What Bookmans Wants
*Bookmans does not give online quotes for trade items in the comments. If you would like a price quote for your items, items must be brought into a Bookmans store for evaluation.
Everyone loves to shop at Bookmans, and we couldn’t be happier about that! Bookmans is known throughout our communities for many things, but the one thing that customers always want to know more about is what we want to trade. When customers come to our trade counters with boxes full of goodies, our buyers overflow with anticipation. What will be in this box? Will it be something unique? Something collectible? Something that is going to fly off our shelves?
BRING US YOUR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS! Whether it’s an acoustic guitar, a drum set, an old Casio keyboard, or something off the wall like a singing Tesla coil, we want it. Bring in any and all instruments you have at all Bookmans stores.
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For anyone uninitiated, Bookmans has a Buy-Sell-Trade business model. When we say that our shelves are stocked by our community, we mean it. Here’s how it works:
- You bring your gently-used and lovingly cared-for items to a Bookmans trade counter. These items can range from books to vinyl to vintage action figures to jewelry and beyond. If you’ve been in a Bookmans store, you know we carry just about anything and everything on our shelves.
- Bookmans’ buyers will take your items/boxes, and from there, you are free to leave and come back, browse our store, play some video games at our game station – whatever you like to pass the time.
- Bookmans’ buyers are trained to evaluate the items brought in based on several criteria. The basic criteria are:
a) Item condition. A much-desired item in great condition is best.
b) Item sellability. Our goal is to resell our trade items, but not all items, even ones in great condition, are good sellers.
c) Our current stock. Bookmans’ supply lines extend far beyond our orange shelves. Our buyers will consider how many of these or similar items we currently have in stock both on our shelves, in our backstock, and in our warehouse.
- When you return to the trade counter, your buyer will give you a trade offer. These offers all come in trade credit and cash. Trade credit is always significantly higher than cash offers. Obviously, we want to encourage customers to find something new they love at our store.
- The buyer will return all of the items that they are not including in the trade offer to you. The choice to accept or decline the offer is all yours.
Trust us when we tell you that we want your trade items as much as you want to give them to us. The last thing we want to see is a look of disappointment on our customers’ faces when they get the items they brought in to trade back without an offer. Bookmans wants to help everyone get top-dollar for their items on all future trades. That’s why we’ve created a ‘Bookmans Wants’ board at every store.
So what are our stores looking for this month? Find out below! Bring in these specific titles that we’re on the hunt for and you’ll earn top dollar on your offer!
2019 and 2020 new releases
Good Kid, M.A.A.d City by Kendrick Lamar
Nirvana (2015) by Nirvana
Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin
Paul’s Boutique by Beastie Boys
Blue by Joni Mitchell
Loveless by My Bloody Valentine
Kind of Blue by Miles Davis
Elephant by The White Stripes
Blonde by Frank Ocean
Norman Fucking Rockwell by Lana Del Rey
It is What it Is by Thundercat
Circles by Mac Miller
Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers
Folklore by Taylor Swift
Chromatica by Lady Gaga
The White Album by The Beatles
The Red Album by The Beatles
The Blue Album by The Beatles
90s hip-hop reissues:(Biggie, Tupac, Nas, ATCQ, Outkast)
Dystopian prog albums (Pink Floyd’s The Wall, In the Court of the Crimson King)
Funk and R&B
Johnny Cash (later Rick Rubin albums preferred)
Reissues from labels (Numero Group, Light in the Attic, Soul Jazz, Rhino )
Scott Walker or The Walker Brothers
Star Wars soundtracks
Lord of the Rings soundtracks
Horror/cult classic soundtracks
Sci-fi soundtracks (Waxwork, Mondo, Lakeshore)
70’s and 80’s Jazz
Disco (big-name titles)
Collectible releases (Color press/variant covers/special releases)
Robert Jordan (paperback preferred)
Brandon Sanderson (paperback preferred)
Sarah J. Maas
Ibram X. Kendi
2020 hardcover releases
It by Stephen King
The Stand by Stephen King
The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey
Foundation series by Isaac Asimov
Dune series by Frank Herbert
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The Overstory by Richard Powers
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Circe by Madeline Miller
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
1984 by George Orwell
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D.
Eckhart Tolle books
Tarot (cards and books)
Arizona Nature guides
Erotic art books
Baby-Sitter’s Club series and graphic novels by Ann M. Martin, Gale Galligan, Raina Telgemeier, et al.
