Selling Your Books to Copperfish Books

We do purchase some books if we believe we could use in the store or sell online. We prefer to purchase collections or lots.

If you like to buy used books, check out our Trade Credit Program.

Books on shelf

Before bringing your books to the store, please call or email us to avoid making a possibly unnecessary trip. When you contact us, please provide the following information:

  • How many boxes of books do you have to sell?
  • What subject matter or type of books are they?
  • What is the general range of publication dates?
  • Where have the books been stored (in a house, in a garage, in a storage unit, etc.)?
  • Have the books been exposed to cigarette or cigar smoke?

We cannot make offers or guarantee that we will purchase your books over the phone or via email. We must first see the books. Remember, when you sell your books to a bookseller you should expect to receive a wholesale price, not retail. Please note: if we pass on your books that is not necessarily a reflection of the books themselves. We may have enough in stock or not have enough customer interest in them.

Condition Is Important

Books must be clean and in very good condition. We cannot stress this enough.

Books We Do Not Buy

  • Books in poor condition (i.e., markings in text, water damage, loose bindings, missing pages, insect damage)
  • Encyclopedias (unless pre-1915)
  • Hardcover fiction
  • Book club editions
  • Harlequin romance novels (and similar)
  • Reader's Digest condensed books
  • Textbooks

Can't Bring Them to the Store?

If you have more than a couple of 6 ft. bookcases full of books, we may be able to come to see them. Call for an appointment. Before we come out, please remove or block off any books that are not available for sale.

Selling Books on Consignment

For books of higher value, we do offer to sell them on a consignment basis. Please contact us for details.

Old = Valuable, Right?

Well, not necessarily. Just because a book is old, that doesn't make it valuable. Books become valuable because they're desirable, not because they're old.