Book Buyback... How It All Works, To Help You!

Did you know that the SCC Bookstore has Book Buybacks at the beginning and end of terms?

See below for the most frequently asked questions regarding Book Buyback. 

Did you know that the SCC Bookstore has Book Buybacks at the beginning and end of terms?

See below for the most frequently asked questions regarding Book Buyback. 

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Q: When does the store buy books back?

A: The Bookstore will have designated times and days for Book Buybacks. These will be posted on campus and through our social media links. 

Q: I am worried about the condition of my textbook. How do I know I can sell it at Buyback?

A: Any book being sold back must be in good shape, with binding, covers and every page intact. Excessive highlighting, underlining or other markings may decrease a book's buyback value. 

Q: Can I sell back my looseleaf textbooks? 

A: Sure! Looseleaf textbooks are bought back just like any other textbook as long as they are being used in the upcoming semester. Please remember that looseleaf textbooks will not be bought back if they are not in a binder or are missing pages. 

Q: I have a custom book specifically for SCC, can I bring that to Book Buyback?

A: If your book was part of a bundle, we do not accept those back. However, if your book was sold separately then yes, bring it back!

Q: How much will I get for my textbooks? 

A: The books that are bought through our Book Buybacks are determined by a wholesale and retail list. Wholesale textbooks are what national vendors are buying for resale as used, and retail is what books the SCC Bookstore will buy back to sell as used to students. These prices do vary. Generally, if a book is bought retail through our store we will pay you more!

Q: Do I have to be an SCC Student to sell my books back?

A: No, absolutely not. Furthermore, you don't have to buy your books from us to sell them to us! 

Q: Do I need the receipt from when I purchased my book to bring them to Buyback?

 A: Absolutely not! Just bring your books by for the extra cash!

Q: How will I know if my books are being bought back?

A: You can click here to see if your book holds a wholesale value. If it does, then you can bring your textbooks back to the store to pick up your cash!

Q: What is an ISBN?

A: An ISBN is a unique number specific to a particular title and edition of a book. You can find the ISBN on the back cover of your textbook. The ISBN is the best way to identify your textbook. 

Q: Why did I pay so much for this textbook, only to get nothing at Buyback?

A: Textbooks go out of print, and when they do they no longer have a market value. If the instructor(s) of the courses that require the textbooks decide to no longer use them, the store will not buy them back. However, if the instructor(s) of those courses do decide to use that textbook again, the store will be buying them used from students. 

Q: My friend sold this same textbook this morning. Now you're telling me I can't sell mine?

A: Sometimes this may happen. When it does, that means that the Wholesaler or the Bookstore has met their quota of the textbooks and are no longer buying that title. 

Q: My friend got more for their textbook than I did. Can you explain this to me?

A: Sure! Books are bought back through two different methods: wholesale or retail. Wholesale is when companies buy books to sell them to other retailers. Retail is when our Bookstore buys them directly from students to sell them back to students (used). Wholesale and retail carry different values as far as what you will be paid. Generally, wholesale books are 0 to 30% of the cost of retail. The Bookstore (retail) will generally pay higher for the book, sometimes as high as 50%! Retail textbooks are bought first and stopped only once the store has met the quota of books they need. Once the quota has been met, then the price switches over to the wholesale price.