Making good grades and getting ahead is hard enough in school. But getting the money together to keep going can be tough once you start college, even if you have financial help. One way that many students make the dollar stretch is by finding the best ways to get cold hard cash for those textbooks once you have completed the course. Of course, if planning to sell textbooks back was easy, you would see more of them online. But you can get the most for those now old textbooks, if you know how. Whether you are buying used textbooks to stay within your budget or selling textbooks to make some cash, here are some tips you need to know to get the most from your transaction.
Take Good Care of Your Textbooks
It really all starts when you buy your textbooks in the fall. If you leave that book around where it can get damaged, you won’t be seeing much for it come the end of the school year when you want to sell. Invest in a good book bag to protect your investment. Don’t toss the books around when you are done and don’t use them as a coaster for your cup of morning coffee. If you use painters or masking tape to protect the edges of your books, the tape will come off easily at the end of the school year. When you do this, the edges will look like new and you can command more cash for those school books. If you buy used books, check the edges to ensure that they are cared for in this way.
Don’t Write in the Margins
Watch for this when shopping for used books. It is tempting when reading to jot a note or two in the margins when we hit something we know we will want to remember. But even if you do it in pencil, it will still bring down the value of the book when you erase it later. Why not try using sticky notes in the pages instead? A small investment in a stack of sticky notes is worth it if you find you can get tons more cash for your books at the end of the year. If you simply want to flag the page for study later, try cutting the sticky notes in thirds so you can stretch that school dollar a bit more. If you have an optical scanner, then try using them to scan and save the most important pages for later study. It can be time consuming but if you flag for later scanning, you can save your notes along with the scanned page for even greater notes for that big final.
Research Websites that Buy Textbooks Back
There are a number of great websites that buy back textbooks. If you are specializing, you might even want to see if you can find a site that specializes in your subject. Some sites will aggregate all the most important sellers onto one site, so don’t forget to check these out and compare prices.
While it may be easier to simply use your college or university buy back program, these often give the worst prices for used textbooks. The same is true for buying used textbooks. Competition can make your books more valuable, and remember that websites can give you the option of selling to a region where your particular textbook is not as common. So look around and find the best sites for those pristine and well-preserved textbooks when you are ready to sell or buy.