your account is put on hold, you must review its inventory and ensure that each item is listed correctly. Once you are confident the account's performance problems are resolved, Client Services will reactivate your listings. If you continue to fill orders below 85%, your listings may be placed on hold again, or the account may be closed.
Alibris encourages its sellers to keep Client Services abreast of any inventory or operational problems that may impact your account's performance. If we know about such problems, we can attempt to help you and thus prevent any performance-related repercussions to your account.
Your fill rate is the main contributor to your overall Seller Rating, but it is not the only component. The remaining 20% of your rating score is based upon feedback from your customers. Customers can only leave feedback on an order they have placed and will be leaving feedback based on that order specifically. They are asked to rate the order on several metrics:
Sellers who are new to Alibris will automatically be given four stars for the first 90 days after joining. After that, the rating will be determined as described above. Sellers who have been with Alibris longer than 90 days without receiving an order will have a rating displayed as "n/a" until they receive an order.
You can view the orders that impact your rating on the My Rating & Feedback page. You will see the returns, refunds and cancellations that occurred during the following periods:
Click any of these numbers to see the orders in question.
Your seller rating is updated daily.
If you have questions or concerns about how to improve your seller rating, whether it's your fill rate or the quality of feedback you are receiving from your customers, Alibris is here to help. Contact us at [email protected] so we can help you sell successfully.
If you plan to be away from your store and/or e-mail and will not be able to respond to orders within two business days, please use the Vacation Holds link in advance of your departure so that we may place your inventory on hold during your absence. This will help avoid delays in getting orders to customers. Sellers will still incur monthly fees during vacation holds.
Listings that include the following type of information will be placed on administrative hold by the Alibris system for containing content violations:
Listings are displayed on the Alibris web sites and on the web sites of many of its business partners. It is therefore inappropriate to include business information or other information not related to the item's description in listings uploaded to Alibris. In addition, you agree not to use profane language in any listing. Listings placed on hold by the Alibris system will be released when corrected by the seller.
Books, movies, or music with the following attributes cannot be listed:
You may not ship Prohibited International Edition Textbooks to the Sparks, Nevada distribution center for delivery to addresses in the U.S., Canada or Australia.
"Prohibited International Edition Textbook" means an international edition textbook: (i) that is manufactured outside the U.S.; (ii) that the publisher or author has not authorized for importation into or sale in the U.S.; and (iii) that may not lawfully be imported into or sold in the U.S., Canada or Australia (as applicable; the applicable country is determined by the location of the proposed buyer).
Any of the above may be discarded or returned to the seller at the seller's expense, and will be grounds for account closure. Full refunds are required on any international editions, teachers' editions, or other non-standard textbooks that are listed under the standard ISBN.
Sellers must mark each order as "Shipped" (and physically ship each order) or as "Canceled" on the Seller Hub within two business days of being posted. Otherwise the orders are subject to cancellation. All partner and expedited orders must be marked by 8pm U.S. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on the second full business day or the order will be auto-canceled. For sellers opted in to shipping 2-day and 1-day air, orders shipping by those methods are subject to auto-cancellation after 1 full business day. If an order is marked in error as "Shipped," the order must be refunded within two business days. There is a US$0.50 service recovery fee for these refunds.
The required shipping method will be noted in the purchase notification/packing slips, which are to be printed from the Seller Hub. Orders shipped to the Alibris distribution center must be received by Alibris within 30 days (45 days for sellers outside the US and Canada) of the order date; those orders which don't arrive within this timeframe will be automatically canceled.
All payments for sales through Alibris are processed through the Alibris Web sites. Sellers may not invoice or ask for additional fees from a customer in an Alibris transaction for any reason.
Note that the purchase notification will clearly identify the order as "Ship to Customer" or "Ship to Alibris." All orders must contain a copy of the purchase notification or packing slip; failure to include this paperwork may result in delayed payment, canceled orders, and (for "ship to Alibris" orders) a cross-dock fee of US$4.50.
