Finals week of each semester
Why do I get more for some books than others at buyback?
The value of a used book depends on whether that particular book has been assigned by an instructor for the next term. Books that are going to be used on this campus next term generally have a higher value than books that will be sent to wholesalers for resale elsewhere.
If the bookstore receives a request form from an instructor that the book will be assigned again next term on this campus, then the store will buy back copies for resale here. Usually the store will be able to pay a higher value for that book, possibly as much as half the price of a new book.
If the book is not going to be assigned on this campus next term, the bookstore will check with our wholesale book company to find out the national market value for the book. Wholesalers buy used books that will be resold for use on other campus stores across the country. The national market value, which is set by the wholesalers, not the bookstore, is often a much smaller percentage of the original retail price. That's because the wholesaler must add in the cost of shipping and other normal business expenses to the resale price.
Why did my friend get more for the same book than I got?
The national market value for a particular book may fluctuate a lot, based on the changing supply and demand for that book nationwide. If your friend received a higher value from the store and you got the lower national market value, then it was probably a matter of timing. The store may have already reached its campus quota (based on projected class enrollment for the next term) by the time you brought your book in.
Or, if you sold your copy before your friend, the store may not have received the instructor's book order yet and therefore could only offer the lower national market value at that time. The store cannot buy back books to keep for our campus until the instructor sends in his or her book order for the next term.
I paid a lot of money for my books. Why doesn't the store give me more for them?
There are many reasons why a book might have a low buyback value. The store and/or the wholesaler may have reached a preset quota. Possibly the book is not being used anywhere next term or has very weak national demand, particularly if it is highly specialized or customized. The publisher may be replacing the book with a new, updated edition next term. The book may be part of a required package of items that cannot be sold separately. Your copy may not be salable if any of the following conditions apply: broken or torn cover, missing or torn pages, excessive highlighting or marking, offensive marks, stains, water damage, or missing CD.
Used books are provided by the bookstore as a less expensive alternative for students. Paying more at buyback means the store would have to raise the retail prices of used books
Why doesn't the store sell used books for the same price that they were bought at buyback?
The store must add an amount to the price of all merchandise-including used books to help cover the stores normal operating expenses, such as staff wages; rent payments; electricity, heat, water, and air conditioning; insurance and taxes; checkout systems; shelving; security; cleaning and repairs; supplies; and other expenses.
Four tips for selling your used books:
Take good care of your books. Damage, heavy wear and tear, or excessive marking can make your books non salable.
Don't discard any reusable CDs or other materials that came with the book.
Don't wait too long to sell. The end of finals week or the start of the next term may be too late - purchase quotas may have been reached by then.
Newer editions are more in demand. Older editions already have a lot of used copies in circulation. Also, editions two or three years old may be on the verge of being replaced by new editions.