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

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When are the best times to sell textbooks?

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Buyback quotes of textbooks fluctuate a lot when comparing those during different seasons, months, and even a couple of weeks apart. If the supply is too high and used textbooks market is flooded by them in a matter of days, obviously, the prices will fall swiftly, and you won’t get too much. This guide is to help you find the best time to sell textbooks and beware of the worst.

  • When the quotes are the best?

The highest demand for books usually tends to be right before the start of the academic year. Companies specializing in textbooks refill their stocks, and students are getting ready for the upcoming semester, so that means they will most likely be ready to buy books. The best season is summer, namely July and August, and to some extent winter, especially January. Continue reading “When are the best times to sell textbooks?”

On Counterfeit Textbooks

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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