Try to sell your books back as soon as you can - demand for used books is limited and the value of your textbook drops after we buy the necessary books needed. You must have your stuent ID to sell your books. Have questions about the buyback process? Read our FAQ below or submit a question to email@example.com.
A. The money you get for a textbook depends on the future demand for that book. So when a faculty member places a request for a book to be used on campus the next semester, the book is worth approximately 50% of its new retail price.
A. At the end of the semester, any title which has been ordered for a course for the next semester is worth approximately 50% of its new retail price at buyback. If a book is not being used for a course at the University of Iowa the following semester, we buy it back for it's national market value and ship it to other colleges. Market value is established by the demand for a given title on the national used book market and can run anywhere from no value to 30% of the new retail price.
A. Yes, books with water damage and broken binding/covers cannot be bought back.
A. If the professor selects a new edition for next semester, we're unable to buy back the book.
A. You cannot sell back course packets because they change each semester. Workbooks and lab manuals can be sold back if the pages are not ripped out and are clean.
A. The price of a book will decrease once we have bought enough books for the next semester. If 300 students use a book this semester, but then only 100 students need to the book next semester, we are only able to buy 100 books back at the highest price. Sell your book back as early as you can to get the most money.