They weigh in at 20 tons a load, “and we sell 10 to 15 percent online and recycle 50 to 60 tons a week,” Murphy said. “Basically, we’re garbage men. We put them on the conveyor belt and sort for the ‘gold,’ those that will sell online, and the rest we recycle.”
Murfbooks has outgrown three spaces, and so Murphy says that he is reluctant to buy the 60,000 square feet warehouse it now occupies because he’s afraid they’ll outgrow that site. “We’ve just added a second conveyor belt to the operation and pre-screening scanning software.” He primarily sells online and to bookstores and wholesalers.
In addition to selling and recycling books, he recently opened the bookshop at the warehouse.
“Many of the books we can’t sell online are too nice for recycling, especially children’s books, so we decided to open the One Dollar Book Swap.
“We open the shop to the public four days a month. Every book on display is a dollar, or, if people want to dig through a 700-pound bulk box, they can fill a bag with books for $10,” he said.
The One Dollar Book Swap is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the first and third Fridays and Saturdays of each month and noon-5 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of each month. The website is at www.onedollarbookswap.com.
“The book shop is a great deal for the community, and I thought it would help teachers; we started in July and the people who have come love it.” In addition to books, divided into 40 categories, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes and software are available at the One Dollar Book Swap.
And, Murphy’s still buying used textbooks for cash and trade-ins. For every two qualifying books a customer brings in, he gives a dollar trade credit for use in the store.