Listed on our Store Hours Page
- How is price determined?
- Why is the price sometimes so low
- What can I do if I find the price offered too low?
- How firm is the price?
- Can I sell my book back to a different school?
- What happens if demand expires before I get to my nearest store?
- How does my book get to the other Campuses?
- Do you buy study guides or CD ROMS?
- What is an ISBN?
- Can I sell a book I originally purchased used?
- Does the previous edition of my text have resale value?
- Can I sell back books in any condition?
- Why are there not more titles on the list?
Generally if a book is used at McMaster or at another school in the area you''ll receive up 50% of the price of the current new book price. If the book is being used other campus you will receive up to 25% of the current new book price depending on how much it will cost us to ship the book to another store.
Remember we have to pay people organize and catalogue the books and then to have them shipped. Price is also a function of supply and demand. If we have already bought back all the books we know we can sell this semester the only books that may be required need to be shipped across country making the Buyback value lower.
If the book has not yet been adopted on the McMaster campus the price may be lower than expected. You can list all of your books in Buyback Alerts. As a participating campus adds the title you will be notified by email of the price.
The demand for the book is finite and is maintained in real time. The demand decreases instantly with every sale and can expire quickly as other students line up across North America at end of terms to sell their books.
Yes! and we encourage the practice but remember demand can expire quickly so get there quickly. Please make sure that the university/college in your hometown is buying your book before you make a special trip.
Sorry, you are out of luck. You can list the book in resale registration and when another campus adopts the book you will be notified by email. The system is updated in real time so it is possible that we will have all the books we need by the time you reach the Bookstore. Titles has no control over the demand for a book or the numbers needed at another school.
The Campus Store pays you the cash and looks after the organization and cost of shipping the books to campus with demand.
Some schools do, some don''t. As long as it has an ISBN number you can search and won''t miss any opportunities at participating schools.
International Standard Book Number. All books have one and each edition of a title has a different ISBN.
Yes, you will receive up to 50% of the new list price if it will be used on your home campus and up to 25% of the new list price if used elsewhere.
Not usually, and the system buys based on ISBN to ensure the correct and most current edition is purchased. Bookstores only sell what the instructors adopt (order).
We want used books not abused books and reserve the right to refuse to purchase damaged books or books that are unlikely to be repurchased by other students. Highlighting is usually OK but we won''t buy anything that looks like it was dropped in a puddle.
Late adoptions or a change in editions, a different book being used on the same course are some of the reasons. Only books that an instructor has been adopted (told the Bookstore what they will be requiring) on a campus make it to the list. Ask your instructors to adopt early and to adopt the same book to help increase the numbers and value of used textbooks.