Selling Textbooks

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by soccercy, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. soccercy

    soccercy Member

    Apr 20, 2006
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    Is there a good site or somewhere I can sell old textbooks? Recently finished my MBA, but I'm in Des Moines so taking back to the bookstore really isn't an option. They are all from the last few years. I know there are sites like Chegg, etc where you can rent books, but any suggestions for getting something back out of them?
  2. ISUAgronomist

    ISUAgronomist Well-Known Member

    Nov 5, 2009
    Ag Research
    Close Enough, IA
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  3. aeroclone

    aeroclone Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2006
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    I just started selling some older textbooks on Amazon a couple months ago. It has been pretty easy and I am making way more money than I ever got selling back to the bookstore. I wish I had started selling this way a long time ago.
  4. Triggermv

    Triggermv Well-Known Member

    Jul 16, 2010
    Energy Trader
    Marion, IA
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    I used to use a lot when I was at ISU in school. It is a little easier than because it is more localized just selling to other ISU students. I always just had my phone number on there where they gave me a call and we met up and exchanged cash. This way, you don't have to worry about shipping or getting paid. It is more like craigslist type of deal.
  5. jsmith86

    jsmith86 Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2006
    Cedar Rapids
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    The bookstore is kind of hit and miss. Most of the time you don't get that much, but I had a couple books last year that I ended up getting more back for than I spent on them in the first place.
  6. soccercy

    soccercy Member

    Apr 20, 2006
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  7. wxman1

    wxman1 Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2008
    Cedar Rapids
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    chegg does buy books...
  8. Three4Cy

    Three4Cy Well-Known Member

    Jan 19, 2010
    West Des Moines
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    There are reasons the bookstore is hit and miss -
    -If the book is not being used the next semester, the bookstore will not buy the book to be resold. If the bookstore doesn't buy it, the book wholesaler will buy it at lesser value. Most bookstore managers I know don't want to warehouse books over the summer, etc.
    -If the professor switches books to a new edition, the bookstore will not buy the book since it will not be used on campus the following semester.
    -If the bookstore is buying but has met their quota for the next semester, they will not be buying, but the wholesaler will, so you will get less for the book.
    -Iowa State doesn't actually run their book buyback, they have a wholesale book company run it. The wholesaler is buying for ISU based on what the bookstore told them to buy first. If the ISU bookstore has no use for the book, the wholesaler then buys it.
    -Bookstores typically pay 50% of new price when they buy the book, and wholesalers pay roughly 25%. Although this depends on the national demand of the book.
    -While international versions of textbooks are cheap, they have no value to college bookstores, or book wholesalers. Your best bet is to sell them yourself.

    Best tips when selling books to a college bookstore
    -Find out if the book is being used next semester, if it is and you can sell it the first day, you have the best chance to get more money than waiting later in the week.
    -Ask the bookstore how many copies of a book they are buying - my bookstore always posted how many of particular titles we needed, especially books that were hard to find.
    -Getting upset with the buyer is not going to get you more money. The bookstore only orders the books they are instructed to order by the Professor. If you want to get upset with someone, talk to your professor - they make decisions on what textbooks to use. The bookstore personnel doens't choose books for professors.

    When I was a bookstore manager, I hated book buyback because someone always got ticked off or felt like they were being ripped off or forced to sell their books. I was told them - nobody is forcing you to sell your books, and if you don't like the value offered, don't sell it.

    As for online, I personally sold a ton of grad school books on Amazon. Very easy to use, they give you a credit for shipping (media mail rates) and it is easy to get your money.

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