Selling your textbooks
The new and used textbook market is extremely lucrative
for publishers, which is the major reason why so many college students
get so little when they sell their used textbooks.
"I walked away from school very bitter about
the exploitation publishers and bookstores subject students to,"
says Mari Pillar, a 2004 graduate of the University of Houston.
In Pillar's junior year, she sold $250 worth of textbooks back to
an alternative off-campus bookstore and received $33.
Pillar and other former students agree that one way
to make more money off used textbooks is to form relationships with
students in your major and sell directly to those students who need
You can also sell your books online through vendors
such as eBay,
Book Buys provides a list of vendors that buy used textbooks
along with their policies.
If you're interested in selling a book to an online
retailer, enter the ISBN number of the book you want to sell at
its Web site and it'll quote you a price. Some of these vendors
provide pre-paid postage mailing labels for you to ship the book
to them at no cost.
If you want more, you can register on such sites
as eBay or Amazon and sell the book yourself to an interested buyer,
which may take longer than selling the book to a major vendor.
See also: Dealing
with the high cost of texbooks