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The Co-op Store buys books every day! Stop by the service desk with your books to check prices.
Next Scheduled Buyback:
March 12th, 9am-5pm
At The Co-op Store
Q: What is Textbook Buyback?
A: Textbook Buyback is an opportunity to sell your unwanted textbooks for cash.
The IUP Co-op Store holds a major buyback at the end of each Fall and Spring semester.
At The IUP Co-op Store, we pay up to 50% of the textbook purchase price, up to the quantity we need, for books being used here at IUP for the upcoming semester.
There are several factors used to determine how much cash you can get back for your used textbooks, including:
Course Materials Orders: If an instructor has requested your textbook for next term, then the value increases. Books falling into this category may be worth up to 50% of the original purchase price. Generally speaking, textbooks will be purchased until we reach our needed quantity for the next semester.
Condition: We only buy back books in resalable condition. (Missing pages, water damage, mold, a broken binding, etc. are not acceptable buyback conditions.)
Overstocks and Current Editions Not Being Used on Campus: If we have reached our limit on a particular title for next term, or if your book has not been ordered by a professor for the next semester and is a current edition, we may still purchase it. The cash back you will receive is based on various criteria, most notably the national demand for the book and the needs of other bookstores nationwide.
Q: How will I know when Buyback is scheduled?
A: Buyback dates and times are posted on our website, www.iupstore.com, as well as our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/iupcoopstore. Buyback posters with dates and times will be posted around campus in the weeks leading up to buyback.
Q: What is an ISBN?
A: The ISBN (International Standard Book Number), is a thirteen-digit code used to identify a book. (Example: 978-0-32168650-3) Each book has its own ISBN. You can find the ISBN on the back of a book near the barcode or on the copyright page.
Q: Do I need my receipt in order to sell my textbooks at Buyback?
A: No, you can just bring your textbooks to The Co-op Store.
Q: Where can I sell back my books?
A: The Co-op Store offers several convenient buyback locations across campus for our end-of-semester buybacks. You can sell your books in The Co-op Store, in the lobby of Eberly, at our trailer in the Taco Bell parking lot, and at Foster Dining Hall. Check our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/iupcoopstore, for up-to-date details on dates, times and locations.
Q: How are buyback prices determined?
A: When we know the instructor plans to use the book next semester, and we don't already have enough on hand, we will pay up to 50% of the textbook purchase price up to the quantity we need. Even when there is no national wholesale price for a book, which happens with old editions, The Co-op Store will often still buy back old editions that have been re-ordered by faculty for the next term. Old editions do not generally have as great a buyback value as current editions.
Q: Can I sell back looseleaf textbooks?
A: Yes! The Co-op Store has been buying back looseleaf textbooks for many years. Just like any other buyback, if the looseleaf book has been re-ordered by faculty for the upcoming semester and we don’t already have too many copies, we will buy it back. Please note that looseleaf textbooks must be complete (no missing pages), and they must be sold back in a 3-ring binder.
Q: Can I sell back my Response Card (“Clicker”)?
A: Yes, as long as faculty continue to require the same response cards, we will continue to buy them back. Before you can sell your response card, you must un-register it on URSA. The buyer will ask you to show them that it has been un-registered at the computer we have set up near the buyback line.
Q: What if the book isn't being used at IUP next semester?
A: When a title isn't being used on our campus next semester, or if we already have enough copies, it is sold to a national used book wholesaler as a convenience to students.
Q: How can this book be worthless when I paid a lot for it three months ago?
A: Books that go out of print no longer have any market value. We can only buy back books that we will be able to sell either here in the store next term, or to a wholesaler. Even when there is no national wholesale price for a book, which happens with old editions, The Co-op Store will often still buy back old editions that have been re-ordered by faculty for the next term. Old editions do not generally have as great a buyback value as current editions.
Q: A friend of mine sold this same book back this morning and got 50%. Why are you offering me less?
A: We have reached our buyback quantity limit. Once we hit our needed quantity for a book, we start buying the same book at the national wholesale value. The books bought back at the lower wholesale prices are actually being purchased by the wholesale company who runs our buyback, and they will be sent to that national wholesaler for resale to other colleges & universities. The Co-op Store does not keep the copies that are purchased at wholesale price.
Q: Where is my book going to end up when I sell it back?
A: Books being used here at IUP next term will be sold to IUP students here at The Co-op Store. Books that are not being used here at IUP --or those of which we have too many copies--are sent to a national used book wholesaler as a convenience to students.
Q: I don't understand what the "wholesale price" is … can you explain?
A: Wholesale prices range from 0 to about 30% of retail. It’s basic supply and demand - the newer a book and therefore the greater the market demand, the higher the wholesale value for that book; the older a book and the lower the demand, the lower the wholesale value.
Q: How does the used book company determine market value?
A: The prices paid by wholesale companies depend on the age, popularity, and subject matter of the book. There is significant risk that the textbook will change editions and render the wholesaler’s inventory worthless, so a lot of effort on their part is devoted to predicting demand and anticipating when editions will change.
Q: The professor said she was going to use this book again next semester. Why can't you give me 50%?
A: Even if she said that in class, if the instructor hasn't yet indicated to the bookstore that she plans to use this book again next semester, we cannot yet buy it back. Once we do receive an order for the same book from the professor, we will then be able to add the book to our buyback list. Ask your professor if she has sent her textbook order to the bookstore.
Q: Last semester, I sold a book back to you for the wholesale price, and it was on the shelf this semester. What happened?
A: Professors continue to place book orders long after we conclude our end-of-semester buybacks. Most likely, the professor had not placed their order before buyback, but then went ahead and ordered that book later. The copies you see on the shelf, then, would be copies that we purchased from a wholesale used book distributor