The change in our trade policy, as of August 1st, 2019, was made after much deliberation. In an attempt to be as transparent as possible without overly sharing: our store is getting very cluttered because for FOUR years – the amount of books we took in for trade has been significantly higher than the amount of books we sell. This is not a sustainable business practice and had to be stopped.
We know some customers will be upset with the change. So, I want to share something that someone else shared with me: “Trading books is a service, not a right.” And we can only continue to offer this service if we do it responsibly.
Other used bookstores, that trade books, have rules similar to this – or they drastically limit the amount of books one person can trade, have a “club” you have to pay to trade, ask for a handling fee in cash for each book a customer brings in, etc. I’m not saying any of these people are right – I’m simply stating that I, too, had to decide what was right for my store and I chose to not take in more books than I sell – so I have room on my shelves for all the books.