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Book Buyback




Textbook Buyback at the SGA Bookstore

Textbook BUY BACK is always an interesting topic for students. Maybe this information will help with some of your questions. A preliminary note: Please remember that BUY BACK is NOT the same as a REFUND on textbooks. A REFUND is given within the first 5 days of the semester, when you decide to drop and add a class. This is a FULL amount refund when you are in compliance with the refund policy. BOOK BUY BACK takes place during the last two weeks of the semester and you are finished with the book. No receipt is required and only partial money is returned. Specific dates and times are posted around the buildings one or two weeks before buyback. BUY BACK takes place in the SGA Bookstore at the Textbooks and Course Materials Desk, at Watson Hall and at Weisenfluh Dining Hall, BUT it is sponsored by a used book company.

What is being bought?
It does not matter if you bought the book new or used, just as long as the book is in good condition. Textbooks for the sponsoring used book company are bought at the national market value in their database.

Why does the Bookstore buy back only certain titles?

Faculty MUST have requested, prior to the buy back, that the title will be used the next semester. If we do not have this request, we can only buy books for the used book company AT THEIR PRICES.

My friend just sold the same title back that I want to and received 1/2 price. Why am I getting less?


When faculty request that a book be ordered, the bookstore orders just enough books to meet the class enrollment. When that limit is reached, the used book company will buy the book for market value.

Why does the company buy back only certain titles?

Titles must have national resale value. Titles must not be a workbook where answers can be filled in and pages torn out. Highlighting is OK. A broken spine or coffee spill is NOT OK.

How does the store price USED books?

On titles bought for the store, students are given up to 50% of the retail price. We then resell the book for 75% of the retail price. (Ex. $10.00 retail. $5.00 to the store, $7.50 to the store). On used books ordered directly from the company, we do the same markup, so when buying a used book you will always get it for at least 25% off of the retail price.

What do I do with books that have no value?

There is a designated area we call "Spread The Word", where you can place your unwanted books. This area has books students did not sell. Feel free to leave any books you cannot sell or take any books you would like. Books that are left at the end of buy back are donated to a company that sends them overseas to less fortunate countries.

And Finally......

We try to find as many used books as possible because we know textbooks are a great expense. We cannot buy a book that, because of its condition, could not be resold to another student. THE BOOKSTORE HAS NO SAY IN THE SELECTION OF TEXTBOOKS. ORDERS ARE SENT TO THE STORE BY THE FACULTY. We also have NO say in the frequency of the book edition changes. Publishers decide this based on changes in technology and the need for updated information. BOTTOM LINE...The Value of a Textbook is in Your Hands!

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