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Below you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions about our book buyback. If you don’t find your answer below, please contact us!

I am interested in selling books. How do I find out how much you will offer for my book(s)?
From any page on our website, click the “sell books” button. Once you are on that page, enter the 10 or 13-digit ISBN found on the back of your book for all of the books you are interested in selling. You will receive instant quotes for all of the books you listed that have value. Quotes for books that have no value will either indicate, “Book accepted for donation only,” or “Sorry, we are currently not accepting this title.”


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My book originally had a CD, study guide, or other accessories. Do I need to send them when shipping you my books that I am selling?
If your book originally included a CD-Rom, DVD, supplemental book or some other accessory, please include this when shipping your book to us. Please note that if you send a book where the book information on your quote indicates that a supplement should be included, you may receive 1/2 or less of the used value of the original quote or no compensation at all, depending on the book, if the supplemental material is not included. We will not return books that have no value. Please note that any necessary online access codes (e.g., MyMathLab, MyStatLab, MyEconLab, etc) must be valid, unused, and unopened in order to receive payment.


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How do you determine whether a book is graded as “new” or “used”?
A book that is graded as "new" should be in pristine condition. That is, it should look like it just arrived from the publisher- the way you would typically find a book when bought new at a bookstore. Often, if a book is slightly scuffed, the corners are worn or damaged, or if the cover is slightly bent (this is most likely to happen with paperbacks), these will be graded as "used" because they cannot be sold as new. For this reason, it is very important to pack your books carefully when you are shipping! (Please see shipping instructions on prepaid label provided with your quote). We make every effort to grade books as "new" if possible because we want you to receive the highest price possible so you will continue to use our services. Please note that even though a book was never used, it may not be graded as "new" condition if it does not arrive in pristine condition.


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Are price quotes guaranteed?
Price quotes will be honored in accordance to the full Buyback Terms and Conditions listed on the site. Shipments must be received within 14 days of the buyback price quote. Books received after 14 days will be priced according to the current prices listed in our database; in such cases the prices may vary from those in your original quote and in some cases books may no longer have value. We do not return books that have no value. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to send your books to us as soon as possible after you receive your quote. Please read the Buyback Terms and Conditions posted on the site for more details.


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Will you accept books that have highlighting and/or writing in them? How about damaged books? What makes a book “unacceptable”?
Yes, we will accept books with highlighting and writing in them as long as no more than 25% of the pages of the book include any markings. The exception to this rule is that study guides, workbooks, lab manuals, working papers, practice/exercise books, activity books, and any books with blank answer fields must have NO writing OR highlighting in them for you to receive payment. We also will not accept any books that have damage such as a loose binding, cover or pages partially or entirely torn off, mold damage, stuck pages, water damage of any kind, loose or missing pages, or pages with tape or other foreign materials bound to them. You will not receive payment for any books received by us in unacceptable condition and these will not be returned to you.


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Will you accept "Review Copies" or books that have "Instructor's Editions,” "Free Copy" or "Professional Copy" printed on them?
We will typically accept these books if they are the current edition. Most of these type books will be college textbooks. If a review copy book is not in our database, you can enter the student edition ISBN and use the following guidelines when sending your books to us:

  • Books With Review/Instructor’s/Free Copy Markings On Outside Cover ONLY: we will pay you approximately 80% of the used value of the student edition listed in our database (it will be the exact amount you would be quoted if you entered the instructor's edition ISBN)
  • Books With Additional Notes and/or Answers: these are often called “Annotated Instructor’s Editions”; we will NOT purchase these titles unless these are listed as having value in our online database.
  • Books With Review/Instructor’s/Free Copy Markings On Outside AND Inside Cover: these books will typically have “Free Copy” markings on the title page or the first 10-20 pages of the book. Unless a particular title is listed as having value in our online database, we are not purchasing these titles.


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Will you accept International Editions, Custom Editions, or Loose Leaf Editions?
We will purchase these titles ONLY if the exact ISBN for the international edition, custom edition, or loose leaf edition is included in our database. The ISBNs for these books are typically printed on the outside of the book itself (not a sticker placed on the book) or on the cover pages of the loose leaf version. These books will typically be listed in our database as "International Edition", "(Loose Leaf)" or "Custom Edition". Please note that we will NOT return any international editions or loose leaf versions where a direct match cannot be found in our database.


