You’ve finally completed finals week and are getting ready to pack up all your stuff to move out of your dorm. Part of that packing is to figure out what the heck you’re supposed to do with the 10 books you had to buy this semester that you know you will never open again, or haven’t even opened it once since your class started for that matter. There are options for you to easily get rid of your books, and also make some money from them. ‘Tis the season for textbook buybacks. Below is where to sell your textbooks for the most money.
First, keep your books in great condition.
The best way to ensure you’ll get the most back for your book, is to keep the book in good shape. Reduce creases, rips and folds in the pages and covers, and try to avoid making marks inside the book. Instead, you can scan your pages whenever possible and take notes on those pages. This will also reduce the amount of stuff you have to lug to class. Or, you can also use sticky notes inside the pages, or even in a notebook, tablet or on the scanned copies. Nobody wants to buy a book that looks like it’s been through the ringer, so make sure you take care of your textbooks.
Use these Buyback Sites.
Textbooks buyback sites are probably the best choice if you are looking to get the most money back in the simplest way possible. In today’s world, most books are bought online. Barnes and Noble and Bookbyte are super easy to navigate and offer you some of the best deals. All you have to do is enter the ISBN number of your book, and the site will generate a quote in the amount that you will receive for your books. Then, you enter the address where you would like your check sent, and mail the book to the appropriate address. You don’t even have to go anywhere, except maybe the mailbox.
Last Option: Bookstore.
Another option is to sell your books back to your bookstore. However, a buy-back sale isn’t always guaranteed because the book was not purchased at the bookstore in the first place. Bookstores are also notorious for only selling and accepting certain editions of the books, even if the previous edition would suffice for your class. Tricky bookstores.
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Amanda is a graduate of Emerson College with a degree in Journalism.