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The Campus Bookstore will pay students money for books that they do not want to keep for future reference. This service is offered at the ICC East Peoria campus bookstore, and at other campus bookstore locations during the week of finals. ICC is purchasing textbooks that will be used on campus during the next semester.
The buyback value of your books is affected by several things. If the publisher has printed or is going to print a new edition of the book, the value of the current edition decreases. The current overstock on a certain book or low demand for certain book also decrease the value. We are buying books for the next semester and if the class you just had is not offered the next semester buyback may not be available. Online components that are required for courses can limit the ability of the Bookstore to buy books back.
Not only will you get cash for your unwanted books, but selling your books to our on-campus locations will help other students reduce their costs by providing a larger selection of used books. Having a large supply of used books is one of the ways we can help you to reduce the costs of your textbooks.
The best prices are offered during finals week. During the remainder of the year we will buy books at the prices set by the wholesale companies.
You do not need a receipt to sell your books to us. All you need is your ICC Student ID. You must come in person, prices cannot be given over the phone and unfortunately, we cannot process buybacks through the mail. We buyback books that we need, whether or not they were purchased from ICC.
The Bookstore has collection boxes available at buyback locations during finals week. All books collected are sold to a recycling company, and the money collected goes into an ICC scholarship for textbooks given out through the ICC foundation.
We still receive textbook orders during and after buyback, so we may find out after buyback that a book will be used for a class. We must then purchase these used books from wholesalers. Also, the quantity we purchase is based on current or estimated enrollments which can change. Books that have an online component lose value once the access code has been entered.
Simply stated, the money you get back for a textbook depends on the future demand for that book. To look up the buyback value of your textbook, click here.
The Bookstore offers convenient textbook buyback at the end of each semester during finals week. Click here for a schedule of buyback times, dates, and locations.
All books must be in saleable condition including binding in good condition, no torn or missing pages, no water damage, and no excessive highlighting. If extra items, such as CDs, are missing, the price may be less, or may result in out inability to purchase the book from you.
If the professor selects a new edition for next semester, the Bookstore is unable to buy back the book.
Yes, the order, and the time the faculty places the orders help determine the price. If the faculty turns in the order before you sell your book back, the Bookstore can buy the book for use next semester. To look up the buyback value of your textbook, click here.
Course packets can change each semester. Also due to packets being loose leaf there is no way to check all packets foe completeness.
Workbooks and lab manuals cannot be sold back. However, solution manuals can be sold back if on buyback list if they are clean and there are no missing pages.
The price of a book will decrease once the Bookstore has bought enough books for the next semester. If 300 students use a book this semester, but then only 100 students need the book next semester, we are unable to buy all 300 books back. After ICC meets their limits on a certain book, the wholesaler, if they are buying that book, will buy it back at a lower amount.
To get the most money for your book, we recommend selling your books back as early as possible. However, if you need your book for your final, using it could be valuable to you.
No. We have no way of guaranteeing that there are no pages missing for the next student to use.
If I know that the class my book was used for is only offered in this one semester each year, should I wait until the end of next semester to sell it?
That is tricky. To have a chance to receive the best price, you should wait until finals week of the semester before the book is used. However, there is always the possibility of a new edition being published leaving your book with no value or the class using a different book next year anyway.