Bluestocking Books: Store Policies:


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


Payment Methods Accepted:

Bluestocking Books accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover 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 and we can generally refund or 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 trade for it and give credit towards future discounts rather than cash back.  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


Trade Credit for Used Books

As of 8/1/2020  Book Trades on Sundays and Mondays - call or email before coming in to please allow us to ask a few questions re: quantity/type of books. We love to trade with you so you get 50% off of used books prices with your trade-credit! Thank you in advance for thinking of us when you are ready to send your beloved books out into the world to do good. We don't have a dollar table right now and aren't donating books, so we'll give you back the books we pass on.

(We don't pay cash.) 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: new books, stationery or any orders (new or used).


For example: you bring in a stack of books we can use and we intend to price them at a total 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 a $4 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.


For best results: Receive our monthly emails to learn about any policy changes, community issues, and all of our discounts and events. And if we find photos or keepsakes tucked into the pages of your books, we like to be able to get them back to you! New books are ordered weekly for local pick-up & just about any reprints or classics are available!!

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. Thank you for sharing your books with our community of eager readers!