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 Welcome to our eBay Store. The Book Habit is a Family Owned business. We have been selling books for nearly 40 years. Our On-line store will feature rare and hard-to-find books collected recently and over the years. Visit us often as our eBay inventory grows. Thank You for your business.

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General Purchasing Information and Terms of Sale


At this time, I am  accepting  electronic payment through Pay Pal.  Payment through Direct checkout will be available in the future. If you wish to pay using other methods, contact seller to make other arrangements.  Multiple purchases must be combined for one payment to qualify for discounts.  Payment must be made within 30 days of  initial purchase date. 

What If I decide not to complete the transaction

If you do not wish to complete the transaction, as a courtesy,  please contact seller ASAP; I'm easy to deal with and we can both agree that situations can arise for both buyer and seller. I will need to file an Unpaid Item report in order to get back the comission fee that ebay took when you first  initialized the purchase.  If I don't hear from you within the 30-day grace period, a report will be filed soon thereafter.  I do not leave negative feedback for non-paying buyers and transaction will be reported as mutually terminated by both buyer and seller. In my opinion, it is unprofessional to issue non-paying buyer strikes --- it would be akin to kicking you in the butt as you walked out of my store; just not good business sense.

 Shipping once payment is received or cleared

Items will usually ship within 24hrs excluding: late Saturday morning to Monday, national holidays, seller vacations or as life would have it, seller's unforeseen misfortune , and if your ebay shipping address and Pay Pal shipping address do not match. International purchases will ship on business days only.

Domestic shipping delays can include:  Address does not match or is not found by the U.S.P.S. Address Matching System database(very rare), Item destination is a large building or apartment complex and you haven't provided a full 9-digit zip code..

I can not purchase or print postage for an address that does not include the extended 4-digit zip if one is available for the address in question.. In most cases, the system will automatically provide the zip extention, but in cases where the item destination is a large building or apartment complex(over 4-8 units) , I am forced to choose the correct address from numerous possibilities. I strongly urge that you update your shipping address with the zip extention as this will dramatically reduce the possibility of mis-delivery and avoid a shipping delay.  Some addresses do not have the extended zip.


Domestic Shipping

 My preferred shipping method is Media Mail. I charge a flat shipping rate of $2.75 whether your item weighs under 1lb or over 10lbs.  This rate includes delivery confirmation and tracking(provided in the shipping notification). As a reference, $2.75  will not cover the postage  for a packed book weighing over 1lb. Due to rate increases imposed by the U.S. Postal Service, this rate is subject to change without notice

Service time for Media Mail is 2-9 days for the contiguous 48 states and depends on how close you are to Salem Oregon ( Northwest U.S.). Alaska and Hawaii can take as long as 21 days. These estimationa are guaranteed by the U.S. Postal Service. The Seller is not responsible for late arrivals as peak mailing seasons or other situations through the Postal Service are beyond my control. I will inform you of any known situations that may affect delivery time.

Delivery Confirmation/Tracking is an added cost to actual postage costs. This cost is already computed into the shipping cost which protects both buyer and seller from fault in case the postal service mis-delivers, looses, or damages the item. I will not ship an item without it.  A tracking number, postage cost, and initial tracking link will be provided to you in the shipping notice.  You may also refer to the sales record in "My Ebay" for tracking by clicking on the "Delivery Confirmation Number" link next to the item title.

Delivery notices

In some cases, a delivery attempt may be unsuccessful for any number of reasons.  The postal service will leave a note you can use to pick up your pacage at a local USPS branch. You generally have 30 days to claim your parcel. If the package is unclaimed after 30 days, it will be returned to the seller at no cost to seller or buyer. You will be required to pay the additional postage  for re-shipment. Please refire to the Delivery Confirmation link in your purchase record to see if a delivery attempt was made for your package.

International Shipping

All international shipping costs are the actual cost of postage. I do not charge handling as international postage is high enough. In most cases I will  utilize the postage labeling system provided by Pay Pal.  I have 3 preferred methods for international shipping:

Priority International flat-rate envelope

A 9" X 12"  cardboard envelope with a weight limit of 4lbs at a cost of $11.95USD for most countries ($9.95 for Canada and Mexico).  Serivice time is 6-10 business days. Most items I sell will fit in this envelope.  Some items are small enough to fit more than one item in the same envelope...If it fits and it's under 4lbs; shipping will still be $11.95.  This method is non-insurable. Please note that the above rates have been rolled back to USPS rates pre-dating 2008. The current cost is $12.78  and $10.88 respectively.  I offer the old rates as a small discount as I will cover the differnce myself.  These rates are subject change  when the USPS announces another rate increase.

First Class International

This method is the cheapest way to ship items that are too large for the Flat-rate method. The cost will be determined by weight with  Max. length 24", max length, height and depth (thickness) combined 36"
Rolls: Max. length 36". Max length and twice the diameter combined 42" The service time for this method varies, and can take three weeks or longer.  This method is non-insurable.

Priority International

Priority International is also for larger or heavier items. Cost is determined by weight and the service time is 6-10 days. This method is insurable and trackable.

U.S. Customs requires seller to provide:

A first and last name of recipient; a nickname, eBay member name, or names marked as Grandma, etc, are unacceptable for a recipient name. A phone number of recipient if delivered to a P.O. Box  for Priority Flat-Rate and First Class International,  and is required for Priority International.  An item description and value.  A short description and value is also required.  Contents will be stated as USED BOOK.

Be aware that expensive books may require you to pay a duty fee levied by the customs department of your country. You are responsible for this fee. Check with the customs agent of your country if a duty fee might be required; in most cases, it is not.

