We do take in your used books for trade credit or cash, depending on the condition of the book and if we need it! More specifics:
What books do you buy?
It depends on what we need. At this store we tend to need mostly paperback fiction, but we’ll take a look at anything. The books do need to be in very good condition; we don’t take ex-library books or textbooks.
What do you pay for books?
The basic (not hard and fast) rule for current books in print is: we sell books for half of what they are new, you get half of that in credit or a little less in cash. To figure the amount for a current paperback book take the cover price and divide by 4 for credit and 5 for cash. Older books are figured differently, based on current value rather than cover price.
What hours/days to you buy?
We do not buy on Tuesday or Wednesday. On Thursday-Monday generally we’re buying until about a half hour before we close. There are exceptions; we don’t buy on event days (for example). We always encourage you to call 541-994-4467 to make sure the buyer is in if you’re planning to bring books.
Can I drop off books to trade/sell and pick the leftovers up another day?
Unfortunately no, we simply don’t have room to store books after we’ve gone through them. This is also for your protection so they don’t get lost in the shuffle. It usually doesn’t take long to go through the books as the buyer is very knowledgeable about what we need. If you’d like to run quick errands in the neighborhood while we go through your books that’s fine, but any books still left when we close will be donated.
How does store credit work?
Store credit from Bob’s Beach Books and Robert’s Bookshop can be used at both stores for any books, cards, prints, pretty much anything in the store except some consignment comics and original artwork. We don’t ask you to pay a percentage in cash; credit can be used for 100% of the purchase–as long as you have enough credit to cover it (any amount due can be paid by any tender we normally take). Our normal discount on new releases is for cash/check or credit/visa payment only, so is not applicable if you pay by store credit.