Buyback Condition Guide

Before sending us your books, it is important that you make sure they fit our acceptance criteria and condition guidelines. Please carefully read the description of the item on BooksRun or a publisher’s website when entering the ISBN, including following criteria: type of cover, presence of supplementary materials such as CDs/DVDs, access codes, multiple volumes.

1) Things you need to pay attention to:

  • Loose leaf editions

Loose leaf / a la Carte editions frequently have ISBNs of hardcovers or paperbacks on them, and it often confuses students who are willing to sell them. Correct ISBN of a loose leaf is usually located on the copyright page. Some loose leaf editions are custom made and do not have a separate ISBN and therefore, cannot be accepted for buyback as they cannot be given a quote.

  • Multiple volume sets

If your book has only one ISBN and it corresponds to a set with many volumes, then you need to send us the whole set. We cannot accept only one book from the whole set for buyback if it does not have a separate ISBN and therefore, cannot be quoted.

  • Stickers and tape

All tape and stickers including ones containing ISBNs must be removed from the book before quoting and sending it. Stickers may state incorrect information about the book: i.e. conceal the original ISBN or markings indicating that the item is an exam copy or an instructor’s edition which are not accepted for buyback.

2) Items we do not accept for buyback:

  • Instructor’s, teacher or professional editions
  • International editions

  • Custom editions for a specific college or area

  • Exam, promotional or complimentary copies; marked ‘not for resale’, ‘not for sale’, or ‘preliminary edition’, ‘uncorrected proof’

  • Used, opened, visible or scratched access codes (including sets that do not contain an unused access code)

  • Items without any ISBN

  • For workbooks or study guides: any markings or filled in answers

  • For other books: excessive highlighting or markings on more than 2-3 pages

  • Any water damage. This includes wrinkled and curled pages, stains, yellowing, mold, color change.

  • Ripped, missing or falling out pages or cover

  • Heavy wear including but not limited to: damaged or detached binding, torn pages or cover, general unacceptable condition

  • Counterfeit books. Read more here to learn how to spot a counterfeit textbook.

If you have any doubts concerning the condition or ISBNs of your textbooks, please feel free to contact us or send pictures of your book before shipping.