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May 2014 Buyback Times

Location: Pulver Pavilion, Cotter Union

  • Wednesday May 14 8:30-4
  • Thursday May 15 8:30-4
  • Friday May 16 8:30-4
  • Saturday May 17 8:30-4
  • Sunday May 18 10-4
  • Monday May 19 8:30-4

  • What you need to know about selling your books...

    Students who own books they no longer need may sell them with the Bookstore's textbook recycling buyback program. Books from Colby's recycling buyback may be re-used at Colby or at other campuses across the country.

    When a book is to be used on campus next semester you have two options...

    1) At our end of semester buybacks in May and December, the College will pay 50% of the current price of a new copy of the book if the book:

    • Is a required text for a class next semester.
    • Is needed to fill next term's enrollment.
    • Is in resalable condition.

    2) Or you can use our Colby Bookstore U-Sell ® Program

    Student-to-Student Textbook Recycling - we just help a little!

    The Colby Bookstore U-Sell program, started in 1988, gives students a chance to have their text placed on the bookstore shelves with our regular textbook stock. As a student YOU set the sale price and if your text sells, YOU receive all the money. We do not charge any fees or percentages for this service.

    U-Sell book registration is available twice a year during the end of semester buybacks in May and December. We've got the most up-to-date list possible of the books faculty are definitely assigning for next semester's courses. You can U-Sell any book which is on this list of "adopted" books. Money for books sold through the U-Sell program is available just after book return period ends at the start of the following semester.

    Want to know more about the U-Sell program? Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about U-Sell...

    For books not needed here on campus...

    The Bookstore acts as an agent for two national used book wholesalers during our end of semester buybacks. We provide this service so that students can sell their books even if we can't buy them at the higher bookstore price. If one wholesaler doesn't need your book, we will automatically check the second wholesaler. This allows us to recycle more used books into the national used text market, and gives you the best value possible for your books.

    The prices paid for used books by the national wholesalers are set by them and average 10% to 33% of the price of the book if purchased new. Many factors contribute to the price set for books by the wholesalers, including:

    • Release or impending release of a new edition - old editions have no national value.
    • National supply and demand for the book in the textbook market.

    Have more questions?

    Have more questions about Textbook Recycling Buyback and how it works? Here's our Textbook Recycling Buyback FAQ.

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