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Initial post: Jun 18, 2012, 2:47:12 PM PDT
wana3times says:
Can you get money back for books that you bought through amazon or is it a gift card you have to use with amazon?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012, 6:43:23 AM PDT
When using the buyback program through Amazon (where you ship the book to them), you get an Amazon gift card (like a store gift card - you can only use it in that store) in exchange for your books.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012, 8:21:38 AM PDT
manu says:
do you buy Ebooks ? from kindles

Posted on Jun 20, 2012, 7:50:40 AM PDT
Like T. Edwards said, if you use the buy back program through Amazon you get a gift card that you can use at https://amazon.com, but there is nothing stopping you from reselling the book either on https://amazon.com, ebay.com, craigslist.org, etc. for money.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012, 10:48:42 AM PDT
D. Parlee says:
Can the buy back program be for paperbacks from any genre?

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 2:09:43 PM PDT
G. Faber says:
Is there a list of books Amazon will buy back, either by author or genre? I have boxes and boxes of books from within the past 5 years and don't want to type in the titles one by one. Most are purchased originally from Amazon. It would be great if I could find which books I bought from Amazon they'd be willing to buy back from me - and for what price. Can anyone help? Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012, 4:34:53 PM PDT
kissmykass says:
What you could do is look through those books for the ISBN, and type it in the search bar. If it matches a book listed, you could see if you like the price or not, and decide to send it in.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012, 8:44:27 PM PDT
S. Patterson says:
I saw in another thread that someone received their card but was told it could ONLY be used in the TRADE-IN STORE....!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012, 9:39:50 PM PDT
Again, not true at all.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012, 10:32:42 PM PDT
S. Patterson says:
Good news IF they will just accept the book...!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2012, 5:47:49 PM PDT
nan says:
i want to sell 3 books that i bought from you back to you what to sell on ebay, the practical guide to loan processing thomas a morgan barrons encyclopedia of cat breads

Posted on Aug 20, 2012, 9:10:33 PM PDT
Hi, I bought a new book back in June from Amazon.com for which I paid $58.00. Book is just like new and I am trying to sell it back to Amazon but they are affering only a $4.92 gift card. Is it possible that they are trying to pay me less than 10% of what I paid.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012, 9:34:41 AM PDT
J. says:
@S. Patterson,
Have you had amazon "reject" your books and cite them as "damaged" before? If so, did they return them to you or just throw them away?


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012, 10:23:28 AM PST
W. Cummings says:
I just got off the phone w/Amazon.com. I had looked at the books available for trade-in by author.and saw that the paperback books were valued at around .20 cents. I bought them from B&N or a B&N local bookstore for $7.99 ea. They were never dog-earred, written in, and less then a year old. Apparently they were not interested in trading for them. So I decided that I would read and toss from now on. It's not worth the time to list them either by author, title or ISBN. I think I'll get me a Kindle fire and then I can read and delete and not worry about the space they could take up

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012, 10:29:08 AM PST
W. Cummings says:
It doesn't matter about whether or not you bought them from Amazon. If it isn't a text book or some hardcover autobiography they won't give you anything for it. I have loads of paranormal romances, Highland romances etc that are in pristine condition. They will give me 20 cents for very few of them. The rest are ineligible for trade in. I am going Kindlle or Nook and I will never be bothered again about books taking up all that space!!! Just read and delete.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012, 1:31:00 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2012, 1:37:11 PM PST
G. Faber says:
It might be a hassle, but you can also sell your books to other folks who enjoy those kinds of stories, but don't want to pay the manufacturer's price of $7.99. I think there should be another site where folks like us can sell out books, or even trade for other books - all for the cost of postage. I have boxes and boxes of hard cover paranormal romance, romantic suspense, vampire romance, shifter, etc - mostly series - and don't know what to do with them. I do have a kindle, and LOVE it, but it is still a waste because you really can't do anything with it after purchasing. I cannot even donate my purchased kindle books to my local library! I say all us folks who own tons of books ban together and show Amazon that they really need us! Good luck with Kindle. I wasn't crazy about the Nook, but my husband loves it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012, 2:53:34 PM PST
t. swaine says:
there is a site called paperbackswap.com and you can trade paperbacks with other people that way. I do it all the time and ship the book "Media Mail" which is less than $3 per book and then for every book you ship you get a credit to order another book. If you want a current bestseller and it isn't available, you can put it on your wish list and then you will get the book when it becomes available.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012, 6:46:58 AM PST
G. Faber says:
I am definitely going to look into this - if for no other reason than to loan out my own books! I hate seeing them go to waste! I probably have every book to Laurell K. Hamilton, Cindy Gerard, Sherrlyn Kenyon (sp?) series - but never read a book more than once, although I know a lot of people go back and reread their favorite in a series! Thanks for this info T. Swaine! I cannot wait to look into it and set up an account!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012, 6:10:59 PM PST
Linda says:
Paperbackswap.com is the best place to list your used books. Others will order them and you sent them out at a cost of about $2.50 for a paperback ( media mail) you get a 'credit' for each book you send out and you use the credit to order any book you like from another member.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012, 7:49:09 PM PST
Just J says:
I have a brand new textbook in its original plastic wrap. Can I get a better trade in value for it because it's brand new or does Amazon assume it's used?

Posted on Jan 2, 2013, 8:07:14 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 2, 2013, 8:11:50 AM PST
I find the best way to sell your used books is to advertise them at no cost in a local classified publication. In my city it is called The Bulletin Board. I buy lots of books from Amazon and just advertise them by the boxful when I've read them. There are people locally who are Amazon sellers, so I have good responses to my ads. I don't get a lot for them, but it's better than what Amazon offers! (This applies to CDs and DVDs as well.)

Posted on Jan 11, 2013, 12:50:00 PM PST
Can I sell a textbook back to Amazon that has markings on it? I read the requirements and I saw that it says that in order to be classified as a good condition book it cant have any markings, but then on the section that has the things that will not be accepted, it does not say that it will not be accepted if it has markings on it. My book just has a few simple notes in the margins of some pages and a bit of highlighting but has no labels or personal names written on it. Is that okay for a textbook buy back?

Posted on Jan 12, 2013, 2:44:20 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 12, 2013, 2:44:41 AM PST
Blinken says:
They expect a bit of that in a used textbook. You should be fine. I've never had one rejected because of some highlighting or some underlining.

Now, if it's like a study guide or lab manual and the 'notes' are answers filled out in the 'blanks' - then that would get it rejected.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2013, 11:39:37 AM PST
ESchreibs says:
How long before the amazon gift card shows up in my account balance? The book was sold and reached its final destination and I still have not received my amazon gift card yet..

Posted on Feb 1, 2013, 12:48:49 AM PST
Blinken says:
There's another step between 'delivery' on the tracking and the trade-in people actually seeing your books. It will probably take another couple days for them to be picked up at the delivery point, opened, checked-in, verified condition, approved, etc.

If you keep checking your trade-in list, it'll change status to "Processing..." once they've opened the box and scanned that interior packing slip. It'll happen pretty quickly after that - for me, 48 max window on that part. Usually more like 10 - 24 hours.
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