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Sellback FAQ

What is the difference between returning a textbook and "Sellback"?

You can return a textbook for full price before our return deadline, but some conditions apply. You can sell your textbooks back to the store during Sellback, generally conducted at the end of each semester, but you will not get the same amount you paid for the textbook.

How much will I get for my textbooks at Sellback?

We do not give price quotes on textbooks over the phone. The Sellback price is affected by many factors including whether or not a textbook will be used in the next semester, how many copies are needed, and the publisher-suggested retail price. Not all textbooks can be sold back to the bookstore. It is best to sell your textbooks back early during the end-of-semester Sellback.

If I purchase a textbook used, does it affect what I'll get for it during Sellback?

If I purchased a shrink-wrapped textbook or package of books, but never opened it, does that affect what I’ll get for it at Sellback?

No. Sellback rates are determined by whether that particular textbook and edition will be used the following semester, how many copies are needed, and the current publisher-suggested retail price. Additionally, your textbook must be in reasonable condition. We do not Sellback textbooks that are falling apart or have any water damage.

Is there an advantage to selling my textbooks during Sellback?

Yes. Selling your textbooks during the Sellback period at the end of each semester will bring the premium price for your texts. It is best to sell your textbooks early during Sellback, as top dollar is paid only for the number of titles needed to "fill an order." For example, assume ten copies of Lycanthropy are needed for next semester’s course. You happen to be the tenth person selling this textbook during Sellback. Lucky you! You will receive $25 for it. However, since only ten copies were needed, the person behind you with the eleventh copy only receives $2.

Is it better to sell at the end of the semester or beginning?

Sellback at the end of the semester is the best time to sell your textbooks. This is the period when the bookstore purchases used texts for the next semester, and you have the best opportunity to receive top dollar for your textbooks. You can also sell your textbooks during wholesale buybacks periodically throughout the semester. The dates for these are typically provided on your return policy attached to your receipt or posted online on the bookstores website.

What can I do with textbooks that you won’t take during Sellback?

Sometimes we cannot Sellback certain textbooks, but we make book donations on a regular basis to One Planet program which works with various partners to recycle these books, maximizing reuse and minimizing reliance on landfills and other solutions that are not eco-friendly

Can I return a book if I don’t need it?

We offer a full refund (different from sell back) until the return deadline each semester. Please see our complete return policy.

 

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