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Selling Us Books

buyingdesk.jpgWe take in books at any time, but we are generally able to serve you better and faster during the quieter weekdays. For most orders, we will ask you to leave your items with us so we may give the order our full attention, and then call you when we have finished. If you have a handful of books or less, we can try to help you while you wait, but only if there is a buyer available. 

We offer store credit, with no expiration date, for books that we are able to use in our store. We offer a percentage of the Firefly price which may vary depending on condition, age, popularity, and subject. We offer 20% for most items, and up to 40% for items that are hot selling and/or difficult for us to acquire.

We will consider items for cash, but are more selective about the types of items we will offer cash for. The cash value offered will be half of the trade value.

If you just want your books out of the way, we can just take everything as a donation. Anything we can't use we will donate to local libraries or charity book drives for their sales, or we will recycle anything that is completely unusable.

Your store credit can be used for 100% of the price of USED items and 25% of the price of NEW items.

What Are We Looking For?

We are looking for new material in all sections of the store, but are especially interested in:

  • Eastern & World Religions
  • Esoteric and Occult
  • Crafts
  • Art and Photography
  • Gardening (particularly Rodale books)
  • Cookbooks
  • Graphic Novels and comic collected volumes
  • English-language Manga (Japanese, Korean and Chinese are all good)
  • Role Play Games and source books (D&D, Pathfinder, D20, any other system)
  • Science, Math and Engineering
  • Transportation (Planes, Trains, Cars, Racing, Ships and Boats)
  • Children's chapter books and Picture books
  • Young adult fiction (Science Fiction & Fantasy in particular)
  • Parenting and Education
  • Pocket Paperback (Mass Market) - Fiction and Non-Fiction, especially paperback Mysteries & Sci-Fi, any date if in great condition

Tips For Trade-Ins

Please consider using small boxes or reusable shopping bags with handles for your books. Over-sized boxes can be dangerous to lift and move, so we recommend using office boxes or similar-sized moving boxes. Please don't use garbage bags as the books will get damaged and it will be difficult to accept them!

Condition is an important consideration, but bring us what you have- there are some exceptions.

We will not accept books that have a tobacco, chemical or mildew smell, have water damage or mold, or show signs of insect damage or infestation.

Other items we will not accept include:

  • items we are already well stocked with
  • items with obsolete information
  • magazines
  • encyclopedias
  • Reader's Digest Condensed Books

Estate or Liquidation Sales

If you need to make arrangements for a large collection, please contact us by email or 484.648.2712 to make an appointment. We can work directly with the seller or through their representatives to move any volume. We occasionally work in tandem with other dealers.

If you have a collection that you need us to purchase on site rather than bring it to the store, please contact us, so we can discuss the best approach to move your material.

I have a list of books to sell. Can you give me a quote for which books you want and how much you'll pay for them?

We have had a long-standing policy of not doing quotes over the phone or by email. We do have customers that send us lists with the expectation we will pick and choose which ones we want and make an offer at that time. Due to the number of issues that such a process creates, we have to be hard and firm that we need to see in person all items the customer wants us to evaluate, and make an offer only AFTER we have selected the items we know we can use in the store.

 
We realize that the prospect of packing everything and bringing them to us, having to wait, and if there are any returns, having to drive back to pick them up will seem daunting or inconvenient. We assure our customers that our intent is to make sure that everyone receives a careful and accurate evaluation of their books so they get good value in return.
 
There have been occasions where a collection is generally in good enough overall condition and interest that we can quickly generate a per-box offer and just take everything. Certainly this is the most expedient approach but far less accurate. It is essentially a guesstimate approach based on what percentage of the collection we think we can actually use.