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Whether in-store or on-line, we buy books we can resell. Our bids are based on the expected retail value of the books we buy. That retail value is derived from the books' desirability, current and historic market values, in-print prices, conditions, and our current stock levels. We offer 20% more in Powell's credit (to be redeemed in our stores or online) than we do in cash at our stores or through PayPal online.

We are very particular about the condition of the books we will buy. Please take a look at our condition guidelines before sending your books to us.


Website: http://www.powells.com/
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Feb 2020 Powell's did not pay for 2 books that I sent to them and never notified me if there was a reason. I would sell my books elsewhere, as there is no online support or way to check on status. I have had nothing but luck with other online book resale sites. I am surprised that Powell's is so poor at this. Thankfully the books were not as valuable as other textbooks I sold back to other online retailers. Avoid selling to Powell's unless there is literally no place to sell your textbooks and can take the hit if they don't pay.
Jan 2020 Pros: They buy the largest variety so finding numerous books to sell them is easy. Their prices are not the highest, but good enough to make some money. My last order cost me $5.25 to buy the books and they paid me $25.25. They pay in a timely manner.
Cons: Computer system times out numerous times for each order. You must reenter all the ISBN numbers. Tip: Type your ISBN numbers into a list on Word or any other software. Single space the list and copy. Past it into the order field, it may time out several times but all you have to do is repaste the list. They often list offers but reject the book at the time of order entry. They reject books due to quality, but they are so inconsistent with this. I will send in two orders with no rejections, the next order will have four rejections.
Overall a good customer.
Nov 2019 Good BuyBack Vendor, Thank you for your Business!!
Jul 2019 Thank you Powells!!
Jul 2019 This site feels a little on the fishy side. They rejected 2 or 3 of my books for made up reasons, no explanation, didn't bother to send photos of the evidence or even a description of the damage like other sites do when there's a problem.
Feb 2019 they consistently buy from me. recently I notice 1 to few dollars deducted for books not met their conditions. well I know one book was in excellent condition and they deducted and said rejected. I questioned them but got no answer. that's called stealing but they say recycle. not buying recycle. be cautious what u send them.
Jan 2019 They don’t pay as much as other vendors, but they are reliable and offer decent credit instead of cash. They also buy many more trade items versus textbooks. Processing is a bit slow, but they are a big store.
Dec 2018 I have had no problem at all with book transactions. The problem is with the website. So many times I have gotten a "session has timed out" message. It seems like being able to enter ISBNs is just pure luck. It's extremely frustrating, and I'm not sure why Powell's hasn't addressed this problem.
Nov 2018 I was paid via PayPal within 2.5 weeks of sending in my books. They gave me 91% of their quote. Still a smooth process though and basically what I expected.
Oct 2018 Sold to them happily for years but in the passed 2 years have had profound difficulty with their computer program when trying to enter books. Despite contacting them I have neither response nor assistance. It saddens me to think I may have to just sever relations with them as I have, other than this, found them to be a positive experience
Oct 2018 My first experience with Powell's. They were fair and communicated well by email the status of my order. Payment received with no problem. I will use them again
Jun 2018 Good service. I love to resell to Powell's
Jun 2018 This company deserves a 5 star rating. They buyback a broader range of books (novels) than anyone on the market. I have found them to be fair, honest and reliable. If you send them books that meet their condition requirements, you'll have no problem getting reimbursed. They often pay a generous portion of the quoted price if you overlooked a flaw in the book. Use Powell's without reservation!
Feb 2018 Powell's has been for me one of the most reliable buyers of books. I sift out all my books that I am selling wholesale and usually have a stack that is worthwhile buying from Powell's. I have found credit on Powell's useful for covering book requests that I could not get easily. They have been a priceless partner in my journey to buy, sell, and trade books.
Feb 2018 Very frustrating using their website. I spend twenty minutes entering dozens of isbns only to have them say session has timed out and I must start over. After third attempt I gave up. Tried to call and wound up in a voice mail nightmare. Used to be a great store but their book buying process had deteriorated to the point that I no longer waste my time with them.