Orca Books' Used Book Trade-in Policy
**PLEASE NOTE: FOR THE TIME BEING WE ARE ONLY OFFERING CREDIT FOR USED BOOKS, NOT CASH (for the rare exceptions, see details at the bottom of the page)
How It Works
We trade books every day of the week, with no need for an appointment. Our trading hours are 12pm - 6pm Monday-Saturday, and 12am - 4pm on Sunday. We will stop trading early if we're having an event, so please call if you plan on bringing books to sell in the late afternoon (Saturdays and Sundays) or after 6pm (Monday-Friday).
Bring your books in during our buying hours and a buyer will look at them as soon as possible. A box or bag might take just 10-15 minutes. You're welcome to browse while we assess your books. We can also make arrangements for you to return later in the day. We may ask what the earliest time you would return might be, allowing us to perform "triage" if other trades come in. We don't like to have books left overnight: space is very limited, and it's hard to keep them from getting mixed up with the hundreds of books coming through the store every day.
We'll go through the books and make an offer in credit (for cash, see note at the bottom of the page). We ask that you please take back the "rejects" - there are a number of places we can refer you to that accept donations. For example, branch libraries accept book donations for the quarterly Friends of the Library sales. Goodwill also takes most books.
A Few Tips
We are a general interest book store, so we look at books in all subjects. While there are some exceptions, we try to avoid the following:
book club editions
multi-volume sets (like encyclopedias or Time Life sets)
Reader's Digest condensed books
hardcover fiction that's out in paperback
games or puzzles
It's not that we dislike any of these things -- they just don't sell for us.
We no longer take VHS tapes.
We frequently deal with twenty or more boxes at a time, so quantity isn't a problem. If you're bringing down ten or more boxes we'd appreciate a call first to give us a heads up, but it's not required. We prefer to do all buying at our store, but if you have 2,500+ books we might be able to come to you. Please call 360-352-0123 to inquire about house visits for large collections.
We do not give estimates over the phone. We will not do appraisals of items you're not interested in selling.
Whether we take a book depends on a number of factors. Condition is the single most important factor. If a book has notes or highlighting; water damage or other stains; foxing or other discoloration; a previous owner's inscriptions, book plates, blind stamps, or other "ex libris" marks; excessive edge wear; or creases along the spine, there's a good chance we will pass on it. Our current stock is also a factor: at any given time, we may be overstocked on a particular title.
There is no fixed amount of credit that we offer for a book. The book's age, popularity, scarcity and other factors all play a role. Also, credit is not itemized - we make one lump-sum offer for what you bring in.
Some Things to Know About Credit
*Credit can be used against anything in the store - journals, cards, pens, etc. - not just books.
*You can also apply your store credit to books we special order.
*You are able to purchase gift certificates with credit or transfer all or part of your credit to another person's account.
* Moving out of town or just feeling charitable? There are a number of organizations (school libraries, Books to Prisoners, etc) that would love to have credit. If you wish to donate all or part of your credit to one of these organizations, we'd be happy to do that.
*Trade credit never expires and doesn't require you to keep any sort of voucher. Our system is backed up every three hours and we store a paper copy of each credit slip that's entered into our system, so your credit is always safe with us. If you don't have an account, a name and phone number are all that's required to create one.
* Multiple names can also be kept on one account. We take privacy seriously and will never use your information for any purpose other than to access your account, and we will never sell or lend it to any third party.
Cash for Books
**If you are only interested in getting cash for your books, we do sometimes make exceptions for highly unusual books. Please call (360) 352-0123 for more information. We can usually tell by asking a few questions over the phone whether the books are ones we might pay cash for; however, the final valuation (if any) will still have to be made in the store once you've brought the books in, and nothing we say over the phone should be taken as a guarantee that we'll buy (for credit or cash) books we haven't seen yet.
ALSO, be aware that the cash offer is usually half of whatever the trade offer would be, so taking credit is still a better deal.