SELLING TO US
The primary way we acquire inventory is from customers. Folks bring us anywhere from a bag o' books to 15 boxes for us to consider purchasing.
We buy Tuesday through Saturday, noon to five.
We buy outright, or offer store credit for double whatever the cash amount might be.
Store credit may be used at any time. We keep a file and never delete anyone’s credit. One guy came in recently and said that he might have some store credit on file, though it might have been two or three years ago. We checked, and his credit was from seven years earlier, just waiting for him to come shopping with it.
We buy all kinds of books, from paperbacks
to antiquarian material.
We also buy DVDs and CDs.
We’re frequently asked what books we’re interested in buying. While we can say that we want scholarly non-fiction, leather-bound sets, and fine bindings, as well as more common material, it’s easier to state what kind of books we don’t buy.
We don’t buy:
We’re offered so many books that we can be rather selective regarding condition. The books have to be not just readable, but the binding must be in very good condition, with no notations or underlining in the text. Some leeway is afforded to books from the 19th century and back. Books published later than 1900 are not considered to be old, and even 19th century books are not necessarily valuable.
While we may buy some of your books, we probably will not buy all of them. We recommend you take the no-thank-yous to your local library and tell them you have books to donate to their Friends of the Library organization, which can offer them at $1 or $2 to raise money for programming and/or equipment.
If you are thinking of bringing material in to sell, please understand that while we usually are able to look at your books right away, it might take us a little time if:
In short, it depends on the book. We evaluate each one carefully and make an offer of around 20-25% of our expected selling price. Some books may receive a higher percentage depending on a substantially elevated retail price.
Occasionally we may reject your books simply because we have too many of that title or subject in stock at that time.
Regardless of how many we can use, we always appreciate that you brought them to the Acorn Bookshop.
Acorn Bookshop, 1464 West 5th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212 - 614.486.1860