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.

Shipping Deadline

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

Unacceptable Books

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.

Condition Examples

Good, Like New Book
Example of a Good condition book
Here is a book in “like new” condition. This book will receive the full offer price from us.

Acceptable Book
Example of an Acceptable condition book
Inside an Acceptable condition book
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.

Uncceptable Book
Example of an Unacceptable condition book
Inside an Unacceptable condition 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.

Book Editions

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 spine.
  • 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:
Example of a la carte edition
Example of a regular student edition
Example of an International (Global)

Here is an Annotated Instructor's Edition
Annotated Instructor's Edition (AIE)

Counterfeit Books

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 slightly blurry.
  • 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.