About McKay Used Books


How does this work?

Well, that’s a big question. The general answer is this, you bring in the merchandise you want to trade and or sell and load it into our bins. We’ll look through up to four bins per party per day. We will assign a price to each piece of merchandise that we can sell, and give you a percent of that in trade credit. Some items we do offer cash for, but not all. When you drop off, we will give you an estimate as to how long it might take, as all merchandise is processed on a first come first serve basis. You can choose to take back any items that we can’t sell, or we can recycle them for you, you just need to pick up within three hours of your drop off.

Now let’s go through the specifics.


What items do you accept?

The list is pretty long, but here you go!

  • Fiction Books
  • Non-Fiction Books
  • Text Books
  • Children’s Books
  • Literature and Classics
  • Comic Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Digital Video Discs (DVDs)
  • BluRays
  • Audio Books on cassette
  • Audio Books on Compact Discs(CDs)
  • Music CDs
  • Vinyl Records
  • Board Games
  • Video Games
  • Music Cassettes
  • Action Figures (On a trial basis beginning 8/18/17)

Do you pay cash for everything?

Due to the nature of supply and demand, we find that many items we get in abundance. We can offer trade credit only for those items.

What we pay trade credit only for:

  • Fiction (Unless released in the last three months)
  • General Demand Children’s Books
  • Manga and Anime
  • Low Demand Music
  • Audio Books
  • General Demand Comic Books
  • Most DVDs

What we pay cash for:

  • Video Games
  • High Demand Vinyl
  • High Demand Cds
  • High Demand Dvds
  • High Demand BluRays
  • Most Non-fiction
  • Children’s Award Winners
  • Children’s Fantasy Books
  • Children’s High Demand Authors and Series
  • Action Figures
  • Board Games

We must photocopy your valid state id in order to issue any cash or check amount. You must be 18 or older to receive cash or a check. Any amount over $20 will be issued in the form of a check. No exceptions will be made. Payment can be issued as soon as items have been evaluated by our staff.


When can I bring stuff in?

Bring in your merchandise until 1 hour prior to closing 7 days a week. Transfer your items into our buying bins in the store and we will process them as quickly as possible.


Is there a limit to how much I can bring in?

We would love to be able to accept an unlimited amount of items from all of our customers, but due to the large quantity of merchandise that we sort through in a day, we are able to accommodate varying amounts of merchandise depending on the season. At most, we can process 4 bins* per party per day. Larger orders may be submitted if space allows, and can take anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks to process.

*A bin is defined as one of our processing bins and is measured at 18”x13”x12”


Is there anything that you just don’t take at all?

Yes, There are certain items that, for one reason or another, we just can’t sell. Those items include, but are not limited to:

  • Library books, current or discarded.
  • Children’s books with names, writing, or stickers on the cover and/or edges.
  • Books previously belonging to a school/library with identifying marks.
  • Books missing dust jackets
  • Music and Movies without an original case
  • Rental DVDs
  • Video Game Systems – Due to PWC Legislation effective January 1, 2017
  • Wet or water damaged items
  • Items with live bugs. We will not be able to accept anything from orders that contain live bugs.
  • Encyclopedias
  • Time-Life Sets
  • VHS
  • Computer Games and Software
  • 33 1/3 Records Without an Inner AND Outer Sleeve/Jacket
  • Music Cassettes or Disks without cases and complete liner notes
  • While we take Action Figures, we are still working on a definition of exactly what constitutes an action figure, please check back for updated information as it is available.
  • Puzzles that are open/not factory sealed

How much do you pay for what you take?

Generally, we will pay 40% of our selling price in trade credit. The cash percentage, if it’s an item we pay cash for, varies depending on the item type.


How long will it take to process my order?

The time it will take to evaluate your order will vary. It is a first come, first serve basis. Generally it will take less than an hour to evaluate your order. During peak season and rushes, this wait can be longer.


What if I can’t wait in the store for my order to be processed?

We try our hardest to process your merchandise while you shop, but we understand that you can’t always wait.  When you drop of an order to be processed, you have three hours from the time you dropped it off to pick up anything that we can’t take. After three hours those items are automatically recycled or put into the free bin for other customers to enjoy free of charge.  While we do our best to retain all data from your order, we are unable to guarantee payment for orders claimed after three days of drop off.


My boxes are really heavy; can someone come out to my car to carry them in for me?

We will gladly provide you with a hand truck to bring your boxes in from the parking lot. Unfortunately, we do not have staff available to bring in merchandise from outside the store, so please plan accordingly.


I don’t have the cases to my disks; can I still sell those to you?

All disks must be in original cases. Video game cartridges may be taken without their original cases and boxes.


I’m a book dealer, can I have a discount?

McKay’s is built for individual consumer use within our community. Everyone is welcome to use the store within the same guidelines we have set for all of our consumers. Share and share alike.


What if I have gift cards and trade credit from another McKays?

Richard McKay Used Books, located in Manassas, VA, is a separate company from McKay Brothers in Richmond, McKay Used Books in Tennessee, and Edward McKay Used Books in North Carolina. We are unable to accept trade credit or gift cards issued from those stores.