The Bimple Collection
|Bimple specializes in used books that are rare or hard to find--Religion, antiquarian, philosophy, art, history, Modern Library and fine literature and oddities. All listings have actual photographs, accurate descriptions and book reviews, when available. I ship world wide with reasonable rates|
Bimple Ltd. is an on-line only retailer of books located in Southington, CT in Central Connecticut. Virtually all of the books are used, and most were found at estate and library sales in the area. This is great fun because there is such a diversity of books here, and because it is a prosperous and culturally diverse area, the selection is wide and interesting. I hope you will have fun browsing the Bimple Collection, and find some books that you may not have seen before of that you have had difficulty finding. On-line book buying can be a real hit or miss activity. I subscribe to a book collector's magazine Firsts and am disheartened by the stories of on-line retailers who are not very reputable, and of customers who received very poor service from an on-line merchant. I would love to have a bookshop where you could browse through the stacks, and preview books in a nice easy chair with a cup of your favorite coffee. Because this is not going to happen soon and would be especially inconvenient for the 25% of my customers who are overseas, I want to make your experience with the Bimple Collection to be as much like my imaginary bookshop as is possible.
- I take photos of any book that is not in new condition, so you can see what you are buying. Photos can often tell you more about the book than even the most thorough verbal description.
- I will mention as many defects as I can in the listings, and generally find helpful reviews.
- I will give you your money back on any book that you do not want, and pay for the return shipping if I have mistakenly graded the book, so you can buy with almost as much confidence as you would if you had had the opportunity to see the book.
- E-bay now has a policy of only accepting electronic payments such as Paypal. I have never had any problem with money orders or personal checks in payment for all items, though, and I do have to charge sales tax to CT residents.
- I will never overcharge for shipping. While I use the US Postal Service almost exclusively, I certainly would not want to be in the business of selling shipping. The service is OK, but I would much rather charge for the books that I love, not for their shipping that I am forced to use. I charge actual rates, and almost always ship the next business day after receiving your payment. I can advise you about your options for overseas shipping, and generally give general costs to overseas countries and Canada in the listings.
Please take a look at the Bimple Collection by clicking the logo on the left. You may e-mail me at if you have questions or comments about the store.
The Bimple Collection ships to anywhere in the world using US Postal service rates. Especially in the US, media mail, or book-rates are almost always the best bargain. While media mail can be slow and take two or more weeks to arrive, the postal service rarely loses items, and they usually arrive within 5-7 business days. The most common methods for overseas shipment are Priority International and First Class Mail International.. Below are some thoughts about shipping along with descriptions of the common services. Remember that I will ship the day after receiving your payment, and will always combine shipping of various lots that you may purchase. You may click on their logo on the right to be directed to the US postal service site.
Media Mail Media Mail® service is a cost efficient way to mail books, sound recordings, recorded video tapes, printed music, and recorded computer-readable media (such as CDs, DVDs, and diskettes). Media Mail can not contain advertising except for incidental announcements of books. The maximum weight for Media Mail is 70 lbs.
Priority Mail Now you can have delivery of documents and packages made in an average of 2 to 3 days. Low flat-rate shipping is also available with Priority Mail for any destination and any weight up to a 70 lb. maximum when you use either Flat Rate Envelopes or Flat Rate Boxes.
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You may combine shipping charges on multiple purchases. This save a lot of money, and will happen automatically if you do not pay for items before you are done shopping. If you plan to do a lot of shopping, just drop me an e-mail to explain why you are not paying for purchased items immediately. I always will give you delivery confirmation, and print all of my labels electronically. This means that you need to have your correct address registered with Paypal and with E-bay. I may have to charge you again if packages are returned. The USPS does not lose many items, so I will not routinely add insurance, but will be happy to give you this on any package that you specifically request to be insured. Always remember that the fixed price envelopes such as Global Priority International and Priority Mail often do not leave room for padding, and there may be a risk of damage. I will ship all other orders in padded envelopes or boxes for large orders. In an effort to hold down shipping charges, I cannot routinely ship single books in boxes. Remember, I will almost always ship your order the next business day after receiving your payment.
For international shipping, our postal service has eliminated all of the surface shipping such as economy letter post and M-bags. All service is by air now, and the only real bargain is the Global Priority Envelope which is $10.45 to a select group of countries. First class mail iInternational is better for paperbacks.
I try to mention every defect that a book has and take pictures, but I do make mistakes occasionally. That's why I will accept returns very freely if you feel that a book I sell does not meet your standards. Also, I feel that the photos can really help you judge the book's condition. The e-bay standards have recently changed.
Brand New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages. See the seller's listing for full details.
Like New: A book in excellent condition. Cover is shiny and undamaged, and the dust jacket is included for hard covers. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. May be very minimal identifying marks on the inside cover. Very minimal wear and tear. See the seller's listing for full details and description of any imperfections.
Very Good: A book that has been read but is in excellent condition. No obvious damage to the cover, with the dust jacket included for hard covers. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. May be very minimal identifying marks on the inside cover. Very minimal wear and tear. See the seller's listing for full details and description of any imperfections.
Good: A book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. The dust jacket for hard covers may not be included. Binding has minimal wear. The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, minimal pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages. See the seller's listing for full details and description of any imperfections.
Acceptable: A book with obvious wear. May have some damage to the cover but integrity still intact. The binding may be slightly damaged but integrity is still intact. Possible writing in margins, possible underlining and highlighting of text, but no missing pages or anything that would compromise the legibility or understanding of the text. See the seller's listing for full details and description of any imperfections.