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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.
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
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
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?
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.