Wilson's Book World

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Trade Credit Policy

We accept books to be used for trade credit. Trading books (as opposed to buying) is predominantly done with mass market paperbacks but not  exclusively. Trade-ins can be done any time we are open and can be handled by any employee.

On any given day we take in literally hundreds of paperbacks in trade. Over the past 40 years we have honed a Trade Credit Policy which we feel balances a fair market value to the customer all the while not giving away the farm.

To avoid disappointment a Trade Credit with us should be thought of as a savings coupon not as a way to get out without paying anything.




  • All books properly stamped from us will receive the stated amount of credit noted in the stamp. Usually half the purchase price.

  • All other books will receive credit of 5 cents to a dollar based on age, condition, & subject matter.

  • A book purchased from us is ONLY eligible for trade credit if the book is stamped inside and clearly shows what you are paying and what your trade credit will be.

    Books in which prices are penciled or written upon a sticker (usually Trade paperbacks or hard covers) do not share this privilege.

    This is not to say we don’t take them back. However the eligibility varies with the condition and the amount we have in stock. If you purchase these types of books with us for the express purpose of trading them back in you may wish to rethink your purchase of these items.

  • Mass market paperbacks with a copyright date of the past 3 to 4 months will receive the preferential treatment as if they were purchased from us whether they were or not. (This is the BEST deal in town)

  • Trade credits assessed are for like items. (i.e. Paperback for paperbacks, hardcover for hard covers etc.)

  • If the amount of your purchases does not exceed the amount of trade credit by 20% then 20% of the sale must be in cash. Leftover credit is issued to you in the form of a credit voucher good for one year.

  • We reserve the right to refuse any book (even our own)

  • Trade credit can't be used for Special Orders, or books on hold
























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