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Next Buyback Dates
May 12 - May 23, M-F
9:00am to 4:00pm
Buyback Window Behind The University Store & Trailer INSIDE Center Street Parking Lot
DO NOT sell back a book that you have rented from our website. You must return it to the supplier that you rented it from!
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?
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.
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.
Textbooks that are being bought back for the store for resale are bought for 50% of
the new textbook price. 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.
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.
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.
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.
On titles bought for the store, students are given 50% of the retail price. We then
resell the book for 75% of the retail price. (Example $100.00 retail textbook, student
given $50.00-we resell the textbooks for $75.00). 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.
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.
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!