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Sell back textbooks – when is the best time?

Friday, May 27th, 2011

As the year ends, people often ask us when is the best time to sell back textbooks?

Well, at first we thought we should go into an in-depth discussion about supply and demand economics.  Of course we slept through that class as well, so that would not really help out this discussion about selling used books for cash.  However, there are a few things that will definitely alter the value of the used textbook you are hoping to we will buy back for mad summer cash.

  1. Do you still have the required CD, DVD, or other possible supplemental materials with your school book?
  2. Is the book in great condition, or did you forget to highlight on two pages, or perhaps dropped it in a fish bowl?
  3. Is this book still going to be in high demand next year, or is a new textbook edition about to be released?
  4. How many of these books have already been sold – is the market flooded?

Unfortunately, you as a college student really only have control over the first two items.  So we recommend trying to limit highlighting in your books to less than 25% of pages or else you are not likely to find a textbook buy back company willing to purchase your used book; however, you might find another student willing to pay for your artistry.  Also, don’t lose or break those required CDs – your music appreciation textbook is not really worth much to us or anyone else with the seven required CDs missing or broken into pieces.  The other factors (supply and demand) are really in the hands of the textbook publishers, campus book stores, and of course your professors.

Sell Back Textbooks

Sell Back Textbooks early for the most cash.

Okay, so you Mr. College Student, has kept your book in good condition and wondering when might be the best time to sell back textbooks for cash?  Well,  we reviewed some of our data, through it into the calcujumbulator and will give you the highlights after reviewing intensive ISBN buyback data.  Our conclusions, are as follows:

  1. Supply is related to demand: In other words, as more and more students are selling back books the buyback prices go down.
  2. The sooner the better: The last week of April, into the first couple weeks of May saw increasing buyback price quote generation and subsequently lower and lower cash buyback prices for your books.  The early bird definitely gets the cash book worm.
  3. When we fill up, the cash stops: As our quota for a given ISBN was reached we stopped offering buyback quotes for that ISBN.

Final thoughts: Sell early for the best used book buyback cash.  Remember, you can get a quote before you are done with your school book, but we still want that hot little textbook in our hands within two weeks, or we will have to give a new buyback price because supply is rapidly increasing as the season progresses.  As supply increases, it means less demand, and therefore lower cash prices for your used books to sell us.

With a little bit of careful timing you can sell back textbooks early for the highest cash price.


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.