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Selling Your Books Back


Each semester we buy back textbooks to give you extra cash and to provide a larger used book selection for next semester. Book buyback allows you to save more money on textbook costs. 
Buyback Dates:
Hawkeye Bookstore can buy books during most of the year but the prime time is during the last two weeks of each fall and spring semester and 2-3 days at the conclusion of summer session.
Reasons affecting the price offered for your book...

1. Condition of the book.
2. Bookstore is overstocked.
3. Instructor has chosen to use book.
4. National demand for book.
5. New edition has been published.
6. Instructor will not use book or is undecided.

1. Which books will you buy?
Any textbook, even if bought at another store, is potentially eligible for buyback. Texts coming out in a new edition, cannot be bought back unless the professor has specified the older edition. Study and lab materials, certain texts with software, and custom published materials are generally not eligible for buyback. Texts with missing pages or excessive damage will also not be bought back.

2. How much are my books worth?
During the last two weeks of the semester, if your textbook has been reordered by a Hawkeye instructor for the upcoming semester and meets the above criteria, you will get up to half of the new price regardless of whether you bought the book new or used. This price will be affected, though, by class size. Once we become overstocked for our upcoming semester, the national wholesale price will be offered.

Buyback of texts not reordered by Hawkeye professors will be quoted at a national wholesale company value for your books. Generally, their pricing is 25% or less of the original price of the textbook.

3. Why are books not used locally worth a smaller amount?
Texts which are not going to be used at Hawkeye are bought by a national book wholesaling company for the national market. The wholesaler ships, warehouses, and markets these books to other stores. Prices are based on the supply and demand.