Although counterfeit books are not common in US markets, they are often sold as international editions to unsuspecting customers. As many are not aware of the differences between the two, one gets an impression that counterfeiting is practised on a large scale. To avoid such confusion, and to not miss out on chances of buying an international edition for a cheaper price compared to its US counterpart, one must know how to differentiate between the two.
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As a regular student most of the time you are in the position when you need money to cover up your running costs at the college or to save up some money for vacation travelling. One of the simplest options to earn extra cash available to you as a student is to sell your textbooks to marketplaces and buyback companies. Now it is quite a popular service and a lot of students have heard about it.
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As a company, we care a lot about making the best possible experience for each and every our customer, that sells (or buys/rents) textbooks. We aspire to offer the best quotes for the textbooks we receive, but, unfortunately, there are some that cannot be accepted: counterfeit ones. The thing is that these items are produced illegally, and even if they have high quality and practically the same content, they lose their value on any self-respecting marketplace.
In this article we want to present you the textbooks that are most likely to be counterfeit. Amongst them you will find a lot of worthy books, and that is exactly the point for those who produce them: these textbooks will always fill in the market niche due to the them being in high demand. Be careful and read on!
The Art of Public Speaking
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Counterfeit textbooks have to be distinguished from international or Eastern Economy editions. Unlike the latter, they are produced illegally, and students sometimes tend to buy them on various marketplaces from third-party sellers because of lower prices (such books are often shipped from China, India, etc.) Afterwards, they may want to sell these books to buyback websites like BooksRun, and we do not accept them for obvious reasons.
In order to help our customers (and everyone who’s interested) spot the counterfeit textbooks and not fall into the trap we are posting this list of differences between genuine and illegal editions that need to be paid attention to.
1) Binding. It differs from the one of the authentic textbook. The glue can be of a different color and unevenly distributed along the binding, and the book may generally look poorly made. Books with bindings for which cheap glue was used also smell different than an original quality edition. Curvature of the spine can also be different, i.e. too flat or bent.
Examples of counterfeit book binding:
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