Used Books Are a Good Way to Save
December 3, 2001
New programs from The College Store help students
Buying textbooks and selling them back are sometimes negative experiences due to the disparity between student expectations and reality. Understanding the book reservation and buyback process will clear up some of the mystery. Industry history has shown that the demand for used books at the beginning of each semester far exceeds the available supply – while 83% of college students will buy a used book when available, new textbooks account for 75% of total textbook sales. In order to provide more used books for students, The College Store has recently become a member of the GotUsed network. This network of college bookstores provides access to the nation’s largest supply of used textbooks.
Putting a stop to the used book shortage
The College Store has joined the GotUsed program to help increase the supply of used books available to students each semester. GotUsed is comprised of a national network of over 100 college bookstores that works to save students money by providing a sufficient supply of used books. This is achieved through a national textbook buyback service that pays students up to 67% of the new price for each used book they sell back. Those books are then distributed to GotUsed member bookstores across the country as needed. Gary Johnson, manager of The College Store states that, “Having access to a national supply of textbooks helps us provide the used books students want. Instead of having to purchase a new book, students will have the option to save some cash with used books.”
The College Store and the GotUsed program encourage students to sell back their books through the use of some out-of-the-ordinary promotions. Students that sell back their books to The College Store and register on GotUsed.com are eligible to win prizes such as a trip to the Running of the Bulls in Spain, a flight in a Russian jet or their own hotdog cart. Johnson said, “The prizes are almost unbelievable, but students will win them and everybody that registers wins a nice prize.”