Buying and Selling Magazines at Bookmans

Posted in In Our Stores on 18 Aug by

* by Bookmans Mesa Cashier Supervisor Roland Wakefield

Have you wondered what to say on a date with Don Johnson? How to write a love letter to Bruce Willis? How they got Tick-Tock from Return to Oz the walk? Or why Burke and Hare hasn’t been released in the U.S. and whether or not it should? Answers to these questions and more co-exist in the magazine aisle at any Bookmans location.

Bookmans takes magazines that we think will sell or make someone laugh. We see a lot of technical magazines. Some we take because there are no books circulating about the subject that won’t sell immediately. Some we take because the information changes so rapidly that any book we see on the subject is obsolete. Visit our magazine section to catch up on whatever interests you. The best part about the magazine section at Bookmans Mesa and Bookmans Flagstaff is that you can take the magazines to the café and peruse them out at your leisure. What could you need beyond a latte and a Teen Beat article informing you “How to love a hunk”?

The latest dose of brain fodder that I gathered for my personal collection is a Cinefex from 1985 that contains possibly everything available on the making of Return to Oz. The DVD has nothing but the movie on it (which I also bought at Bookmans) so this magazine and other interviews in sci-fi mags of that year are all there is. Apparently Tick-Tock was a radio controlled head with a contortionist balled up inside working the legs with his feet. It has photos of the wheelers and the rigs they had to wear to roll around with wheels for hands and feet. It also goes into details about the stop motion animation used at the end of the film for the rock king and the compositing of the actors into the shots. It’s no “dating tips on what Wil Wheaton likes in a girl”, but nevertheless it’s random, rare and was on our shelf waiting for anyone with the interest and $2.50 in store credit.

Another nugget is a Canadian entertainment magazine from 1985 containing an article about Pee-wee Herman at the peak of his popularity in which he says he’s working on a theme park based on Pee-wee’s shows and movies and how he wanted the second film to be a musical. After raising my fists into the air and screaming because I could have ridden a Pee-wee roller coaster, I realized how that fact (although I didn’t need to know it) changed my conversations for the next week. Every after-work outing is better when you’re contemplating a Pee-wee roller coaster and the song he would write to play during the ride and/or the wait in line. Sure, I should have been thinking about how I’m gonna pay my insurance next month, but this is more fun. Also I don’t like pulling my hair completely out and actually looking like Bruce Willis.

Look for Famous Monsters of Filmland articles about Love at First Bite implying a Birdcage-like sequel that never was…

Keyboard Monthly articles about “Accordion Power” with Weird Al on the cover …

or an issue of Los Angeles Magazine with a full article written by Steve Martin about how the town has evolved.

You’ll find magazines on cross stitch, gun cleaning, diabetic cooking, mountain bike repair or horse grooming. Somewhere in my office I have a Teen Beat with an interview with Jason Lee telling giggly little girls to listen to Sigur Ros (magical Icelantic ambience) to pump themselves up for the day. All this wonder in the same place for around a buck or two. What else do you need to better yourself or just better your quiet public giggles?

An article about Jean Claude Van Damme’s caffeinated chewing gum commercial shoots in Japan? It was there. The Rolling Stone issues from the ’70s with article written by Cameron Crowe about Led Zepplin? They’re there. An issue of Gear Magazine with 20 things you didn’t know about Shriners — 2 bucks.

Oh the marching sounds on the Nine Inch Nails song Pilgrimage is a box full of nails being shaken. Thank you Spin from 1999. The Tool song 46 & 2 is based on a book by Bob Frissell about aliens and evolution (that book is on the shelf at Bookmans for $4). Thank you Alternative Press from 1995.

The magazines that collect in any of the Bookmans stores range so vastly in purpose and detail that to me it is by far the best and most unpredictable part of the store. Ours is slightly better than other book stores because only so much entertainment is to be gotten from current magazines; our rows of magazines have the collective useful and uselessness from the past 50 to 60 years.

