Trade Credit Policy
Trade Credit Policy
We will begin accepting trade again on April 2nd. You MUST make an appointment here.
Where do our used books come from?
You! Our fantastic customers. Old Firehouse Books carries both new and used books not only to provide a larger selection of books but also to provide some of the best deals to our customers. When you bring in your gently used books, the deals get even better!
How It Works
For every book we take into the store, the customer generally receives one quarter (1/4) of the cover price in trade credit. The trade credit you receive gets you a discount on the books you buy. When you make a purchase after trading in books, credit will automatically be deducted from your trade credit bank. You will save 10% on new books and 50% on used books. You will always pay something, but you will also save some money as long as you have enough trade credit. Trade credit can be applied to any item in our store, not just books!
It works like this: If you bring us a book that costs $16 (most paperbacks nowadays), $4 are deposited in your trade credit bank. Then, if you buy a $10 new book, you’ll get a dollar off and have $3 left in your trade credit bank. If you buy a $6 used book, you’ll get $3 off and have $1 left in your credit bank. It’s not a direct exchange, but you are always saving money!
**Please keep in mind: We are not a donation center.**
Space in our store is very limited. If you have several boxes of old, obscure, dirty books that you don't want, and that we are unlikely to take into the store.
What We Do And Don't Take
We are looking for gently used books. This means:
- No magazines
- No outdated travel books
- No books with water damage
- No books with torn or grimy covers or missing dust jackets
- No smelly or hairy books
- No books with broken spines
- No books with marking or highlighting inside or torn pages
- No antique books
- No hardcover copies of a book that is out in paperback
We prefer paperback books. We do not take textbooks. We are selective about what we take, and will check books against our current inventory and sales history. We do not take very niche books or books that are dated. Books are also under the scrutiny of our staff. If we don't have the readership for a book we won’t take it in.
When We Take Trade Books
You MUST make an appointment for trade here. Our trade hours are:
Wednesday and Friday 10 AM-12PM
Sunday: 10 AM-4PM
If you drop off books outside of trade hours, they will be donated or recycled and you will not receive credit.
**We enforce a limit of approximately 30 books per visit**
Please don't bring us giant plastic tubs, or a refrigerator box, or seven reusable grocery bags full of books. We just don't have the room to unpack and store them so you can take your tubs and bags home, nor the time and staff to get through all those books in addition to our other store responsibilites. If you have more than 30 books you are welcome to bring them to us in stages!
What We Do With Books We Don't Take
As of 2021, any books we don't take into the store we will give back to you or throw away. All of our previous donation centers are not taking donations due to COVID. Books that we do not take from you must be picked up at the end of your timeslot or they will be thrown away.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.