Question by Daniel: How much do used University textbooks sell for?
I have a lot of books in the fields of computer engineering (about 4 years old).
How much should I expect to sell these for?
I already have someone interested how much should I sell for?
Answer by Liz Tomczak
Type in your ISBN in on a website that sells books. Most online bookstores have the options to sell used books as well. The ISBN is that long number that is located on the back of your book. Check and see how much everybody else is selling your particular book for. I would also check and see how much the actual book is.
My students will by used books online because they are cheaper. Therefore, you must sell them for less than you actually paid. However, if you start buying your books online, then you may actually be able to make back the actual amount you paid or you could even turn a profit.
I used to sell used college books online. The actual campus bookstore would only give me a quarter of what it was worth when I went to sell it back. I got wise to their scheme and then sold my books online. Off of one semester’s book, I sometimes made over a hundred or more dollars. When I started buying used books online, then sometimes I would pay as low as $ 15 for my textbook.
If you really want to sell your books, then you often need to sell your book a few dollars lower than the lowest seller. For instance, if you see the lowest seller is selling it for $ 45, then sell yours for $ 40 or $ 37.50. Make sure to describe the condition of your book too. That helps it sell.
I also would caution you to read the rules of the website you use. You also will need to pay shipping on the book yourself and then the customer will reimburse you when their payment comes though.
You can also ship the online used bookstore route and advertise at your own college. You can even advertise at craig’s list. Just be careful about meeting people face to face. Seriously.
I hope this helps. Either way, you won’t make tons of money. However, you could save a ton of money by buying books online. Just check to make sure that they are the right edition and the right ISBN number. I have messed up before by not checking that. Also try to include the year that the book was manufactured and the edition of the book you are actually selling. People like to see that.
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