How To Sell Used Textbooks for Cash

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Want to know how you can sell your used textbooks for cash??? Since you spent hundreds of dollars on your books, the least you could do is sell them for quick cash. If you have a pile of books in your dorm, then you should try to get your money back. Here are 12 of the best place to sell textbooks quickly and easily. (Image Credit: Hermann Traub/Pixabay)

1. Comparison Apps & Sites

There are plenty of comparison apps and websites that allow you to sell your used books quickly online. What makes these apps and websites so unique is that they allow you to compare buyer prices from the best buyback vendors in order to get the best deal. All you need to do is enter the ISBN of your textbook. The site will then search for the highest bids from book buyback vendors.

If you’re using an app, then you can scan the barcode on your textbook. Then it’ll generate a list of the best prices from hundreds of vendors. Then you’ll choose the vendor that has the best deal. Most of these apps and sites offer free shipping, so you can receive the amount offered by that vendor.

2. Local Bookstores

Local bookstores are another great way to make money for your used books. Depending on the textbook you own, you may get high or lower offers from local bookstores. You’ll want to sell your books as soon as finals are over so you can get the best deal. Search for bookstores and thrift stores that purchased used books and offer cashback for your used books.

3. College Stores

Local colleges and universities have their own bookstore where you can sell your used books. Search for colleges and universities near you to find out the requirements before selling any of your used books. You’ll want to sell them as soon as finals or the semester ends since they’re still in good condition and you’ll get a good deal.

4. Friends

If any of the above-mentioned options don’t work, then reach out to your friends. Maybe they’re looking for the particular textbook that you own. This is one of the easiest options if you want to make money as quickly as possible. But keep in mind that you won’t get the best deal for your books when you’re selling them to your friends. It’s not because they’re cheap but that they’re on a budget.

5. Buy Used Books & Flip Them

There’s also the decision to purchase used books and flip them for quick cash. You’ll have to find out where to purchase used books. Most of those places include college bookstores, Craigslist, library book sales, thrift stores, etc. There are even college professors who hand out textbooks for free. You should find the best method for buying used books so you can sell them as soon as possible.

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6. Books Run

BooksRun is one of the best places to sell used textbooks. You can even rent and purchase new textbooks from them. They also accept global editions of books, which is not accepted through buyback mobile apps and sites. Check out the condition of your book before sending it in.

You’ll find that the online process is fairly easy. Enter your book’s ISBN and find out the price. Then you’ll receive a pre-paid shipping label for sending in your book for free. You’ll receive your payment within four business days following processing. You can get paid by check or PayPal.

7. Second-Hand Book Shops

Another ideal way to sell textbooks is to find second-hand bookshops. This is different from bookstores since they’re known for selling used books. Call ahead to see if they’ll purchase your textbook and to find out about any restrictions. There are also indie bookstores that will buy used books for cash.

8. City & Community Libraries

There are some city and community libraries that will buy your used books. But keep in mind most libraries would rather accept them for free. But it doesn’t hurt to ask the one in your area. You’ll increase your chances of success if you live in a college town.

9. Craigslist

Most college students think of Craigslist when considering selling their used books. If you live in a college town, this is one of the best ways to sell your books for cash. But it’s not always the safest option.

If you choose this option, be descriptive about your book as much as possible. Include the book edition and title. Sharing a photo of your book can encourage it to sell even faster.

10. Amazon

Amazon started out as an online bookstore. Not only does it sell everything, but it also offers students the opportunity to buy and sell used books. You can sell your books through a third-party listing if you don’t agree with the trade-in offer. Then you can get paid through cash or an Amazon gift card.

The Amazon Buyback program offers up to 80% of the original price. If you want to sell the book yourself, then Amazon will make a commission from the sale. You’re also responsible for paying the shipping fees.

11. Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble is another online retailer that buys used books. All you need to do is enter your book’s ISBN number to receive a quote. You need at least $10 of books to sell. Then you’ll send your book through the U.S. Postal Service and receive payment through check or PayPal.


Cash4Books is another way to sell your used books online. It’s done in three quick and easy steps. Enter your ISBN number, send out your book, and receive payment. They even have a mobile app with a barcode scanner that makes it easier to price your books. However, you’ll receive payment within 13 days from the time that you mailed out your books. You can receive payment via check or PayPal.

You have several options for selling used books. It’s up to you to decide if you want to sell them online or in person. Selling your books is a great option to earn some cashback.

Jacqueline Maddison is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Beverly Hills Magazine. She believes in shining light on the best of the best in life. She welcomes you into the world of the rich and famous with the ultimate luxury lifestyle.
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