When do you buy books? We buy books over the counter almost every day from opening until an hour before close. Every now and then our buyer is sick or away, so it's a good idea to call before coming down to make sure we're buying.
What are you looking for? We are a general interest store and buy all sorts of books... with a few exceptions: We don't buy romances, text books, computer manuals, hardcover mysteries, out-of-date travel guides, or books in poor condition (mildew, underlining, broken spine, etc.). Beyond that, we decide what to take on a book-by-book basis.
Please note that Dog Eared Castro is not looking for books about military history, sports, or children's books. The only foreign language books we buy are French and Spanish.
Do you buy music, movies, magazines, or books on tape? Nope, sorry.
Do you buy comics? Maybe if it's really something REALLY special, but not usually.
Do you pay for books in cash or store credit? For most books we offer store credit, also called "Trade," but for extremely desirable books we offer cash. If you're willing to take store credit for cash books, we offer 50% more. (Credit is good at both Dog Eared Valencia and Castro, as well as our sister store, Alley Cat.) The amount we pay for books is based on their current cover price and condition. We pay competitively with other used book stores
Will you buy books at my house? We have a small staff and thus can do "Out Buys" only for collections with over a thousand (1,000) books, and only if the books sound especially valuable or unusual.
What can I do with the books you can't buy? We have a free box outside the store so you can donate them to the neighborhood.
Since both Dog Eared Valencia and Dog Eared Castro buy books, which store should I take my books to? Castro will buy a greater variety of books with LGBT content, and almost no kids' books or signed collectibles, but beyond that, there's not much difference.
Will you carry the book I wrote? Maybe. We need to see it to see if it looks like something we can sell. Your best bet is to send us an email rather than tromping all the way down here to show us a copy. Be aware, also, that we usually buy books one at a time and since we don't have a computerized inventory, it's difficult for us to tell if your book has sold. For this reason, we prefer to buy from distributors. We do make exceptions, though. If we do decide to buy your book, we'll pay you 50% of the cover price in store credit.
Anything else I should know before I bring my books? YES!!! If you want cash for your books you MUST bring either a drivers' license, official state ID card, or passport. No exceptions, it's the law.
Dog Eared Books Valencia 900 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA 94110 Open Every Day 10am - 10pm 415-282-1901
Dog Eared Books Castro 489 Castro St. San Francisco, CA 94114 Open Every Day 10am - 10pm 415-658-7920