Gardner’s Used Books

Trade Policy

We process trades using a category system. The amounts given for your trade-ins are based on customer demand, current store stock, and the condition of the items being evaluated. While you shop, we sort through your items and set aside what we can use at that time. If you agree to the amount of trade credit we offer we’ll add the amount to your account for current or future use.

Book Categories

Caregory 1New Releases, current “Special Authors”, display, and hard to find books.

Can be used for categories 1 through 4.

Category 2Any fiction not contained in category 1 as well as military history books.

Can be used for categories 2 through 4.

Category 3All non-fiction books not including religion or military history.

Can be used for categories 3 and 4.

Category 4Children’s and religion books only.

Works only for other category 4 books.

Other Media

Category 5Comics, Manga, Graphic Novels. Works only for other category 5 items.
Category 6Music CDs BOCD DVD Video Games Works only for other category 6 items.

* Non-tradable items include ‘Gardner Gold’ stickered items, new items, toys, display items, gift certificates, services such as shipping and handling.

We charge up to the first dollar of every item purchased in cash, check, or credit card. For example, if you purchase a hardback book for $5.95, $4.95 will come out of your available credit and $1.00 plus tax will be charged in cash. Tax is charged on the full $5.95 the book cost.

We ask that each family limit potential trade items to 35 per day.

Gardner’s Used Books

Buy Policy

We sell most types of used media, and while most of our stock comes from the items our customers bring us for trade, we often buy many types of items too. Simply bring the items you’d like to sell to our store at 44th and Mingo and we’ll be happy to look it over and let you know what we’re able to buy.

What we buy depends on customer demand, what we currently have in stock and the condition of the items. We are unable to give prices over the phone or by email.

We are always on the lookout for current titles, children’s and teen’s books, popular movies and music (including LPs), action figures and comics. If you’re not sure we’ll buy an item, bring it by. If we think we can sell it, we’ll probably buy it.

Our buying hours are M-F 10-6 and Saturday 12-4.

Our “Bounty Hunter” list is posted on our front counter with items we’re always or currently in need of.

Some examples are:

  • Rock/Pop LPs
  • New Age/Mythology
  • Poetry
  • Steven King
  • Clive Barker
  • HP Lovecraft
  • Neil Gaiman (any genre)
  • Harry Potter