You love books but you prefer buying online because it saves time and energy. Online bookstores are famous here in Singapore but it is recommended that you look for a trusted store. Looking for an online bookstore is challenging especially that there are myriads of them here in Singapore but if you know how to shop, the store will not matter.
Shopping for online books is like shopping for your garments, accessories and gadgets. Here are some tips that you need to remember when you buy from online bookstores:
- Take the shipping costs into account: It is true that online shopping can save you time and energy but you must know that you will pay additional costs. The shipping cost is not that much but it is important that you take that into account. If you look for cheaper shipping costs, you have to hop from one bookstore to another. The good news is that there are other stores that offer free shipping while there are others that offer different kinds of deals.
- Read customer reviews: You have to read customer reviews as well. Sometimes you get too excited that you forget to read customer reviews. If you want to make sure about your purchase, you have to read customer reviews. If you read reviews, you will get ideas about the books and the seller.
- Identify third-party sellers: You have to identify if you are purchasing from third-party sellers or directly from the seller. There is nothing wrong if you consider third-party sellers but sometimes, these individuals are not so honest. The best thing to do is read the ratings.
- Check condition: Before placing your order, it is important that you check the condition of the used or new books. If you like the book because it is super cheap, it should give you a red flag. However, if the markings or the books without cover do not bother you, you should pursue it.
- Read return policy: You have to read return policy and make sure that you can contact customer support just in case you are not satisfied with your order. If you received the wrong book, you need to contact the customer support.
- Store in your wish list: If you cannot afford the book, you can just put it in your wish list.
Hopefully the tips mentioned above will save you a lot of frustration in finding the right book you really want. If you cannot find the book that you are looking for online, it is better that you search for it physically. You will be awed because there are a lot of bookstores here in Singapore.