As for Don Johnson, tell him you love Italian food and rocking out to his pop sensation Heartbeat while driving around. Tell him to take you out on his boat named My Vice. Bruce Willis? Call him by his nickname “Bruno” according to All Stars from 1987. He loves that. Want to see Burke and Hare, the new John Landis movie with Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis in America? Empire Magazine from the U.K. tells you who to e-mail and tell. I didn’t read the article on how to groom a horse but I saw it while looking for old interviews with Tom Selleck from the movie Runaway. It’s there if you want to read it yourself. The Tom Selleck interview is not, because I bought it.

78 Responses to “Buying and Selling Magazines at Bookmans”

  1. judy baker says:

    I have been searching online for hours trying to find any place that would pay money for the tons of magazines that I have collected over the years and have not been able to find any in the augusta ga area. I’m trying to see if anyone could help.

    • Rebecca Ballenger says:

      Hi Judy, It sounds like you’ve put a lot of effort into finding a new home for your magazines. Unfortunately, we only operate in four cities in Arizona and don’t make remote buys. We wish you the best in your efforts.

  2. Lisal says:

    I have 25 sports ills. Magazines all 2014
    I have 7 people mag. One cover death robin Williams an another cover prince George 1st birthday
    I have 7 Oprah mag. All my mag. Are 2014

    • Rebecca Ballenger says:

      Are you looking to sell your magazines? All our offers are made in store at our trade counter. You can call the stores to see if we have a need for those issues, but they can’t tell you what we would offer or even if they can make an offer. All the stores’ information including phone numbers can be found here: Best!

  3. Teresa says:

    Are you guys not taking in magazines at your 19th and Northern location? The monthly women’s section had very few current selections. I perused ALL of the shelves and did not see a price tag that had a date past 12/30 on it. I made a specific drive , about 20 to 25 minutes, to come to Bookmans for magazines. Very disappointed. Less knick knacks and more reading material and music please.

    • Katy Spratt says:

      Hi Teresa, thank you for your message. I will talk to our magazine buyers and give them your feedback, we definitely want all of our customers to find what they’re looking for. We’d also be happy to check on items for you over the phone and put them on hold. Please feel free to contact me directly anytime, Thanks again. ~Katy S.

  4. Grant Nelson says:

    Hello I live in Los Angeles and recent came across a collect of vintage playboy’s from 1958 to 1974 I would love to sell them. I have ever months issues from 60 to 74. I also can across a huge collect of popular mechanics from the early 50’s to the 80 almost every months issue. Again I would love to sell them please advise if you are interested or know anyone in my area that would be intrested.

    • Rebecca Ballenger says:

      Hi Grant, It sounds like you have a couple of nice collections. Each of our stores makes trade decisions autonomously based on things like customer base and current stock, which varies by store and over time. To find out if a particular store can use your collection, you’d have to contact them directly. Additionally, our trade staff can’t make offers online or over the phone. I’m not familiar with what might be available to you in Los Angeles, but if I hear of something, I will let you know. Rebecca

  5. Tim gravely says:

    I. Have nine magazines. Outdoor Life, Sports afield, Fur Fish and Game. Dates are 1925,1930,1936,1939,1940,1942,1943,1944,1949. Any place to sale them Near Elkton Maryland or Newark ,Delaware. Do you thank they will sale at your store.

    • Rebecca Ballenger says:

      Hi Tim, We only make offers in person over our trade counter rather than speculating online or over the phone. It doesn’t seem likely that we can make a deal with you in Delaware from Arizona. Considering the dates of your magazines, it may be possible that Ed, our acquisitions person, would want to learn more about them. You can reach him at

  6. brian g says:

    Hi all, if my magazines are not needed at my local store do you have a donation box or something similar to that?

    • Katy Spratt says:

      Hi, Brian. Thanks for the comment! All of our stores are happy to donate your magazines to local organizations. Just ask at the trade counter and our staff will add your items to our donations. We’re glad you want to give those magazines a new life! Please feel free to contact me anytime with further questions. ~Katy S.

  7. steph says:

    do you buy HP computer keyboard?

