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Used Books

Variant Edition Comics + Culture is proud to be a comic shop for readers. As such, we’re pleased to carry a great selection of used books alongside our comics and graphic novels.

 

The focus of our used department is on the idea of storytelling.  We carry a wide variety of different books that either tell imaginative stories that explore new worlds and books that expand our knowledge of the world around us.

 

As a result our books fall under four distinct classifications:

 

  • Genre Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Graphic Novels
  • All Ages

 

Wondering what we price books at? Look no further!  Typically we price at half of the original retail price, with collectable and rare books being priced according to the current market (with a few dollars knocked off to get you a great deal).  We pride ourselves on having a wide variety of interesting reads you may not find at your typical bookstore.

 

Selling your Books

Buying Hours

 

Currently, was our buying hours coincide with our open hours – so if we’re open, we’re buying.

 

 

But what sort of books do we take… and for how much?  Here’s a guide to give you an idea of what to expect when you come in:

 

Payout options:  We offer both cash and store credit as options for in-store buying. A note: store credit is always offered, whereas cash value is only offered as budgets allow, and at lesser rates than store credit.

 

Book Condition:  Varies per book, with in demand titles having more leniency.  There are several types of condition issues that cause a book to be denied for buying.  These include:

  • Visible tears (the larger the tear, the less likely we’ll be interested)
  • Spine cracks (these become a concern when you can see them from the inside of the book)
  • Water damage (this warps the book, often making them unreadable)
  • Bug and Critter damage (if a book looks chewed up or has holes made by bugs it is instantly rejected)

 

Book Categories

Here is a general guide to the sorts of books we take in, plus a rough range of what sort of value to expect with certain book types.

 

  • All-Ages
    • Picture Books ($.25-$1 per book)
      • We take most everything for picture books but am quite critical when it comes to condition
    • Chapter Books ($.25 per book, more for classic/well known titles)
      • This category focuses on the books written primarily for the age 12 and under.
    • Young Adult ($1-$2 per book)
      • These chapter books are aimed for the teen audience.  I am primarily interested in non-series novels or continuous runs of series.  I primarily don’t take sequels/later books in series without the books that precede them

 

  • Fiction (On average $.50-$3 per book, will pay more for collectible and harder to find titles. Also, will pay on the higher end of the average for books from the last year of publication)
    • Science Fiction/Fantasy
      • We take most titles with a format preference towards Pocketbooks (we can fit more on the shelves) but take in fair amount of Trade Paperbacks and Hardcovers as well (we buy/sell Hardcover at a cheaper rate)
      • We are more selective with sci fi/fantasy franchise tie-ins (ie Star Trek, Star Wars, Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms).  We still take a fair amount, but we recommend contacting us about what series you have and we’ll give you an idea if we’re interested
    • Horror
      • We try to stock a wide variety with well known names (ie Stephen King, HP Lovecraft) but also work to keep in a selection of lesser known authors
    • Adventure/Intrigue
      • We carry a variety with the focus on more recent titles for adventure and older titles for intrigue (mysteries)
    • Westerns
      • We only carry a limited amount of westerns.
    • Romance
      • With rare exceptions, we do not deal in regular romance titles
    • Classics
      • We carry a wide variety although we only stock one or two copies of each title
    • Real World Fiction
      • We carry a wide variety, preference is for larger formats and titles with more recent publication dates
    • Canadian
      • Similar guidelines to our Real World Fiction section

 

  • Non-Fiction (Variable, on average $1-3 dollars but it can be more, completely depends on the subject area)
    • Cookbooks
      • We take a variety of titles with a focus on styles of cooking over celebrity personalities
    • Writing/Literature
      • We take a variety with a focus on titles that help authors improve their writing
    • Fine Arts/Pop Culture
      • We are interested in looking at most titles within these areas
    • Biography
      • Completely based on the subject of the book, the newer the title the more likely we’ll take it
    • Art
      • We take most good condition art tutorial books. We are more choosy when it comes to gallery and artist feature books
    • Folklore and Myth
      • We take most books in this subject area
    • Health/Self-Help/Business
      • With rare exceptions, we don’t deal in these types of titles

 

  • Graphic Novels
    • Regular Graphic Novels (Variable)
      • We are interested in most titles, although out-of-print titles and continuous runs are of particular interest
    • Manga ($.50-$1 per volume)
      • We only deal with Manga as sets.  As a result we only take in continuous runs beginning at volume 1
    • Comic Strips ($1 per book)
      • We are only interested in certain series, contact us with the ones you’re interested in getting rid of and we’ll let you know what we’re looking for

 

  • RPGs ($3+ per title)
    • Condition permitting, we are interested in any and all RPG titles

 

Here are a list of authors and books we are currently on the outlook for. This list updates semi-regularly as we get requests from customers

 

Still have questions?  Think you have an interesting title that falls outside of these guidelines?  Contact us at books@variantedmonton.com. We use these as general guidelines and are certainly willing to go outside of them if there are items of interest.

 

Request System

 

Having trouble getting your hands on the next book of the series you’re reading?  Have you been hunting a book for years and have yet to track it down? Let us know and we can keep our eyes open during our book hunting.

 

Leaving your info for a request isn’t a commitment, it just allows us to let you know when books you want come in.  All we need from you is a name, contact info, book title, book author as well as any info on condition or version of the book you are looking for.