We all know that when it comes to college costs can add up fast. Whether you are a first year freshman living in a dorm or a stay-at-home mom earning her degree, college life has a way of sucking money from your wallet. One way for college students to add a little extra cash to their pockets is to sell old textbooks.
Down below I have comprised a list of several things which a student can do to maximize the cash return potential their old textbook has.
1) Don’t Highlight – If you can help it do not highlight paragraphs from your textbooks throughout the semester, instead use a temporary sticky tab at the top of the page for every important page you want to go back to. Often times many sites will greatly reduce the amount of cash their offering if the textbook shows signs of real usage.
2) Buy the Newest Edition- Although this one might not seem very cost effective at the beginning of semester, buying the newest edition allows for you to be able to sell the book back at the end of semester and get a good rate. Often times if a student picks up an edition or two behind the rest of the class, the textbook cannot be sold back at all. So really if spending an extra 45 dollars at the beginning of semester is possible for the newer edition, get it because you will probably get that money back and then some by term’s end.
3) Try and Sell On Campus – Sometimes the best way to sell a textbook is on campus, this is especially effective if go to a big college. When you sell directly to fellow students you eliminate the cost and time it takes to list and send a book to person from another school. If you live in a dorm you can easily post a flyer advertising your sale on one of the boards. At most schools students are also welcome to post their book sale listings on the library bulletin boards.
4) Keep Books In Good Shape – This idea seems pretty self-explanatory. Try not to let your textbooks see unnecessary damage. This often is overlooked when you live in a dorm and your belongings are all crammed on top of each other. If you are eating dinner while studying, try and keep the food away. Throwing a keg party? Try putting your textbooks on a shelf before beer ends up decorating the entire cover.
5) Sell On-Line to A Book Buying Company – Sometimes the college life gets so busy that you just don’t have the time to list your books on a website and wait for potential buys. Instead try selling your textbook directly to a company which purchases them and gives you the cash for it. This eliminates the hassle of waiting for a buyer and hoping they really do send you that check in the mail.
If these techniques aren’t working you can always rent your textbook out to another student. Now many sites offer students textbook rentals for the semester. Instead post flyers up at your school letting others know that you are renting your textbook out to them for a small fee. Most students will rather borrow a textbook from another student because it saves them the time and money of having to get the textbook from an online rental place.