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Buy Back FAQ

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Textbook Buyback at the FSU Bookstore
When Can I Sell My Textbooks Back?
What is being bought?
Why does the Bookstore buy back only certain titles?
My friend just sold the same title back that I want to and received 1/2 price. Why am I getting less?
Why does the company buy back only certain titles?
How does the store price USED books on the shelves?
What do I do with books that have no value?
And Finally......

Textbook Buyback at the FSU Bookstore

Textbook BUY BACK is always an interesting topic for students. Maybe this information will help with some of your questions. A preliminary note: Please remember that BUY BACK is NOT the same as a REFUND on textbooks. A REFUND is given within the first 5 days of the semester, when you decide to drop and add a class. This is a FULL amount refund when you are in compliance with the refund policy. BOOK BUY BACK takes place daily and when the semester is over. No receipt is required and only partial money is returned. One more note: Major Buy Backs are held during finals week of the semester. Specific dates and times are posted around the buildings one or two weeks before buyback. BUY BACK takes place in the FSU Bookstore on the lower level and at Lane University Center, BUT it is sponsored by a used book company.

When Can I Sell My Textbooks Back?

The Bookstore conducts textbook buy back every day during regular store hours. The prices offered for textbooks that are bought daily are based on the value of the textbook determined by a company that sells used books nationally to bookstores. The daily buy back service is offered beginning about the third week of the semester and ends approximate two (2) weeks prior to final exams. During this period every book has some value as long as it is in saleable condition. The daily buy back ends about two weeks prior to final exams so that preparations can be made for the "end of the semester" buy back that begins on the first day of final exams. During the end of the semester buy back, books are bought back to stock the shelves for the next upcoming semester, therefore values may differ from what we buy daily.

What is being bought?

Textbooks that are being bought back for the store for resale are bought at a national market value. It does not matter if you bought the book new or used, just as long as the book is in good condition. Textbooks for the sponsoring used book company are bought at the national market value on their database.

Why does the Bookstore buy back only certain titles?

Faculty MUST have requested, prior to the buy back, that the title will be used the next semester. If we do not have this request, we can only buy books for the used book company AT THEIR PRICES. Titles must be the newest edition available. Remember, someone HAS to be the last to use the book. From time to time, it may be your class that gets stuck.

My friend just sold the same title back that I want to and received 1/2 price. Why am I getting less?

When faculty request that a book be ordered, the bookstore orders just enough books to meet the class enrollment. When that limit is reached, the used book company will buy the book for market value.

Why does the company buy back only certain titles?

Titles must be the newest edition available. Titles must have national resale value. Titles must not be a workbook where answers can be filled in and pages torn out. Highlighting is OK. A broken spine or coffee spill or any liquid spill is NOT OK.

How does the store price USED books on the shelves?

On titles bought for the store, students are given a market value for thier book. We then resell the book for a percentage of the retail price. On used books ordered directly from the company, we do the same markup, so when buying a used book you will always get it for at least 25% off of the retail price.

What do I do with books that have no value?

There is a designated area we call "Spread The Word", where you can place your unwanted books. This area has books students did not sell. Feel free to leave any books you cannot sell or take any books you would like. Books that are left at the end of buy back are donated to a company that sends them overseas to less fortunate countries.

And Finally......

We try to find as many used books as possible because we know textbooks are a great expense, but we must be reasonable. We cannot buy a book that, because of its condition, could not be resold to another student. Remember - there are very few things in this world that can be purchased, used for a few months, then returned for money. The Bookstore has NO say in the selection of books. Orders are sent to the store by the faculty. We also have NO say in the frequency of the book edition changes. Publishers decide this based on changes in technology and the need for updated information, and YES sometimes to reduce the number of used books. Remember that every time we sell a used book to you, they do not sell a new book to us. They are a business also and must be able to continue with what they do best... providing current and relevant information in a professional manner. Our favorite comment at buy back (aside from "are you serious!") is "the professor never even used that book." Please remember you are not in high school anymore. Your instructor is not there to walk you through reading a textbook. It is your responsibility to attend classes, read your text, complete your assignments, and learn. It is your job to use the text, not the professors. Contrary to popular perception, the Bookstore is not getting rich off of textbooks. BOTTOM LINE.......... The Value of a Textbook is in Your Hands!



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