We buy books all year at our Downtown store, located at 525 Willamette St, and are happy to look at one
book or many boxes at a time. Here are a few guidelines to clarify the
process and make your book selling experience satisfying:
- You need current Oregon identification to sell books at our stores.
Driver’s licenses or state issued identification, current University
of Oregon, Lane Community College, or Northwest Christian College student
or faculty identification is acceptable. Passports, out-of-state driver’s
licenses, photocopied identification are not accepted.
- We only pay cash for the books we buy. We do not offer trade or issue
- We do not pay a percentage of the new price. The amount we offer is
based on the new price, our stores’ inventories (how many copies
are on the shelves), demand for the book (whether people are asking
us for this book), our experience and professional judgement (what we
know about the book), and other factors. In the end, we will pay you
as much as we think the book is worth, which is an amount we think is
informed and fair.
- Bring your books to either store. We have buyers available at both
stores during the designated buying hours who are experienced
with all kinds of books. Whichever store is most convenient for you
is where you should go.
- Do not take books that we reject at one store to the other store.
Our buyers will buy every book that both stores need. It wastes our
time to have to look through them again at the other store.
- Make sure your books are clean and in good condition. We do not buy
books that are dirty, torn, or in “as is’ condition. If
your books have been stored in garages, attics, or storage lockers,
make sure they are clean, dry, and mildew free.
Here’s an outline of kinds of books that we do not usually buy.
It’s helpful to us and easier for you if you leave these books at
home or donate them to a local charity rather than bringing them to our
We never buy:
Books that need to be cleaned or repaired
Christian inspirational writings
Christian self help
Romances (we buy a few current paperback writers)
Book club hardback fiction
Reader’s Digest condensed books
Hardback true crime
Some subjects become out-dated very fast. If you are selling computer
or software books,business and investment titles, or travel guides, check
the copyright date. If they are more than two years old, then we probably
will not buy them. We always buy current books in these subjects, but
not old editions that no one needs anymore.
In the end, if you are unsure, let our buyers decide.