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Book Store offers tips to get the most for a used textbook

By Dillan Shackelford

College students know that text books are expensive and that you seldom get as much as you want when you at the end of a term.

Most are disappointed when they leave the counter.

Just ask Daniel Holden, a third-year Chemeketa student.

“Textbooks are crazy expensive these days,” he said. “And unfortunately, I never get nearly as much money back for my textbooks.”

To fight the situation, the employees at Chemeketa’s Book Store have provided some insight on the ways that students can get more money into their pocket when they resell their books.

Meredith Shreiber, the director at the Chemeketa Book Store, said that a book’s overall condition is a primary consideration.

Returning a book that is “in great shape is the No. 1 thing we look for when buying books back,” she said.

Among the tips that students who buy and sell text books should consider:

Make sure that the book is in excellent condition when you return it;

Be sure to sell the newest edition books;

Always be aware of where you place your books to avoid damages; and

Books that are in high demand command a greater resale price.

Bonnie Perry, the college’s textbook coordinator, said that students should avoid the most common types of damage that Book Store employees look for when a textbook is returned.

“Moisture is a huge one,” she said. “We don’t accept books with moisture damage.”

Some of the issues that crop up are surprising.



Perry said, “Cat urine is a common thing on students’ books that are brought to us; it’s a lot more common than you would think. But it happens, and unfortunately we cannot accept them.”

Other issues are smoke damage and torn pages.

If you are wondering how much exactly you’ll get for a returned textbook, the Book Store uses a basic formula.

“It’s 50 percent of what we sell our used books for,” Shreiber said.

Essentially, if the Book Store sells the same book that you are returning for $80 used, then you can get up to $40 back on a book that is in excellent condition – less if there’s damage.

Shreiber offers one last tip: Top dollar goes to the book that’s in the greatest demand for the next term.

“If you have that and have it in great shape, you can get the maximum value for your textbooks,” she said.

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