Clueless on what to do with your college textbooks when you are finished with them? Why not sell them so you get something back from the incredibly big amount that you spent on them? College textbooks are grossly overpriced and being able to sell them at a good rate when you are done with them can certainly help lighten your heavy heart. Here are top 10 ways on how you can get the most money when you sell college textbooks.
10. Advertise your book sale on school bulletin boards.
Bulletin boards are for public use. By advertising through them, you get to spark up attention among students passing by and many of them could have use for your textbooks. By selling them directly, you will have a hand on how much money to ask for your old books.
9. Check if your school sells second hand textbooks to students via the Internet.
One of the best places to sell your textbooks back is through your school’s website. If they allow reselling of textbooks there, it would be a nice avenue you can try. This way, you will be bridged to students who will need the same books for the same class.
8. Email or connect with students who will be taking the same class you have used the textbooks in.
This could entail a lot of work but it will definitely pay off your hardwork in the end. There are many ways you can get on with this tip. You may ask for a list of students taking a particular class and advertise your textbooks for sale. You may also scout the classes you are targeting and find a way that you could include them in your mailing list or email list. Sending out advertisements or handouts about your textbooks for sale to students who are likely to need them the coming semester is one of the best ways to find prospective buyers.
7. Sell them directly.
Selling on your own is the way to go if you want to get the most money for your secondhand books. If you course through the sale to a third party, you will have to allow that third party a slice off the price. So make sure to find a way to exhaust all the possibilities to sell your textbooks directly. Send them using your very resources and you will have sole access to the amount you will be able to send them on. By sending them directly, you will also have a say on your asking price or the price you think is about right for the value of your college textbooks.
6. Find a website especially dedicated to selling secondhand books.
Lucky for you, Internet has it all. That includes places to sell secondhand books. They are just like the other e-commerce sites. But what’s really good about them is that they are devoted to the mission of getting secondhand textbooks off the market. Some that you can try are eCampus, Book Byte, Books Into Cash, Book Scouter, and Cash4Books. By checking out those sites, you can very well assess how much your books would actually sell by judging from the amount the site operators will offer to buy back your books.
5. Reach as many buyers as possible through e-commerce sites such as eBay and Craigslist.
EBay and Craigslist are great sites to sell used or second hand items, including textbooks. Those e-commerce sites will open up an opportunity for a bigger market. More importantly, they will allow you to advertise your asking price or the price you want your books to be sold. Reaching out to many buyers and advertising for the price that will give you the most money, who could resist those wonderful opportunities available through online selling sites?
4. Advertise on your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts.
Any news, shoutout, or post that gets into social media networks spread like wildfire. This is one great reason for you to choose social media sites as a place to sell back your textbooks. If in case your circle of friends would not have anything to do with your textbooks, they may refer you to someone who does. Facebook even has a Marketplace, which will help you reach users within your school network.
3. Look somewhere else to sell than your campus bookstore.
The worst place to sell your textbooks back is to your campus bookstore. You will be dismayed to find that they will not offer anything higher than 10% of the original price you paid to get the book. It does not matter if your book still looks new, they will only offer to pay you back $10 for a book you paid $100 or more for. Campus bookstores are not the best place to buy textbooks because they charge a too high rate for the actual retail price. Other bookstores can offer a lower rate. In the same way, they are also not the best place to sell back your books because they will not offer to pay at least half of what you spent when you needed those books for your class.
2. Sell to local bookstores.
Local bookstores will have a better rate than your campus bookstore, most definitely. For trying to win the competition, local bookstores will offer different prices for the same textbooks. So it is best that you scout all the local bookstores within your school’s vicinity and find out which of them will offer you the best deal.
1. Keep your textbooks at their best. Keep them intact.
There is no way you could get a good price for your old textbooks if they look old and battered. So do everything that you can to make them look like they are still presentable for another semester. Keep them neat: keep them protected against damage. When you are ready to put them back to the market, you will not have a hard time finding a buyer or even selling it for a good price.