Shipping charges are based on the total of your order after discounts. All domestic orders are shipping by UPS Mail Innovations or USPS Media Mail. Certain items may require a paid upgrade to USPS Media Mail or UPS Ground.

For international orders, shipping costs are based on the weight of your order and are available at checkout. Free shipping and flat-rate shipping are not available.

All international customers are given shipping options at checkout. The least expensive options are for packages containing only books, excluding oversized books, such as artist editions, and valued under $400. These can be sent by USPS International Surface Air Lift (ISAL) and generally take 14-16 business days to arrive or International Priority Airmail (IPA) and generally take 10-14 business days to arrive. Both of these options do not have tracking or insurance. Items sent by these options cannot be replaced by us, as the customer is choosing an option with no tracking or insurance. Items sent by ISAL or IPA are sent by a shipping service and those packages are picked up every 1-2 weeks at our warehouse. Depending on when the order is packaged and labeled, it may not make the weekly pickup, and will be sent with the next pickup. The other international shipping option is USPS Priority Mail International and does provide tracking and insurance and generally takes 7-10 business days to arrive. This option must be chosen if the order exceeds $400 or contains items with oversized books.

Order Sub-Total Shipping Cost
$0.00 to $49.99 $4.00
$50.00 and up FREE
International Actual Charge

How to order

Placing your order online is easy. There is no need to login ahead of time. Just add items to your shopping cart and checkout. For first time customers, a username and password will be created for you automatically after your order is complete. Your username and password will be sent to you in your e-mail order confirmation. Your username will be the e-mail address you used in your order. Your password can be changed the next time you visit our site and log in.

For repeat customers, there is no need to login before placing your order. You will be prompted to enter your username and password during checkout.

All online orders placed on our website can be viewed after you login.


We do not allow order cancellations. Orders are generally not returnable. In the event an order cancellation is allowed, we will charge a 25% cancellation fee. Any items returned without proper authorization will be assessed a 25% restock fee plus the cost of shipping. We will replace items damaged during shipment. Damages must be reported within 48 hours of receipt of shipment.


We accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover. All of your personal information will be submitted to us over a secure line (this includes your credit card account number and expiration date). Payments should be made in US dollars.

Frequently asked questions

Q) Do you sell to retailers?

A) InStockTrades does not sell to retailers. InStockTrades is a retailer selling to individual customers.

Q) I have Symantec's Norton Internet Security (NIS) on my computer and I am using the Personal Firewall. I am having troubles adding items to my shopping cart and checking out. Is there anything I can do?

A) Yes - you have to setup as a trusted site in Norton Personal Firewall. To so this, follow these steps:

Q) What do I do if something is missing/damaged from my shipment?

A) Please notify us by e-mail within 48 hours of receipt of your shipment and we will be happy to replace your missing/damaged item(s). Notifying us within 48 hours will help us to obtain replacement items.

Q) When will my order be charged?

A) Orders are charged when they are placed.

Q) When can I expect my order?

A) Orders are shipped within 48 hours after they are placed excluding weekends or when an item in your order is temporarily out of stock because of unusually high order activity. In the latter case, re-orders are placed with our distributor immediately for the out of stock item which can delay your order for approximately 3 business days.

In the occurrence of high order activity, our processing times may exceed 48 hours, especially during Covid-19.

Q) Can I cancel an order?

A) Unfortunately, we do not accept order cancellations and requesting multiple order cancellations may result in account inactivation. In the event that we receive an unauthorized return, we will charge a 25% cancellation/restock fee. In addition, the customer will be responsible for all shipping costs.

Q) When can I expect a response to my e-mail?

A) Generally, we try to respond to e-mails within 48 hours. However, there are times when we receive a high volume of e-mails and responses may take longer.

Q) When an item has been released, if it is on your site, does that mean it is in stock and ready to ship?

A) Yes, except in cases where we have received an unusually large number of orders for the item. In those cases, re-orders are placed with our distributor immediately for the out of stock item which can delay your order for approximately 3 business days.

Q) How do I earn an extra 2% off my orders?

A) There will be a banner on the homepage announcing when the extra discount promotion is running. The promotion works this way:

Place one order during the promotional period. Each order placed after this order will qualify for the extra 2% discount as long as each order is placed within 8 days of the previous order. You can have a string of orders with an extra 2% discount.

For the qualifying order, there may be a delay of approximately an hour before you will see this discount reflected on our website or in your cart during the checkout process. The extra 2% discount is not effective until it is reflected on our website. We will not honor price adjustments for the interim period.

The final order that will qualify for the extra discount can be as late as 8 days after the promotion ends. For example, suppose the promotional period ends January 31st and you place an order on January 31st. Your next order will be eligible for the extra discount as long as it is placed by February 8th.

The extra discount is added to each book in your cart. For example, books that would ordinarily be 40% off will be 42% off. If you are not logged in prior to checking out, the extra discount won’t appear on the site or in your shopping cart until after you log in. Once you are logged in, the extra discount will appear on every book on the site and in your cart.

The extra discount does not apply to gift certificates.