Buyback will return in April. Please check back in March for dates and times.
The Book Store offers two options for selling your textbooks:
1. On Campus:
Sell your textbooks at The Book Store during exam periods in December and April.
You can check prices and sell your textbooks at our current buyback by entering your textbook's ISBN. We check all participating schools to find one currently buying the title. We automatically notify you by email when a school wants to buy your book. Due to the real time nature of textbook demand, prices are updated daily and are subject to change without notice. Prices offered are on a first come, first served basis.
Sign up for Buyback Alert and we'll notify you by email when we're buying your textbooks back.
Buy and sell your books to other students in our Used Book Classifieds.
Buyback prices are based on demand. When instructors at Western order textbooks for courses in upcoming terms, we create a buyback list. If we know which books are needed and we are not already overstocked, we will pay 50% of the retail purchase price. If the instructor has not submitted an order, you have the option to sell your books at the current market value to other schools. That value, determined by used book companies, is based upon the national demand for the book and whether or not it is a current edition. Wholesale buyback prices typically range up to 30% of the retail price.
Some books are used in classes that are only taught once a year. In other cases, a book is replaced by a newer edition or by an alternate choice from another publisher.
Q: How is price determined?
A: The pricing formula is simple. Generally if a book is used at Western, you will receive approximately 50% of the price of the current new book price. If the book is being used at a campus elsewhere you will receive 30% of the current new book price.
Q: What can I do if I find the offered price is too low?
A: If the book has not yet been adopted on any campus, you can list the books in Buyback Alert. As soon as a participating campus adds the title, you will be notified by email of the price.
Q: How firm is the price?
A: The demand for the book is finite and is maintained in real time. The demand decreases instantly with every sale and can expire quickly as other students line up across North America at end of terms to sell their books.
Q: I attend a school in another town. When I go home, if there is a demand for my textbooks, can I sell it back to the university/college in my hometown?
A: Yes, we encourage the practice but remember demand can expire quickly so get there fast.
Q: What happens if demand expires before I get to my nearest store?
A: Sorry, you are out of luck. You can list the book in resale registration and when another campus adopts the book, you will be notified by email.
Q: What happens if I am notified by email and demand expires before I get to the nearest store?
A: Sorry again, but it is due to the real time nature of the system. The Book Store has no control over the demand for a book or the numbers needed at another school.
Q: How does my book get to the other campuses?
A: The Book Store will pay you the cash and look after shipping the books to the campus with the demand.
Q: Do you buy study guides or CD ROMS ?
A: Some schools do, some don't. As long as it has an ISBN number you can search and won't miss any opportunities at participating schools.
Q: What is an ISBN?
A: International Standard Book Number. All books have one and each edition of a title has a different ISBN.
Q: Can I sell a book I originally purchased used?
A: Yes, you will receive about 50% of the new list price if it will be used at Western and about 30% of the new list price if used elsewhere.
Q: Does the previous edition of my text have resale value?
A: Not usually. The system buys based on ISBN to ensure the correct and most current edition is purchased.
Q: Can I sell back books in any condition?
A: The decision belongs to the buyer at each school. We want used books, not abused books, and reserve the right to refuse to purchase damaged books or books that are unlikely to be repurchased by other students.
Q: Why are there not more titles on the list?
A: The reasons vary: late adoptions; a change in editions; a different book being used on the same course. Only those books that are certain to be used on a campus make it to the list. Ask your instructors to adopt early and adopt the same book to help increase the numbers and value of used textbooks.