I like them. Some good buys, but don't go there to sell old books. I once took about $300 worth of hard cover gardening books to the store to sell. When they called me to give me an offer, they said they would give me $8.00 for the lot. The books were in excellent condition with all of the dust jackets intact. I laughed at their offer and walked out with my books. I eventually donated them all to a school library.
If I could find one, I would be in there every week. Unfortunately, the only bookstore even remotely close is Barnes and Noble and the last time I was there, I walked out feeling depressed. It ain't what it used to be.
There are still a few proper used book stores near me. Half Price Books is okay, but it seems like more and more of their books are "new" but old stock.
The calendars are definitely new, based on my recent visit. Wrapped in plastic wrap as they would be at the temporary store at the mall.
That's good about the calendars. I can imagine some 5 year old calendars would be of minimal value. haha. Yeah, they seem to have a lot of miscellaneous items around that aren't book related as well. Another negative though is no cat walking around. Every self respecting used book store needs at least one cat perching on a shelf or walking around the store. I think the two independent book stores closest to me has a book store cat.
"Half Priced" sells what they refer to as nostalgia paperbacks. The face value on these items are .50 cents to a dollar. Their price is sometimes four to five times the face value. When I questioned a manager about this, she insisted that because of the artwork on the book cover is what determines the price they apply. Since I own a large selection of '50's and '60's sci fi paperbacks, I asked the manager if I would get a premium return based on how they price old paperbacks. She would not commit to answering unless I brought them in to inspect. So much for the concept of "Half Priced"