Selling Conditions Guide and Terms
The physical condition of the textbook you’re selling is of paramount importance. We will price your book at a certain level because its
conditions determines the price we can sell the book for later. We will rate each book as Good (like new),
Acceptable, or Unacceptable.
All quotes we offer are for Good, like new books. Good, like new books receive the full price quoted.
The price you’ll receive for an acceptable book will
usually be half the full price offer or whatever our staff thinks represents the quality of your
book. Books which the company deems unacceptable will not receive payment. If you ship an
unacceptable book, we will recycle your book and will pay you nothing for that book.
We track each of our orders through the postal service, and give the same tracking information to you. To ensure timely delivery and deadlines with our customers, we provide a Shipping Deadline date with your order.
If we receive the order more than 10 days after the Shipping Deadline, we must reserve the right to re-quote your book. We'll do everything we can to get you as much money as possible, and of course we'll let you know when we have to do this.
Issues That May Cause Your Book to Depreciate in Value
These issues will usually make an otherwise Good book Acceptable:
- Minor stains or blemishes
- Slight page tears
- Small page wrinkles
- Minimal cover damage
- Missing an accompanying CD, DVD or online access code
These issues will require us to reject books as Unacceptable:
- Missing pages
- Pages damaged and unreadable
- Major water damage and stains
- Workbooks with writing in them
- Odors (primarily tobacco)
- Excessive highlighting
- Page markings (writing, highlighting, and underlining) on majority of the pages
- Damage to the binding (loose cover, signatures separating from the binding, etc.)
- Cover damage (missing, cut, stained, etc.)
- Pages stuck together
- Any other obvious damage that would prevent a store from selling a book
- teacher’s editions, international editions, custom editions, or illegally printed textbooks
- Sending the wrong book
- Sending a counterfeit book
Page Markings: Your book will most likely receive that full quote if it has absolutely no
markings in it. We will accept minor page markings; a couple of highlighted lines here and there will likely not cause your book to be
unacceptable and will likely not decrease the value dramatically.
Good, Like New Book
Here is a book in “like new” condition. This book will receive the full offer price from us.
Here is a book in “acceptable” condition. The cover has minor bending and wear at the edges.
The spine is still completely intact and there are no other significant issues on the cover. The
pages have minor wrinkles and light highlighting. This book will still be accepted by buyback
companies, but the slight wear may result in a reduced price for the book.
Lastly is a book in “Unacceptable” condition. The cover is bent at one corner and missing
another and the spine is worn and loose.Inside the book, there is heavy highlighting and writing,
as well as significant wrinkling and even ripped pages. This book will be rejected by us and we will not be able to pay you any money for it.
What Happens If You Send The Wrong Book
Another common reason people do not get paid for their books is they send the wrong
book. This mixup usually arises when someone types in the ISBN wrong or accidentally ships a
different book. We will probably not be able to send you any money at all if you send the wrong book.
Therefore, it’s extremely important you make sure you type in the correct ISBN when you search on this site,
and ship the corresponding book.
One more thing that can cause trouble is the edition of your book. As mentioned earlier,
having a certain edition of a book can void or reduce your payment.
International Editions - These versions are sold in other countries. They are usually
cheaper and not always the same as U.S. versions. These books will have some
indication that they are an international edition on the cover, usually at the top. If your
book has some black tape on it, take this off to make sure it’s not covering up the book’s
identity as an international edition.
Custom Editions - These books are printed for one school specifically. Online buyback
companies will almost never accept them. Once again, there will usually be an indication
on the front cover.
Instructor’s Editions - These books are usually given to teachers and have different
content not included in student editions. They’ll be labeled as such on the front or back
cover and will usually have AIE (Annotated Instructor's Edition) on the top of the book’s
Advance Reading Copy - These are given out before a book has actually been
published. They are illegal to buy or sell. There will be a watermark of statement on the
front or back cover indicating that it is a promotional copy or some similar wording.
Older Versions - As long as you type in the right ISBN, you’ll get an accurate quote. The
price would only change if you type in the ISBN of the new version then ship an older
edition. While you still may get offers for old editions, you will almost always get the most
money for the most recent edition of the book.
A la carte editions (looseleaf) - are the exact same versions of hard and softcover bound
textbooks but without binding. Instead, they’re threehole punched to fit in a binder.
It’s common for people to try to cover up the indications that these books are something other
than the official student version. Tactics can include covering it with colored tape or stickers, or
attempting to scratch off or mark through the pertinent information. Keep a lookout for these
tricks when buying or selling books.
Book Editions Examples
Below are three different versions of the same book. The first is an a la carte
edition, the second is the regular student edition,
and the third is an international edition:
Here is an Annotated Instructor's Edition
The last issue many people encounter while attempting to sell textbooks is that they are
actually selling a counterfeit book. Most people who try to sell these counterfeit books do not
even know their book is counterfeit. Even in this case, we will NOT pay for
a counterfeit book even if you send it to us with good intent. Here are some things to look out for
when buying or selling to make your book is not counterfeit. Most counterfeit books are
textbooks that do not contain images because these are the easiest to copy and republish. Most
blemishes that indicate a counterfeit book will be found on the outside cover of the book.
Blurry text/logos - Check the text and logos on the front and back covers. If it is a
genuine copy, the text and images will be sharp whereas counterfeit copies will likely be
Off Center Text - text
on the spine in particular is nearly always centered in the middle
of the spine. If the text on the spine is closer to the front or back cover, this may indicate
a counterfeit book.
Copyright Mark - In a genuine copy, a copyright mark will be on the cover or title page.
This mark will be distinctly correctly printed like so, ©. In counterfeit copies, this is
usually just printed as a black dot on the page without the “c” in the middle. Use a
magnifying glass to examine the copyright symbol closely on your book.
Uneven Glue in Spine - Genuine books will have the pages glued to the spine correctly
causing an even curve on both sides of the spine. Counterfeit books will often have
uneven glue to one side, which will cause the book spine to have a slant in it.
These are some of the traditional tipoffs to a counterfeit book. Other smaller details may
indicate a counterfeit as well. Compare your book to classmates books or an image search
online to see if it might be counterfeit. In counterfeit copies, the stripes and images on the front
cover often don’t match up quite right with the official copy. Also, counterfeit copies are typically
thicker than the genuine book. Remember, if you send a counterfeit copy to us, we will NOT be able to pay money for your book.