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Book Buyback Program

Making money has never been so easy.

At the end of each semester, bring your books back to the Bookstore to receive up to 50% of the new book price, regardless of whether you bought the book new or used. We will buy back books purchased at the Bookstore or anywhere else.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Your textbooks
  • Student ID
    • Bringing your student ID also helps us see if you have any rental books that need to be returned

Buyback begins the first day of finals week at the end of each semester. For the Fall 2021 semester, Book Buyback is from December 13th-17th at 9:00am-4:00pm. The Buyback dates and times are also posted on our Facebook page. Posters with dates and times will be posted around campus in the weeks leading up to Buyback.


Sell your Textbooks In-Person or Online

Bookstore

You can sell your textbooks back at the Bookstore in Marianist Hall. With this option, you will receive cash on the spot. Be sure to bring your University ID with you!

Online

We are proud to offer a virtual option for Book Buyback! If you prefer to stay home and skip the line, you can sell your textbooks back online using our Buyback website. After your textbooks are received, you will be paid via PayPal or check within three weeks. For information, see the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Buyback website.


The buyback price for every book is determined by campus and nationwide demands. The amount we pay you can vary throughout the buyback period. Factors that affect how much money you get back during Book Buyback include:

  • If your instructor reordered the book for the upcoming semester
    • If your instructor is reusing the book, you are more likely to get up 50% of the new book price
  • If the Bookstore needs more copies or has reached the buying limit
  • If the book is damaged
    • Missing pages
    • Water damage
    • Broken binding
  • If there is a pending new edition of the book or the book is already an older edition
  • If there is a wholesale demand for the book

You do not need your receipt to sell your textbooks back. It does not matter where you purchased your textbooks! We buy any book that we have a need for. What you do need to bring is your University ID.


ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. This is the 13-digit code used to identify a book (e.g., 978-0-32168650-3). Each book has its own unique ISBN. You can find the ISBN on the back of a book, near the barcode or on the copyright page.


Books that go out of print no longer have any market value. We can only buy back books that we will be able to sell either here in the store next term or to a wholesaler. Even when no national wholesale price exists for a book, which happens with old editions, we will often still buy back old editions that have been re-ordered by faculty for the next term. Old editions do not generally have as great a buyback value as current editions.


We have reached our buyback limit. Once we hit our needed quantity for a book, we start buying the same book at the national wholesale value. Books bought back at the lower wholesale prices are actually being purchased by the wholesale company who runs our buyback, and they will be sent to that national wholesaler for resale to other colleges and universities. The Bookstore does not keep books that are purchased at wholesale price.


Wholesale prices range from 0%-30% of retail value. It's basic supply and demand - the newer the book, the greater the market demand, and therefore the higher the wholesale value; the older the book, the lower the market demand, and therefore the lower the wholesale value. 


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 edition will change.


CONTACT

Bookstore


300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0700
937-229-3233
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