While student’s are hardly renowned as being the most attentive of people (admittedly, this is something of a generalisation), they will commonly sit up and take note whenever any sort of money-making scheme is mentioned in conversation. Though that opening sentence may have included one debatable generalisation, few people would disagree with the one about all students being poor. Subsequently, when the opportunity arises to profit from books that are no longer required for their studies, there is likely to be plenty of interest.
While some reference books will be required for a future career or for further study in another university year, the majority will never be opened again. Therefore, here are several tips that can help students cash in on their books and perhaps knock a chunk off their overdraft.
Amazon Marketplace – the premier stop for students
Amazon might be renowned for its prices and efficiency in relation to new books, but the marketplace system that the website runs is second to none. As well as displaying marketplace listings for new books, there are countless used versions and while the reductions are usually significant, the final prices are still high enough for you to coin a reasonable profit. Admittedly, Amazon also takes a cut, but if you want your book shipped off as quickly as possible, this is unquestionably the option to choose. Whether it’s art instructional books, chemistry books or references for any other subject, you’ll be able to sell it all in the marketplace.
eBay – the next best thing
If you are looking to get a slightly higher price for your items and aren’t as bothered about speed, eBay can be another profitable route. Many students still actually turn to this website first and if you can research your competing problems and undercut them by a few pence, you’ll be more than likely in the money.
Failing that, turn to the university
If the above two options have failed or you would simply rather pursue an offline route, it might be worthwhile turning to your university. Most universities in the UK will organise a book sale for students, whereby books can be dropped off and sold to other students. Unsurprisingly, your university will usually take a cut from this, but demand from fellow students should be high enough for you to at least dispose of your item and earn some extra money in the process.
And finally, go to the book store
If all else fails, you may have to resort to a visit to the book store. Most of them operate exchange systems, or will offer you a small price for your items. Unfortunately, this price is rarely as high as you’d get through any of the other options, as they have to factor in their fee prior to selling on the item again. Therefore, this really should be your last step but you will usually only have to resort to it for older or more obscure books.