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Buyback Information

What is buyback?

Textbook buyback is an event for students to earn cash for their used textbooks, regardless of where they originally purchased it.

What do I need for buyback?

All you need is to bring in any textbooks you are looking to sell and your BHC student ID (also known as your 900#). 

How are buyback prices determined?

Several factors determine the price paid for a book:

  • If the bookstore is buying a book and it is a current edition.
  • If the bookstore is buying a book and its future use is questionable (meaning a new edition may be coming out).
  • If the bookstore has no need for the book, our wholesaler facilitating buyback may purchase it. The wholesale purchase price will be based on current market value.
  • The amount you may receive cannot be determined until you are at the buyback register and is non-negotiable. 

What is considered "good" or "resaleable" condition?

If your book is not in good, resaleable condition, it will be refused during buyback. A "good" and "resaleable" book will:

  • not have stains and/or water damage
  • not have missing, torn or ripped pages
  • not have a missing, torn or loose cover
  • not have a broken spine
  • not have torn or damaged binding

Why didn't the bookstore give me money for my books?

There are several things the bookstore/our wholesaler must consider before buying books back from students such as:

  • If an instructor has chosen the book for the upcoming term.
  • If the bookstore has a need for additional inventory to fill an instructor's request.
  • If the used book wholesaler who facilitates our buyback needs the inventory.
  • The condition of the book such as excessive highlighting, torn/missing pages, excessive permanent writing, missing pieces (CDs, software, etc.) can affect the value. Study guides and workbooks must be clean.
  • An instructor or department may specify buyback criteria on any given book.

Aren't buyback and returning the same thing?

No, buyback and returning a textbook are two separate things. Returns must follow our return policy.

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