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How to Find Out How Much My Used College Textbooks Are Worth


According to The New York Times, college students spend an average of $700 to $1,100 a year on textbooks. Unfortunately, many of those books collect dust on dorm room shelves after finals. But there is a way to get some cash from last year's books. Many reliable websites that sell textbooks also will help you sell yours on the open market for a much better price than your college bookstore will give you. Get on the internet to find out how much your college textbooks are worth.

Visit a book selling site such as www.amazon.com. In the search bar, type in the title and author of the book you would like to sell. Navigate to your book's edition. This will bring you to a page listing the book for sale as new.

Click on the "Used" icon under the book's price. Here, you can see your book for sale by other vendors. This gives you an idea of what your book is worth. The newer the book, the more likely it will fetch top dollar.

List your book for sale by clicking on the "Sell Yours Here" icon if you want to get rid of your texts. Follow the prompts to set up a Marketplace account. You can list your book for sale and describe its condition. Amazon will then recommend a price point for your book based on its condition and the lowest priced book already listed. This will give you a more specific price range for the value of your particular book.

Tip
  • Amazon.com is one of many reliable places to sell used textbooks online, but there are many other sites that provide the same function. Shop around online for your book's highest dollar potential.
About the Author

Roxana Wells is a teacher and writer living in South Korea. She enjoys writing about education, travel and food. Her work can be found in many publications, including "Italian American Magazine," "San Diego Family" and "The Ogden Independent." Wells holds a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from the University of Richmond and a master's degree in elementary education from Utah State University.

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