I have so many books that I love the idea of being able to sell back my book after I am done with it, especially if it’s not a book I would consider a “keeper”. Or heck — maybe I just need the money (as I often do, raising two kids!)
I discovered this website called SellBackYourBook.com and I wanted to check it out. Before checking out the F.A.Q., I decided to type in a few ISBNs and see just how knowledgeable this book was in regards to the books it buys back. I typed in the ISBN of a book that I currently received as an ARC, Original Sin: A Sally Sin Adventure by Beth McMullen. No, I have not read it and no, I do not sell my ARCS. I just wanted to see if SellBackYourBook.com knew the book existed. Needless to say, it wouldn’t offer anything for the book. The price? $0.00. Boo, hiss.
So I checked out the F.A.Q. to see what kind of books they accepted. Currently I found: (as per their site)
Q:What types of books do you buy?
A: We buy books that are in good or better condition that have an ISBN and that have a demonstrated demand in the used book market. We buy hard backs and paperbacks. Our pricing screen will tell you whether we are buying a specific book once you’ve entered the ISBN and condition.
Q:What types of books do you NOT buy?
A:We do not buy
- International Edition Textbooks
- Instructor Edition Textbooks
- Examination copies
- Teachers Edition
- Advanced Readers Copie (ARC)
- Items without an ISBN printed on the book
- Items that are sexually explicit and/or offensive
- Non book items such as Calendars and board games (even though they may have an ISBN)
- Encyclopedia Sets
Yes, you correctly see a typo on their site. I did. Whoops. Maybe they will fix it, soon! Okay so that explains why it said $0.00 for my ARC. At least, that is what I am assuming. So I decided to tye in the ISBN of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards. It’s a pretty popular book, you know? It’s also in wonderful condition. The offer: $0.00. Hmm. What am I missing, here? It’s not that old of a book. But maybe the website is really picky for recent books; kind of like the Plato’s Closet of the Book World. Everything must be “sooooo this season”.
I typed in These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf. After all, it’s recent and it’s popular. I believe I was offered $0.97. That’s right, 97 cents. Are you serious? This book is in amazing condition. I could put it back on the shelf and the new owner would never even know it was preused and only 97 cents? Yikes. It runs for $9.40 on Amazon.com, brand new. So let’s say it will resell for 50% of it’s value new. That means it should be resold for $4.70. Let’s say the company doing the reselling has a 30% profit rate so realistically I imagine this book would have at least gone for $3.29. Wouldn’t that make sense?
I think the idea behind this website is fantastic. It seems simple enough and the website is well put together. However, I think, in order to get more people to sell back their books, they really have to offer more realistic buy back prices.