Sell unwanted books for cash

December 10, 2010 Feature

Many students on campus are saving the date for book buyback at the OCCC Bookstore which begins at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 13.

The OCCC Bookstore will buy back books through Dec. 18 as well as on Dec. 20, said Bookstore Director Brenda Reinke.

“You can get up to 50 percent of your money back, at book buyback,” Reinke said.

She said approximately 30 percent of students take advantage of book buyback.

The Bookstore sells the used books to other students for a cheaper price, Reinke said.

Students get the most money back on books that will be used in upcoming semesters, she said. A book has a lesser value if it won’t be used in future classes.

The opportunity to get back some cash on their earlier investments is appealing to students.

“I am looking forward to book buyback,” said Spanish major Amberly Burgard. The first-year college student said she will use the money she gets from her books to help pay for books she will need next semester.

If students miss out on book buyback at OCCC or want to shop around to get the best price, they also can check out book buyback prices at Textbook Brokers, located north of OCCC at 7445 S. May Ave.

Store manager Brice Varbel said Textbook Brokers has “the lowest prices, with year-long buybacks.” He said Textbook Brokers is sometimes able to offer more than half of retail value.

Varbel said when students take intersession or Fast Track courses, they don’t have to wait until the end of the year to sell their books back. He said they can sell them when the course is over.

Reinke said she encourages students to sell their books at OCCC because it not only helps other students purchase used books at a cheaper price but also the campus bookstore’s profits contribute to upgrades and various projects on the OCCC campus.

Business Professor Jack Kraettli said selling unwanted books is a service to other students.

He said it gives other students a chance to get cheaper books by being able to buy used instead of new books.

“If you’re not going to use your book, give another student an opportunity to use it,” he said.

Kraettli said students also may want to consider keeping select books to refer to for information down the road.

Broadcasting major Jack Chin agrees.

“[The textbooks] are going to be more use to me than the cash value,” he said.

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