Times are definitely changing. Back in your parents’ and grandparents’ day, they had to actually go to a bookstore to sell their college textbooks. Lugging around a crammed-full backpack, standing in line for an hour, taking whatever price the bookstore would give them, walking uphill both ways—you know how it is. Luckily for you, the modern age has brought with it modern alternatives, and most of them, of course, are found on the Internet. Textbook selling is no different. Check how to start selling your textbooks online, and why it’s way better than the way Grandpa did it.
Shop Around on Different Websites
Through auction platforms like eBay, you can sell your book directly to other students, or list it through Amazon or Craigslist. These can take a while to sell, though, if they sell at all. A better option is to go through a company that re-sells books, like Textbook Dollars. Usually, you’ll be able to look up your specific book, using an ISBN number, and immediately get a quote for it. When your dad tells you about the time he waited for two hours just to find out that his book was only worth $1, you’ll be feeling pretty smug.
Choose the Best Deal and Wrap Your Books
Once you’ve found the company that will give you the most money, it’s time to package your books to ship them out. Correctly packaging books is very important because most companies will hold you responsible for damage incurred en route. Find a well-sized box. Use cushioning material like bubble wrap, and make sure the book is lying flat so it won’t get jostled around.
Ship Them Out
With a site like Textbook Dollars, shipping is simple. We give you prepaid shipping labels, so you don’t even have to pay to send your books to us, and you won’t have to worry about writing the wrong address. Hop over to the post office and send it out—we promise you, the line there will be much shorter than it will be at the campus bookstore.
Choose Your Payment Method
You can generally opt for payment via check or PayPal. This ensures that payment is secure and that you won’t have to put sensitive personal information like credit card or routing numbers.
These are only a few of the reasons why it’s a great idea to sell textbooks online, but feel free to do your own research. We’re pretty sure your parents will be jealous, but don’t rub it in too much, or you might spend your summer break flipping burgers to pay your rent for yourself.