Book Exchange F.A.Q.

We do not pay cash for books, but we do accept clean, gently used books in trade. Carefully place your books in paper grocery sacks (like those you get when you shop at Publix) with your name clearly written on the outside of the bag. Bring them to our Trade-In Counter and fill out a Book Exchange Form for each bag. Once processed, we will issue a Book Exchange Coupon (BEC) and apply it to your account. Processing will take 36-48 hours!

For same-day turnaround, books must have intact Sandman tags. The limit is 8 books per household. If you have more than 8 books, or if you do not have tags, processing takes 36 to 48 hours. Expect delays for high volume.
We cannot return containers to you. If you bring books in a tote bag, a box, a plastic tub, etc, you will never see those bags, tubs, or boxes again. The best thing is to neatly stack your books flat (not standing up, this damages the spines) in a paper grocery sack. DO NOT USE PLASTIC GARBAGE BAGS to transport your books as it will damage them (resulting in a lower coupon value).
Most trade-ins are completed within 48 hours. Expect delays for high volume.
We cannot determine BEC value before it has been processed. Keep in mind BEC value is not related to how much you may have originally paid for a certain title. If you purchased a title from Sandman Books and the original tag is intact, we may issue up to half the tag price based on condition.
Books with mold, smoke odor, water damage, missing / torn pages, foxing, mildew, tears, missing dust jackets, and other blemishes will not qualify for BEC. Rejected books will be recycled.
Although our book exchange policy has not changed since 2009, we are constantly engaging in process improvements to serve you better.
No. Processing must be done after we close, which means we cannot provide same-day turnaround.
No. Unpaid items can only be held until the close of business on the same day.
Yes! A bookshop is surprisingly expensive to run; when you choose to donate your books that saves quite a bit of staff time, freeing us up for other useful things. Every little bit helps!
Book Exchange Coupon may be applied towards the purchase of used books which are currently in stock.

It will not work on:

• New Arrivals

• Special Orders

• Rare Books

• Florida Books

• Textbooks

• CDs & DVDs

• Audiobooks

• Items with yellow tags

• Music

• Toys

• Games

• Puzzles

• Stationery

• Apparel


You cannot combine BEC with any other sales, discounts or coupons.

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If you have additional questions about our book exchange policy, please contact us.

Remember, we do not pay cash for books.

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Contact Details

Sandman Books
16480 Burnt Store Road
Punta Gorda, Florida 33955