Buyback Q & A
Q: Do you buyback textbooks?
A: Yes, at the end of the semester, during finals week.
Q: How much money will I get back?
A: Textbooks are a commodity and buyback prices are based on national demand. When instructors at CSB/SJU order textbooks for courses next semester, we create a buyback list. If we know which books are needed and we are not already overstocked, we will pay up to 50% of the retail purchase price. If the instructor has not submitted an order, you have the option to sell your books at the current market value to a used book company. That value, determined by used book companies, is based upon the national demand for the book and whether or not it is a current edition. Wholesale buyback prices typically range up to 30% of the retail price.
Some books are used in classes that are only taught once a year. In other cases, a book is replaced by a newer edition or by an alternate choice from another publisher.
Q: Why do some books have no value?
A: Books may have no value for the following reasons:
- Old edition
- Copyright packets are not eligible for buyback
- The book is a custom book that needs to be ordered new each semester in order for us to provide an access code or other technology
- The book has no national demand and it is not being used next semester on campus.
Q: Do I need my receipt to sell back book?
Q: Can I sell them back even if I didn't purchase them at the Bookstore?
Q: Can I sell them at either location?
Q: Can I sell the book back in any condition?
A: Books may not be bought for the following reasons:
- Binding is weak and close to coming apart.
- Pages are missing or separating from the binding.
- Pages are damp, rippled, or stuck together.
- Pages or binding show evidence of mildew.
- Writing is evident in a study guide.
- A book might not be resalable without an original insert, such as a CD-ROM.
- If resalable without the insert, such a book probably has a lower buyback value without the insert.
Q: How am I paid for the books I sell back?
A: We pay 100% of the total buyback price in cash.