Each book that we take gives you credit in the amount of half what that book will sell for in the store (or 25% of the original cover price). For instance, if the original price of a paperback book is $7.99, we will sell it for $4.00 and you will get $2.00 of trade credit for turning it in. Usually, we sell used books at half price, but sometimes we sell hardcover books for less, and our minimum price is $1.00.
Any credit you earn may be used to pay for up to half of the price of any used book in the store (50%). For example, if a used book sells in the store for $4.00, you may use your trade credit to pay for $2.00 and then you would then pay the other $2.00 plus tax out of pocket.
You may also use your trade credit to pay for 10% of the price of any new book. A new $15.00 trade paperback, for instance, will use $1.50 of your credit and then you will pay the remaining amount.
New or used, you will always pay a portion of the price of any book you buy, but our credit reduces that price.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can you look at my books?
In order to serve you more efficiently, we only process trades between the hours of 10:00am and 5:00pm on Monday - Saturday and 12:00pm and 4:00pm on Sunday.
For this same reason, we can only look at two boxes per person daily.
What kind of books do you take? Why didn't you take these books?
We are happy to look at your used books, however, we cannot guarantee to take every book you bring in.
Books are checked by our database to see how many of that title we already have in the store and how well it has sold for us. We also take into account the condition of the books coming in so please keep that in mind (no books with water damage, spiders, etc.).
A brief guide to what we cannot take:
Hardcovers if they are older than six months or if a paperback edition is available (some special cases apply i.e. Bestsellers).
Rare encyclopedia sets, 1901 first edition copies, etc. We just don't do well selling these, but there are other bookstores in town that do.
Books with water damage, spiders, ripped or missing pages/covers.
Harlequin/Silhouette books or textbooks.
Advance Reader Copies or Uncorrected Proofs.
What do you do with books you cannot take?
If you do not choose to take them back, most books that we cannot accept can be donated to the American Association of University Women (we are not able to donate textbooks). We cannot hold books that you have dropped off overnight because of limited donation space. If our space is full, we suggest donating any unwanted books to Friends of the Library or some of the local thrift stores like ARC, Savers, Goodwill, Brand Spanking Used or Eco-Thrift.
Why can't I use my credit to pay for the whole price of a book?
We understand times are tough and so we try to offer a number of ways to save you money, including through Trade Credit. However, just like any business, we need to remain at least a little profitable in order to keep the lights on. This is why, for now, we can only offer a percentage off of each book with credit. We are constantly re-evaluating our policy.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.
Old Firehouse Books
232 Walnut Street Old Town Fort Collins, CO 80524
Monday - Thursday 9:00am to 8:00pm, Friday & Saturday 9:00am to 9:00pm & Sunday 9:00am to 6:00pm
Trade Desk Hours
Monday - Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm & Sunday - 12:00pm to 4:00pm