Used Book Buy Back

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Please Note!

We only buy books at our 506 Clement St. location -- we do notbuy books at Green Apple Books on the Park or Browser Books.

We do not accept donations, so please be prepared to take away books we don't buy!

What are your buying location and hours?

Green Apple buys books at 506 Clement seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Additionally, we do not buy books on December 24th and January 1st.

We no longer carry nor buy CDs.

What do you buy?

Besides our usual, primary areas of interest (literature, poetry, philosophy, natural history/field guides, art monographs, and cooking) we would like to see current & classic titles on social justice and race studies.

What do you NOT buy?

  • Serial romances
  • Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • Books that are underlined or highlighted
  • Books that are out of date (older computer books, out-of-date travel guides, fad diet books no longer in demand, older business books, etc.)

How much do you pay for books?

There is no set formula for what we pay for books. It is based on supply and demand. That said, we pay very aggressively for the best books: the hottest bestsellers (while they’re hot), beautiful art books, quality cookbooks, graphic novels, collectibles, etc. Quality books that are in demand fetch top dollar. For more common books, we also pay competitively.

Do you pay in cash or in trade?

We usually offer both—your choice. Trade towards used books is 50% higher than cash, while trade for new (non-discounted) books is 25% higher than cash. We very occasionally offer trade only in some subject areas in which we get overloaded, like pocket books or young adult fiction.

What about music and DVDs?

We buy DVDs on the same schedule and principles as the books above. We buy music on LP 10-5 seven days a week. Again, we pay aggressively for the best  LPs and DVDs. While we can’t buy quite as widely as some bigger music stores, we do pay competitively to provide the best stock we can.