McKay Used Books

One of my favorite places to shop in Knoxville is McKay Used Books, CDs, Movies & More.  Imagine, if you will, a library sized store selling every type of book imaginable at hugely discounted rates.  Add to that, shelves of music and movies, videos games and more and you have a shopping trip that might take you half the day.  Along with selling books, movies and more, they also buy used items to sell in the store.  Being located centrally in Knoxville, McKay’s is always jumping and each time you return they have a brand new selection due to the turn over and the volume of customers that they see.

Makes has thousands of books.  They painstakingly shelve them according to category and you can find books on almost any topic imaginable.  From history books and cooks books, to text books and audio books, you can find it at McKays.  It is incredible to watch the number of books that come in and out each day.  Find your favorite section and then start browsing.  You will find that when you look back down at your watch that hours have passed and you have found a stack of books you need to buy.  Of course, becaus eof the low, low prices at McKays buying a stack of books will not break the bank.


  • 1985 – Store opens in Knoxville
  • 1993 – McKay’s storms into the used CD market
  • 2005 – Knoxville store moves to its new location

Maybe you have some stuff you need to get rid of, pass on to the next person to enjoy.  If what you have is books, movies, CDs or video games… take them to McKays.  When you walk in, you will see a counter to the right hand side of the doors.  Grab one of the totes at the counter and fill it with the items you brought in.  Take your items to the counter and then wait for them to process the items.  When they get done, they will offer you cash or credit.  Choose whichever works for you and then head to the store to go shop.  You get more for store credit so if you are planning on shopping at McKays and finding books, movies and music to take home then a load of your stuff will get you new stuff.

McKays is easy to find.  Jump on I-40 in Knoxville.  Look for the Papermill exit.  When you come off the interstate, follow the signs to Papermill.  You will be driving toward Kingston Pike and you will pass McKays n the left hand side of the road.  So, if you are looking around for a great place to shop, a wonderful book store and a place to get a lot of loot for a little money, then McKays is your place.

McKay Used Books
230 Papermill Pl Way
Knoxville, TN

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  1. I visited the Knoxville location on April 3rd 2014 around 7:00pm to sell them a Sony home theater receiver. They quoted me a price on the item. However, I had misplaced my ID and I was told by the employee to bring the item back and they would honor the quote once I found my misplaced ID. I placed the receiver back in my car and returned home where I found the misplaced ID. I returned to MKay’s on Saturday April the 5th around 5:30pm and brought some books and the receiver which was still in my car never having been moved from two nights ago,back to sell. After I waited for nearly an hour and 15 minutes I was told that they would not take the receiver. So I explained to the employee that I was just in two days earlier and they had quoted me a price and was told to bring it back when I found my ID. So I ask the employee to find out why they rejected the receiver. I was then told it was in too poor shape. I said wait a minute it was in good enough shape two days ago the condition hasn’t changed because its been in the front seat of my car untouched for two days. So I asked to speak to the manager. The employee goes to the guy a white blacked haired black bearded man with black glasses and begins to bring him to the counter. On the way to the counter I said to myself this is “bullcrap”. The “so called manager” who refused to give a name asked me to leave the store first without offering to give me my money or trade for the books I took in. So I told him I am getting my trade credit for the books first and had he never heard of the expression the customer is always right? I was disrespected insulted and thrown out of the store by this man because he was on a power trip. Littlle did he know I had spent nearly $1,000.00 in blu-rays and other items with in the last three weeks as I was upgrading my home entertainment system at my house.I also probably annually spend easly another $500-$800 annually at that store. I think this employee the so called “manager” believes they do so much business that insulting one customer who is disatisfied won’t effect the bottom line. Well in this case you no longer will be receiving anymore of my hard earned cash. If it were not for the 10 item per year return policy they have I would return all the merchandise I purchased in the last 30 days.

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