USM Bookstores

Textbook Buyback

Event Date and Time: 
Monday, April 28, 2014, 8:00 AM to Friday, May 9, 2014, 4:00 PM
Location: 
All USM Bookstore Locations
Contact Email: 
bookstore@usm.maine.edu

We can buy books back year round, however we are able to pay a higher percentage during our semester end buyback.  The next semester end buyback begins on April 28th, 2014.

Selling Your Books In The Stores:

Selling back your books at the end of the semester is a great way to recycle them and get some extra cash in your pocket!  You may bring in your books YEAR ROUND to Portland or Gorham to sell them.  We do recommend that you bring them in during one of our Semester End Buyback periods, when we are trying to buy books for an upcoming semester.  During the Semester End Buyback, you will normally get more money back for your books.

To sell books in our stores, you must bring a SCHOOL ID with you.  Receipts aren’t necessary; in fact, you can bring any book in to sell, no matter where it was purchased.

How much money you get depends almost entirely on what books professors have chosen to use for the following semester.  

-When a book is going to be used, we generally give 50% of the retail price, until we've bought back enough copies. 

-If the book is not going to be used here at USM but has a national demand, we can buy for a textbook wholesaler that will give up to 35% of the retail price.

-If the book is not in demand, we cannot buy it. 

We cannot buy water damaged books, instructor editions, or books with missing covers.  

If your book is not being bought back, it may be because:
-The professor is choosing a new book.
-The course is being taught by a different professor, who is choosing a new book
-The course is offered in alternate years.
-The book is going into a new edition.
-The bookstore already has enough copies in stock.
-The bookstore has not yet heard that the book is being used again.