Book Exchange F.A.Q.

We do not pay cash for books, but we do accept certain books in trade. To qualify for our book exchange program, your books must be in excellent condition (see below).

We have limited book exchange hours this fall. (We will ONLY accept books during designated trade in hours.) You may bring in up to ten books. While you shop, our book specialist will review your offering. When you are ready to make your purchase, your book exchange coupon will be ready at checkout. You will be able to use your book exchange coupon the same day. We will give you back the books we do not want.

Only about 15% of the books we see are clean enough to qualify for our book exchange program. We are very picky about what we accept. Books with mold, smoke odor, water damage, missing or torn pages, foxing, mildew, tears, missing dust - jackets, and other blemishes will be rejected. Former library books, clearance returns, non-fiction books which are out of date, periodicals, and most textbooks will be rejected. If your book has ever been stored in a garage, shed, or other non air conditioned location, we probably don't want it.

At a minimum, the following are not allowed:

• dirty, musty, moldy, smoky, mildewy or other vile smell

• vermin or spiders

• critter bites (dog chewing, bookworms or other)

• no growths (mold, foxing, or other)

• no cracked, failed, discolored or unreadable spines or binding

• no loose or missing pages

• no water damage (including from humidity)

• no writing or highlighting

• no former library books

The book exchange counter is open on select business days, based on the availability of our Book Specialist (trade in hours are posted in store and sent to the email list). There is a limit on how many books can be dropped off at once.
We have a daily limit of ten books per person. If your trade in volume exceeds this, split it up into two and come back next week.
Processing is done while you shop. Depending on volume, it may take up to an hour.
Each week we send our wish list out by email.
We cannot determine BEC value before it has been processed. Keep in mind that BEC value is not related to how much you may have originally paid for the book. Our computer system determines book prices based on availability and demand in the current market. Please note, this is not an appraisal. We do not provide appraisals.
Your Book Exchange Coupon will expire after one year.
You may acquire a coupon balance up to $100. After your balance reaches this amount, you must use up some of it before you bring us any more books for exchange.
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

• Audiobooks

• Items with yellow tags

• Items with blue 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
5240 Duncan Road
Punta Gorda, Florida 33982