While college tuition costs have outpaced inflation, the cost of textbooks are up more than 800% over the past 70 years.
When I applied for college, I was very cost-conscious. I was unable to afford everything so my parents didn’t pay.
I was aware of the high cost of tuition as well as the high cost of housing on campus. I was not prepared for the price of textbooks. It was unbelievable to me that I would spend so much on books every semester, almost as much as my meal plans.
You want to make the most of textbooks you have paid so much. It is therefore crucial to know the best places where textbooks can be sold.
You don’t need to borrow any money when you take out student loans.
The Best Places Online to Sell Used Textbooks
There are many sites selling books online. You want to make sure you only purchase the best.
BookScouter is an aggregate website. Instead of getting a fixed price, you can get multiple prices from over 30 buy-back websites by entering the ISBN number. BookScouter allows you to explore your options before making a decision about where to sell your textbooks.
You may not receive offers from all thirty sites, depending on how popular the book is. It’s at the very minimum a good starting point.
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Decluttr makes it easy to buy textbooks back. The app is downloaded and used to scan the barcode. Once the price has been determined, you can wait. Accept the price and you will be able to print a pre-paid shipping label.
Decluttr will pay you after you have sent the items back. You may not receive the item in the same condition as you described, or you could be paid less.
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Bookbyte works in the same way as other websites where you can sell old books online. You can enter the ISBN number of the book, then see what Bookbyte offers. Then, accept or decline the offer. You’ll receive a pre-paid shipping label if you accept the offer. To make the offer valid, you must send the books within seven days.
You will receive payment via PayPal, check or bank transfer once the books have reached Bookbyte.
Cash4Books works just like other websites that allow you to sell used books. Customers enter the ISBN number of the book, receive an offer, accept it and then print a pre-paid label for their books. You can pay by check or PayPal.
Cash4Books mostly accepts college textbooks. High school students should consider other options if they want to resell books. Cash4Books accepts textbooks that were published after 2016. You might consider a different website if you have books older than 2016.
You can view a list of their 500 most-read titles to see the prices they charge for these high-demand titles.
BooksRun allows you to sell your textbooks back. The seller enters the ISBN number and chooses the condition of the book. Finally, they check out to print their label. To scan the barcode with the Android or iPhone apps, sellers can also use the app. This is much easier than entering the ISBN number manually.
After the book is processed, you will receive payment within four days. You can choose to pay by PayPal or by check.
ValoreBooks uses the same book selling and buying model as its rivals. Enter the ISBN number and view the price. Then print a pre-paid shipping label. You may need to sell more than one textbook to meet the minimum $15 order at ValoreBooks. You will be paid by PayPal or check.
When they receive the books, the site will assess them. You can have your offer rescinded if the book is damaged.
BookFinder aggregates book buyback options and includes sites like Amazon, BooksRun, and sellbackyourbook.com. Click through to the link to your book to see which site is offering the best price.
This site does not appear to have as many bookstores as BookScouter. So make sure you check BookScouter first.
TextbookRush can be accessed via the iPhone app or on the internet. You can enter your ISBN number and view the offer. Then, you can ship the item with a prepaid shipping label.
The offers are valid for 20 calendar days. Customers can choose to be paid by direct cash deposit or PayPal. TextbookRush is different from other websites in that you can opt to receive store credit. This option will give you an additional 5% over the other payment options.
Store credit is a great way to save money if you have books to buy for next semester.
9. Student 2 Student
Students 2 is an alternative textbook buying site. Instead of sending your books to a website and being paid, you can list your books on the site and then sell them to students nearby. You will sell the books to students from your college, and then meet up on campus to exchange the book.
If you are unable to send books in or have books that specific textbook sites don’t want, this can be an option.
10. Textbook Buyer
TextbookBuyer allows you to only sell books. Since you cannot buy books from the site, it’s unclear what they do with them.
All shipping costs are paid by Textbook Buyer. Although payment is only possible via check, the site claims that it will send out checks once the books have been received. Books must be in excellent condition. You can have the price adjusted after it arrives, or you may have it thrown away without any payment.
