The A+ way to sell used textbooks

Textbooks are an essential part of school but they are often costly. Once a class comes to an end, selling used textbooks can be a quick and easy way to regain some of your investment that can be used for your next round of books.

If you have a few of those sturdy books accumulating on the shelf already, follow these tips to learn how to post an ad and successfully sell your used textbooks on Kijiji.

Why you should sell your used textbooks

Textbooks can be very pricey investments, but are usually required to read for any university or college course. If you sell textbooks after a class has ended, you can often recoup some of the money you’ve invested. New students getting ready to start the course you’ve completed will be searching for cheaper textbooks, providing a great resale market for your books. Try to put your textbooks up for sale as soon as the school season begins, so there’s time for buyers to find them before they turn to buying new books. Textbooks can also go out of date and lose value if you wait too long, so it’s best to try to sell them as soon as you’re finished with them.

Often, it can feel tempting to hold onto your textbooks to use them later as reference material. While this can be a wise choice in some cases, you likely won’t need to keep all of them. Sort through your books and keep only the most advanced books that are rich with resources—there are much cheaper books available that are designed to be used as resource books.

How to post a textbook ad that sells

When creating an ad to sell textbooks online, it’s important to be highly specific about the relevant publishing details. Certain courses may require students to buy the most recently published version of a textbook, and buyers looking for a particular textbook want to be very sure about which book they are buying. Because of this, you should list all of the details clearly. Write the full title of the book, with the version number in the title and description of the ad, so that buyers can instantly see whether your book is the one they need. In the description, make sure to also list the author’s name, so that shoppers can confirm that the book is the correct one. Also include the date of publication to show how recent the book is, as new updates may have been made. List any notes regarding the condition of the book such as if there is damage or if the book has been written in.

Before posting your ad, take some well lit photos of the book’s cover as well as several interior pages so that buyers can see the condition the book is in. Use the photo of the cover as the main photo so that it is easily identifiable.

When it comes to pricing your textbooks, make sure to consider the book’s condition. If it is like new, consult the original selling price and simply sell it at a 20%-30% discount. If it shows wear or has highlighted sections or notes inside, you may need to discount it more generously. Check on Kijiji to get a sense of what your specific volume is currently selling for in order to price it competitively.

Selling your used textbooks is a great way to keep your shelves clutter-free, while scooping up some extra cash to continue investing in your education. Follow the steps above and post an ad on Kijiji today, you might be surprised how big of a treasure you have collecting dust!

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