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Book Buyback FAQ

Each semester Dowdy Student Stores buys back textbooks to give you extra cash and to provide a larger used book selection for the next semester. Book buyback allows you to save more money on textbook costs.

Reasons affecting the price offered for your book...
1. Condition of the book.
2. Dowdy Student Store is overstocked of the book.
3. Instructor has chosen to use the book.
4. National demand for the book.
5. New edition has been published.
6. Instructor will not use book or is currently undecided.

1. Where can I sell my books?
Throughout the year, we will buy back textbooks at our front customer service desk. During the last two weeks of each semester, we set up special textbook buyback locations throughout the ECU campus to provide better service and convenience to our customers. Please watch for signs, advertisements, and our web site toward the end of the semester for this information.

2. Which books will you buy?
Any textbook, even if bought at another store, is potentially eligible for buyback. Textbooks coming out in a new edition, cannot be bought back unless the professor has specified the older edition. Study and lab materials, certain texts with software, and custom published materials are generally not eligible for buyback. Texts with missing pages or excessive damage will also not be bought back.

3. How much are my books worth?
During the last two weeks of the semester, if your textbook has been reordered by an ECU professor for the upcoming semester and meets the above criteria, you will get half of the new price regardless of whether you bought the book new or used. This price will be affected, though, by class size. Once we become overstocked for our upcoming semester, the national wholesale price will be offered. Buy back of textbooks not reordered by an ECU professor will be quoted at a national wholesale company value for your books. Generally, their pricing is 25% or less of the original price of the textbook.

4. Why are books not used locally worth less?
Textbooks which are not going to be used at ECU bought by a national book wholesaling company for the national market. The wholesaler ships, warehouses, and markets these books to other stores. Prices are based on supply and demand.

5. How will you handle payment for DE Book Buyback?
Dowdy Stores will process a check for payment. Please allow 10-14 business days to receive payment in the mail.

For additional questions contact Dowdy Student Stores at 252.328.6731 or contact us online.