Warriors series by Erin Hunter
Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (books 1 & 2)
Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey
Elephant & Piggie, Pigeon series by Mo Willems
Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey
Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Five Nights at Freddy’s by Scott Cawthon
Keeper Of The Lost Cities Series – Shannon Messenger
YA LGBT Fiction
Kids graphic novels like Amulet, Smile
My Hero Academia
Rare and high-end comics (especially first appearances) in GOOD or BETTER condition
Newer indie publishers (Titan, Aftershock, Berger Books)
1st issue graphic novels and comic books
Magazines: Current Issues ONLY (past 3 months)
Heavy Metal Magazine
BOARD GAMES and RPGs
Puzzles – any and all you have (complete puzzles only)
Ticket To Ride
Licensed Monopoly games
Monster of the Week (and other “Powered by the Apocalypse” games)
RPGs: Books and Accessories
Dungeons & Dragons (5e preferred)
Pathfinder (2e preferred)
Genesys/Fantasy Flight Star Wars
ELECTRONICS & GAMING
SNES/N64 systems and controllers
Wii systems and controllers
Xbox 360 systems and controllers
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
Resident Evil 4 (any system)
Super Smash Bros Melee (Gamecube)
Animal Crossing (any version)
Ghost of Tsushima ( PS4)
Star Wars: Jedi the Fallen Order (XboxOne or PS4)
Minecraft (any system)
Fire Emblem (Gameboy Advance)
Forza Horizon 5 (XboxOne or PS4)
Mega Man 7 (SNES)
Zelda games (all versions)
Pokémon games (all versions)
Last Of Us Part II (PS4)
Rare, in-box, retro games
VHS/DVD combo players (with remote controls)
Valerie R July 14, 2019 at 8:35 am
You would have to call your local Bookmans to gauge what they are offering for that PS4. The buyers make the decisions on what we offer in trade and cash. Thanks!
Priscilla July 21, 2019 at 7:45 am
Hi do you guys buy namco game key Ms pac- man
Valerie R July 22, 2019 at 8:26 am
You would have to call your local Bookmans to gauge what their interest in particular games and system. The buyers make the decisions on what we offer in trade and cash. Thanks!
Mel September 17, 2019 at 12:35 pm
Will book man offer to accept items as donations of it doesn’t meet current criteria for value offer/interest?
Valerie R September 17, 2019 at 12:48 pm
Hello Mel! We will take books to recycle or donate to literacy nonprofits, however, we do not offer the same for other trade items that are not accepted by our buyers. I hope that helps!
Jessica October 5, 2019 at 3:39 pm
Are you interested in magazines at all? I have about 5 years worth of Sunset, Phx mag, Bon appetit, and AZ highways
Valerie R October 7, 2019 at 8:16 am
Hello Jessica, We typically want to buy magazines that are from the last 6 months. If you have any specialty or collectors issues, I’m sure the buyers would like to take a look.
Priscilla Valdez October 7, 2019 at 9:47 am
Hi do u buy saga genesis classic game console
Valerie R October 7, 2019 at 10:35 am
Hello Priscilla! Our stores each have individual buyers who decide which items they will take in trade. You can give your local Bookmans a call and ask if they are interested in that particular console. All of our stores’ phone numbers can be found here – https://bookmans.com/#stores. Thanks!
Robin October 8, 2019 at 4:05 pm
Hi, I have my parents albums from the 1950 & 60’s. Any interest in those?
Valerie R October 9, 2019 at 7:21 am
Hello, Robin! We typically would want to see classic titles and artists with records in great condition (or better) from that era. Our stores would be happy to take a look, though!
Rebecca October 10, 2019 at 10:55 am
So do you guys buy laserdisc movies and music??
Valerie R October 10, 2019 at 4:51 pm
Hi Rebecca! Our stores each have individual buyers who decide which items they will take in trade. You can give your local Bookmans a call and ask if they are interested in that particular console. All of our stores’ phone numbers can be found here – https://bookmans.com/#stores. Thanks!
Deborah October 21, 2019 at 7:02 am
Would you be interested in any antique educational Reader Series? If you would not be, do you know who might be? Thanks!
Valerie R October 21, 2019 at 9:28 am
Hello Deborah! Our stores each have individual buyers who decide which items they will take in trade. You can give your local Bookmans a call and ask if they are interested in your Reader Series. All of our stores’ phone numbers can be found here – https://bookmans.com/#stores. I don’t have any recommendations for other resources, I’m afraid. I hope we can help in the store!
Tanner October 26, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Do you guys buy personal computers or Mac tops ever?
Valerie R October 27, 2019 at 6:02 pm
Hello Tanner! We do not often buy those items, but you can certainly give it a try. Our buyers have different items they are looking for all the time and they may be interested in making an offer on a personal computer.
Judy Montgomery October 29, 2019 at 2:51 am
I have a bunch of VHS and was wondering if you would be interested in them ? They are all in good condition. Where are you located at ? What is the average price for VHS’s ?
