Buyback F.A.Q.


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Buyback F.A.Q.

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What is Textbook Buyback?

Textbook Buyback is an opportunity to sell your unwanted textbooks for cash.
The Bookstore buys books all year, but conducts a major buyback at the end of each Fall and Spring semester.

We are going to pay you the most cash for books being used here at Hiram College for the upcoming semester.

There are several factors used to determine how much cash you can get back for your used textbooks, including:

  1. Course Materials Orders: If an instructor has requested your textbook for next term, then the value increases. Generally speaking, textbooks will be purchased until we reach our needed quantity for the next semester.
  2. Condition: We only buy back books in resalable condition. Missing pages, water damage, mold, broken binding, etc. are not acceptable buyback conditions.
  3. Overstocks and Current Editions Not Being Used on Campus: If we have reached our limit on a particular title for next term, or if your book has not been ordered by a professor for the next semester and is a current edition, we may still purchase it. The cash back you will receive is based on various criteria, most notably the national demand for the book and the needs of other bookstores nationwide.

What is an ISBN? ISBN stands for Internation Standard Book Number and is found under the barcode on the back of the book. It usually starts with a '978' and is 13 digits long.

I don't understand what the "wholesale price" is … can you explain? Wholesale prices range from 0 to about 30% of retail.  It’s basic supply and demand - the newer a book and therefore the greater the market demand, the higher the wholesale value for that book; the older a book and the lower the demand, the lower the wholesale value.

How does the used book company determine market value? The prices paid by wholesale companies depend on the age, popularity, and subject matter of the book. There is significant risk that the textbook will change editions and render the wholesaler’s inventory worthless, so a lot of effort on their part is devoted to predicting demand and anticipating when editions will change.