It's that time of the year – back to college. Need some extra cash? Sell those old textbooks! What are you planning to do with those old books anyway? Unless you need them for future classes (such as a sequence), there is no reason to keep those old textbooks lying around. They are just taking up space!
My Advice For Selling Textbooks
Now, if you want to maximize your return on your textbooks, DO NOT sell them back to the bookstore UNLESS you check out Amazon.com first!
Selling your old textbooks on Amazon.com is fast, easy, and secure. Furthermore, you open up yourself to the entire world market instead of your local campus.
Why Sell on Amazon?
How many times have your books been refused to be bought back from the library because they are last year's edition? Or that class won't be offered again? That's never the case with Amazon.
To sell your books on Amazon, all you have to do is create a sellers account, which takes about 5 minutes. To list your book for sale, simply enter the ISBN number, choose the price you want to sell it for (Amazon also shows you the current lowest prices for New and Used Books, so you can easily undercut the competition), and specify how you are willing to ship.
Amazon does charge a commission on each sale, which averages out to about 20%. Also, they do pass through the shipping the buyer pays, which is $3.99 for books. For most books, you should ship it Media Mail from the US Postal Service. This is the least expensive way to ship, and it will usually allow you to pocket some of the shipping cost (but don't forget the price of an envelope or box!). For a book that is one pound or less, Media Mail usually runs about $2.60.
Also, on the flip side, Amazon is a great place to get slightly used books at a great price! The shipping is very reasonable, and some books sell for as little as a penny!
Next time you need some spare cash and you see a textbook lying around – sell it!
Readers, have you ever sold your old textbooks on Amazon.com or on another site?