    • Rebecca Ballenger says:

      Hi Steph, We make all our offers in person over our trade counter, so I can’t speculate online about your HP keyboard. You can call your closest Bookmans ( to see if it’s an item they are currently looking for.

  8. Robin Streeter says:

    Good Evening,

    I launched a new kids magazine I will like to know if you will display the magazine in your stores?

    • Rebecca Ballenger says:

      Hi Robin, Congratulations on your new magazine! Literacy is one of our core values and we are thrilled to hear from people who look to strengthen early literacy skills. I recommend that you contact the stores directly as each Bookmans location stocks their own shelves. You can either call or email the stores to inquire. Their contact information can be found on our Stores Page.

  9. Mike says:

    I have money card for store in tucson, can i sell it?

    • Rebecca Ballenger says:

      Hi Mike, Your trade credit is yours to do with as you wish. Trade credit can be used at any of our stores and never expires. We don’t pay cash for trade credit though. If you want cash, you make that deal with us when you bring in your items to trade.

  10. Mike says:

    no, it is the item that I want to sell. Do you buy it? No exp.

  11. Mike says:

    My money card from restaurant and others, do you buy them?

    • Katy Spratt says:

      Hi, Mike! We do not buy or sell gift cards from other businesses. But please feel free to bring in your books, movies, music, video games, magazines and other media for trade credit or cash. Thank you! ~Katy S.

  12. Burl walter says:

    Have 20 plus years of play boys 4 sale…

  13. Michele Reda says:

    I have a complete set of playboy magazines from 1965 to present. Would you be interested in buying, or would you know someone who would be?

    • Caity Evans says:

      Hi Michele,
      Thanks so much for reaching out. Your best bet is to bring in the set to your local Bookmans. One of our gallery buyers will gladly take a look and see if we are able to make a deal. Best of luck!

  14. Tex says:

    I have hot rod magazines but I have four in 1956. I have rod and detailing magazines to. Just trying to sell them

  15. Tex says:

    Plus I have a hot rod , popular mechanics book. Year 1956

    • Caity Evans says:

      Hi Tex,
      We only make deals over the trade counter and in person. Feel free to visit one of our six locations and a Bookmans staff member will be happy to take a look. Best of luck and thanks for commenting.

  16. Tex says:

    OK thank you

  17. Kirsten says:

    Hi there. I have two large collections of vintage magazines. One is Playboys starting in the late 60s, the other is National Geographics. I was wondering if you all were either open to purchasing either collection or if you might be able to refer me to someone who would be interested. Thanks for any help you can provide.

    • Caity Evans says:

      Hi Kirsten,
      Wow, sounds like you have quite the collection. All deals must be made in person and over the Bookmans trade counter. Your best bet is to visit one of our six locations. Thanks for commenting out and best of luck!

  18. prosper kiswaga says:


    I’m looking to buy 30 tons of old news paper,please let me know
    thank you
    214 830 9906

    • Katie Branson says:

      Hi Prosper! That is a lot of newspaper! We have a large stock of magazines, but as far as newspapers are concerned, we don’t actually sell them within our stores. We’re sorry we can’t be of more help! I would try contacting the recycling office, maybe they will have a better idea of where to buy (or maybe even just have?) used newspapers. Of course we sell newspapers outside of our stores, but I doubt that will be enough to get you to your goal of 30 tons. Best of luck!

  19. James Ecton says:

    I have Vintage Playboy Magazines for sale.

    • Katie Branson says:

      Hey James. Unfortunately our Tucson stores no longer have an adult section, however our Phoenix and Mesa locations do, if you are in that area. I would call your local store ( and they can direct you a bit better depending on where you are. Hope this helps! Thanks!

  20. Keith golson says:

    I have a bunch of old. Life magazines. Peoples with Whitney Houston and. I have music. Related

  21. Anthony Pittman says:

    I have a lot of magazines that I would love to trade or sale you. Give me a call at 6625716279

    • Katie Branson says:

      Hey Anthony, unfortunately our trade process is a bit different from that. You’d have to bring your magazines into your local Bookmans so that we can see if they are magazines that we can buy from you to sell on our shelves. Feel free to call with any questions but we can’t give you a fair response or judgement of the magazines over the phone or email as we can’t see their condition/date etc. Have a great day.

