What is the Book Grocer doing about COVID-19?
At present there is no shutdown of retail in any state. However, we have chosen to close many of our stores temporarily. Some are still open and operating on limited trading hours with extra safety measures in place. We have implemented social distancing and cleaning routines. A full list of stores and closures can be found in the Our Stores page.
Having trouble checking out?
Please note - if it's your first time on our new website - you will need to save a shipping address, even if you are picking up in-store. So please "Add Address", fill in the mandatory fields marked with a red * and then click Save Address, before proceeding to choose your delivery/pickup method, and payment.
***Is AMEX as a payment option? No, we accept Visa and Mastercard only at this stage. We apologise for the mixed messages (the checkout offers Amex in the drop down menu) - we are working on fixing this.
Have a Discount Code?
Enter your Discount Code in "Group Special Code" per the below picture, whether you are creating an account for the first time, or logging in again. You need to enter this code when you log in. If you don't see the discount applied to all the books, log out and try logging in again.
NB there is sometimes an issue with the Carousel (front page) where the discount code does not show. Simply click any book, or any Category heading to be taken to that category - and hopefully you will see the code has been applied.
Gift Vouchers and Gift Cards
We currently do not offer Gift Card or Voucher redemption through the checkout. However we are happy to offer a workaround!
If you have a Book Grocer Gift Card (credit card sized) and you wish to use it online please place your order as usual and pay in full. Please then email us with your Order Number and the full Code on the Gift Card. We will find it in our system and process a refund to your credit card for that amount.
If you have a $10 voucher provided by Collect or Marsello (our instore Rewards program) we have a similar workaround. Place your order online as usual and pay in full. Please then email us with your Voucher Number/Code and we will redeem it for you in our system and process a refund to your credit card for that amount.
Online Loyalty (and Instore Rewards Points)
We have 2 different systems for accruing Loyalty/Rewards at the Book Grocer.
Your in-store purchases accrue Rewards Points (powered by Collect): Spend $200 in store and you'll receive a $10 voucher to use in-store. They cannot be used online. Staff will help you redeem these points and you can also receive updates emailed to you.
Online purchases accrue Loyalty $$$ at the same rate (5%): These can be used online as soon as they accrue (you don't need to wait to reach a certain amount). They cannot be used in-store.
To check and make use of your Online Loyalty balance, go to your Shopping Cart on the website. Click "Proceed to Checkout". If you have any Loyalty $$$ ready to use, Loyalty will appear as an available payment method along with the balance you have available. Enter the amount you wish to use and "Add". Check the balance remaining - it should be reduced by that amount. Pay the remaining amount by credit card. Send us an email if you experience any issues with this.
We offer $10 shipping anywhere in Australia to a home or business address.
If you wish to have your items delivered to a PO Box the shipping rate is $15 for the first item and $4 for additional items. This is to cover the cost of using Australia Post postpaks which have a set fee.
We also offer free instore pickup from the available options.
We do not ship to addresses outside Australia.
PLEASE NOTE: If you purchase a book online and choose in-store pickup you accept that the in-store price of that book may be lower: Our in-store prices occasionally differ from our online prices. We welcome the chance to sell your chosen book directly to you at one of our stores if it is available. Please get in touch with our stores by email or phone if you wish to enquire about the in-store availability of a book before you make an online purchase.
The online price reflects many things including stock levels at our warehouse, shipping and handling fees etc.
For $10 Shipping Australia-wide: We endeavour to process your item(s) within 24/48 business hours. We use a combination of Australia Post (for smaller orders) and a shipping company to deliver your order. You can expect your items within 4-5 days outside peak (Christmas) season.
For in-store pickup: Our warehouse is Melbourne-based. We deliver stock and customer orders to our stores on a regular but somewhat unpredictable schedule. If you are based in Melbourne your book is likely to arrive at your selected store earlier than if you select an interstate in-store pickup option.
Interstate stores could take up to 3 weeks to receive the book you have ordered.
Your chosen store will get in touch with you by email to let you know your book has arrived.
If you have any questions about online orders please contact us by email.
Secure Eway Payment Gateway
We accept the following payment methods: credit card (MasterCard and VISA). We charge your credit card at the time you place the order. If we are unable to fulfil any items we refund your card immediately.
The Book Grocer considers the security of your credit card details to be of the utmost importance. The very high level of security measures that we have established and implemented are to the highest in industry standards for ecommerce. You can be totally assured of complete security of your details. We work with eWAY - the industry's leading credit card processor.
PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) - a set of standards created by card issuers such as Visa and MasterCard to ensure the security of credit card details online. As an online credit card processor, eWAY is subject to standards imposed on the industry by major card issuers such as Visa and MasterCard.
The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) is a set of guidelines developed to help organisations that process card payments prevent credit card fraud, hacking and various other security issues. A company processing, storing, or transmitting credit card numbers must be PCI DSS compliant or they risk losing the ability to process credit card payments.
The Book Grocer is committed to privacy in accordance with the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000. We take reasonable steps to safeguard and protect your privacy.
The personal details that you provide to us when using our website, such as your name, postal or e-mail address, telephone or fax number, will be kept confidential. We use this information to fulfil your order and to keep you updated about the progress of your order. If you select the newsletter option we will notify you of special offers, new products and new services. If you no longer want to receive the newsletter simply contact us.
The Book Grocer will not sell or give your information to a third party. Your information may be sent to a third party where we are legally required to do so; in the course of a police investigation; or to subcontractors for the purpose of fulfillment or after-sales service.
We dispatch hundreds of thousands of products with an extremely small percentage that arrive damaged. In the majority of cases it is usually due to handling accidents by delivery personnel. Our own suppliers have strict quality control procedures in place as items are manufactured and then freighted to us. All our own products that we dispatch are then carefully inspected a third time prior to dispatch. Should you be unfortunate enough to receive a faulty or damaged product please contact us.
Change of Mind
Ordinarily, we are unable to accept returns due to a change of mind. Returns will only be approved at our discretion and usually we will only allow this when the book is damaged or wrongly supplied. Returns will not be accepted without prior approval. If you would like us to consider a change of mind purchase please contact us outlining your reasons for wishing to do so. We will then evaluate your request and at our discretion we will make a decision and notify you of the outcome. All Change of Mind returns must be received in mint, resaleable condition.
Can I see the status of my orders?
When you login to your account you can access your order history, view your recent orders, update your email address, and view your wishlist.
Do you take telephone orders?
We prefer to receive orders via the website but if you really need to order and pay over the phone you can call us on 03 9310 3938.
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