Please do not ask me to falsify any information required for Customs. I will not risk losing exportation or selling privileges.



You are not required to purchase postal insurance for your item as current ecommerce standards dictate that the seller is responsible for safe delivery of the tiem. In rare cases of loss or damage, you will be refunded the full amount paid for items and their delivery cost. In turn, I will expect your full  attention and honest cooperation so I can recoup losses through insurance claims. In cases of a mis-delivery, I will also expect cooperation so we can work together and hopefully rectify a recovery of your item.

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Shipping Domestic Shipping International Domestic Insurance Returns
Shipping Promotion @@@@ Happens
The Book Habit is an established business in Salem Oregon where it's doors opened in the spring of 1985, but the bookselling venture didn't start there. In 1969 the family purchased Giant Bookstore in San Pedro CA. which sold new books. Over the course of a few years we started migrating into the used book market, and in the mid-eighties, we literally moved to greener pastures and transgressed to used books. We have been selling books for over 40 years offering the utmost customer service, care, courtesy, and fairness. 2007 is our first year in extending the business to the on-line community.

As-is Policy

As with most resale markets, all items sold are as-is. There are exceptions to this policy; see Returns for more information. All items in our store are described with text and picture(s) (on most) to the best of our ability. All books are stored in a smoke-free environment, unfortunately, we can't know where the books have been and our less-than-perfect senses can't detect, to what others might be more sensitive to. Please take note of the descriptions if there is mention of: Dust, Mildew, Musty Odors, Tanning or UV exposure, and smoke,and you have a keen sensitivity to the above mentioned; contact us, or simply don't purchase the book. We will gladly accept returns as issues concerning environmental exposure that are beyond our senses or overlooked qualify. Our goal is to create a positive buying experience for everyone.

Shipping: Domestic

We offer a Standard flat shipping and handling rate of $4.00 for all single-item purchases via Media Mail. This includes delivery confirmation, and any extra costs due to item size or weight for this shipping method only. Items of $50.00 or more will be insured at no cost to buyer. Most items will be shipped in Jiffy-Lite bubble envelopes. Older/fragile items will first be secured in bubble wrap.
If you wish to use a different shipping method buyer shall pay any additonal cost over and above the standard $4.00 fee which is included. The following table will be of some use:

Shipping Method Wt. Added Costs
Priority - 3 days Over 1lb $3.50 per every additional pound
Express 1-2 days 1lb $15.50 + $3.50 per every addtional pound
Parcel Post 7 days Over 1lb $1.65 per every additional pound
Media Mail 7 - 9 days N/A No Additional Costs
Not recommended but, "if you absolutely have to have it overnight" from the time your order is acknowledged...
FedEx 1LB Additional $4.00 handling fee + $3.50 per Lb +...
Rates shown are by example only Standard Overnight by 3pm next day $36.00
Rates shown are by example only Priority Overnight by 10:30AM next day $41.00
Rates shown are by example only First Overnight by 8 AM next day $68.50
Please Note: We can't be held responsible for  the fluxuation  of arrival dates during peak mailing seasons

Shipping: International
We offer International shipping at cost with no added handling fees. 
The most popular method is USPS priority Flat-Rate envelope for Domestic and International shipping as a majority of our inventory will fit the shipping guidelines for this method. Cost is $11.00USD  for most countries...Lower for Canada and Mexico. As a reference, the envelope will fit upto 4lbs... an 8.5in X 11in with about a .5in thickness; tightly.   
Things International buyers need to consider
Flat-rate is un-insurable ...
is what I've been told by a USPS representitive.
If you wish to purchase additional Items for a combined shipment, contact seller to make sure the items will fit the envelope.....If it fits, we'll combine the shipment at no additional shipping costs, and huge savings, to you. 
While Flat-Rate is a cost effective shipping method, it is crude as well; so please keep in mind that some items  may be fragile, due to age or condition and will require extra packing to insure their "as described" condition which will increase the size of the item.
You are responsible for the shipping costs of any items that don't qualify for the Flat-Rate method(as described above) after  purchasing. Larger Items  or shipments can increase shipping costs tremendously... $23-$35 and up. 
If you are not sure about size, or how much you can cram in that shipping evelope.... Contact Seller Before Purchasing... it will help both our lives  to run a bit smoother.
All shipping costs subject to's inevidible.
Domestic Insurance
If you wish to puchase insurance for  your item(s) up to 49.99, please add $1.50.  Ebay requires the purchase of insurance on a combined-item shipment but...   Any purchases totaling $50.00 and over (excluding shipping), the seller will provide insurance at no extra cost(domestic only)
Shipping Promotion (Domestic only)
On Combined purchases, shipping is only $1.50 for each additional item up to 3 items. With a combined purchase of 4 or more items... SHIPPING IS FREE
Buyers have 30 days from the time the first item is reserved to pay for  the combined purchase.
Shipping method  for qualifying purchases will be at the sole discretion of the seller
We will gladly accept returns based on the following reasons:
1. If you feel the item description was grossly mis-representing the item received
2. You have a Sensitivity to environmental exposure(ie, dust mildew, smoke, etc) that wasn't mentioned in the description or otherwise undetected or overlooked by seller
3. If item was damaged in the shipping process
Instructions for returning items.
1. contact us via email and state your case
2. Ship item no later than 3 business days upon reply to your grievance. Return shipping costs will be paid by buyer .
In most cases, a full refund  of the original transaction will be granted. Refund methods to be negotiated if payment was made outside the Pay Pal domain
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If your paid item is damaged or lost in the handling phase, your money will be imediately refunded; no questions asked. We will then contact you to either re-negotiate or terminate the transaction.

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