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How do I determine the condition and edition of my book?

It is important to give accurate information about your book, so we can make the best offer.

We buy items in "Brand New" or "Used" condition.

  • Brand New books must be in perfect condition to be considered new. This means an unbroken spine, no writing or highlighting, no bent or dented corners, no scratches on the cover, no torn pages--Basically no wear or damage to the book whatsoever.
  • Used books must be in at least "good" condition. A used book is considered in good condition even when it contains highlighting, notes, or other markings (with the exception of study guides, which must be clean). However, books must be generally clean in appearance with no torn or missing pages and with the cover in good condition.

Sometimes there are different editions of the same title, so be sure to select the correct edition:

  • U.S. Student Edition Textbooks: These are the most typical textbooks.
  • International Edition Books: Sometimes softcover, these books will have "IE" printed on the spine, or the front cover may contain "International Edition" markings. Also, this information will appear on the title page of the book.
  • Complimentary Textbooks / Free Copy / Sample Textbooks: These books are considered USED. We can only pay the used price even if the book is new. This is standard throughout the industry, as we cannot resell the book as new. They will contain markings or imprinted stamps displayed on the front or back cover, such as "Complimentary Copy", "Free Copy", "Instructor's Edition", or "Not for Sale".
  • Annotated Instructor's Editions: We do not buy annotated editions at this time. These are often marked as "Annotated Instructor's Edition". Annotated books have the answers to problems on the inside.

The length of time you have owned your books has little or nothing to do with the condition we can buy your book in. The most important factor is how the books arrive at our facility (Packaging tips). We try to be as liberal as possible when checking-in the books--we want your repeat business!.
A sturdy box can make all the difference in how your book is rated.