You must mark orders as "Shipped" or "Canceled" and ship them within two business days of purchase notification, or Alibris will cancel them automatically. If you need to print a copy of the PN after having marked it "Shipped," go to the My Order History page, locate the order -, click the printer icon, then click "Print." If you need to cancel the order after marking it shipped, go to the My Order History page, find the appropriate order, and click the button to refund it. A US$.50 service recovery fee will apply to orders refunded after being marked "Shipped". All cancellations and refunds will negatively affect your fill rate.
Orders that ship directly to customers
Orders that ship to BWW, our international freight forwarder—US sellers only
Once you are confident your order is properly packaged and addressed, go to the My Open Orders page and select the appropriate open order. You will be given two options for filling the order. "Shipped" or "Cancelled." If you have the item and have already completed steps 1 - 3, above, select "Shipped." If you no longer have the item and cannot fill the order, select "Canceled." Then click the button to "Save all changes."
Orders that ship to Alibris—US/Canadian sellers
Orders that ship to Alibris—UK and European sellers
Orders that ship to Alibris—all other sellers
Alibris does not support or condone drop shipping for orders. If you do not have an item in stock, you must cancel the order. Any sellers that do drop ship will have their seller account put on hold and may be subject to termination.
Alibris will automatically cancel Ship to Alibris orders that are not received in our distribution center within the required time of 30 days from the order date for US and Canadian sellers and 45 days from the order date for all other sellers. If the order arrives after the required time and Alibris has already canceled it, the order will be returned to the seller at the seller's expense.
Alibris reviews the accounts of sellers that are consistently late in sending orders, and will discuss any issues with the seller directly. If an issue cannot be resolved, Alibris reserves the right to put a seller's inventory on hold or close the account.
Alibris collects and remits sales tax for orders shipping to the following states: AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI and WY. On orders shipping to the Alibris distribution center, Alibris is responsible for collecting, reporting, and remitting the appropriate sales or use tax. We also collect applicable sales tax when shipping to Australia.
All payments for sales through Alibris are processed through the Alibris Web sites. Sellers may not invoice or ask for additional fees from a customer in an Alibris transaction for any reason.
We will automatically re-price the listings of international sellers on a quarterly basis in cases where the price varies by 5% or more from the current rate.
Shipping method and credit is dependent on the locations of the customer and seller. US sellers are credited the full amount that the buyer pays for shipping, less a variable closing fee. The net shipping credit paid to the seller is reflected on the order detail page and in the payment history along with the other financial details of the order. The shipping amount is determined at the time of shipment of the item. We suggest that you add delivery confirmation to high value orders. Please note that if you ship via UPS, they will not deliver to a P.O. box.
To see what rates customers will pay for given orders, visit the Alibris Web site. For what rates customers will pay for orders on our UK site, visit the Alibris UK Web site.
Sellers may offer customers a number of optional shipping methods, all of which require delivery confirmation or tracking, by opting-in here.
By opting-in to any of these, you guarantee that should a customer select one of these shipping methods for their purchase, you will send the package with tracking or delivery confirmation. You will not be able to mark the order as "Shipped" until you provide a valid tracking number. The shipping methods offered are:
Priority Mail/Trackable Expedited shipping: Orders must be sent using USPS Priority Mail, UPS, UPSMI, Newgistics, OnTrac, DHL Global, FedEx, or DHL, and guarantee delivery no later than 8 business days after shipment. Tracking numbers are required for all shipments. Sellers may ship using a faster service, such as Express Mail or 2-Day Air, at their discretion — however, tracking numbers will be required for upgraded services.
Trackable Two-Day Air shipping: Orders must be sent using UPS, FedEx, or DHL, and guarantee delivery no later than 2 business days after shipment. Tracking numbers are required for all shipments. Sellers may not ship via the US Postal Service.
Trackable One-Day Air shipping: Orders must be sent using UPS, FedEx, or DHL, and guarantee delivery no later than 1 business day after shipment. Tracking numbers are required for all shipments. Sellers may not ship via the US Postal Service.
Canadian sellers receive the amounts noted below, which include a subsidy we add to your listed price on your behalf. There is also a variable closing fee assessed on each order.