  22. toni says:

    Would like to sell huge lot of life mags all super old can i take to store i live in ca and would be willing to drive to close location in Arizona how much if i get a dollor per mag and more for the top ones i would be happy

    • Katie Branson says:

      Hi Toni, unfortunately we can’t give you a fair assessment of whether we would buy your magazines or not over the internet. Although you live in CA the only way that we can make a fair judgment and let you know how much we would be willing to pay for your magazines, if any at all, would be to bring them to one of our Bookmans locations. It all depends on quality, year, style, genre…etc. Feel free to call any of our stores with any questions but we can’t give you a fair response or judgement of the magazines over the phone or email as we can’t see their condition/date etc. Have a great day.

  23. nick says:

    Will you guys buy vintage guitar Mag’s? I have a stake of them and would love to see them go to a good home..

    • Katie Branson says:

      Hey Nick! Thanks for the inquiry. I’m sorry I can’t give you more information via online, but it’s our policy to provide quotes at our deal counter in stores rather than online or over the phone. Having said that, please call our stores to get an idea of what a particular store is looking for (each store reflects the needs and offerings of the community where it’s situated). Keep in mind if you don’t like what we offer on a particular day in a particular store, that the offer is no reflection on the magazines. Bring them to another store or on a different day and the deal is likely to change. Typically this is something we would be interested in but like we said, we just can’t guarantee anything online. I hope this helps!

  24. burtonbelenke says:

    hi do you have or cab get air post mag from england
    Burton belenke

    • Katie Branson says:

      Hello, unfortunately we do not maintain an online inventory. If you give the stores a call they will have a better answer as to if this is a magazine that we do or can carry. Thanks for reaching out. Their info can be found at

  25. Bobbie Coley says:

    I have a collection of National Geographic magazine good condition from 2002

    • Katie Branson says:

      Hello! It’s our policy to provide quotes only through our trade counter. We can’t tell you what we can take or for how much until we see the items you bring in. Each store looks for items that appeal to their customer base and makes offers based on a number of variables (like condition and our back stock). These variables not only change by store, but vary over time as well. We advise people to bring their items into different stores and different weeks for that reason. You can call the stores to ask what items we’re specifically looking for to get an idea, but even that is no guarantee. That information can be found at Hope this helps!

  26. D. Carroll says:

    I was given a small collection of playboy mags in good condition. At a glance from the early eighties up to about the years 2004 or 2005. Would you be interested in purchasing some or all of them?

    • Katie Branson says:

      We used to take Playboy, but I’m not certain that we do any more. You best bet is to call you local store directly and see if they are still able to take these items.

  27. Bryan Thomas says:

    I have about two crates full of tattoo magazines from 2012- 2015, most are still in good condition, no pages torn out or ruined. And a few “Bizarre” mags. Now, I know you can’t give an estimated price on a sale online, so I would just like to know if you can provide some examples of what others received for their old magazines. Also, what mag was it and how many. And does the original price of the mag have any effect in its resale price.

    • Harrison Kressler says:

      Hi Bryan, thanks for your question. What we choose to take at our trade counters differs at each of our stores and we can’t provide quotes or trade values for items online. Your best bet is to call your nearest store to see what they would be able to take. That info can be found at Thanks again!

  28. Mike says:

    Anyone interested in vintage playboy in fantastic condition?

    • Harrison Kressler says:

      Hi Mike, unfortunately we can’t give you guarantee over the internet, so your best bet is to call your nearest store and see if they would be able to take what you have to offer. That info can be found at

  29. cheyenne says:

    We have about 500 playboy magazines that we are wanting to sell

    • Harrison Kressler says:

      Hi Cheyenne, what we choose to take at our trade counters differs at each of our stores. Your best bet is to call your nearest store to see what they would be able to take. That info can be found at Thanks!

  30. Lacey says:

    Hin I recently inherited items from a family friend and in there was the full collection of playboy magazines from the year 1990 to 2010. I was wondering how I would go about selling these?

