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Trading Policies

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Thank you for considering the trade or sale of your books to The Book Man!  We buy and trade books from the public and choose titles on a book-by-book basis. We are very selective about condition and only take books that are marketable and needed in our stock, as we always want to bring our clients the very best as we reinvent our stock with new inventory.  We almost always take back books that were originally purchased from us as long as they are still in sellable condition (ie - not smoke or water damaged, run over by a truck, etc.)

Simply bring your books into our store and leave them with one of our chipper staff members. We can usually look at small amounts of books immediately; lose yourself in the stacks and have a pleasurable browse, and well work out credits or cash for any books that we are able to take. Customers with larger amounts of books or those wishing to receive cash for their books must leave them for a qualified book buyer to look at.  It can take up to seven days for a book buyer to be able to look at your books in-store, although almost all collections will be looked at within 24 hours.  We are always happy to set up an appointment at your residence for larger collections of books as well.

Due to limited storage space, we respectfully ask that you pick up any books that we do not take within 48 hours after we contact you.  Books that are not picked up within 48 hours will be donated to charity.

New books and merchandise are exempt from trading credit.

TRADING FORMULA

We pay 40% of our selling price in trading credit. Trading credit can be applied to up to 50% of each used book purchase. This will enable you to save significantly on the largest trading selection in the Lower Mainland.

We pay 20% of our selling price in cash. A qualified book buyer will provide you with an estimate for your consideration.

MAGAZINES, COMICS & VINYL

We also take a very select variety of magazines. We suggest calling ahead, or bringing one of each magazine for us to look at to find out if we carry your magazines. If we can use them, we offer 25¢ in cash or credit for each magazine. We accept Archie Comics in good condition and offer 25¢ for singles, 50¢ for doubles, or 2 for 1 trade. We are extremely selective when choosing vinyl from customers. We pay $1.00 for each album.

ESTATE SALES & LARGER COLLECTIONS

If you are offering an estate collection or large personal library of books for trade or sale, please contact us at 604.792.4595 to arrange an appointment with a qualified book buyer.  Our book buyers do in-house visits for particularly large collections.

RESTRICTIONS

Trading credit can only be applied to 50% of each used book purchase.  Trading credit has no cash value and therefore cannot be converted into cash or used to purchase gift certificates, under any circumstances.  Trading credit cannot be used to  purchase new merchandise such as brand new books, t-shirts and book bags.  Credits are kept in our active database for two years following your last transaction.  Trading policies are revised periodically, with our website always reflecting up-to-date policies at www.bookman.ca/TradingPolicies.

 

SUMMARY

We will evaluate and process your books within 7 days. We will apply the trading credit amount under your name on our computer, price and shelve the books that we have taken, contact you, and have your leftover books waiting for pickup within 48 hours of contact.

WHEN SHOULD I BRING IN MY BOOKS?

You can trade your books at The Book Man at any time.  We suggest that you call ahead to ensure that our qualified book buyer is available to look at your books if you choose to sell them for cash.

WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS?

Unfortunately, we are not able to store leftover books for more than 48 hours due to fire code regulations, and limited storage space.  We will however lend you our sturdy cart, and whenever able, even give you a hand packing them back into your vehicle to take to a local charity.  We are a proud supporter of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack Fraser Valley. Each week we donate a truckload of books to their drop off point to help them accumulate books for their yearly book sale and encourage our customers to do the same with any books that we are not able to take.  We have printed a small map to help you find their dropoff point, which is a five minute drive from the bookstore.  For our Abbotsford clients, we recommend donating books to Hidden Treasures or MCC Thrift Stores, both of which are within a five to ten minute drive from our location in The Little Oak Mall.