Canada to US shipments:
Canada to Canada shipments:
All shipments bound for Alibris' U.S. Distribution Center should be sent to our consolidation point in Derby, UK. These orders will now be treated like any other UK/EU-bound order you're accustomed to shipping:
The address of our new consolidation point is:
Sellers outside of Canada and our UK/European UPS program may ship via their method of choice. The current shipping credit is US$10.00 per book ordered, and US$6.10 per music or movie item ordered. All orders will be shipped to the Alibris distribution center for consolidation and quality control before being reshipped to the customer. Please consolidate your orders and ship once a week.contact us before you mark the order shipped.
Packaging an item correctly for Alibris can be trickytoo little or too much packaging can contribute to damage of the item in shipment or during processing. Our packaging guidelines are below.
For orders that ship to Alibris
For orders that ship to customer
US sellers shipping items to the Alibris distribution center should contact us to arrange for UPS pick-up of packages worth US$500.00 or more. Alibris will only be responsible for items shipped using our UPS account. Items shipped directly to customers in the US and Canada are also shipped at your risk.
Buyers who receive their order after the "target delivery" date may request a refund of the shipping cost. If the buyer's request for a shipping refund is approved by Alibris, you may be debited for that shipping cost. You can view each order's "target delivery" date on the order detail page. Please be sure to ship your orders in time to arrive by the date indicated.
Alibris is not an expert in ephemera so it is therefore necessary for us to have different shipping guidelines for these items.
Alibris offers a generous returns policy and provides a venue for sellers and buyers to negotiate refunds and/or returns on orders placed through Alibris.com, Alibris.co.uk, and several other customer-direct shipment sites we manage. Buyers are encouraged to contact sellers by email prior to returning items to try to resolve issues. However, if buyers want to return their orders, they may login to their accounts on the Alibris site, request return authorization by selecting the proper reason code, and then print the appropriate paperwork and ship the item back. Returned items must be received by the seller within 60 days of the item's shipping date for US customers, or 75 days for international customers.
NOTE: customers who purchase items through our business partner sites will not be able to login to an account on the Alibris site(s). Therefore, sellers will not receive early notification of a pending return.
The authorized reasons for a return are:
By default, all sellers are opted-in to authorize and accept discretionary returns. On discretionary returns, Alibris allows a maximum 10% restocking fee on orders priced <$100. Please note that many of our partner sites do not allow restocking fees, so restocking fee requests for those orders will be denied.
Sellers may opt-out of accepting discretionary returns from Alibris customers. Visit the My Account Information page to change this setting. If a seller has opted-out, and a buyer wants to return an item for discretionary reasons, an email will be sent to the seller requesting permission to return. Sellers may approve or deny the return request, as appropriate.
When the seller receives a returned item, the order should be promptly refunded. Refunds processed due to seller-error will negatively affect the seller's rating. Refunds processed due to discretionary reasons will not negatively affect the seller's rating. If a return is for discretionary reasons, but the discretionary return option is not present on the refund page, please contact Alibris Client Services.
If a seller receives an order back due to a bad address or other delivery problem, the seller should refund the order and relist the item. Alibris does not have a way to recharge the customer for the cost to reship the order. Sellers should contact Alibris Client Services for assistance with processing these types of refunds, or they will negatively affect the seller's fill rate.
If a returned item is not received within 60 / 75 days of the shipping date, the seller has the option to dispute the return as "not received". If the seller disputes the return, the refund process will be stopped. Buyers will receive email notification that their return has been denied, and the seller's account will not be debited.
If the seller disputes the return, the refund process will be stopped. Buyers will receive email notification that their return has been denied, and the seller's account will not be debited. Alibris Client Services will mediate the dispute. The seller's number of disputes will be monitored and limited based on the percentage of orders disputed in a 12-month period. If a seller wants to dispute a return for any other reason, he or she should contact Alibris Client Services.
A seller may offer a partial or full refund for an order without having the item returned. The seller's rating will be affected by these refunds. If assistance is needed with these types of refunds, please contact Alibris Client Services.
Orders that were initially sent to the Alibris distribution center in Sparks, Nevada, will also be returned there. These returns are processed for the seller in Sparks. If a return is the result of seller-error, the order may be sent back to the seller at their expense.
