Sell Back Information
RENTAL RETURNS & SELL BACK
July 17-18MC176A - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
July 19MC176A - 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
July 20MC176A - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Books are placed on the sell back list if:
- An instructor has requested it for a future semester.
- It is the correct edition and in good condition.
- There is a national need for the book if not used on campus.
- The book is not overstocked from prior semesters.
- It does not have tear-out pages and is not a workbook or a music book.
- It is not a packet with required one-time use software.
- If books are written by BYUI faculty and printed by the BYUI press, they will not be included in sell back.
Information about Rental Returns:
- All rented textbooks must be returned by the last day of the semester.
- Please see our rental program information page for the full rental agreement.
A few things to keep in mind:
- The University Store will purchase used books regardless of where the books were originally purchased.
- Sell back quantities on an individual title may be limited.
- Bring all CDs, books, or other package components to sell back. If it was purchased as a package, it is bought back as a package.
- Watch for the posted sell back dates. Sell back for the University Store is offered at the end of each semester. Bring your books to sell back as soon as possible.
- Wholesale sell back is available at any time at the Textbook Information Desk (lower prices given at wholesale sell back).
- Some classes may be taught on a periodic basis. If your book is not on the current sell back list, it may be placed on a future sell back list.
- Some textbooks are useful reference for related classes and may even have value in your lifelong personal library after college.
Why do I get more money for some books than others at sell back?
The value of a used book depends on whether that particular book is going to be assigned by an instructor for the next semester. Books that are going to be used on this campus next semester generally have a higher value than books that will be sent to wholesalers for resale elsewhere.
If the bookstore receives an order from an instructor that the book will be assigned again next semester on this campus, then the store will buy back copies for resale here. Usually the store will be able to pay a higher value for that book.
If the book is not going to be assigned on this campus next semester, the bookstore will check with the wholesale book companies to find out the national market value for the book. Wholesalers buy used books that will be resold for use on other campuses across the country. The national market value, which is set by the wholesalers, not the bookstore, is often a much smaller percentage of the original retail price. That’s because the wholesaler must add in the cost of shipping and other normal business expenses to the resale price.
Why did my friend get more or less for the same book than I got?
If your friend received a higher value from the store and you got the lower national market value, then it was probably a matter of timing. The store may have met its campus quota (based on projected class enrollment for the next semester) by the time you brought your book in.
If you sold your copy before your friend, the store may not have received the instructor’s book order yet and therefore could only offer the lower national market value at that time. The store cannot buy back books for resale on this campus until the instructor sends in his or her book order for the next semester.