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Sell Us Your Books
Online at Powells.com
Enter the ISBN of each book you wish to sell, click "Sell these books," and wait just a few short moments to receive our offer. If you like our bid, just send the books to us (we'll cover the freight) and receive credit to your Powells.com account or payment via PayPal.
At Our Portland-area Locations
Sell your books over the counter at one of our stores any day of the week. If you have several boxes, make sure to arrive at least an hour before our buying tables close or consider calling to make an appointment. (See sidebar for hours and contact information.)
We require current, state-issued photo ID from all sellers in our stores. If you're coming in to sell us textbooks that are up-to-date and currently in use, be sure to bring your current student ID.
Please keep in mind that each of our locations buys used books, but each location buys only for its own needs.
Please note, as of July 1, 2011, we are no longer buying books at our NW warehouse location. You may sell your books at one of our store locations, the addresses and hours for which can be found in the sidebar (at left).
What we pay for used books
Whether in-store or on-line, we buy books we can resell. Our bids are based on the expected retail value of the books we buy. That retail value is derived from the books' desirability, current and historic market values, in-print prices, conditions, and our current stock levels. We offer 50% more in Powell's credit (to be redeemed in our stores or online) than we do in cash at our stores or through PayPal online.
What we won't buy
With so many books in the world, and our own stock continually changing, it is impossible to say exactly what we'll be interested in at any one time. However, we can say exactly what kinds of books we are not interested in. Those are:
For more information about selling your used books to Powell's email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 503-228-4651, ext. 5952 (or toll free 800-878-7323, ext. 5952).