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We are not currently accepting trade-in books on Monday or Tuesday of each week. We are accepting Wednesday through Saturday during regular business hours.

Thank you for your understanding!


General Policy

We are primarily a paperback fiction bookstore.  That said, we regularly accept both paperbacks and hardbacks in good condition, and are always interested in hardback classics and non-fiction as well as comics, graphic novels, manga, audio books, and some antiquarian editions. The only books that we are NOT currently accepting are Hardback books without their jackets (paper covers that come on the new books) and Serial Romance (i.e. the numbered series as distributed by Silhouette/Harlequin), or magazines and newspapers.

WE DO NOT PURCHASE BOOKS FOR CASH, the only exception to this rule are College level text books. These are on a case by case basis and have to be brought to the store for inspection before a quote can be given. In some cases the customer might be asked to return when the owner is present so that proper inspection and quote can be given. The average pay out for college text books ranges from 10% to 20% of the value. The Frugal Bookworm reserves the right to turn away any materials solely at the staffs discretion.

Trade Policy

On books offered for trade, we normally aim to “pay” twenty-five percent (25%) for paperbacks and ten percent (10%) for hardbacks with a general average of $1.00 in trade credit per book accepted. In some cases the amount may be less or more dependent on condition, need, value, interest, and newness. Any collectible or Antiquarian books brought in for credit are assigned a credit value on a case by case basis solely at the discretion of staff. The total amount will be credited to an account in your name which will be maintained at the Frugal Bookworm. No card, paper receipts, or records will be required of you, the customer. Book Credit may be redeemed immediately and will be held in your name indefinitely.  All you need in order to access your credit balance is knowledge of the name and phone number used to set up the account.

Book credit may be applied to sales of any used books (paperback, hardback, comic/graphic novel or audio book) in store with the exception of books specified as Collectibles or Antiquarian.  You do not have to bring in a certain type of book to purchase that type of book.  Your credit applies to ALL used books regardless of genre or author. 

Book Credit may not be used to purchase New books, Sale books, Collectibles, or Gift ware.  On check out, your credit will pay half the total of used books purchased, the other half to be paid by customer at check out.   Sales tax must be collected on all trade transactions by Oklahoma State Law and this tax amount will be included in the paid portion of each transaction.

We process so many books from different customers in a day that we generally do not call and update when books are processed. You are always welcome to call or come in to check on the status of your credit.

Any books that we cannot accept for credit, that the customer willingly surrenders, is geared to be donated to one of the charitable organizations we work with. However, on occasion, some books may be used in sales or for promotional giveaways. Usually this happens when we have had an abundance of donated materials come in in quick succession. If the charities that we work with cannot absorb the materials we try to distribute them in a way that we aren't making a profit since no credit was given to the original owner. In the case that we use them in a sale event those proceeds are donated to one of the charities that we work with.

The Frugal Bookworm reserves the right to turn away any materials solely at the staffs discretion.

When will we accept books?

We accept books for trade Wednesday through to Saturday of each week. We DO NOT accept books on Monday or Tuesday. We use the first of the week to try and keep caught up. If you live out of the city limits and have limited availability to drop books off we are willing to make an exception with proof of address. We understand that it can be harder to schedule trips into Tulsa from further away and hope to help ease this. 

How many Books can I bring and what requirements are there?

Currently we allow a limited number of items per customer to be left with us, those who wish to trade a large quantity of books should expect to leave them for later processing. We are currently accepting NO MORE THAN 50 BOOKS PER ACCOUNT PER DROP OFF. We require all books to be brought into the store in a recyclable bag or box that you do not need back (ex. A Walmart sack or cardboard box). We will only accept loose books if you turning in less then 5 books. All books must be in good repair. We require all books to have their covers and pages all intact. We will not accept books that have water damage, stains, dirt, debris, mold & mildew, or that smell strongly of smoke. We prefer not to take books that have been stored in attics or basements unless they have been stored in airtight containers.

What do you do with the books you can't accept?

Please let us know on drop-off what you would like us to do with any books that we cannot use.  We will be happy to either return them to you, if you like, but we donate what we do not use to the Blue Star Mothers and other local organizations. If you request that remaining books be returned to you, please be prompt in returning for pickup.  Books that are not picked up within 3 days after you are contacted may be donated at the next pick-up and will not be available for return.

A Reminder

Please remember that we are a small two woman show with only occasional part time help. It takes a good deal of time to individually process and hand enter each book into our system to maintain an accurate inventory. During busy seasons we ask for your patience with us as we work to get your books processed in as timely a manner as possible. If for some reason you need credit sooner then the projected date range (between a few days and several weeks) please let us know and we will do our best to work with you on an individual basis.



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