SPRING 2020 BUYBACK WILL ONLY TAKE PLACE ONLINE
BUYBACK - END OF SEMESTER:
End of Semester Buyback - Each semester the Bookstore will hold a Buyback. This Buyback is held during finals week each fall, spring, and summer semester. At these times, the Bookstore will be buying books for the upcoming semester. Books bought back are dependent on department requirements. Buyback quantities and prices are not guaranteed. Bring the textbooks that you are wanting to sell to the Buyback location of your choice. East Peoria Campus: Buyback/Rental Return Window located in the cafeteria. Peoria Campus: Lower level of the Bookstore.
We do buy books for a Wholesale company throughout the semester. (However, there are times that this type of buy may not be available.) Bring any book that you are interested in selling to the Bookstore and see if wholesale is buying it at the time. If the in store Wholesale buy is closed, you can always try the Online Wholesale buy.
For further information see the Textbook Buyback page.
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 and Peoria Campus Bookstore locations during the week of finals. ICC is purchasing textbooks that will be used on campus during the next semester.
Textbook buyback prices are affected by six key factors:
- Condition of the book.
- Current bookstore stock.
- National demand for your book title.
- If a new edition has been published.
- Custom pieces/components missing.
- The department will not reuse the book.
The selection of textbooks is always the responsibility of the department. As booklists are turned in by the faculty for the next semester, we complete a list of texts that can be reused. We try to make this list as complete as possible, but we are dependent upon the cooperation of the faculty. Based on class enrollments and existing book inventory, our textbook manager determines the quantity of each book that can be purchased at buyback. Books not needed by the bookstore can be purchased by a wholesaler, if they are looking for the same book. The wholesaler then makes the book(s) available to other college stores around the country.
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. If the class is not offered the next semester buyback may not be available. Online components/access codes 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 card. You must come in person, prices cannot be given over the phone and unfortunately, we cannot process buybacks through the mail. We buy back 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 our inability to purchase the book.
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.
Workbooks and lab manuals cannot be sold back.
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.
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. So selling to wholesale now may be the best option.