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Frequently Asked Questions

Who are you?

What do you do?

Where are you located?

What are your hours?

How can we contact you?

Can you call me when a particular item comes in?

Can I call you to find out if you have a particular item in stock?

What forms of payment do you accept? Cash, credit, bits of string?

Do you buy books & media?

Is there anything that you don't buy back?

How long does the buyback process take?

When do you buy items?

How much do you offer for my books or media?

How much are your books?

Where do you get all of your books?

I know your prices are already low, do you offer any discounts?

I'm looking for a specific book, can you tell me if you have it in stock?

How are your books arranged on the shelves?

How often are items shelved?

What is your return policy?

 

 

Who are you?

We're Murphy's Used Books & Media, a family owned bookstore serving the Dayton area since 2017. Along with our warehouse, The One Dollar Book Swap, and our online business, Murfbooks, we have been buying and selling used books for close to 10 years. We are excited to be able to offer a unique source of books to the Dayton community and beyond. ^top

What do you do?

We buy and sell used books and media (CDs, DVDs, video games, audio books, vinyl, & more). We also offer community resource programming, children's activities, and other events to better serve our community. We at Murphy's strive to be more than just a bookstore, we want to be a part of the community. We want to build something special, together. ^top

Where are you located?

We are located in Kettering, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. Our address is 2852 Wilmington Pike and we are in the Wilmington Plaza Shopping Center along side Discount Fashion Warehouse, St. Francis Thrift Store, & Big Lots. ^top

What are your hours?

We are open 7 days a week. Our hours as of Sept. 24th, 2018 are Monday-Thursday 10am until 7pm, Friday-Saturday 10am until 8pm & Sunday 11am until 5pm. Buyback stops one hour before the store closes each night. ^top

How can we contact you?

You can contact us by phone at (937) 813-8370 (automated message), snail mail at 2852 Wilmington Pike Kettering, Ohio 45419, or on the web through Facebook^top

Can you call me when a particular item comes in?

Due to the high volume of items we process daily we cannot keep “want lists” or “waiting lists” for particular items at this time. ^top

Can I call you to find out if you have a particular item in stock?

Unfortunately we cannot quote prices or locate a particular item on the shelf over the phone. However, we can always direct you to a specific section in the store where a particular item may be located on the shelves. ^top

What forms of payment do you accept? Cash, credit, bits of string?

We accept Cash, all major Credit Cards, and our own Store Credit earned by selling items to us. Unfortunately we do not accept bits of string at this time, nor do we accept Checks. ^top

Do you buy books & media?

We sure do!! We love to look at gently used books and media and we make offers in store credit. Our store credit is usable on any merchandise in the store except Custom Book Art, Sketches, Video Game Consoles, Compass & Key Studios jewelry, and it never expires. Store credit is not valid for the purchase of Gift Cards, but is transferable. We buy back items that we feel that we can sell and may reject items due to age, condition, or stock on hand. The amount that we offer for items is not negotiable and you are free to reject any offer made by our staff. Stop in today to find out if you have what we need. Please note that as of 10/6/17 Murphy's Used Books will no longer pay cash for items sold back to us. Offers are made in store credit only^top

Is there anything that you don't buy back?

At this time we do not accept cassettes, VHS, 8-tracks, or any other tape-based media. Former library items, book club editions, Reader's Digest editions, and custom published textbooks are also items that we tend not to buy. All DVDs and CDs must be in their original packaging and hard cover books must have their dust jackets. We do not by loose discs for CDs, DVDs, and video games. Books whose spines are broken, are water damaged, have excessive annotations, highlighting, writing, or creases will be rejected due to condition. Murphy's staff reserves the right to reject items for buyback at their discretion. ^top

How long does the buyback process take?

That all depends on a few factors. 1) How many items you have, 2) how many orders are in front of you, & 3) how many people we have to evaluate your items. Based on those factors we make every attempt to process orders in 15-30 min. We'll give you a rough estimate of how long it'll take at the time of drop off. If you have an exceptionally large order, you may be asked to leave the order overnight and we will contact you when your order is finished. Large orders are typically complete within 24-48 hours. Please see store for more details on Large Orders. ^top

When do you buy items?

We buy back items every day. We ask that you are here at least one hour before the store closes to give us ample time to evaluate your items. Any orders brought in after this time may be subject to the terms of a large order and you will be contacted once it is complete. ^top

How much do you offer for my books or media?

We base all of our offers on what the item will sell for in the store and will offer up to 50% of the resale price in store credit. Certain items, like fiction, we we may not be able offer as much for, but we make every attempt to give you the best offer around for your items. Please understand that we cannot buy everything, and some items may be returned to you for the reasons listed above. Store credit is transferable and makes a great gift idea for any book or media lover you may know. ^top

How much are your books?

Most of our books follow the following pricing structure; most mass market paperback books are $2-$3, most adult fiction and non fiction are $3-$4, most children's titles are between $2 and $3 with level readers, little golden books, many smaller board books, & paperback picture books at $1. Audio books are between $2 & $4, CDs are mostly $2, and DVDs $3 to $5 with TV series sets sometimes a little more. Some titles may be higher due to increased demand and limited availability. We've tried to keep most items at $5 or under, but some boxed sets and other larger books may be more. Stop in today and see why we feel like we're the best place to shop for books & media at the lowest prices. ^top

Where do you get all of your books?

We buy books and media from all over the place. Most items we buy directly from our customers in the store. Click here for more information about this process. ^top

I know your prices are already low, do you offer any discounts?

We currently offer a 10% discount to educators as long as they show some sort of proof that they are affiliated with a school or something that verifies participation in homeschooling. This can be, but is not limited to; teacher ID card, pay stub, union card, e-mail verification, etc. ^top

I'm looking for a specific book, can you tell me if you have it in stock?

Unfortunately none of our items are in any type of inventory system. Our shelves are set up for browsing and that's just what we hope you'll do. You're bound to find all sorts of treasure in our store. Bring your list and spend as much time as you like, just as long as you're done before closing. ^top

How are your books arranged on the shelves?

We have made every attempt to organize our shelves to make browsing as easy as we can. Our fiction sections are alphabetized by author and broken out by genre and our non-fiction sections are categorized by subject. Please bear with us as we work on organizing some of the harder sections in our store. ^top

How often are items shelved?

We shelve newly arrived items bought back every day. Due to the high volume of items that we process each and every day it can be difficult to get all of those items out, so we have carts throughout the departments which we put Recently Bought Back items on to shelve from. ^top

What is your return policy?

Due to the nature of our business all sales are final with the exception of audio books, CDs, DVDs, video games, systems & accessories. We allow returns on defective media within 7 days of purchase for store credit. ^top

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