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How Buyback Works

What You Need to Know About Buyback

    • The Bookstore buys books back from students the first week of every semester and the last, during finals.  Dates and times are posted on the SBCC website and on Pipeline.
  • The buyback list is determined by the class schedule and books ordered by faculty.  Some classes are fall only and others spring only so books for those classes appear on alternate buy lists.


  • Without an order from faculty, no book will be placed on the half-price list.


  • Books on the list for the following semester are purchased at 50% of the new or 50% of the used price.


  • Books must be reasonably clean, no water damage, with no pages or covers missing to be eligible for buyback.


  • Books not on the list may be purchased by the used book dealer conducting the buyback though always at a lesser rate.


  • Xerox packets and write-in workbooks are never bought back.


  • There are sometimes limits to the number of books the store can buy at half price, as determined by stock-on-hand and the number of sections offered.


  • The end-of-semester buyback is the best opportunity to sell back back books as the need is greatest at that point. 


  • No receipt is necessary for buyback.


  • Neither the faculty nor the Bookstore have any control over the publishers' practice of issuing new editions which replace books currently in use.


  • The Bookstore reserves the right to not purchase any book offered for buyback at its discretion.


Everyday Buyback

  • Click on TEXTBOOK BUYBACK and follow the instructions to get a price quote.

  • After entering the ISBNs of the books you want to sell, print out the quote and take your books downstairs to the Text Desk for verification. Books can be presented to the regular cashiers during the semester when open buyback is available.

  • During the scheduled buyback periods, the full buyback list is online.  Outside of the buyback periods, the TEXTBOOK BUYBACK function is giving you access to a used book dealer's database and all prices quoted are wholesale, i.e. there are no books at 50%.



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