Trading books and FAQs
Where do you get your books from?
We get our used inventory from books people bring in to the store. You can donate, or trade for credit used books.
How does trading used books works?
We will go through the boxes or bags you bring us and say "yay" or "nay" to each title. For the books we want, we add up the new book prices and do a little math. If you are trading, you get up to 20% of the total to put towards other used books (you cannot trade used books for new books or for games, stickers, etc.).
So, what are we looking for when it comes to used books?
We have a few general guidelines that help us determine what we will or will not take. We don't give credit for old library books. We also we won't take anything with missing covers, pages, or is musty, smelly or damaged in any way. The books we accept have to be in good condition.
Will you give credit for any old book?
We will also say no to titles that we don't think we can sell. Some authors and subjects just don't appeal to the majority of readers these days. We don't have the space for every book that comes our way. Another thing we consider is how many copies of a title we may already have. We just don't need ten copies of something, even if it is a "hot new title." You can still donate these books if you choose, we simply won't offer a credit for these books.
So why would anyone donate when they can trade?
Sometimes you may not want to go through the process of sorting out those stacks of books in the basement: you just want them gone. If that's the case, you can drop off books here and not have to worry about them again. We will go through them and get recycle of the ones we can't use. (When you trade you have to take the "rejects" away with you.)
Donating books is another way to support a small local business so we can keep selling books!
Do I need to make an appointment to bring in my books?
There is no need to make an appointment to bring books in, but please be advised it is going to take us some time to sort through them, especially if the store is busy. Occasionally we can sort through them while you browse the store but usually we ask you drop them off and we will call or e-mail you when they are sorted.
We Do Not give cash for books