August 22, 2011
Showing off: McKay
I’m an avid reader, so I’m constantly going through books when I’m not using my Kindle. In order to keep costs down and reduce a pileup of books in my home, I often shop at McKay.
McKay makes it really easy to sell your books or trade them in for other titles. The prices on these used books are great. Even if you’re not trading books, you’ll still spend way less than you would at a traditional bookstore.
If you’re trading or selling books at McKay, the first thing you’ll want to do is drop off those books. The store also collect cds, video games, dvds, etc. You’ll want to separate your media from books and put them in separate containers provided by McKay. You’ll then give your books to an employee who will hand you a card with a number on it. When your items are processed, you’re number will appear on a screen.
Wile you’re waiting for your items to be processed, you’re free to shop. Every trip to McKay is a treasure hunt. It’s essential to go with a list of books in hand, so you’ll know what you’re looking for. For instance, I’ve been collecting Karen Kingsbury’s Baxter series for about a year now. Every time I enter McKay I come prepared with this list.
The books are organized by genre and then title or author. If the author is well known in that genre he or she will often have a section dedicated to their books.
If I know I’m looking for a series in a particular genre, I’ll go there first and try to snag any books in that series. Then, I’ll work my way through the list looking for titles. Once I’ve collected the titles from my list that are available, I often browse other genres of interest.
When your number is on the screen, you can take the card you were given back to the same counter, and you will be told your trade in or cash value for the items you brought. The trade in value is always better, so I always accept the trade. You’ll receive a new slip of paper with your trade in amount on it. This paper will act as your cash when you’re ready to check out.
To make you’re purchases, you’ll need to head to the registers. This is not the same place where you traded your books. Oftentimes, my trade in voucher will cover my books, but, occasionally, I spend more than I’ve traded. If you don’t spend your entire trade in amount, you’ll be given a new slip of paper with the value on it. Treat this like money! You can use it the next time you buy something.
If you’re hesitant to buy used books, you should know that the books at McKay are only accepted if they are in perfect or near perfect condition. I’ve been shopping there for years and have never had any problems.
If you’ve never checked out McKay, I very highly recommend going. You never know what you’re going to find.