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Buyback Information

Search for Buyback Information by ISBN

Add an ISBN to your buyback list by typing the number into the Enter ISBN: field. Click the Add ISBN to List button to build your list.

You may remove an ISBN by selecting the number and clicking the Remove ISBN button.

Search for Buyback Information on Previous Purchases

If you have purchased textbooks through this site, please click this link to view which of your books are part of the current buyback list.

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View My Buyback Alert List

Click the link below to view ISBNs in your current buyback alert list. This list may also include books you have previously purchased through this site.

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NOTE: All prices are subject to change and condition of book.

Q: What is an ISBN and where do I find it?

The ISBN of your book is the International Standard Book Number and classifies your exact book, title, author, and edition. Most often it is printed on the back of your book directly above or below the barcode. If you are unable to find it on the cover of your book, it is also listed on the publishers page, below the copyright information.

Q: What determines how much I get paid when I sell my books back to the University Book Store?

The buyback price is determined by a variety of factors. For buyback pricing, textbooks fall into one of three categories. During the course of a semester or buyback period, a title may move from one category to another based on demand. The categories are as follows:
  • ½ Price Books
    If a faculty member has notified the University Book Store that a book will be used on campus next semester, in most cases we will pay ½ of the current new book price, even if you bought the book used or the new book price was lower at the time of your purchase. When we have met our anticipated needs for that title for the upcoming semester, we will purchase that title for the used book wholesalers.
  • Books not ordered for the upcoming semester
    Used book wholesalers determine the prices they will pay for certain books. The University Book Store technically acts as the wholesaler's agent and buys the book for the company from the student, and thus we must use their prices. Nationwide demand, current wholesaler supply and anticipated revision dates are some of the factors that the wholesale companies use in determining the prices they offer.
  • Books that we are not buying back
    There are four reasons why a book may not have any buyback value:
    1. A new edition has been published
    2. There is little or no nationwide demand
    3. There is excess wholesale supply
    4. The book is in poor (non-salable) condition

Q: When does the University Book Store buy back textbooks?

Every day that we are open which is Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

Q: When is the best time to sell my textbooks?

The best time to sell your books is during the periods of May 1st through August 31st and December 1st through January 20th.

Q: Do I save money when I purchase a used textbook?

Absolutely! By aggressively purchasing used books and participating in buyback, you can save up to 75% off the new book price. (For example, if you bought a used copy of a $50 book for $37.50 and then sold it back at ½ price of $25, you would pay only $12.50 for the use of that book; that's only 25% on the new book price.)
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