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Sell Books Online – Get Cash for Textbooks

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Ever since I wrote about selling textbooks online, a lot of people have read and used that advice. It’s definitely a popular post on this site.

Since the book selling season is approaching again (it’s almost April!), I thought you guys might appreciate a quick glance at the process.

We definitely don’t want anyone hoarding books like the guy in POSSESSED. If you haven’t watched that short documentary, do yourself a favor and check it out.

How to sell books online

My previous post focused on maximing your cash. But for this one, let’s just look at the basic process. Getting cash for your textbooks is quite simple.

In my opinion, BookByte is the best site for selling your books, and you can even buy textbooks there for 25% to 45% off.

Just follow these quick steps to get some textbook cash:

  1. Go to BookByte
  2. Enter the ISBN’s from the textbooks you want to sell
  3. Print your shipping label and packing list
  4. Mail in your books (they pay the shipping!)
  5. Get your cash in about 10 business days

Sell even more books

If you want to really increase your cash, you can become a volume seller. Collect textbooks at your school, send them to BookByte, and get paid in cash.

I think an enterprising college student could do well with this model. You could setup a table at your school to collect books. Have a laptop there to lookup the BookByte cash price for the used textbooks. Then give fellow students a little less cash. You do the work of sending them in, and you can pocket the difference. I’ll bet you could still beat the bookstore’s buy back price.

Have you ever tried to sell books online? What was your experience?

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19 Responses to “Sell Books Online – Get Cash for Textbooks”

  1. Matt
    March 19th, 2008

    When I was in college I sold my books around campus. I wonder if I’d have been better off looking online? Oh well :)

  2. Andrew Flusche
    March 19th, 2008

    @Matt – The benefit to selling online is you have a broader marketplace. If you sell on campus, the bookstores typically just base prices on the need for the books on that campus. But if you sell online, the need can be based on many campuses. Higher demand = more cash. :)

  3. Merrell
    March 20th, 2008

    I have a few piles of books, and I have been thinking about what to do with them. Selling them online looks like a great idea, Thanks!

  4. Mark
    March 22nd, 2008

    I think that is a nice idea to sell books in internet, easily and quickly.

  5. Jacky
    March 26th, 2008

    Great Idea! I have many books from university and college. To sell them on the internet is a great idea! Thanks :)

  6. Ursula
    March 27th, 2008

    per internet we can always have a great choice of books, a great possibility for all who like reading books.

  7. Jenna
    March 27th, 2008

    Thanks for sharing! Text books are so expensive now and it is really difficult to sell them on campus or back to the book store! I have TONS of books left over that I could never get rid of — I’ll have to look into this!

  8. Jo
    March 29th, 2008

    thanks for the idea…next month i will move into another city and i have so many books which i don´t need anymore…so the idea to sell it online sound like a good one…thanks ^^

  9. Dental Veneers Guru
    May 12th, 2008

    I never thought selling books online could be so simple. Another lucrative thing could be seling textbooks via ebay. I would imagine that to be a bit more labor intensive and time consuming.

  10. Andrew Flusche
    May 16th, 2008

    @Dental – Yeah, I think eBay is a great option for selling some things. But textbooks might be a little cumbersome to manage in the auction format.

  11. Glen
    May 23rd, 2008

    My website, http://www.sellbackyourbook.com generally offers quite a bit more then bookbyte, check it out.

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    July 30th, 2008

    Bigwords can also be good for comparing lots of sites at once. Here are some more tips for selling college textbooks.

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  17. Shela
    September 28th, 2008

    I was wondering if there are any laws against selling books on blogs or requesting them on blogs and then making actual transactions in person. My friends and I are trying to set up a network online but we’re not sure if it’s entirely legal.

  18. Andrew Flusche
    September 29th, 2008

    @Shela – There isn’t a law that specifically prohibits buying and selling books through blogs. As long as you don’t engage in false advertising or other illegal business tactics, everything should be fine.

  19. Mike
    December 3rd, 2008

    a new campus based craigslist-like website just opened in texas it’s called QuickCampus.com and that’s where I get my books from.

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