Buy, Sell, & Trade at Bookmans | Used Books, Movies, Music

When Bookmans was founded in 1976, compact discs didn’t exist and “recycle” wasn’t yet a catchphrase, let alone a way of life.

Bookmans Entertainment Exchange is a bookstore at our core, and for over 30 years we’ve operated on the assumption that used books, along with movies, music and other media deserve the chance to be discovered on our shelves, not in the local landfill. Simply put, Bookmans was green before green was cool, and our customers continue to fuel our mission of providing a wide selection of used books, musical instruments, movies, and music at reduced prices. Buying used is good for your pocket and for the planet, so why buy new?

How We Buy

Most of the used books, musical instruments and plethora of other media we sell is recycled directly from our customers, and we’re here to help make the most of your trade-in experience. We are flexible to customer demand, current store stock, and the condition of any item that comes across the trade counter. While you shop, we sort through your deal and set aside what we can use at that time. When you’re ready, we’ll have an offer in Bookmans trade credit or cash waiting for you. Our offers are as flexible as our stock, and we’re happy to clarify the process for you. Our trade counter is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., no appointment necessary. Find the store nearest you.

What We Buy

Our Entertainment Exchanges buy books, magazines, comics, music, movies, video games, musical instruments, electronics, housewares and more. If you are unsure whether we would purchase a particular item, bring it in and let us take a look. Each store reflects the local scene and our needs and stock change daily. To get an idea of what we are currently looking for, check out our What We Want news post.

Our Sports Exchange buys sports, outdoors and fitness equipment for people of all ages and at all levels of ability.

What You Get

You have the choice of store credit or cash for those items we’re able to use from your trade-in. Trade credit earned at the Entertainment Exchanges can be spent at the Sports Exchange and vise versa. Trade credit spends like cash in all of our stores and never expires.*


If you want to sell your large collection or estate, contact us and we may be able to come to you. We’ll treat you and your belongings with the respect and care they deserve. For in-state phone inquiries, please contact your local Bookmans. For out-of-state inquiries, please contact us at or call (949) 682-5236. Due to the volume of inquiries, please allow a few days for us to return your message.


If what you buy isn’t what you expected or wanted, our 100% Guarantee has you covered. Bring the item and your receipt to any Bookmans Entertainment Exchange within seven days and we’ll give you a full refund. Items purchased at Bookmans Sports Exchange may not be returned to Bookmans Entertainment Exchange and vice versa.

* Bookmans acts only as a ticket outlet for concert venues and promoters and so trade credit cannot be used to purchase concert tickets.

Bookmans Entertainment Exchange buys, sells and trades used books, music, movies, video games & musical instruments.
Our 6 stores in Tucson, Phoenix, Mesa & Flagstaff are open 7 days a week from 9am-10pm.

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