When and where is book buyback?
Book Buyback is held three or four days during the last week of each semester and three days
during the first few weeks of the beginning of the Semester. The Buyback will be held in the Bookstore at the end of each Semester or in the back Hallway behind the two main elevators on the first floor during the beginning of the Semester. The actual dates are posted on
signs around campus 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 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 bookstore 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 bookstore, 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
Please present your student ID card for all buybacks!