Title Wave Books

how much?

We always pay a fair price based on our estimate of the Title Wave resale price for your items.

If you're thinking about putting your books and other items in a garage sale, please consider bringing them to Title Wave instead. We are often able to pay more than you'd get in a garage sale.

And honestly, if you bring us the "leftovers" we're probably not going to be interested!

The amount we can offer in either cash or trade credit is based on a variety of factors. These include our stock level and sales history for other copies of the same item, the condition and age of your item, and on how often we are offered copies of the same item.

We are delighted to make a cash offer for the items we need, or pay a higher amount in credit good toward other items in the store. If you prefer the trade credit, you can spend it anytime over the next two years.

We Do Not Accept

  • Books in poor condition. This includes tears to the pages or covers, moisture damage, stains, animal hair or chewing, excessive dirt or dust, highlighting, underlining, or heavy wear of any kind
  • VHS or cassette tapes
  • Most hard-cover fiction, once it has been released in paperback
  • Series romances like Harlequin or Silhouette paperbacks
  • Reader's Digest Condensed Books
  • Older textbooks
  • Dated nonfiction (almanacs, study guides, travel guides, computer books, etc.)
  • Magazines or periodicals of any kind
  • Encyclopedia sets
  • Broken sets of any kind
  • Any item that we are presently overstocked on (by title or subject category)

What We Buy

  • Books in good condition that we currently need in our inventory
  • DVD movies, documentaries, television series, exercise and other "how-to" features (sorry, we do not accept VHS tapes of any kind)
  • Music CDs in their original cases, with their original inserts, that are clean and unscratched​
  • Select vinyl LPs in good condition.

  Sell & Trade Information

Title Wave's used book buy-back counter is open!

Our remodeling is nearly finished, and we need your good-quality used books, DVDs, CDs and vinyl LPs

Size Limit

Because of the extraordinary volume of books and other items we see, and in order to minimize the wait time for all our customers, we have a strict limit of two containers per person or account, per day.

A "container" equals one banker-box sized carton, or a medium-sized bag, or one of our gray plastic tubs (the same size as the TSA tubs you see at airport security).

When you bring your items to sell or trade, we will invite you to pack your items into one or two gray plastic tubs.

Please sort your items for condition before you bring them in, and please bring no more than two containers-full per visit.

Sell or Trade Your Books, DVDs, Vinyl LPs, Music & Audio Book CDs

Title Wave buys and trades for thousands of books and other items every week, and there is always a steady stream of new arrivals hitting our shelves.

 If you have books, DVDs, music CDs, vinyl LPs and audio book CDs that you'd like to sell or trade, we'd love to take a look. If we can use your items in our inventory, our experienced buyers are happy to make a cash offer - or pay a higher amount in trade credit to spend here in the store.

Intake Counter hours

Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

When bringing in items to trade, we recommend arriving no later than 5:00 PM. If you are arriving later than 5:30, we may not have time to process your buy on that day. If that is the case, we can still process the buy as a “drop-off” but we would be unable to offer you cash, or give you back the items we are unable to use.

If you're in a hurry, and don't have time to browse in the store while we go through your items, you have the option of leaving them with us as a "drop-off". This means we will evaluate your items when we can (typically within 24 to 48 hours) and post your credit totals to your account. All items we are not able to use will be donated or discarded - we can't hold them for you to pick up later.

If you prefer to receive cash, we ask that you either wait in the store, or return to check your totals within TWO HOURS of when we finish your buy.

If you would like to take back the items we were not able to use, you must return by 6:00 p.m. on the day you brought in your items.

how long?

We process customers' items in the order they come in. Right after the Buy Counter opens (10:00 a.m. Monday-Saturday and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday) there is hardly any wait.

As the day progresses, the wait time usually runs 30 to 60 minutes as we quickly sort and evaluate all the goodies that folks bring for our buyers to look at. During busy times (Saturdays, Sundays, school holidays, and state and federal holidays) the wait time often runs over an hour.