How much cash will I receive at buyback and how can I get the most money for my books? ; ;The best time to sell your books back is during finals week in May and December.
Books requested by instructors for the subsequent semester at UMA will attain the most money
at buyback (during finals week) - typically 30%-40% of the retail price - until the bookstore has
purchased sufficient quantities for next semester's expected enrollment. ; ;Supply, demand, and
condition are the primary factors in determining the exact amount paid for a textbook at buyback.
With this in mind, the bookstore labors to price books fairly and competitively.
The bookstore also purchases titles not required during the subsequent semester at UMA, by acting
as an agent for a national used book wholesaler; prices are based on national supply and demand,
and typically are 5%-30% of the retail price. ; ;Looseleaf editions, international editions,
and instructor copies are not accepted at buyback.
If you have any "no-value" books, the bookstore offers a donation bin. ; ;These books will be recycled,
with all proceeds currently directed to the UMA Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.
As a general rule, it is best to sell your books sooner rather than later. ; ;Textbooks generally
lose value over time. ; ;Publishers often change editions every couple of years, and unless your
instructor chooses to use an old edition (which we encourage) the monetary value of these books
quickly disappears.The following factors will affect the buyback value of your books: ; ; ;* The course that used this book is not being offered next semester ; ; ;* The instructor has chosen to use a different book next semester ; ; ;* The textbook package is missing pages or components, such as a CD ; ; ;* The book is in poor condition ; ; ;* The bookstore has purchased sufficient quantities of the book ; ; ; ;Click here for the current estimated buyback price of your textbooks!