Buyback


The Campus Bookstore buys so many books each day that these prices are never guaranteed.  Prices may change without notice when you bring your book in.  Use this as a reference only.

This link allows you to search our entire database by the book ISBN.  This includes our half price books and all wholesale books being purchased.  The price will be noted if it is wholesale (if not noted, it is half price for the store).

Search ENTIRE DATABASE by ISBN (half price and wholesale)

 

What is buyback?

         The Campus Bookstore will pay Michigan Tech students money for books that they do not   

         want to keep for future reference.  This service is offered on a daily basis at the back window 

         of the store and at additional residence hall locations during finals week. 

Why should I sell my book back to The Campus Bookstore?

         Not only will you get cash for your unwanted books, but selling your books to our on-campus

         locations will help other Michigan Tech students reduce their costs by providing a larger   

         selection of used books.  Having a large supply of used books is the most important way we 

         can help you to reduce the costs of your textbooks.

         During finals week The Campus Bookstore gives away $500 in free textbooks, just for selling

         us your books!  Each day during finals one student's buyback receipt is randomly drawn to win

         $100 in used books for the following semester.  Winner's will be notified by email and will be

         given further information on redemption. 

How much will I get for my books?

         If we have received the order from the instructor that your book will be used again in the next

         semester and we are not overstocked, we will pay you 50% of the new retail price, whether

         you purchased it new or used.  We will purchase books during finals week from students

         before we order used books from anywhere else, giving our students the best opportunity to

         sell back books.

 

         If the book has not been adopted for next semester, or we are overstocked, we may still

         purchase your book at a national wholesale price - the price that a used books wholesaler will

         pay us for the book.  Their price is normally 0-35% of the new retail price and is based on

         national supply and demand.  Each semester we sell large quantities of books for which we

         have no immediate need to used book wholesalers.  In turn, we are able to purchase even

         larger quantities of used books that we do need from these wholesalers.   

 

        All books must be in sellable condition including binding in good condition, no torn or missing    

        pages, no water damage, and no excessive highlighting (if you would not buy it from our shelves,

        probably nobody else would either).  If extra items, such as CDs, are missing, the price may be

        less.     

What if I do not have my receipt or did not buy my books from The Campus Store?

        You do not need to have a receipt to sell your books to us.  All you need is your Tech ID.  You

        must come in person, prices cannot be given over the phone and unfortunately, we cannot

        process buybacks through the mail.

Why do I see books on the shelves that I was told had little or no value?

         We still receive textbook orders during and after buyback, so we may find out after the main

         buyback that a book will be used for a class.  We must then purchase these used books from

         wholesalers.  Also, the quantity we purchase is based on current or estimated enrollments which

         can change.

I just used this book, why does it have no value already?

         The wholesale value of your books is affected by several things.  If the publisher has printed or

         is going to print a new edition of the book, the value of the current edition decreases.  The

        wholesaler may be overstocked on a certain book or may not have a high demand for it.

When is the best time to sell my books back?

         We buy books all year long at the buyback window in the back of the store, however the best

         prices are offered during finals week and a week or two before.  This is when we are               

         purchasing books are half price for the following semester.  During the remainder of the year we

         will buy books at the prices set by the wholesale companies.

If I know that the class my book was used for is only offered in this one semester each year, should I wait until the end of next semester to sell it?

         That is tricky.  To have a chance to receive the best price, you should wait until the last couple

         weeks of the semester before the book is used.  However, there is always the possibility of a

         new edition being published leaving your book with no value or the class using a different book

         next year anyway.

What can I do with my books that have no value?

         Textbooks can be recycled in the bins throughout the Memorial Union Building or you can list

         your book on the Classifieds page of the Bookstore website.