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FAQs: Textbook Buyback

What is Buyback?

Textbook Buybacks are opportunities to sell unwanted textbooks.

The College Store sponsors the only authorized buyback on the campus of HWS.  Buybacks are held in the Lower Level of the College Store at the end of every semester.

How will I know when Buyback is scheduled?

Buyback dates and times are on our website,, click on Textbook information.

You will receive email notices from the bookstore.

Buyback posters with dates and times will be distributed around campus.

Where is Buyback?

Buybacks are held on the Lower Level of The College Store at then end of every semester.

When are the Buybacks scheduled at The College Store this year?
December 8-9, 11-15                        9-5               Lower Level
May 1-5, 7-8                                    9-5               Lower level

Can I highlight and write in my textbooks and still sell them back at the Buyback?


There are a few exceptions:

     •Law and foreign language books may have no more than 30% of the margins filled with notes.

     •Study guides may not be written in or have any pages removed.

     •Water damaged books have no value at buyback.

     •All components of shrink-wrapped "bundles" must be presented at buyback.  i.e. CDs, Study Guides, Tapes, Workbooks, etc.

     •Textbooks with damaged/broken bindings and torn/ripped pages have no value at buyback.

Do I need my receipt in order to sell my textbooks at Buyback?

No.  Just bring your textbooks to The College Store.

Do I need my HWS ID in order to sell my textbooks at Buyback?

Yes.  We also accept a driver's license or other photo ID.

How much will I get for my textbooks at Buyback?

The College Store will pay you up to 50% of the bookstore's selling price

       • IF the book will be used in the following semester and is needed to meet the bookstore's quota

       • IF the faculty member has notified the bookstore PRIOR to Buyback that the book will be used in the following semester

       • IF marketplace demand has not adversely affected the selling price of the textbook
The College Store will pay you a "wholesale" price for any book NOT being used on campus the following Semester. 
Typically, wholesale prices are 10%-30%** of the publisher's list price. These specific books are shipped to the wholesaler partner and will be ultimately sold to other college/university bookstores.


 **This value is determined by national demand and is dictated by the wholesaler partner which is contracted with The College Store.  The wholesaler's database contains over 500,000 titles. The College Store is contractually bound to the database prices for wholesale purchases.  We invite your to bring your books in during Buyback, regardless of where they were purchased.  We will be glad to tell you what we are able to pay for each book before you make the decision to sell your books!

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