Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General questions

  1. Do you sell books new, second-hand, or both?
  2. Where are you located?
  3. What forms of payment do you accept?
  4. Is your inventory online? Can I order online?
  5. Do you offer gift certificates?
  6. Do you do special orders?
  7. Where do you get your books?
  8. How do you set your prices?

Selling us books / what we buy

  1. Do you buy books? How do I sell you books?
  2. How much do you pay for books?
  3. I found some very old books in my attic/basement. Are they valuable?
  4. Do you take books on consignment?
  5. What is trade credit and how does it work?

General questions

Do you sell books new, second-hand, or both?

All of our books are second-hand, but they are in excellent condition and may look new. We have recent releases and current bestsellers. We also stock many older books that are out of print or hard to find new.

If we don’t have the new release that you are looking for, we recommend our friends at The Bookshelf.

Where are you located?

10 Paisley Street in Downtown Guelph. For our full address, directions and a map, see Hours and Location.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We are not able to take payment over the phone or online.

Is your inventory online? Can I order online?

No, at this point our inventory is not online. If you are looking for a book, contact us at requests@janusbooks.ca, call us at 226-486-1255, or stop by.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes, gift certificates can be purchased for any amount. They can be redeemed in whole or in part and do not expire.

Do you do special orders?

No, but if there is something you are looking for, let us know. We might have it, or we can let you know if it comes in. Email us at requests@janusbooks.ca, call us at 226-486-1255, or stop by.

Where do you get your books?

We buy most of our books from the general public. See our page on what and how we buy. We also attend a handful of charity book sales throughout the year. We do not buy from remainder warehouses: all of our books are hand-picked.

How do you set your prices?

In most cases, our prices are about half of the current list price, before discounting. So if a book sells new for $22, our price would likely be $11. Books that are rare, out of print, or otherwise special are priced based on supply and demand. There are exceptions to every rule, but we aim to price our books fairly and consistently.

Selling us books / what we buy

Do you buy books? How do I sell you books?

Yes! We buy books for cash or trade credit. We are picky about condition and only buy what we need. See our page on what and how we buy.

How much do you pay for books?

We pay around 16 of the current cover price, or about 13 of what we expect to charge. We offer 50% more in trade credit than we do in cash. See our page on what and how we buy for details.

I found some very old books in my attic/basement. Are they valuable?

Short answer: probably not.

Long answer:
Books have monetary value based on condition, scarcity and desirability. While some old books, like a 1859 first edition of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, can sell for tens of thousands of dollars or more, most old books from that period are difficult to sell at any price.

The internet can be a valuable resource for research, but can also be misleading. We only occasionally buy very old books, but we are always happy to give our opinion. For more information about what we do buy, see our page on selling us books.

Do you take books on consignment?

No, we do not take books on consignment. Instead we buy what we need. See our page on what and how we buy.

What is trade credit and how does it work?

Trade credit is earned by selling us books. Trade credit can then be redeemed for other books. It can be shared among families or turned into gift cards. It does not expire.