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Where to Sell Back Textbooks? We buy old Textbooks

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

If you sell back textbooks, it can be a great way to get cash quickly, but where is the best place that buys old textbooks?

Sell Back Textbooks

Sell Back Textbooks

Finding a good place to sell back textbooks can be the difference between eating pizza or rice and beans for dinner.  Getting cash for textbooks is one of the easiest ways to save on college costs. The cost of an education has been steadily increasing and the high prices for textbooks are rising even faster.

The traditional college model for purchasing college textbooks has always involved an on-campus bookstore. Students had little to no say in where they purchased their textbooks. Because of a lack of competition, textbook prices soared and students ended up paying substantial amounts of money for books that shouldn’t have been that expensive. Many companies on the internet began offering online book sales, with reduced prices in comparison to the in school book store.  So if you are buying books be sure to get a price comparison when buying textbooks online – our comparison shows you textbook rental prices as well.

When buying textbooks online it is important that you pay attention to what edition you are buying online. Textbooks go through numerous revisions as the years go by, and having one with different problem sets than what you need for Algebra would be problematic.   Pay attention at your local bookstore because often times they just slap on a big white label claiming the book is the newest edition when it is not, they may also do this with an instructors or international edition.  Also, international versions of your textbooks do usually exist and it’s important to check to make sure they are identical to what you will need for class.  By making sure you are buying the right textbook edition you will save money and hassle by having to find the right book to buy online, or trying to return the first textbook you bought online.

Many students now put their used textbooks up for sale online after they have “enjoyed” the book for one semester and now need to try and sell back textbooks for cash.  Hopefully, there is not a new textbook edition that has been released or the used school book could now be worthless, at least at their local college bookstore.  However, in this day be sure to always check online with textbook buy back companies who have a national focus and will likely be buying back your textbooks.  If you are attempting to sell back textbooks on venues like Amazon of remember, they are going to charge a 15% commission plus all sorts of other fees.  What does that mean?  Well let’s say a textbook buy back company is offering you $45.00 for your college textbook.  That means you need to expect to make at least 25% more (on top of the 15% you will have shipping and packaging costs), or sell back your textbook for at least $56.25 not to mention potential customer service headaches.  You might also consider trying to sell back textbooks to local college students that might need the book next semester, but if the summer is approaching you might not be able to find any buyers.

If you sell back textbooks online it is fast and easy.


Selling back textbooks for cash with ISBN buyback

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Have you recently done an ISBN buyback?

ISBN Buyback

ISBN Buyback

We really appreciate how many people sell back books for cash which helps us support RIF and SELF.  However, sometimes our customers do not do the best job packing their buyback textbooks.  We recently discovered a good article on how to pack textbooks for buyback over on  The article does a good job talking about packing types like not using packing peanuts, or ensuring your books do not slide around in whatever box you use to ship back your textbooks.

Remember you can sell back books of all kinds, not just textbooks:

Fiction and non-fiction books

Computer and art books

Workbooks that do not have any writing in them

However, remember we no longer buy:

Loose leaf editions – basically the same pages as the textbook, but ready for three ring binder

Partial sets – for example volume 2 of a two volume set, make sure you are entering the individual isbn buyback and not the set

Any sort of advanced ready copies

We also can not buy back books that have:

Missing, ripped, or loose pages

Covers that are heavily damaged or ripped/torn

Textbooks with odors or mildew

Books with any sort of liquid damage

Textbooks that have broken or damaged bindings

Any books that do not meet our ISBN buyback conditions will not be returned and are promptly recycled.  Remember all this information can be found in our “Help” section.  We also encourage people to use more than one piece of tape when sealing their textbook buyback book boxes – tape is cheap, losing your textbook in the mail is not :)

Remember selling your books for cash is fast and easy with an doing an ISBN buyback:

ISBN Buyback

ISBN buyback