We pay cash or offer trade credit for any of your books that we have a demand for. A general rule of thumb is that you will receive up to 25% more in trade credit to be used on any of our general used books in the store. We pay the most for recent bestsellers, local interest, rare, collectibles, and current textbooks. The primary factors we consider when buying used merchandise is: Condition, Current Stock Levels, and Demand of the Books.
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We actively donate overstock books to nonprofit agencies around the world and strive to find a home for all books.
We encourage our customers to call the store before bringing books in to see if a buyer is available. Sellers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We are not able to make estimates or offers from a list; buyers must see the actual items. If you have any questions about merchandise you want to sell, please refer to the FAQ’s.
Book Buying FAQ
Q: What types of things do you buy?
Well, we buy all sorts of books, but there are always certain books in each field that are more in demand than others. Things of the most interest are books that are in current demand, collectables, rare, local interest, LDS books, and current textbooks.
Q: How does the buy process work?
Please call ahead to see if a buyer is available before bringing in the books. You are welcome to browse the store while we assess your books. Some books we can give cash for and others we may only be able to give store credit for. Some books we may not be able to use at all. If you don’t want to take back the books that we can’t use, you can leave them and we will either donate them or put them on our dollar tables – you don’t have to take anything back!
Q: Why do you need my phone number when I sell to you?
We ask for your phone contact information in case there’s any need to follow up with you on the buy transaction. While it doesn’t happen often, we occasionally find personal items left in books, or find out after an offer is made that there is a book of greater value than we realized when we made the offer. This information is not seen by anyone who isn’t directly involved in the buy transaction or buy transaction supervision.
Q: Can you tell me what you’ll give me for a certain book?
Not all books are equal, and, no, we don’t buy by the pound. We need to actually see a book. It’s hard to evaluate any item without seeing it and touching it, and then offer money for it. We can usually let you know in general terms how interested we are in a type of book or whether or not it may have some collectible value.
Q: So, what kinds of books do you like to see?
Basically, we are going to pay a higher percentage for books we see less often, and any book that’s a current bestseller is generally going to get the highest offers. Titles that are recent bestsellers, but that have been superseded by other titles are not worth as much. We wouldn’t pay as much for those as for newer ones, because our supply would be relatively great. We also like the solid, perennial classics in every field, from fiction to kids’ books to history to science; with non-fiction, the more specific the topic, the better, and with the sciences, the more advanced or technical, the better.
Q: And what kind of books do you hope not to see?
Well, let me say again that we will be happy to look at anything printed or recorded and make an offer. Some of the kinds of books we tend not to be able to pay as much for include former bestsellers; subjects that date poorly (almanacs, humor, test books, political science); older editions of textbooks and marked or slightly damaged books.
Those items we have trouble selling may end up in our Clearance section or be donated. We donate hundreds of thousands of unsold books every year to schools and non-profit organizations around the country and overseas.
Q: How many books can I bring in at one time?
There’s not really a limit to the number of books you may bring in. Large quantities may take longer than our average waiting time (15-20 minutes) to be evaluated. Buyers will be on hand to assist you in bringing them into the store. If you have more books than can be brought in the store give us a call to schedule an appraisal at your location.
Q: What about book club editions?
Most book clubs produce inexpensive editions of popular titles, and these seldom have much resale value. Unlike many book dealers, however, we do stock them, so we won’t turn you away if you bring them in. Our price on book club editions is below our average hardback price. Our offers on book club editions are based upon supply and demand. Those we have few or no copies of will warrant a little more attention at our buy table.
Q: If I didn’t sell my textbooks back to the college bookstore, would you be interested in them?
Textbooks generally don’t date very well; new editions replace earlier editions about every two years. We often donate the out-of-date textbooks brought to us to non-profit organizations. Business texts, along with sociology, computers, and government, fall at the least durable end of the textbook spectrum, while higher science, technical, and math books, as well as more academic history and literature texts tend to be timeless, and therefore of more value. As a rule of thumb, the more specific and/or scholarly the textbook’s topic is, the more lasting its value.
Q: How do I know if my books are collectible?
Know the edition and know the condition. There are many features you can check to find out if your book is a first edition or another desirable edition. Now, let’s say that you do have a bunch of potentially collectible first editions, maybe some mysteries from the forties and some from the eighties. How do you know if the condition is acceptable to a collector? Try to rate your books according to these categories of condition: Mint – as new; looks untouched. Fine – may have been read, but still looks new and has no defects. Very Good – shows minor signs of wear, and may have a few minor defects including: a clipped, slightly torn, or slightly chipped dust jacket; a small owner’s inscription; a bookplate; a remainder mark; minor foxing (paper discoloration), minor rubbing (book cover discoloration); or bumps.
Any first edition issued with a dust jacket should have its dust jacket. The jacket accounts for about 75% of the book’s value, so collectors are picky about this. If your books are lacking dust jackets, if they have major versions of the defects listed under “Very Good,” if they’re library copies, or if they’re water-damaged, highlighted, or cracked, they’re pretty much out of the running for collectibility.
Q: How important is the condition of non-collectible books I bring in?
It’s a good idea to take good care of your books. If your books are later editions or are the types of books bought mostly for information or entertainment, condition is not as relevant – the book buyer just wants to know it’s all there, isn’t dirty and doesn’t smell funny. Minor wear, owner inscriptions, minimal highlighting or underlining, and other defects may reduce the amounts offered for books.
Q: Do you buy library books?
We will make offers on library books if it’s evident they’ve been withdrawn from the library, and provided the condition is acceptable and the subject matter is not oversupplied.