Costs: We do not charge any advance fees for OP book search. When and if found, a book will be quoted to you at a price that reflects our costs and markup.
A routine book that you might reasonably expect to be in the $10-20 range should be expected to run in the $40-50 dollar range if found on a book search.
More expensive books will also have a premium attached, but ususally it is less proportionately speaking. This is because most of our costs are fixed and independent of the price of the book.
Our book searching uses both tried and true methods that have been successful for decades, as well as the latest in computer technology. We are subscribers to the largest book network in the world. We get daily notices of new uploads to the database of nearly seven and a half million, mostly out-of-print books.
Of course, there can be no guarantee that we can find a particular book in a given period of time. Too much depends on luck and the vagarities of present market conditions.
We literally look for trouble. Before we ship it to our clients, We examine every book for unexected defects large and small. We will not ship a book to a client that does not meet BOTH our and your expectations. This means we return more than 5% of all books we order for clients. This is done at our expense, not yours.
Book Search is not appropriate for every person or every book. We know that not everyone is willing or able to pay for the time and labor that goes on behind a book search. As an economical alternative, we offer what we call B.O.L.O. If you specify "NO SEARCH" when you request a book, we will file your request and attempt to match it against the many thousands of books that pass through our busy doors in a year. We call it B.O.L.O. for "Be On the Look Out." While the odds of finding an unusual book that way are not nearly as good as on a Book Seach, if found, we will offer it at the same price it will command on our shelf.
If you only want us to check our current inventory for a particular title, select the option for that in the box labled "Type of Search".