Since 1983, we have bought, sold, and traded with customers through the northern Virginia area. We started with just books, but now we are so much more than that. Interested? Well, there are a few things you should know about our process, so keep reading.
Well, that’s a big question. The general answer is this, you bring in the merchandise you want to trade and or sell. We’ll check in up to THREE (3) bins per adult (18+) per day on Saturday and Sunday, FOUR(4) as possible Monday through Friday. We will assign a price to each piece of merchandise that we can sell, and give you a percent of that in trade credit. We offer cash for some items, but not all.
Due to the nature of supply and demand, we are unable to offer cash for everything.
We must scan your valid state issued ID containing full name, address, and photograph in order to issue any cash or check amount. You must be 18 or older to receive cash or a check. Any amount over $30 will be issued in the form of a check. No exceptions will be made.
Bring in your merchandise 7 days per week up until 1 hour prior to closing. Large orders (more than 3 bins) are accepted as space allows.
All business is conducted in store, we do not make house calls.
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 check-in 4 bins* per adult per weekday, and 3 bins per adult on weekends.
Orders over the daily bin limit may be submitted as “Large Orders” if space allows, and can take anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks to process. Please see our check-in clerk or call for information regarding the “Large Order” process, as it differs from our normal procedures. “Large orders” are available on a first come, first serve basis, we do not accept reservations for “large orders”.
*A bin is defined as one of our processing bins and is measured at 18”x13”x12”
While we do our best to get your order processed while you shop, we understand that sometimes that’s just not feasible. When you bring in merchandise, you have up to three(3) hours from your drop off to pick up any items that we cannot accept or up to three(3) days to claim any trade and/or cash/check/PayPal/Venmo. We are unable to hold any returns after 3 hours due to the volume of merchandise we process.
Yes, there are certain items that, for one reason or another, we just can’t sell. Those items include, but are not limited to:
We will pay up to 40% of our selling price in trade credit depending on the type of item. Cashable items payout at up to 25% of our selling price, depending on the type of item – we do not pay cash for all items, see ‘What we pay cash for’ section above.
McKay’s has two types of trade credit:
Merchandise is processed in the order it is received. We try our best to have your order processed while you are in the store shopping. The turn around time will vary based on how many orders have been checked in ahead of you and the type of merchandise you are submitting.
We will gladly provide you with a hand truck or wagon 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.
Please note that the red shopping carts are for indoor use only.
All disks and records must be in original cases. Video game cartridges may be taken without their original cases and boxes.
McKay’s is built for individual consumer use within our community. Everyone is welcome to use the store, dealers may shop after 3pm; no discount is provided to dealers.
Richard McKay Used Books, located in Manassas, VA, is a separate company from McKay Used Books in Tennessee, and McKay Used Books in North Carolina. We are unable to accept trade credit or gift cards issued from those stores.
Due to the current COVID pandemic, we strongly prefer the use of non-cash payments. We currently accept charge, mobile pay, and trade credit (as applicable), as payment. We do not accept $100 bills for sales under $35. Any charge/e-pay sales of $75 or more will require a photo ID. We do not accept checks.
Yes. and a shirt. and pants (or a skirt/shorts).
Yes, your service animal is welcome. Pets are not.