    • Harrison Kressler says:

      Hi Lacey, what we take at our trade counters differs at each of our stores. Please call your nearest store to see what they would be able to take. That info can be found at Have a great day!

  31. oscar martinez says:

    Late 1930 and 1940 new yorker magazines for sale …also late 1940 comedy magazine..

    • Harrison Kressler says:

      Hi Oscar, thanks for reaching out about your magazines. What we choose to take at our trade counters tends to differ at each of our stores. Your best bet would be to call the store nearest to you to see what they will take. That info can be found at Have a great day!

  32. Camilla S Kosmoski says:

    I have 2 look magazines from 1951 both are in great condition. How would I sell them for cash ?

    • Harrison Kressler says:

      Hi Camilla, thanks for reaching out about your magazines. You can bring them into our stores and we will walk you through the trading process. We will offer trade credit which can be spent in our store, or you can opt for cash instead. What we choose to take at our trade counters tends to differ at each of our stores. Your best bet would be to call the store nearest to you to see what they will take. That info can be found at Have a great day!

  33. Travis Ipsen says:

    Hi I have over 200 near mint condition playboys full sets and special editions would you be intrested in them

    • Katy Spratt says:

      Hi Travis, the best way to find out what products we’re looking for is to call your nearest location to see what they will take. That info can be found at Thanks!

  34. janet lawson says:

    I have some old life magazines dating back to the 1930’s. Do you know how I can go about selling them?

    • Katy Spratt says:

      Hi, Janet! The best way to check to see what our stores are currently looking for is to give your local Bookmans location a call. The store directory can be found at Thanks!

  35. David Clemons says:

    Hello, I have quite a few old Famous Monsters of Filmland I would like to sell. Beginning with issue#1. All my issues are in very nice shape. Most are in fine to very fine condition. Issue #1 is vf condition.
    If your not interested, maybe you have a customer on waiting list looking for nice quality issues.

    • Katy Spratt says:

      Hi, David! The best way to check to see what our stores currently have is to give your local Bookmans location a call. The store directory can be found at Thanks!

  36. David Clemons says:

    I have multiple issues of Famous Monsters, to include#1. All are in nice shape. Looking to sell or maybe you have a customer looking for issues.

  37. Frankie Jackson says:

    Do you buy old nude magazines that date back to the 1970s? I have some that I would like to sell.

    • Katy Spratt says:

      The best way to check to see what our stores are currently looking for is to give your local Bookmans location a call. The store directory can be found at Thanks!

  38. Anna Marquez says:

    I have a load of jet ebony billboard trindad and other magazines do you buy tgesew

    • Valerie R says:

      Since each Bookmans location is responsible for deciding which magazines they are interested in buying, it is best to call the location you are nearest to directly to inquire if they are interested in purchasing those particular magazines. Thanks!

  39. Aleli Murillo says:

    Have a collection of Playboy magazines from 1971 through 1995 looking to sell thank you can you please contact me on my email as soon as possible have a good day

  40. Christina Goodman says:

    Many edition of Popular Mechanics from the 50 mint condition and special addition of Popular Science.

    • Valerie R says:

      If you are asking if we are interested in those magazines, you will have to call or go to your local Bookmans store and ask if they are interested in those specific magazines. All store phone numbers can be found here and every store is open from 9 AM until 10 PM daily. Thanks!

  41. Christi Baker says:

    Do you buy playboy magazines

  42. Dorothy Huckeba says:

    Have Star Trek the Magazine officially authorized by Paramount
    PicturesnMay 1999. Premiere Issue1 and all 48 magazines
    in 4 cases 12 per case. Like new. Would like to sell.

    • Valerie R says:

      Hello, Dorothy! Since each Bookmans store has buyers who decide what they are interested in buying. If you are looking to sell those magazines but want to know if our buyers are interested before you come into the store, you can contact your preferred Bookmans store and ask about the issues you have. You can always come in and bring them to the trade counter for evaluation as well. All Bookmans store phone numbers can be found here: and all stores are open from 9 AM until 10 PM. Thanks!

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