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Online Book Buybacks

Postby A&O » Fri Dec 31, 2010 4:27 pm

Anyone used these services (i.e., through bigwords.com)? I'm getting a pretty good deal for my books, but I'm wondering whether it's a scam.

I would use the amazon service, but it gives me only store credit. Some of the places through bigwords give an actual check.

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Re: Online Book Buybacks

Postby uvahooo » Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:04 pm

amazon's credit is pretty good for some items such as outlines that don't really sell.

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Re: Online Book Buybacks

Postby lishi » Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:24 pm

You can set up a seller profile on amazon and get actual money instead of just credit.

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Re: Online Book Buybacks

Postby Renzo » Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:29 pm

lishi wrote:You can set up a seller profile on amazon and get actual money instead of just credit.

I've sold almost all my books on Amazon, usually for more cash than nay of the buyback services.

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Re: Online Book Buybacks

Postby ChattelCat » Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:32 pm

Renzo wrote:
lishi wrote:You can set up a seller profile on amazon and get actual money instead of just credit.

I've sold almost all my books on Amazon, usually for more cash than nay of the buyback services.


This. You'll get a lot more this way - the credit Amazon is offering is pathetic. For lower priced books (under $50) Half.com is generally better because they charge less commission than Amazon (or at least they did the last two semesters that I sold my books).

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Re: Online Book Buybacks

Postby bex » Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:39 pm

barnes and noble gives cash.

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Re: Online Book Buybacks

Postby A&O » Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:52 pm

Just bumping this to say that my checks did come through. Yay!

And I will use Amazon Marketplace for this, my final semester of law school.

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Re: Online Book Buybacks

Postby Riles246 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:17 pm

I use amazon buyback. Its not worth it to me to sell on the marketplace, too much hassle. With amazon buyback, you just put everything in a big box, print out their label, and you get credit.

For example of how good their prices are compared to the bookstore- our bookstore was offering $30 for our insurance law book, and amazon gave me $65. Over twice as much. I then buy my next semester's books using the credit, and they come in 2 days with free shipping (they give college kids free prime memberships). I'm taking four classes this semester, but my book bill only came to $270 for all new books, thanks to the roughly $200 I got from the buyback a few weeks ago.

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Re: Online Book Buybacks

Postby A&O » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:20 pm

Amazon BuyBack and Bigwords.com are clearly superior to the local school bookstore, but I've been talking to friends and they seem to be getting even more money through the marketplace.

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Re: Online Book Buybacks

Postby bk1 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:28 pm

At least for me, Amazon can be used for almost anything and they have good prices so getting credit from them is almost the same as cash.

Using Amazon's Marketplace is a good idea as well for a bit of effort.

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Re: Online Book Buybacks

Postby A&O » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:31 pm

Using Amazon's Marketplace is a good idea as well for a bit of effort.


Yeah I'm just really lazy. I hope this won't deter me at the end of this semester.

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Re: Online Book Buybacks

Postby bk1 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:51 pm

A&O wrote:
Using Amazon's Marketplace is a good idea as well for a bit of effort.


Yeah I'm just really lazy. I hope this won't deter me at the end of this semester.


Then just get Amazon credit? That's what I do because I really cbf to actually use eBay or the Marketplace.

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Re: Online Book Buybacks

Postby A&O » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:54 pm

Bigwords is actually a tad more convenient. It searches through all online buyback websites for the best prices (Amazon.com buyback doesn't always give the highest), and the others actually send checks that you can cash. In fact, FirstClassBooks even offered to match whatever else someone else offered me, provided I gave proof. Just got my checks in the mail. Pretty satisfied customer.

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Re: Online Book Buybacks

Postby Helmholtz » Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:08 pm

BigWords is awesome.

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Re: Online Book Buybacks

Postby bk1 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:09 pm

A&O wrote:Bigwords is actually a tad more convenient. It searches through all online buyback websites for the best prices (Amazon.com buyback doesn't always give the highest), and the others actually send checks that you can cash. In fact, FirstClassBooks even offered to match whatever else someone else offered me, provided I gave proof. Just got my checks in the mail. Pretty satisfied customer.


That's pretty sweet.

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Re: Online Book Buybacks

Postby dudders » Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:53 pm

When's the best time to sell spring semester textbooks? Should I post them after the term's over (May), or hang on to them until July/August and then list them?




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