Fighting for freerecyling

Tip No 6: Decluttering unwanted books back to the bookshop

Perhaps because of its academic associations Oxford (UK) often seems a city full of bookshops. We are very lucky to have almost all major bookstores on our doorstep. Even our own global charity, Oxfam has two of its town centre stores dealing exclusively with books. Anyway the Blackwells store, which has several outlets each specialising in different areas, has in one of its outlets hidden on the top floor a buy back section dealing in second hand books. You can take in unwanted near perfect books and, subject to them actually wanting that kind of book, they will give you either cash or Blackwells gift vouchers for your books. It is not necessary that you either obtained the book from Blackwells in the first place, nor that you have a receipt even if you did. They welcome all good quality books. However they often refuse books if they already have a surfeit of that type or that exact book, or if they think the chance for resale is poor. For books they accept, I am not sure but I think the vouchers raise the rebate level up to 40%. Needless to say their is always a healthy interest of people taking books back.

Do any of your book stores do this? If not then perhaps you might suggest it since it builds good customer loyalty etc.


September 11, 2007 - Posted by | freecycle

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