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Initial post: Feb 19, 2012 6:22:39 PM PST
A. Dalnay says:
I was debating whether or not I should give in to the buyback and send my Biology book to Amazon. They are paying a lot more than what my school is offering. I'm on the fence because I have seen mixed reviews about it. Any suggestions?

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 9:36:48 PM PST
Well, it's worked without a hitch for me both times I used it, but like you, I've also seen horror stories. Of course, I've also seen many people reporting having good luck in the end when contacting Amazon about any issues. What's the going rate for your book in the Marketplace? You could always sell it that way in a private sale via Amazon. That's what I usually do, if the going rate there is better than the trade-in offer (and, it usually is). But, if the trade-in offer is a bit higher than that (it does sometimes happen), then it may well be worth going ahead and doing it. As I said, the two times I've done it when the offers were higher than what I'd end up with via the Marketplace after fees, there were no problems at all, and one of them was for an $80+ trade-in offer book, which is quite a bit of money, and made me feel a bit concerned at the time.

As I said though, I'd check the Marketplace rate. If you "start" entering a copy for sale without finalizing the entry, you can see exactly what you'd be paid after the fees selling the item at a certain price you enter. It helps a lot with making a final decision.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2012 12:46:21 AM PST
A. Dalnay says:
Thank you so much. I just checked it and I would be getting only a few more dollars. I doubt it's a high in demand book, and I'm not too keen on waiting around for someone to buy it, so I think I will just trade it in. Like you, I am a bit concerned because the trade-in price is pretty high. However, if you had a great experience, then I should be fine. Thank you again for the tip! I never thought about trying to sell it myself.

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 8:51:50 PM PST
I haven't had any problems with the two times I used the buy back. That said, unless your school is changing editions of the biology text book, I'd recommend posting flyers in the common areas advertising "book for class ####" with a price comparable to the bookstore's used price. I had the best luck doing that with my old books unless they changed editions on me.
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