trade-in program

Stretch your book budget by trading in your gently-used books for store credit to purchase your next great read

Our trade-in program enables you to trade in your gently-used books for store credit. This enables us to help your books find a second chance and also enables you to buy more books at a low cost!  Store credit can be used on any books in the store (even the specially-priced ones!) and never expires. Store credit is not valid for the purchase of gift cards but it IS transferable, which enables you to give it away as a thoughtful gift! 

We buy back items that we feel that we can sell and may reject items due to age, condition, or stock on hand. The amount that we offer for items is not negotiable and you are free to reject any offer made by our staff. Stop in today to find out if you have what we need. 

How much do you offer for my books? 

We base all of our offers on what the item will sell for in the store. Certain items, like fiction, we cannot offer as much for, but we make every attempt to give you the best offer around for your items. Please understand that we cannot buy everything, and some items may be returned to you for the reasons listed above. Store credit is transferable and makes a great gift idea for any book lover you may know. 

Can I get cash instead?

Under very rare circumstances, we can offer cash for your trade-ins. This applies ONLY to particularly high-value or hard-to-find items. You are always welcome to bring items to the store to find out if we can make a cash offer, and you are never under any obligation to accept that offer.   

How long does the trade-in process take? 

It varies for a few reasons: 

1) How many items you have 
2) How many orders are in front of you
3) Staff availability

Based on those factors we make every attempt to process orders as quickly as possible. Depending on the factors above, small orders may be able to be processed while you wait. Most orders can be completed within 24-48 hours. We can provide a rough estimate of the completion time at the time of drop off. 

Is there anything that you don’t accept on trade-in?

Since Persnickety Books only sells used books we only accept books in our trade-in program. Former library items, book club editions, Reader’s Digest editions, cookbooks, and custom published textbooks are accepted on a case by case basis. Books whose spines are broken, are water damaged, have excessive annotations, highlighting, writing, or creases will be rejected due to condition. Persnickety Books’ staff reserves the right to reject items for trade-in at their discretion. 

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