“Dear Biblio. Why in the world did my order from your online marketplace get delivered from Amazon, with the box, invoice, and everything covered in their logos? Are you guys some kind of front for them?!”
No, we are still an independent business, and we are not affiliated with Amazon.
Biblio’s goal of allowing independent booksellers to sell their books online with ease and autonomy has not changed.
However, one of the side effects of that freedom is that some Biblio sellers may also list their books on other venues, including Amazon and the Amazon-owned ABEbooks. Some sellers may also use “Fulfillment by Amazon” as a way to cut their delivery costs. This means that the sellers send their physical book inventories to Amazon and when they receive an order, the shipment is then handled by the Amazon warehouse. That is most likely what happened with your order.
I can attest that most of our sellers do not use those methods, but I cannot promise that you won’t see this happen again! Remember, though – the independent seller is still the one who gets your business whether through Biblio or through another marketplace, and that’s what we really care about.
Amber is the marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.