Buyback Info


 Buyback & Rental Returns - Fall 2021

December 13 - 14

a.  MC176A – 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
b.  Ricks Foyer - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
c.  Hart East Entrance - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

December 15

a.  MC176A – 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
b.  Ricks Foyer - Closed
c.  Hart East Entrance - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

December 16

a.  MC176A – 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
b.  Ricks Foyer - Closed
c.  Hart East Entrance - Closed

Books are placed on the Buyback list if:

  1. An instructor has requested it for a future semester.
  2. It is the correct edition and in good condition.
  3. There is a national need for the book if not used on campus.
  4. The book is not overstocked from prior semesters.
  5. It does not have tear-out pages and is not a workbook or a music book.
  6. It is not a packet with required 1-time use software.
  7. If books are written by BYUI faculty and printed by the BYUI press, they will not be included in Buyback.


A few things to keep in mind:

  • The University Store will purchase used books regardless of where the books were originally purchased.
  • Buyback quantities on an individual title may be limited.
  • Bring your books to Buyback as soon as possible.
  • Bring all CDs, books, or other package components to Buyback. If it was purchased as a package, it is bought back as a package.
  • Watch for the posted Buyback dates. Buyback for the University Store is offered at the end of each semester.
  • Wholesale buyback is available at any time at the Textbook Information Desk (lower prices given at wholesale buyback.
  • Some classes may be taught on a periodic basis. If your book is not on the current buyback list, it may be placed on a future buyback list.
  • Some textbooks are useful reference for related classes and believe it or not, may even have value in your lifelong personal library after college.


Why do I get more money for some books than others at buyback?

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 books 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 quote (based on projected class enrollment for the next semester) by the time you brought your book in.

Or, 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.

The store won’t buy back some books. I just bought them a couple months ago. How can they be worthless now?

There are many reasons why a book might be turned down for buyback. The store and/or the wholesaler may have reached quota. Possibly the book is not being used anywhere next semester, particularly if it is highly specialized or customized. The instructor or publisher may be replacing the book with a new, updated edition next semester. The book may be a part of a required package of items that cannot be sold separately. Your copy may not be salable due to a broken cover, missing or torn pages, stains, water damage, or missing CD.

I paid a lot of money for my books. Why doesn’t the store give me more for them?

Used books are provided by the bookstore as a less expensive alternative for students. Paying more at buyback means the store would have to raise the retail prices of used books.

Why doesn’t the store sell used books for the same price that they were bought at buyback?

The store must add an amount to the price of all merchandise­­­—including used books—to help cover the costs of processing the books and getting them ready for resale.

Where do the books I put in the “Donate” bin go?

The books are donated to a charity in Africa which supplies schools and school libraries with much needed books for education.

Why did I only receive $1.00 for some books and what is done with those?

Typically, these books do not have any national market value so the wholesaler cannot buy it. The University Store will buy these books for $1.00 as a courtesy for students bringing them to buyback, but because there is no resale value in the book and they are not being used on campus the next semester, the buyback price cannot be any higher. Most of these books are donated to a charity in Africa supplying schools with books for education.