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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.

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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.
Jan 2018 I have a gift card from Powell's, but have not been able to complete the order. The message "Please Wait" is on my computer, but the order never completes. The telephone system has no one to talk to and does not address my problem. I have stopped using Powell's for gifts because they indicate they have books, but back order. I sent a letter, but nothing happened.
Dec 2017 It turns to give Powells even a one star review. Their shipping is atrocious. They use UPS and then USPS for the same item. I ordered a book in stock and 10 days later, I'm still waiting for it. I really don't want to give Amazon my money and want independent bookstores to succeed, but Powells makes it hard to earn my business.
Nov 2017 Powells pays best for books but their website is a horror. Sometimes they quote a good price for a book in the morning, then when I return in the afternoon to complete the transaction, I get a message saying they're no longer buying the books they gave me quotes on in the morning! How can one lock in a quote from them? Even for just a day or two? How can one keep a running list of books to be sold to them for a day or two? (Am I missing something?)
Oct 2017 TERRIBLE WEBSITE .. slow, klunky, allows only a few minutes before it voids your work and makes you "start over". Prices offered are low and the rejection rate is ridiculously high. They used to be good company but have gone downhill over past couple years. Avoid if at all possible.
Jun 2017 I have sent quite a few buyback orders to Powells. I find them to offer a decent and straightforward price, free shipping, easy website and fairly quick with the money back to my paypal account. If you pick Powell's credit the value is significantly more- and you can use it on-line. I let the credit built up over time and then was able to spend over $50(on new and used!) and get free shipping on their site . Overall an excellent experience from the grand daddy of used bookstores.
Apr 2017 I've sent one order to Powell's with no problems, and have a second one on the way. The buyback process went very well, and my only concern is that their web page for purchasing books seems to be glitched. When I search for books to buy (using my Powell's credit!), I can only view the first line of each search; scrolling down does not seem to work at this time.
Mar 2017 this company accepts a number of books and pays fairly. My big complaint is the web page. It can be a pain sometimes.
Jan 2017 I have sold to Powells for the last 8 years. They used to have good quotes and their search engine was user friendly and fast. Not Anymore. They changed their mail and their website . It's a nightmare. Powells now offers low quotes and their website is horrible. I get kicked off after spending hours getting quotes. I've been in the middle of completing buybacks and got bumped off. It's not worth the time and effort . I have switched to other vendors - which is a shame because I really liked them.
Dec 2016 Very time consuming and usually impossible checkout with buybacks. When I can finally get it entered and accepted it is impossible to print a buyback label...very slow in getting payment from them, I have sold to Powell for over five years but if things don't improve drastically and fast I am done with this company.
Nov 2016 BEWARE! Although I checked each book carefully, I was told that one of the books had a water stain, so the small amount of money I did receive was reduced even more. I tried to work out this problem with their customer service department but hit a brick wall. I will no longer be doing business with this company nor would I ever recommend them to anyone.
Oct 2016 I have been selling to powell's for a couple of years now and have never had an issue. I get paid using my paypal. I also have gotten store credits. They pay quickly. And I have always gotten paid what I was quoted( with the exception of a few books that were iffy). I would recommend them. Just make sure that you don't try to sell them anything that you wouldn't buy yourself and you will be fine.
Aug 2016 I sell books to Powells every week but I must say they have a very clumsy and time consuming check out compared to other sites. The company is good but they need to take time to make they checkout much more convenient. It takes me twice as long to check out with Powells than other sites.
Aug 2016 I have been selling to these guys for quite awhile. The more careful I am about the condition of the books I send the more books they reject. They find stains, damaged spines, missing media; every excuse imaginable to not pay. I am quite confident that most of these rejected books end up on their shelves.
Jul 2016 Since they changed their online system, it has become a painful process to attempt sales to Powell's. Their online buyback very frequently times out and you must then begin from scratch. Moreover, though you input a single ISBN, the system will record you as offering multiple volumes for sale, sometimes as many as six, but frequently 2 or 3.
Jul 2016 It is clear that since Powell's has moved from USPS to UPS, the amount they offer is considerably less than in the past. For example, books that once were purchased for $1.50 (2.25) now sell for 1.25 (2.00). Many books bring only .75. The minimum purchase and minimum number of volumes has also increased. I will be unable to actively seek to sell books to Powell's (I always ask for Powell's credit to counter what one writer has said below re virtual credit purchases, this time in defense of the bookstore: people disatisfied with their purchase have the option to return the book they purchased.)
Jul 2016 I have sold books to them for years and have rated them as 5 stars but their on line site is impossible to use. I am continually bumped off the site and need to begin again - today after 3 attempts I was finally offered a bid and the site would not let me sign in. Powells get your act together or you won't have any sellers
Jul 2016 Been selling to Powell's for over 7 years. While they have strict standards for books they buy, such as no writing or damage, the same does not seem to hold true for books they sell .
I just received books from them I bought with "Powells' Credit" (careful you don't choose that option when selling), and half of them had writing and/or damage. So, I have to assume they sell whatever books they reject anyway...
Jun 2016 Tried to sold a few books to them and I received $3.50 less since one book was missing the dust cover, another one said water damage, but that one was a brand new book, never touched water, not even water spills. Another said poor condition, but it was just normal wear. So if your books are not in perfect condition (almost impossible), do not send them. They won't return the items that they reject, even if it is a very expensive book. Used three other companies and did not have any issues; only with Powell's.