This is from my Facebook page so it's written
pretty Facebookishly (If that is a word)
Can you believe this? I visited a new bookstore in Eureka, Hometown Books, or something similar to that. It's a used bookstore so I asked what their policy was on used book trade/buying. They only give cash for 4 different type of books (nonfiction). So I asked what do they offer in trade? He said (AND GET THIS) they don't give any credit, you DONATE your books to them! This is a For Profit business.
I told the owner that if I am donating my books to anyone, it won't be a for profit business. As in the past, I donate them to The Agape House which sells them and helps the poor. Maybe helps pay their heating bill, maybe gives them food for their children.
He looked surprised.
Maybe I'm not missing something but I can't recall donating my chicken eggs to Denny's so they can sell omelettes. Maybe some nice lumber company will donate wood so my husband can build and sell a house. Wow, what a savings for us! I can't wait to see how long they stay in business.
Oh, and you buy their books by the pound. He had to adjust his original price because none of the hardbacks or heavy cookbooks were selling! Craziness.
I will add that we spoke at length on how other local used bookstores manage this.
They will give you a portion of the cover price to use against books in their store.
If they sold the book they may mark out the UPC so the book shop will know
that it was not purchased at full price.
Some of them give punch cards that you fill up and turn in for books, if you
lose your card, you are out of luck.There are several variations.
I had some FB comments indicating some retailers to take donations but
sell the books with proceeds going to a charity. That makes sense to me.
I just thought it odd that a business would think I wanted to
donate the products they intend to sell for a profit.
Especially if I then had to pay for books I might purchase from his shop.
He is thinking about his options.