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  Textbook Buyback Schedule & Information

End of Fall Term Buy Back

Tuesday,  December 17th, 9:00am - 4:30pm

Wednesday, December 18th, 9am - 5:30pm

Thursday,  December 19th, 9:00am - 4:30pm

This Buy Back will take place in the Campus Store. Your student ID card is required. Please see below for detailed information on Buy Backs.


When and where is book buyback?

Book Buyback is held two or four days during the last week of each semester and two days during the first few weeks of the beginning of the Semester.  The Buyback will be held in the Campus Store at the end of each Semester or in the Hallway by the CAFE on the first floor during the beginning of the Semester.  The actual dates are posted on signs in the Campus Store and right here on our website!

How much will I get for my books?

If the instructor informs the bookstore that a book will be required for the forthcoming semester, the buyer will pay up to 50% of the current list price (regardless of whether you bought the book new or used). Books not being used here will have values ranging from 10% to 30% of the new price, depending on their resale value across the country.

Variables that could affect what you will receive for your books are:
  • New edition released by the publisher
  • The Virtual Bookstore has filled its quantity needed
  • Wholesaler's warehouse is overstocked
  • The subject matter is too specialized
  • Workbooks that can not be reused
  • Books that are excessively written in cannot be purchased.

How does the Buyback work?

The buyback is one way for you to recycle your books on this campus and other campuses around the country. The Campus Store works through a used book wholesaler to conduct the buy. You may bring in any books you don't wish to keep. Then the buyer scans your books, totals their value and pays you cash for them. Present your student ID card to the buyback staff and they will scan your books to see how much is being offered to buy your books. Usually the buyer will tell you the total for all of the books but you can request a price breakdown and make decisions on selling or keeping each individual book.

Books on the store's list for next semester are worth half of the new price and are resold here at 75% of the new price. Amounts paid for books not on our list come from a publisher’s buying guide and are based on nationwide demand. These books are shipped to the wholesaler's warehouse and resold to other college bookstores throughout the country. The Campus Store, in turn, places orders with used book companies for books not previously used on this campus to provide a wider selection of used titles for you.

Most textbooks remain current editions for only three or four years from their latest publication date. The sooner that you sell your books after each semester, the better your chance of receiving 50% - because it is at this time of the year that our inventory is most depleted and the time we are receiving orders for the next term. By the time classes for a new semester start, we have already stocked the book in adequate quantities.

Please present your student ID card for all buybacks!
  Did you know you can sell your books back online?
Visit MBS's website and in three easy steps you are done! Check it out! - MBS BuyBack
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