Trade-In Policy 

If you're willing to part with them, we would love to have them! There are just a few rules to keep in mind:

We DO NOT pay cash for books. 

We DO take in gently used books in exchange for TRADE CREDIT.

The Trade Credit that you earn will be equal to 1/2 of the resale value of your books. 

We keep track of Trade Credit in our computerized database, so there's no points or punch cards to keep track of. Your credit also never expires, so it's here as long as we are! 

You can use your earned trade credit to pay for HALF THE COST of the used books you purchase ~ the other half can then be paid for using cash, personal check, or credit card.


We sell, and therefore accept, a WIDE variety of used books, both Fiction & Non-Fiction. 

However, we DO NOT TAKE:

  • Hardcover books that are missing their dust jackets

  • Reader's Digest Condensed Books

  • Harlequin / Silhouette Romance series books

  • Textbooks or "Ex-library" books

  • Non-fiction titles published before 2008, with the exception of history books

  • Damaged books, including those with missing or significantly damaged covers, water damage/stains, mold, or mildew. 


We may refuse books for ANY REASON, including the book's popularity, age, or condition, or if we are "overstocked" on the title. We have a limited work area, so it doesn't take much to swamp us! For this reason, we can only accept a certain number of items from each individual at one time:

  • (1) 18 gallon storage tote or any box of an equivalent size 

  • 40 hardcover books or larger paperback books of any genre

  • 50 mass market or pocket size paperbacks of any genre

  • Any combination of books thereof as long as the total number does not exceed 50 


We accept drop-offs during all operating hours. No appointment is necessary if the total number of books is under 50. If you have an exceptional number of books that you would like to trade in, please feel free to call or book an appointment online so that we can better assist you. 

We do our best to process your books as quickly as possible so that you can begin using your credit, but please understand that the review process, like all good things in life, does take time. If you would like to bring in more than 10 books at any given time, please allow at least 72 hours for us to sort and input your books. 

If you leave your books with us for review, we will call you with your updated Trade Credit information and keep any unaccepted items aside for you to pick up (pick-up must occur within 3 business days, after which books will be donated to a local charity). If you do not want your books back, we will make sure they are put to good use! Reduce, Re-read, Recycle! 

Want to know what happens to the books we can't use?

Any books that we are unable to accept for store credit or any "stale" inventory (i.e. books that have been on the shelf for more than six months) will be donated to a variety of local charities, primarily the Cabarrus Literacy Council, of which Second Look Books is a proud partner.