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FAQs for Book Owners

Considering renting books out through Flipsy?

Here are some frequently asked questions that may help...

Q: Is it more profitable to rent out books vs. selling them?

A: There is no simple answer but it could be more profitable for you to rent books. Renting reduces the cost and time involved in continually searching for new inventory.

Learn more about the financials of book renting

Q: Are there any fees?

A: We charge no fees or commissions at this time.

Q: How do I add a book listing to Flipsy?

A: To add your listing you will need to complete the following steps

  1. Sign up for a Flipsy account
  2. Sign up for a Paypal account if you do not already have one (optional but recommended)
  3. Determine what books you want to rent out.
  4. Price your inventory
  5. Upload your inventory to Flipsy

We have tried to make the process easy. You do not need to collect any of the book information (title, pictures, author, etc.) we provide that for you. All you need is the ISBN, rental price, replacement cost, shipping cost and product terms.

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Q: How will I manage my rental listings?

A: Once you sign up, you will be able to place and manage all your rental listings(edit, delete, pause) and communicate with rental customers. Your management area includes rental history, shipping notifications and other features to help you quickly and securely manage your rental listings through the Flipsy website.

Q: Can I easily upload a large number of books?

A: The management area allows you to upload a book feed to save time. The feed fields are ISBN, shipping price, replacement cost, book specific condition notes and rental price. We provide the book image and other book data so you do not need to collect or provide this information

Q: How will people find my rental items?

A: Flipsy uses a variety of marketing efforts to attract customers to your listings. Your listings will show on Google, Yahoo, Bing and major price comparison search engines. You can promote your rental listings further by adding links to your items or profile page on Facebook, Twitter, Craigslist and elsewhere.

Q: Is it legal to rent media products like books to other people with copyright protection laws?

A: Yes, it is legal to rent out these items. Such items as software, that require specific licensing individually, are not a rentable items.

Q: How do I get paid by people renting my item?

A: If you have a Paypal account you can accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover or Paypal. You can also get set up to use Google Checkout.

Q: Who ships the rentals?

A: If you already have an inventory of books then you will need to arrange for shipment of your ordered item. The rental term will not start until your item has been shipped.

If you do not have an existing book inventory you can still list books on Flipsy. When a rental order comes in for one of your listings you can order the item from an online bookstore and have the item drop shipped to your customer.

Q: How do I deliver or ship rental orders?

A: When shipping your items you can choose one of the following options.


USPS Media Mail can be sent inexpensively, albeit somewhat slowly. Media Mail can take 4-14 days.

Flat Rate boxes, sent priority mail, are a simple way to send and receive books. It can get expensive, but it is a flat-rate per shipment.

Receive more shipping discounts through the USPS by using bar codes, and/or shipping in high volume, 300 pieces or more, known as bulk rates. Bulk Rates require you to pay fees, pre-sort shipments and deliver to the Post Office you are registered with.

Find more USPS information - http://www.usps.com/

Flat Rate Boxes - http://www.usps.com/shipping/prioritymail.htm

Media Mail - http://www.usps.com/business/booksmedia/services.htm

Merchandise Return Service - http://www.usps.com/send/waystosendmail/extraservices/merchandisereturnservice.htm

USPS Postage Calculator - http://postcalc.usps.gov/ - not commercial rates


FedEx Ground. FedEx Ground is a terrific choice when you?re shipping out larger items. It's designed for bigger and/or heavier packages, and its rates are well below similar services offered by the Postal Service and UPS. For example, FedEx charges almost $5 less than Priority Mail to ship a five-pound item from coast to coast. FedEx is also a convenient choice for many booksellers, especially since you can now ship from any Kinkos location. (The stores are now called FedEx Kinkos, by the way.)

Find more FedEx information - www.fedex.com

FedEx Account Setup - http://www.fedex.com/us/oadr/en/landing_page.html


UPS is a good option for shipping larger or heavier packages but can be a little costly for smaller items. UPS offers various shipping options, including standard UPS Ground, Next Day Air, Next Day Air Saver, and 2nd Day Air. You can find out more about UPS shipping and access a rate calculator at the UPS website.

Find more UPS information - http://www.ups.com/

UPS Account Setup - https://www.ups.com/one-to-one/register?sysid=myups&lang=en&langc=US&loc=en_US

UPS Shipping Calculator - https://wwwapps.ups.com/ctc/request?loc=en_US&WT.svl=PNRO_L1

Q: Who pays for return shipping, the book owner or the book renter?

A: It is up to you. You can specify who pays for return shipping in your terms and conditions. Most book rental companies offer free return shipping. If you offer free return shipping, you can either send the renter a prepaid shipping package or set up an automated account with USPS, FedEx or UPS so customers can print shipping labels to send the book back.

Q: How do I offer Free Return shipping?

A: You can offer free return shipping by setting up an account with UPS, USPS or FedEx shipping companies. Once you have an account customers will be able to print a return shipping label. They then package the book up, adhere the label and drop it off at appropriate shipping facility. It is important to use a return shipping process that includes tracking to your specific address. This provides both you and the renter with a receipt for dispute resolution.

USPS Merchandise Return Service

Customers can print a USPS return label and attach it to the box the item shipped in or other suitable packaging.

FedEx Return Service

Find more FedEx information - www.fedex.com

FedEx Account Setup - http://www.fedex.com/us/oadr/en/landing_page.html

Smart Post & Smart Post Returns - http://www.fedex.com/us/smartpost/index.html

FedEx Shipping Calculator - www.fedex.com/us/rates/

UPS Return Service

Find more UPS information - http://www.ups.com/

UPS Account Setup - https://www.ups.com/one-to-one/register?sysid=myups&lang=en&langc=US&loc=en_US

UPS Shipping Calculator - https://wwwapps.ups.com/ctc/request?loc=en_US&WT.svl=PNRO_L1

Q: What terms and conditions should I set for my book listings?

A: Terms and conditions to consider: Who pays for return shipping? What return conditions will result in the replacement cost being charged? Can students highlight or write in the books? Most book rental companies allow some writing and highlighting. Customers returning books in unusable condition can be charged the replacement cost of the book. Free return shipping is typically offered through UPS or USPS

Your book listings terms and conditions can be unique for each book or the same for all of your listings.

Q: How do I avoid bad renters?

A: Make sure to only rent to people with a confirmed Paypal account. The Paypal email receipt will tell you if your order is from a confirmed account holder. For further verification complete a phone screening to make sure the person is using a valid phone number. Flipsy has a renter rating system to show a renter's history, to help you make a choice to rent to someone. Flipsy Membership and renter rating, with a deposit made on a rental, help provide you with enough to securely decide to whom you rent items.

Q: How does the membership rating work?

A: Member Ratings help provide vendors added security when choosing to do business with a customer. This information is collected through Flipsy to weed out bad customers and provide positive feedback to good ones. Ratings are also provided on members providing rental or purchase items. By providing accurate information on your items, quick shipping, refunding upon return, and good customer service, you will have a good rating. By returning items on time and in the condition in which you received them, you will have a good rating. To report misuse and bad practices, contact Flipsy directly.

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