Frequently Asked Questions
About BuybackWhat is Buyback?
When and where is Buyback?
Why should I sell my books to the bookstore?
How do I sell my books?
Do I need a receipt to sell my books?
Why can't I sell back books at any time?
About the BooksWhat books can I sell?
Can I sell back books in any condition?
Do you buy study guides or workbooks?
Does the previous edition of my text have resale value?
Can I sell a book I originally purchased used?
Why don't you take back all of my books?
What is an ISBN?
About PricesHow is the price determined?
What effects the resale value of my books?
What can I do if the price offered is less than I want?
My classmate received more money than I did for the same book. Why?
Buyback is an opportunity for students to sell textbooks they no longer need. Buyback increases the number of used books that will be available for resale to students in future classes.back to top
Buyback is conducted in the lobby of the Bookstore in Moraine Hall during the final exam week of each full term (spring and fall). Buyback hours generally run from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Thursday and 9 am to 2 pm on the Friday of final exam week. You can pick up card with more specific information during the week before buyback.back to top
While there are other ways to get money for your books, selling them to the bookstore has the advantage of paying you immediately and with cash; selling to other places may involve a wait or a drive, and selling online will require you to go through the hassle of shipping. Here, you can simply bring in your books and walk out soon after with your money.back to top
Bring all purchased books you no longer need to the bookstore lobby. The buyer will scan your books with a computerized system to give a total value for your used books. You can then decide to sell all, some or none of your books. If you wish, the buyer can give you a breakdown price for each book submitted.back to top
No, a receipt is not necessary.back to top
We designate dates for buyback to correspond with the end of the semester. By the end of the semester we have a more complete list of books that are needed for the next semester. Books on our list will generally bring higher prices for you than those not needed for the following semester.back to top
You may bring in almost any book that you purchased at the Bookstore or any store. In most cases, the books that you have purchased for a class will be needed again in the future. Remember not to sell books that you rented. They must be returned to Textbook Rental.back to top
The decision belongs to the buyer. We want used books, but not abused books. We reserve the right to refuse the purchase of damaged books or those that will not likely sell again to students. Books with water damage, pages ripped out, or workbooks with answers written in will most likely not be bought back.back to top
Yes. Study guides and workbooks must have fewer than 5 pages written on. Books must be complete with no pages missing. Spiral bound guides and manuals that are difficult to determine if the book is complete will not be bought in the buyback. Some CDs may be included in your book as part of the book or sold separately. If you have a CD to accompany the book it usually will bring a better price then a book with a missing CD. If you purchased a book as a package be sure to bring all pieces together.back to top
No, not usually.back to top
Yes. You will receive 50% of the new book price if it is needed at the Bookstore.back to top
Some reasons for this can be due to late adoptions by professors or a change in the book's edition. Also, it may be that a professor is not teaching the same course or the course is not going to be offered the next semester. Only books that are certain to be used again make it back on our list. Ask your instructor to adopt early and adopt the same books to help increase the number and value of used textbooks.back to top
The ISBN is a hyphenated number usually found on the back of the book's cover. It is a unique number that represents that particular book. Each edition of a book will have a different number.back to top
The Buyback price of the books are determined by whether an instructor has ordered the book for the upcoming semester and how many copies of the book we already have in stock. When we have an order from the faculty, we give 50% of the new price for the book. When we do not have an order for the next semester then the price of the book is then determined by current used book national market value in accordance to demand.back to top
The main factor of the resale value is based upon demand for the book. The condition of the book is also a variable to be considered.back to top
50% of the new price is the maximum price offered for any book. If the price offered to you is less than you hoped to get, you can choose to keep the book, sell it yourself.back to top
Once the Bookstore's quota has been reached for next semester's classes, the wholesaler pays accordingly to their projected market value nation-wide demand.