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.

08 Jun

Bookmans Sports Opens for Business

Bookmans Sports Exchange opens at 9 a.m. today and will keep the same 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. schedule that all our locations have. Come by to see us in the Rancho Center at 3330 E. Speedway Blvd. in Tucson.

Check out our Bookmans Sports web page for more details and read up on the store’s special green features.

05 Mar

Trading Sporting Goods and Musical Instruments Is Easy

“Where do you get all of this stuff?” We get that a lot. The answer is always the same, “It comes from customers like you.” Right now we’re looking to fill our soon-to-open Recreation Exchange and could use team sports equipment. If you have basketball, baseball, football, soccer, volleyball or other team sports equipment that you no longer use, we’d love to see it come over our trade counter. Our other expanding area of need is musical equipment. We are looking for any and everything — brass, woodwinds, strings, percussion, acoustic, electronic, accessories, you name it! If you check out our new musical instrument sections you’ll see tons of guitars. Don’t let that stop you from trading yours in. They sell quickly and we need you to restock!


The process for trading sporting, recreation and musical goods is the same as for books, DVDs, CDs and video games. Here’s a quick refresher:

Bring your items that you no longer use and we will issue trade or cash (trade is always the better deal).

Our buyers will take a look to see what we can sell. Our stock and customer demands change from day to day and store to store so we can’t predict what we’ll buy at any given time but generally we take into consideration:

* Supply: Our current inventory level might prevent us from putting an offer on an item. Even when your trade is in great condition, is rare or valuable, and is a hot item, if we don’t have room for it we can’t put in an offer. Take it to another Bookmans location or bring it back after we’ve had a chance to sell what we have to make room.

* Demand: We see so many interesting things in the course of a day and we’d like to take them all, but we aren’t collectors. We need to be able to sell the things you trade in, which means the Bookmans shopper has to be looking to buy such an item.

* Condition: We sometimes see items that should have been given a little more TLC than they’ve received. Generally we will pass on those. We are looking for items that are as close to new as possible. There’s a catch; even if an item is brand new we still have to consider our supply and your demand.

Our buyers will make an offer after taking into consideration what we can sell. You have a choice between Bookmans trade credit, which you can use at any store for any items including coffee in our cafes, or a lesser amount of cash. We always try to make as fair an initial offer as possible. Our goal is to make a partnership with you since you provide our stock.

Our trade counters are always open during store hours and no appointment is necessary. We look forward to seeing you there!

23 Feb

Bookmans Expands its Buy, Sell, Trade Business with New Sports, Outdoor and Recreational Goods Exchange

Bookmans Exchange has signed a lease to open a sports, outdoor and recreation exchange store using the same quality buy, sell and trade business model that has proved successful for over 35 years. Bookmans Recreation Exchange will do for used recreation equipment what we did for used books and music and the same trade credit will work on any merchandise in any of their stores.

Chief Operating Officer Sean Feeney says, “We already issue trade credit for exercise and other recreation equipment people bring to our bookstores. Our customers tell us they look forward to being able to trade the baseball bat their child outgrew for a stack of Newberry books or a video game and of course vise versa. Our recreation exchange will allow people to take their books, CDs, video games and DVDs into our bookstores for trade and use that credit to buy a StairMaster or golf clubs.”

We will renovate the 13,548 square foot former Walgreens store located at 3330 E. Speedway in the Rancho Center between Whole Foods and Performance Bicycles. The space will accommodate a huge variety of sporting and recreation goods. There will also be a community space for speakers, events and demonstrations.

Tom Kinzer, formerly of Baums Sporting Goods, will manage the store. A Tucson native with over 10 years of experience in the sporting goods industry, Tom has already acquired a variety of equipment from saddles to surf boards and from tents to tennis rackets. He’s actively seeking more inventory, so for now people can take smaller items into their bookstores stores for cash/trade or contact him at for home visits for larger equipment.

This new store is the result of owner Bob Oldfather’s desire to bring the “Bookmans Experience” to the used recreation industry. Just as Bookmans Entertainment Exchange brought together passionate customers with passionate employees in a comfortable community oriented space, Bookmans Recreation Exchange will create for those interested in sports and outdoor activities.

Follow Bookmans Recreation Exchange on Twitter @BookmansRecEx.

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