Every semester, students are confronted with many necessary evils, one of them being the outrageous price for textbooks. Unfortunately, getting textbooks is unavoidable unless you happen to get lucky and find a PDF online (which I have done a couple times). If this is not an option for you, then you are forced to consider some alternatives: renting used, buying used, eBooks, or if you must, buying new. Just those words give me chills!
Even though students cannot avoid getting textbooks, we do not have to suffer along the way or even after we’re done using them. After your semester is completed, you do not have to eat all the money you dropped on those textbooks; there are options for you to get your money back, such as selling them on buyback sites! Have you been staring at a pile of textbooks, not knowing what to do with them after your semester ended? Do you want to make at the very least, some of your money back? These are the top five best textbook buyback sites that you need to take advantage of!
CampusBooks is one of the most reliable and trusted sites for both buying and selling textbooks, and for good reason! The company started in 1998, and has since been serving students for over 20 years. The “selling” section of the site is super simple and easy to follow, making for a smooth process. CampusBooks gives you a search engine to search for your book by title, author, ISBN number, etc. Then, they provide you with the most current pricing information for what your book is selling for across different selling platforms. You get a free shipping label and payment is fast with options like cash, check, PayPal, etc. If you’re looking to buy or rent a textbook, CampusBooks has you covered too!
Another great buyback site to sell your textbooks through is BookScouter. The company has been around since 2007 and was founded as a way for students to sell their books to earn cash and pay off debt. It is now the largest referring site to a number of the nation’s largest book companies. The site compares prices across 30 buyback book vendors, giving you competitive pricing and the greatest value for your book(s). Shipping your book is free, and most sellers receive their payment the same day, if not within three days of selling their books. The timing of your payment is typically dependent on the method you choose, whether it be PayPal, mailed check, etc. BookScouter also has a mobile app, so you can sell your textbooks on the go when you don’t have immediate access to a computer!
This company started as a result of the same frustrations that many of us have regarding getting rid of our old textbooks. The founders of the site were tired of selling back their textbooks to their local online bookstores, which ultimately gave them little money back in the process. So, BuyBack Textbooks was born! Using their price comparison engine by entering in your book’s specific ISBN number, you can find prices from different online stores and get the most money back for your textbooks. Most of the stores pay for shipping, so all you have to worry about is packaging your book! The site even compares prices for books that aren’t textbooks, so if you have random books in your home, give it a shot and search – you never know what you can get!
Like CampusBooks, BookFinder has been around for a long time. The company started in 1997 with the goal of making it easy to find any book at the best price possible. BookFinder searches inventories of over 100,00 booksellers worldwide, which makes finding your book easy and fast. Using a search engine and entering the ISBN number, you can find competitive prices across different bookstores so you can see the best buyback price. Shipping is free, and you can even sell other books like cookbooks or novels through BookFinder!
Along with CampusBooks and BookFinder, BookByte is one of the longest running used textbook businesses online. Founded in 1999, the company’s mission is to enable students to rent and buy expensive used textbooks economically, but they also have a service to sell your used textbooks. Through their search engine, you can search for your textbook by ISBN number, title, author, or specific keywords. After accepting their cash offer, they provide you with a prepaid label and once the book received, you are paid via PayPal or check!