Is It the Final Chapter for Got Books?

Got Books collects used books from donation containers located New England, and refurbishes them for sale through the subsidiary company, Used Book Superstore.

One of the hundreds of Got Books donation containers located around New England. Photo Credit: File.
One of the hundreds of Got Books donation containers located around New England. Photo Credit: File.
Editor John Castelluccio contributed to this report.

A Wilmington book donation company that's the parent entity of the Used Book Superstore will be closing after more than a decade in business.

Got Books, headquartered at 40 Fordham Rd. in Wilmington, collects used books from individuals at their home or office and from hundreds of donation containers located throughout New England and then resells those books via its subsidiary company the Used Book Superstore.

The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce confirmed Wednesday that Got Books had gone out of business. Got Books President Bob Ticehurst did not return a call for comment on Wednesday afternoon.

Used Book Superstore has retail locations in Danvers (139 Endicott St.), Burlington and Salem, N.H., which remain open. There hasn't been any indication they will close.

Got Books has more than 500 donation containers throughout New England at schools, town halls, retail parking lots and other public locations for free and Got Books pays the container hosts when their donated items are collected.

Letters will soon be sent out to "bin hosts" detailing specifics on how to proceed, including payment on any funds owed to the hosts, according to the Wilmington Chamber.

Got Books has paid nearly more than $1 million to fundraising partners, according to its website.

Got Books used to have a Wilmington location, but less than two months after ribbons were cut and doors opened at the Used Book Superstore in Wilmington, the company announced in December with little notice it closed the Wilmington location.
Gerald Springer January 18, 2014 at 10:39 PM
This company has been on a death spiral for a while. I told people before Christmas not to buy their gift cards. They closed stores in Saugus, Nashua, and Plymouth, the last of which was only open for a year, maybe less. Their warehouse store in Wilmington was only open for 6 weeks and they only announced its closing after the fact. They have recently cut back their selection of LP records claiming trouble with the supplier. Has the supplier been paid? The problem with the store is that it used to sell every book for $1, $2, $3, something like that, and now most of their prices are much higher. It's gotten to be less like shopping at a thrift store and more like shopping at an antiquarian bookseller. I think the store in Danvers is way huge compared to the actual interest in used books. They need to get rid of those really old books without jackets and cut back on almost everything else. It also boggles my mind why they sell new, expensive toys alongside used books.


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