Valerie R October 29, 2019 at 8:44 am
Hello Judy! Our stores each have individual buyers who decide which items they will take in trade. You can give your local Bookmans a call and ask if they are interested in your tapes and a general price range for VHS. All of our stores’ phone numbers and addresses can be found here – https://bookmans.com/#stores
Linnzi October 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
Do you buy “adult” books, like of a sexual nature?
Jennifer November 9, 2019 at 11:43 am
Do college textbooks interest you guys?
Valerie R November 11, 2019 at 8:04 am
Hey Jennifer! We do take textbooks in trade from time to time, however, only our buyers can make the call about whether or not they are accepting them at this time. Typically, if the book is very recent (within a year), it will be considered.
Harry Thompson November 17, 2019 at 7:21 am
Hello, does Bookman`s know of any outlet in Tucson that deals in older issues of Playboy magazine?
Years 1999 thru 2005, most sealed in mailing envelopes.
Valerie R November 18, 2019 at 8:58 am
Hello Harry, Unfortunately, I do not have any local recommendations for the collection. I would suggest a private sale and recommend an online site like Heritage Auctions. https://www.ha.com/. I hope that helps!
Jeanette December 1, 2019 at 2:54 pm
Hi there, does Bookman’s take antiques? Like Roseville pottery?
Valerie R December 2, 2019 at 9:20 am
Hello Jeanette, Yes, we do take antiques, however, it is up to our buyers to decide which items they are interested in making offers on. If you have specific items in your collection I recommend bringing them or a sample into the store for evaluation or calling the store and asking to speak with a buyer. All Bookmans stores’ phone numbers can be found here: https://bookmans.com/#stores
Jen January 2, 2020 at 8:09 am
Do u accept cookbooks. I brought in 2 books on vegetables and chinese. They weren’t accepted. Can u tell me why? They r hardcover and barely used.
Valerie R January 2, 2020 at 8:35 am
Hello Jen. I’m sorry that we could not take your books at this time. Though we wish we could take everything our customers bring in for trade, our buyers make decisions about what to make offers for based on a variety of factors. Though quality certainly is one of those factors, the store’s current stock, backstock, and our shared warehouse stock of similar items are likely the reason why the buyer did not make an offer on your cookbooks. That doesn’t mean that we wouldn’t be interested in your books at another time. At this time, however, the buyer felt that the books were either redundant to the current stocks or simply would not sell at this time.
Paula Anderson January 10, 2020 at 7:06 am
Are there certain days that are better than others to bring things in to see if the buyers are interested? And would complete LEGO’s with instruction books be something of interest? I consider them entertainment but not sure the buyers would….
Valerie R January 10, 2020 at 8:36 am
Hello Paula! Our buyers are on shift every day of the week, but Saturdays and Sundays can be particularly busy for them, as are most nights. If you have availability in the daytime to bring those in, there’s a fair chance it will be a much faster trade situation. I believe that LEGO items are something they would be interested in, but I couldn’t give you a definite answer. Only buyers can make an offer.
Darrel H January 14, 2020 at 9:35 am
Any interest in old IBM software? These are on floppy disks.
Valerie R January 14, 2020 at 12:02 pm
Hey Darrel! We will not be able to resell software, I’m afraid. Sorry!
Joey Schneeberger January 14, 2020 at 6:03 pm
Are you accepting any 500-1000 piece jigsaw puzzles that are not missing any pieces?
Valerie R January 15, 2020 at 8:16 am
Joey Schneeberger January 15, 2020 at 10:01 pm
Great!! See you soon!
Linda January 21, 2020 at 5:51 pm
Do you buy Reader’s Digest Condensed Books?
Valerie R January 22, 2020 at 12:55 pm
Hello Linda, We are typically only interested in trading on new editions. Thanks!
Rachel Cooper January 23, 2020 at 3:05 pm
Hello, can I donate my used textbooks to Bookmans?
Valerie R January 23, 2020 at 3:17 pm
Hello Rachel! We do not accept donations, but we will look through your textbooks if you would like us to make a trade offer. I cannot guarantee that any of your textbooks would be accepted, however, as their resale tends to ebb quite frequently from semester to semester. We’re happy to take a look, though.
Alex B February 14, 2020 at 3:41 pm
Well, they absolutely did NOT want my Magic Cards today; I guess this June 2019 Wants List is out of date.
Valerie R February 17, 2020 at 11:40 am
I’m sorry, Alex. Which store were you visiting when this happened?
Reb June 1, 2020 at 12:12 pm
Greetings! Is there a time of the year when fitness DVDs sell/trade better? I’m speculating that people workout more indoors during the summer, so they are a popular trade item. Thanks!
Valerie R June 1, 2020 at 12:35 pm
Like you, I think that summer time is the best time for fitness DVDs! It is up to the individual buyers at our stores what they want to make an offer on, but now seems like the best time to trade those!
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