Bluestocking Books: Store Policies:


Visit Bluestocking Books at 3817 Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest, San Diego, California.


(as of 12/10/22) Trading in your Used books for a Discount Credit :)

Please contact us first if you have more than a couple bags or boxes & let us know what day you will be bringing them.

1 or 2 bags of clean, used books at a time per customer, please.

You receive 50% off of used-book prices with your trade-credit! The amount we issue will be in the computer under your name to use at each purchase until credit runs out. 

We'll give you back the books we pass on. Please - anything broken or soiled just don't bring. We cannot take everything as we did in past years.

We don't pay cash for books - we offer a trade-credit. We look at the books you bring, and once we've selected the titles we think we can resell, we offer approx. 1/2 of our estimated retail price as a credit. Your credit then pays for up to 50% of the price of used books and up to 25% of the price of any other items; ie new books, stationery or any orders (new or used).


For example: you bring in some books we can use and we calculate a total retail amount of $20. You receive a $10 credit which is entered into our database. 


-You find a $4 used book. Your credit pays for $2 (50% of the price), you pay $2 plus CA sales tax in actual money, & you have an $8 credit balance.


-You find or order a $4 brand new book. Your credit pays for $1 (25% of the price). You'll be asked to pay the remaining $3 plus sales tax in cash (or charge card), and you'll still have $9 in credit.


Picture ID is required. We keep the credit balance in our database. Please make at least one purchase a year to keep your credit active. We don't pay cash.

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Payment Methods Accepted:

Bluestocking Books accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Apple Pay and Bluestocking gift cards, as well as old-fashioned cash money. Come in, phone, email or use snail mail to do business with us - whatever works for you. When you order on this website, you can also use Paypal or your Amazon account!  By ordering using our website checkout directly, (rather than Amazon or Paypal), you can join our customer base and earn money-saving coupons (a 7.5% saving for every $200 spent). To earn coupons, be sure to add your name to our customer base and use our website checkout for purchases! :)  We ship books daily and can have new books sent right to you anywhere in the U.S. or to any military base anywhere. 


Please contact us ASAP about any return. Keep a receipt. We generally have you pick out something else if the book is returned within a day or two and is in the same condition. After than we generally give trade-credit, buying back like a used book. If there's a problem with something you purchased from us, call or come back asap & let's talk!


Ask for them anytime you visit the store, or use the appropriate discount code when shopping on this website!  Note: Discounts cannot be combined; you can use either trade credit OR a discount on your purchase, not both.

Educators, Seniors, and Active Military: Get 10% off your purchases!  Use discount code ESM10 here at the website - or put it in the notes! And thanks for your contribution :)