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Students Please Note: There are many misconceptions about textbook buyback. Textbooks are time sensitive products.
It is a good idea to sell back books that you do not want/need as soon as possible, however, you will receive more for books that are bought for the bookstore. It is always better to sell your books at the end of the term. The goal of the bookstore at buyback is to buy back as many books as possible. If we need a book, we will buy it back directly from our students. We also employ a wholesale company that will purchase books that the Campus Bookstore does not need. Sometimes, students try to sell books back that are not needed by either the bookstore or the wholesaler. There is no guarantee (stated or implied) that a book purchased at the Campus Bookstore will be bought back at the end of the term. At the start of the term, we sell books that are requested by EU faculty for that semester. At the end of the term, we are buying back books that are requested by EU faculty for the future. We do everything we can to ensure that we will be able to buy back as many books as possible from our students. Buyback is a win-win situation for students and the bookstore: students receive cash for books that they don't want and the bookstore benefits by quickly and easily procuring textbooks for sale in the future. Books bought at buyback listed as "daily buyback" (on the bottom of this page) are for the wholesale company only, not the bookstore. Books bought at the buyback listed as "end of term buyback" (on the bottom of this page) are for both the bookstore and a wholesale company.
At the end of each term, the Campus Bookstore conducts textbook buyback. There are many misconceptions about textbook buyback. At the end of the term, there are actually TWO entities buying books at the same time:
- The Campus Bookstore buys books that are needed for the next semester. Need is based on forms that instructors turn into the store. If the bookstore needs your book, you will receive up to 50-66% of the price you paid for the book at the beginning of the term. This is the general rule but there are a few exceptions. The bookstore has total control over these buyback prices. Textbooks purchased by the store go directly onto the bookstore shelves for sale.
- A textbook wholesale company buys books for their inventory that the bookstore does not need. The wholesaler sells these books to college bookstores all over the country. The wholesale price of a book is based on national demand -- the higher the demand for the book, the more money you will receive for it. The bookstore has no control over these buyback prices. Textbooks purchased by the wholesale company get boxed up and are shipped to their warehouse.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why involve a wholesaler at all?
The simple answer is -- they buy books that the bookstore has no need for. If the bookstore only bought books that were needed for the future, we would buy back far fewer books in total. While the wholesale price of a book is less than what the bookstore pays, it is still better than nothing.
What factors affect the book price at buyback?
- The book is (or is not) being used next term - the book has a higher value if it is being reused by the bookstore the following term.
- The condition of the book - you may get a lower price (or nothing) if your book is in poor condition.
- The store's stock-level for the book - you get less if the bookstore is already fully stocked.
- The demand for the book - higher demand equals higher dollars.
- Textbook bundles - if your book came with a CD or other component, make sure you sell it back with all of the components.
- The edition number - if a new edition is pending for your book, the book may have no value.
Why do you sell books without cds and then not buy them back unless I have a cd?
The bookstore does sell some books at the beginning of the term that will not be bought back at the end of the semester. As stated above, the bookstore buys back what instructors select for the next term. If we need your book without the cd, then we will buy it back. The wholesaler can also decide to buy books with or without cds, depending on what they need.
My roommate sold her book back for $50 yesterday, when I sold the same book back today I only got $10.00 - why?
The bookstore buys back books that are needed for the next term. Sometimes, there is a limit on how many books we are buying. For example: if we need 25 books, the first 25 customers through the buyback line will receive the price set by the bookstore (50-66%) of the price paid for the book at the start of the term. After we buy 25, the price that you will receive will be set by the wholesale company (that amount is based on the demand the book has nationwide). It is also possible for a book to be bought back by the bookstore and after the limit is reached, not be wanted by the wholesaler. In this instance, some student's books will be bought back and some will not.
Why are you not buying back my book? I paid over $100 for it at the beginning of the term?
Textbooks are time sensitive products. A book may be sold at the beginning of the term (brand new) for $100 and have no value by the end of the semester. Usually, this is because the book is going into a new edition. Generally, once a book goes to a new edition, it has no value to the bookstore or the wholesale company. You can buy a book in new condition at the start of the term and have it be obsolete (because of a new edition pending) by the end of the same term. It is not the condition (new or used) or if the book at the start of the term matters; it is the edition number that matters. No value is usually the result of:
- A new edition pending or:
- The bookstore having a sufficient quantity of the book and the wholesaler not wanting it because it has little demand nationwide.
Why are textbooks so expensive?
The bookstore is always working hard to control the high costs of textbooks. The most effective way of reducing textbook prices is to offer as many used books as possible, As well as rental books and digital titles - this involves enlisting the cooperation of the EU faculty AND conducting a successful book buyback from EU students. When students sell their books back to the bookstore, they are ensuring that used copies will be available for future students. We do our best to bring in as many used books as we can BEFORE we order new ones. Sometimes, however, we are forced to bring in only new books (as when new editions come out). Since the Fall of 2007, the bookstore has been selling "digital" textbooks in order to save the students money on course materials. We have been offering rental alternatives since 2011. We work hard to offer students as many choices as possible concerning their course materials.
start of semester BUYBACK - fall 2019
MAIN CAMPUS STORE:
Monday, August 26 & Tuesday, August 27: 9:00 - 5:00
To be determined
Distance learning students: