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Initial post: Jun 4, 2012 6:01:22 AM PDT
I sent in 5 books I paid $nearly $300 for, with an estimated worth according to this site of $100. I got less than $4 credit.

I used to be able to just sell my books using this site and that was a good deal. No longer.

I suggest selling your books yourself with a flyer at your school.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 6:25:27 AM PDT
I would rather donate the books to a library than accept the amounts offered.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 7:10:35 AM PDT
Shai says:
I don't know about you guys but I get roughly everything I paid for in credit.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 7:23:00 AM PDT
Casey says:
I just traded in a textbook that I had purchased used, and I received almost exactly the same amount in credit as what I paid for the book in the first place (and it was twice what I could get for it at my university). But yeah, I also had a stack of textbooks that weren't worth more than $2 apiece, after paying hundreds total... and they're worthless at the school, too. Goes with the territory.

Some of it depends on the book itself, but I think they're REALLY sticklers about the condition of the items. If your book's not in fantastic shape, you're probably better off selling it yourself.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 7:44:09 AM PDT
You must be special because what you describe about getting almost what you paid, is not realistic. I put flyers up and have done pretty well. I refuse to sell back books for the amount of pennies on the dollar.
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Posted on Jun 4, 2012 8:07:15 AM PDT
Mysticism says:
I had one book that was ordered which at the time suggested I could trade it in at a pretty decent price, showing that the true cost would be like $10 after all things were said and done. Class ended, I went to trade it in, and Amazon was offering only $10! I sent it anyways, but then they returned it to me saying wrong ISBN, even though I had bought it off a seller on Amazon and it was the exact same book. Bad experience on that one, although I've had better experiences with other trade-ins.

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Posted on Jun 26, 2012 10:51:56 PM PDT
Wednesday says:
Not a scam is it? Don't they show you up front how much (or how little) they are going to pay for the book? I've seen the offer, a book they are selling for $19.00, will buy yours back for... 2.50.
It all depends on how much they are selling for used... 14 used for 12.98 (hardly figures, add 4$ for shipping).
Anyway, while it may be a rip off, not a scam when they tell up front.
I know with school books the editions will make a difference in the value for resale...
Selling them your self is the way to go, especially if you are not paying to advertise.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 2:37:51 AM PDT
Strych90 says:
Its not a scam. Your books were probably in sub-par condition. I always get the full amount promised when I return books, but they're always in top condition. Next best way to make the money back is sell them yourself.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 11:33:26 PM PDT
Nirvananow says:
So the used book which I purchased on Amazon, and which they now sell used for $44 - they will only give me a $14 gift card for? What happened to the "list yours here" link. This policy must have changed recently. I was wondering why I got an email from them telling me I could resell my books now. I thought that was weird.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2012 11:57:27 AM PDT
I don't know about the "list yours here" link, but I use the Amazon Affiliate Program to sell textbooks if the buy back price is too low.
For example, I purchased a textbook for $150. When I wanted to sell it, Amazon was offering $70. It was New* condition (shrink-wrap removed but book not used) and I sold it through Affiliate Program within 6 hours for $120! I sold 4 textbooks within 24 hours. Amazing!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2012 1:15:26 AM PDT
The thing you need to remember, the trade-in program is separate from the Amazon Marketplace is separate from Amazon itself. The trade-in program is conducted third-parties, and they decide what titles they want and what price they're offering. The Amazon Marketplace is an open market for pretty much anyone and everyone to go in and try to sell their used and new copies at whatever price they name. Amazon itself facilitates access to these services, as well as letting you buy NEW items direct from them. Therefore, as they are NOT linked, there is no obligation for the tird-party on one hand to adjust their offer price based on what the third-parties on the other hand are selling for. A person is always free to NOT trade-in their books if they're unhappy with the offer price. There are a ton of other selling options, including the Marketplace you refer to.

I am not really sure what you're talking about with the "list yours here" link. Are you talking about the old program that let you trade-in for a certain set price by x date? My guess is, they woke up and realized that a lot of textbooks especially, but other items too, truly were no longer worth what they were offering on the open internet by that time. That doesn't mean more couldn't be gotten on Craigslist or something. It just means the supply the internet offers often drives down value even faster than before.

Or, in the alternative, are you talking about the option to sell your own book on the site via the Marketplace? That hasn't gone anywhere, and is still an option on virtually every item listing page.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2012 4:46:00 AM PDT
C. Gray says:
If the item was returned for wrong ISBN, it was because you did not mail amazon the same book that you told amazon you were sending them. Double check your numbers before sending them

Posted on Jul 14, 2012 1:06:26 AM PDT
If your concerned about not receiving the original offer mark that you want it sent back if the price is been lowered for what ever reason. I mark that for that very reason. I don't want to be given one price and then they receive it and they "think" its not to the standards I have them ship it back. Our books are too expensive and like many others have said if I don't get the original price offered I put the book on the classified board through school.

Posted on Jul 14, 2012 9:22:25 AM PDT
Nirvananow says:
Yes, and I now use eBay as well.

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 12:59:16 AM PDT
Alva says:
Greetings, Amazon.com!

Q'n: Why doesn't the Amazon Trade-In program include International Shipping options? Are countries other than US States and Provinces obligated to pay for shipping costs? I live in Puerto Rico, a country that is US territory, and yet it doesn't appear as an option for free packaging and shipping. What should I do about this? Thanks for reading my question, and all answers will be extremely appreciated.
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