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Best way to sell old university textbooks?

By rbw - 29 October 2011 24

Hey gang,

I’m moving overseas so I’m trying to find a way to sell some of my old university textbooks. I have a lot on IT, Economics and Marketing that are still relevant to this day.

So what are the best methods of selling them?

I’m not a member of either of the Universities here so I can’t sell on their classifieds.  Any other ideas?

Thanks

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Best way to sell old university textbooks?
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squib 5:03 pm
29 Oct 11
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Do you know anyone that is still a student (or staff) at ANU? If yes you could always ask them to post the ad for you but put your contact information so that prospective buyers contact you directly. I have sold heaps of things using the ANU classifieds.

Alternatively try allclassifieds or gumtree? Depending on how much time and energy you want to spend you could also print some ads on paper and post them around the IT and Economics departments?

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Sheridan 5:23 pm
29 Oct 11
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textbookexchange.com.au
ebay.com.au

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krats 5:25 pm
29 Oct 11
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Donate Them To Library.

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Henry82 6:18 pm
29 Oct 11
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Find an ANU friend who will take them to the second hand book store (part of ANUSA).

http://sa.anu.edu.au/book-shop

Otherwise i’d work out what courses they’re suitable for. Print off many A4 signs (course, text book and a good cheap price), and put them up around the lecture halls for the year below. Do it now before we have exams. Oh, and watch out for time wasters. I’ll put money on the fact you’ll get calls from a certain demographic asking for you to hold onto it for them until next year.

AFAIK some of the residential colleges may have a library where the college will buy textbooks for their collection. This would be via a resident though.

I think you’ll need to be realistic in terms of price for any of the ideas to work.

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neanderthalsis 6:32 pm
29 Oct 11
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EBay. But best to wait for the start of the semester because no-one buys their text books six months in advance.

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rbw 6:39 pm
29 Oct 11
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krats said :

Donate Them To Library.

Thanks. That will be my last resort.

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rbw 6:57 pm
29 Oct 11
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neanderthalsis said :

EBay. But best to wait for the start of the semester because no-one buys their text books six months in advance.

i’m not going to be in Australia then. Thanks anyway

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creative_canberran 7:34 pm
29 Oct 11
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Also an idea to check if the books are still recommended readings for the courses: http://www.coop-bookshop.com.au/bookshop/action/DataSubjSelect

A lot of books can still be useful but I’ve found lecturers updated the actually course texts yearly.

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9
Ko. 7:44 pm
29 Oct 11
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Exchange them for money.

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screaming banshee 10:17 pm
29 Oct 11
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I’ve never understood people that sell off their reference texts for far less than they paid. For the few dollars they are worth why don’t you keep them both for future reference as the start of your reference library and for the history they hold.

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Lazy I 10:53 pm
29 Oct 11
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creative_canberran said :

A lot of books can still be useful but I’ve found lecturers updated the actually course texts yearly.

That would be because lecturers are often authors too.

They will happily release a new edition just so the page numbers change and you then spend half your time trying to track down the correct texts in your old edition (references always quoted in page numbers)… so you purchase the latest edition.

The other great spinoff from this is that lecturers often become top/best selling authors.

Or maybe i’m just a cynic and/or conspiracy theorist? 😐

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12
Classified 11:24 pm
29 Oct 11
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How about considering the environment? Burn them!

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13
trevar 8:27 am
30 Oct 11
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You’ll get a big audience from Text Book Exchange.

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poetix 12:26 pm
30 Oct 11
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Classified said :

How about considering the environment? Burn them!

Sorry, I don’t follow your logic here…

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Classified 12:34 pm
30 Oct 11
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poetix said :

Classified said :

How about considering the environment? Burn them!

Sorry, I don’t follow your logic here…

Sorry, just a bit of shoit stirrage…

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