11. Barnes & Noble
Book retailer Barnes & Noble appears to have a stricter book buyback policy. They don’t currently buy back two popular titles. Each total order must include at least $10 worth books.
Payments can be made by check or PayPal. It may take up to two weeks for payment to clear after shipment is received.
eCampus is different because sellers can list their books on eCampus and set their own prices. You can list a book on eCampus to receive the best price if you own it.
eCampus charges a 15% commission on each book and offers partial credit for shipping. They pay by bank deposit on a weekly base.
Amazon is a popular place to purchase things. However, you can also sell textbooks there. Click on the Trade-in Store and then click on “Books”. Next, enter the ISBN number or the name of your book.
Amazon will ask you questions about the condition of your book, such as how many pages have been highlighted and if there are any damaged pages. Give honest answers. You may lose your offer if you send in a book in poor condition. Amazon gift cards will be used to pay you.
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Selling Used Textbooks in My Area (In Person)
Selling books online can be difficult if you don’t live near a UPS or post office. If you own a car, it may be easier to sell the books locally.
14. Secondhand bookshops
You can sell textbooks in a variety of used and secondhand bookshops.
A second-hand bookstore that sells a wide range of books. There are more than 100 Half Price Books stores in your area.
You can’t get an estimate online or over the phone from the store. They will need to see your books in person. If they accept your books, you’ll get cash. They will accept fiction and textbooks as well as books for children.
Charles and 2nd
2nd, and Charles have locations throughout the country, including Pennsylvania, Florida and Texas. The staff will inspect your items, and then price them. When your items are ready, you will receive an email or text notification.
You’ll be paid in store credit or cash if your books are accepted. You can get more cash in store credit but it is a great way for you to make some extra money right away.
Local Used Bookstores
You might find a used bookstore near you that sells textbooks. These stores may stock popular textbooks if they are located near college campuses.
To find out the value of your books, you’ll need to bring them with you. It’s still a great option for people who don’t own a car, but live near a book shop.
If you live in a college city and have a lot of textbooks left over, selling them on Craigslist might be a good idea. You can either sell them all or break them up by class. You can, for example, sell all books that you have taken in the required freshman English class.
Always exchange books with someone you know and always have cash.
16. Facebook Marketplace
Facebook Marketplace allows you to sell any item, even textbooks. You can find decent options if you live in a large city that has many college students. Facebook Marketplace doesn’t charge sellers a commission and buyers can rate each other on the marketplace.
Letgo can be downloaded as both a website and as an app for the iPhone or Android. It is available in all major cities, including New York, San Francisco and Chicago. However, it can also be found in smaller ones like Wichita and El Paso.
Sellers have the option to list their items on Letgo and wait for buyers. Letgo allows buyers to negotiate the price, so it’s a good idea to list textbooks at a high cost and then lower your price. You should only accept cash payments because you will be meeting up in person.
OfferUp allows you to sell products both locally and online. You must turn on “Sell and ship nationwide” to sell items online. Items that are shipped will incur a 12.99% shipping fee.
OfferUp is available on both Android and iPhone. It instantly locates your location and shows you what’s near you. The app allows you to communicate directly with buyers and users can rate each other. Red flags could include low ratings and missing profile pictures.
NextDoor is not a selling app. It is a website that allows you to join your local community online. You can post information about lost dogs and other community events.
You can also post information about selling books. This is a great option for those who have books to sell but don’t have a car. This is not the best way to sell textbooks. You might have trouble finding customers.
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You should check multiple sources before selling your used textbooks
Comparing costs is a valuable life skill, especially when you are managing your money. This skill can be learned by starting to get as much money as possible back into your books.
To get the best price, you may need to sell your books at multiple stores and sites. It can be frustrating, especially if your procrastination is a problem. You’ll lose money if you delay selling your books. You can maximize the amount you receive back by selling your books as soon as the semester ends.