Bring your books to our front cash counter to see if we can buy them back from you. At our weekly Wednesday buybacks in the store your money back will be put on your debit card or gift card. We are not able to give cash back for the in-store buybacks. At the start and the end of each semeter, there will be more books that we are buying back to resell at the Bookstore and therefore there is a better chance you will be offered more money for your books. Please read on for more information about different types of books that we will buy back.
Used textbooks are split in to two categories that we call retail books and wholesale books.
The retail books are a list of textbooks that the Bookstore is looking to purchase from students to resale at the UPEI Bookstore to other students. For these textbooks you will be offered around 50% of the new book price for that book. We work with the course instructors to generate this list and it is only for books that we know will be used again for upcoming courses at UPEI, or textbooks that do not require an access code.
Wholesale books are all books that are not on the retail book list from the UPEI Bookstore. You will generally be offered a much lower value for these books and that price is determined by our wholesale partner, not by the UPEI Bookstore as these books belong to them. These books are not resold at the Bookstore, they are taken by our wholesale partner to be distributed by other Universities. Unfortunately, with the wholesale books, you may be offered only a few dollars for a book.
Extended Buyback periods
Four times each year at the start of each semester, in September and January and during exams in December and April, we have extended buybacks. There will be a buyback table set up in the hallway just outside the Bookstore, or one of our POS machines will be set up to take books. During these days, you will be given cash for any books that you sell back to us.
If you have a book that you are not offered any money for, you can choose to drop it off in our donation bin. These books are sent to a company called Better World Books, who distribute the books to various areas of the world.
Our goal is to provide our students with an option to sell their used books, and to be able to offer used books for re-sale to students at a lower cost than having to buy new textbooks.
If you have any questions about the textbook buyback please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org