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I have more than one copy of the same book. Will you take multiple copies?
Yes. We will take up to five copies of the same book per customer per month without prior approval. If you have more than that, you will need to contact us before sending them. Otherwise you risk being paid less than the quoted total or in some cases no payment at all. If you have more than 5 copies of a particular title, you can request approval by sending a quote via the “Bulk Quantities” link from the Sell Books page. This will allow you to enter ISBNs and quantities for all of the titles you are interested in selling. Prices offered for bulk quantities may be more or less than what is quoted on our web site depending on our need for a particular title at the time of your request. Typically, you will receive a response to your request by e-mail within 2 business days.


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Do you buy old editions or books that are not textbooks?
Yes. We buy many old edition books. However, typically their value will be significantly less than the current edition. We are now buying back all kinds of books including textbooks and trade books (e.g., cooking, gardening, computers, autobiographies, self help, etc.).


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What is your Books Overseas™ book donation program?
You may have several (or many) books that no longer have any monetary value. We are now accepting many of these for donation through our Books Overseas™ program. The books we accept for donation through our site are either donated directly to our global literacy partners or sold with the net proceeds going to benefit our regional and global literacy partners.

Books that have no value but can be accepted for donation are indicated on the results page of your price quote.


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What if a book is not listed in your database? How reliable is your database?
You will find that the large majority of books you entered into our database will appear in your quote. If the ISBN you entered does not come up in your quote, check that you entered the number correctly. If the book is a current edition review copy (e.g., instructor’s copy, complimentary copy, free copy, examination copy, etc) we are likely interested in purchasing it. Please see our guidelines regarding review copies.
Our pricing database is extremely reliable and accurate; however, in the very rare case that our database should be in error or for any other reason, TextbookRecycling.com reserves the right to refuse books. In such cases where the error is ours, TextbookRecycling.com will ship such books back at no cost to you.


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How do I pack & ship my books to Textbook Recycling?
Packing and shipping instructions are provided on your personalized prepaid merchandise return label provided for you when you check out following your price quote. If you are unable to do this, please follow the instructions below:

Packing Instructions

  1. Place your book(s) in a box or bubble mailer with as little extra space as possible. Do NOT use United States Postal Service priority boxes, evnvelopes, mailers, etc. with our USPS media mail shipping label. Any priority mail charges we are assessed due to improper use of our label will be deducted from your payment.
  2. Any extra space should be filled with non-print paper to keep books from slipping around. PLEASE DO NOT FILL SPACE WITH STYROFOAM PEANUTS OR OTHER STYROFOAM PRODUCTS.
  3. Close and secure the box using sturdy packing tape.
  4. Place and tape a prepaid mailing label to each package making sure not to cover any barcodes or postage fee information. Please indicate the number of packages in your buyback order (e.g., 1 of 3, 2 of 3, 3 of 3, etc.).

Shipping Instructions For USPS (Postal Service)

  1. Drop your package(s) off at any U.S. post office. If you are affiliated with a college or university, there is typically at least 1 post office on campus. To find a post office near you, click here.

    OR

    If you have regular mail pickup/delivery to your location, you may schedule a pickup. To do this, go to USPS.com and click “schedule a pickup” and then click “carrier pickup.” You will need to estimate the size and weight of the package(s) you would like to be picked up. THIS SERVICE IS ONLY AVAILABLE IF YOU ARE NOT PURCHASING INSURANCE.
  1. Insurance is NOT covered using our prepaid mailing label. If you have books of higher value, we recommend that you purchase insurance. Although it is rare that books are lost or damaged during shipment, it does happen on rare occasion.

NOTE: Estimated shipping time for USPS Media Mail is 4-10 days


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Shipping Instructions For FedEx Ground

  1. Drop your package(s) off at any FedEx drop off location. To find a FedEx drop off location near you, click here.
  1. Insurance and tracking are automatically included with FedEx shipping. You may track the location of your package anytime by visiting the FedEx website and entering your tracking numbers.

NOTE: Estimated shipping time for FedEx Ground is 2-5 Days


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