Alibris will absorb most returns that are less than $5.00. The seller's account will not be debited for these types of return refunds.
For all orders, the burden of proof for shipments rests with the shipper.
If a customer claims he or she has not received a shipment within the guaranteed timeframe and delivery cannot be confirmed (i.e. via a tracking number), or if the shipment was damaged or destroyed by the carrier, the seller is held responsible. The seller's account will be debited for the entire purchase amount, including the shipping credit. The refund will be classified as "non-delivery", and the seller's fill rate will be affected by this type of refund. If the seller can provide a valid tracking or delivery confirmation number at the time the order is updated as shipped, Alibris will not debit the seller. A valid number is one that shows on-time shipment and delivery to the customer.
Orders may be claimed for non-delivery after the following time has passed from the initial shipment date:
NOTE: Canadian and/or International shipments that need to be refunded for non-delivery should be handled by Alibris Client Services. These refunds will not negatively impact a seller's fill rate as long as our systems show the item was received by BWW, the freight-forwarding service Alibris uses for these types of shipments. Alibris will assume responsibility for these losses, and will not debit sellers when refunds are being issued. If our systems do show seller error (such as late or non-receipt by BWW), sellers will be debited and the seller's fill rate will be affected.
For UK & European sellers shipping to the Alibris distribution center via UPS: Alibris is not responsible for the loss of any shipment due to use of old labels, re-used or old packaging, or multiple boxes sent using a single label.
If you believe you have made an error in shipping, please contact us as soon as possible. Below we have outlined various shipment error scenarios and the liability for both Alibris and the seller in each case.
Alibris will also debit seller accounts for the following reasons:
All sellers, regardless of Seller Program, agree to pay Alibris a minimum sales commission of US$0.50 OR 15% of their list price (whichever is greater) when a sale is made through Alibris's consumer and library Web sites. For items priced over US$400, sellers pay a flat sales commission of US$60.
For our business-partner channels (Blackwell UK, Books-A-Million, eBay, Ingram, MBS, and others), sellers pay 20% commission OR 15% + US$0.25, whichever is greater. Alibris will only pass inventory to its partners that is priced at US$300 or less, making US$60 the highest commission sellers will ever pay for items sold on the Alibris Web site or our partners' sites.
When customers make purchases on our retail or business partner channels, they agree to pay for shipping; this full amount is credited directly to the seller.
In addition, a variable closing fee is also applied to the sale of each item. For details on our variable closing fees, please see our Fees Structure and Benefits section.
Sellers in the Alibris Gold program also agree to pay a flat monthly fee, while sellers enrolled in the Alibris Basic program (available for booksellers with fewer than 1,000 items and for all music and movie sellers) agree to pay US$1.00 per transaction and a US$19.99 annual subscription fee instead of a flat monthly fee. The annual subscription fee is assessed automatically, on or after the 1-year anniversary of the date that the seller joined the Alibris Basic program. These fees are assessed in addition to the commissions Alibris and its partners charge on each sale.
For Alibris Gold sellers, the monthly fee is based on the average number of inventory items during the preceding month, as outlined below.
Alibris Gold Program Schedule for flat monthly fees:
|Average # listings this month||Flat monthly fee as of January 1, 2010:|
All fees and commissions are deducted, where possible, from payments Alibris makes to sellers. Payments to sellers from Alibris are made conditionally (see below) by direct deposit, PayPal, check, or wire transfer. While direct deposit payments are issued on Fridays, please note that the funds may not be available to you until the following Monday or Tuesday. Any changes to bank information must be received by Alibris at least one week before the next scheduled direct deposit payment.
For sellers receiving payment by check: All check payments are made in US dollars. In addition, the business name (submitted at time of sign-up) determines the payee name, as well as what will be posted next to sellers' listings on the Web site. There is currently no way to provide a separation between the two. If checks should be made payable to a name other than the provided business name, the business name field needs to be changed on the Your Account page. Alibris will assess a US$10.00 fee for reissuing check payments to an amended business name. Changing the business name on the Your Account page will update the name associated with listings on the Web site as well. For detailed information on the payment schedule, view the Payment Calendar. All payment information is available under your Payment History.
