Sell Textbooks and Make Some Money


In this age of eBooks and computer downloads, traditional books are still relevant. Yes, those hardbound or softbound sheets of paper with printed words, which many consider as outmoded. After all, students are still compelled to buy them at the start of every semester. And the cumulative value of these books is still a significant amount. Although book rental is an option, this alternative is not always available.

So what does one do with the books that he (or she) accumulates? Unless you plan to keep them for your next generation kin, it is best to dispose of these printed materials since storage is likely to be a problem. And a viable alternative is to sell textbooks through the several textbook buyback options available.

The Textbook Buyback Alternative

A textbook buyback scheme provides an opportunity to dispose of books that you no longer need. And the added benefit is that you actually get paid for these items. So you get to lessen the clutter in your homes and still make some money in the process.

How does textbook buyback work? And how do you go about selling your unwanted books?

Selling your old books may be done through campus stores that do textbook buybacks on a regular basis. Usually this is done at the beginning and end of every semester. You may also sell textbooks online. There are outfits buying old textbooks and they usually provide free shipping. The reputable ones are prompt payers. There are several online sites that deal with book buyback. It is best to check out a number of them in order to get the highest price for your merchandise.

And talking about prices, these may range from 10% to 50%. The amount usually depends on the condition of the particular textbook as well as the demand for it. Books that will still be used in the coming semester may be sold at 50% of its original price. Of course, it has to be in good condition otherwise there will be reduction in price. If a later edition comes out, your “old edition” textbook will be given a low appraisal, which can go down to 10%. Note that not all books have value. Those that have little or no demand will not qualify for the textbook buyback scheme. At the same time, water damaged books as well as those with torn pages have no worth.

Some Tips in Selling Your Textbooks

1. Since the buyback price depends on the condition of the book (among other things), it is best that you take good care of it in order to maintain its value. When you sell textbooks online, proper packaging should be done when shipping. This will protect the merchandise while in transit.

2. Always check around for the best price. If you can find a direct buyer, so much the better. You will be able to sell your old books at a higher price. Advertising your textbooks for sale in the internet is an option.

3. When a new edition comes out, dispose of your “old edition” copy immediately. You may still be able to get 20% of the original price for it.

Textbook buyback allows you to rid yourself of unwanted books and earn some money in the process. So it is best to take advantage of it.