All sellers must provide Alibris with a valid credit card in case fees and/or returns are in excess of Alibris' payment to sellers. If a seller's card is about to expire, Alibris will send a renewal notice. Any e-mail from Alibris requesting credit card information will direct you to the Seller Hub. We will never ask you to provide credit card information via e-mail, nor will we provide links directly to a credit card submission form. You will always be asked to log in to our secure Seller Hub.
Sellers who do not have sales greater than the amount they owe Alibris and
who have not supplied Alibris with a valid credit card will have their inventory
placed on hold and, possibly, their account removed.
As noted in the Listing Regulations section counterfeit, stolen, illegal or fraudulent items cannot be sold on Alibris. This matter is taken very seriously by Alibris and we will assist wherever possible to prevent or pursue perpetrators. If Alibris is contacted regarding the sale of items suspected to be prohibited, or Alibris suspects that these items fall within the prohibited category, we reserve the right to place the seller's inventory on hold while the claim is being investigated. If we determine that the items for sale, or items were sold are prohibited as defined, the seller's account will be terminated.
Additionally, we reserve the right to withhold payment while the questionable items are being investigated. In the event that payment has already been made to the seller, we will debit the seller's account and charge the seller's credit card for those prohibited items.
For all US sellers the first payment is made by check to the name and billing address entered on the application to become a seller. After the first payment, sellers who arranged for payment by Direct Deposit will receive subsequent payments by that method (recommended) and sellers choosing to be paid by check will receive those checks made out to the "Business name" on their seller account. Sign up for Direct Deposit.
|Seller location||Payment method|
Payments are made on the last Friday of each month for items received in the warehouse or marked as 'Shipped' through the Saturday two weeks prior.
Payments are made on the first and third Fridays of each month for items received in the warehouse or marked as 'Shipped' through the Saturday two weeks prior. Sign up for Direct Deposit.
Payments are made on the second Friday of each month for items received in the warehouse or marked as 'Shipped' through the Saturday two weeks prior. If you have a US bank account, contact us to sign up for direct deposit.
Payments are made on the first and third Fridays of each month for items received in the warehouse or marked as 'Shipped' through the Saturday two weeks prior. If you have a US bank account, contact us to sign up for direct deposit.
Payments are made on the last Friday of each month for items received in the warehouse or marked "Shipped" through the Saturday two weeks prior.
Payments are made on the second and fourth Fridays of each month for items received in the warehouse or marked "Shipped" through the Saturday two weeks prior. To sign up for direct deposit, contact us.
Payments are made on the last Friday of each month for items received through the Saturday two weeks prior.
Payments are made on the last Friday of each month for items received through the Saturday two weeks prior. To sign up for direct deposit, contact us.
|Rest of the world||Check, PayPal, or wire transfer
Payments are made monthly by check or by wire transfer on the last Friday of each month for items received through the Saturday two weeks prior. If you wish to be paid more frequently, and have a US bank account, contact us for direct deposit information. You may also choose to be paid through PayPal. PayPal payments are made on the first and third Fridays of each month for items received in our warehouse or marked 'Shipped' through the Saturday two weeks prior.
Occasionally, we'll absorb the cost of refunding a buyer without debiting sellers; this is what we call a "freebie." Sellers are allowed up to five per calendar year for refunds under US $100. Freebies may be used for claims of non-delivery, as well as refunds that have been denied or disputed. If a seller would like an item to count as a "freebie", simply contact us with the order number and we'll credit the seller's account. .
We'll continue to absorb the entire cost of returns for items that are priced less than US $5. Also, we will not debit sellers for claims of non-delivery when valid delivery confirmation or tracking has been provided. The delivery confirmation or tracking number must prove on-time shipping and delivery. The seller must provide the valid delivery confirmation or tracking at the time the order is updated as shipped. If the seller provides delivery confirmation or tracking after the non-delivery claim has been filed, the seller may use a freebie to reverse the debit.
Alibris, in its sole discretion, may terminate a seller's account, or any current sales for any reason. Similarly, your participation with Alibris may be terminated at any time, in your sole discretion for any reason. Notice must be given by the seller.