If you’re looking to find the best websites to sell your college textbooks to then your in the right place. I have complied a list of websites that allow you to compare book prices, so you can find the best sites to sell your used textbooks on. Now with so many websites that buy, sell, and rent textbooks it is becoming ever more difficult to decide which one to use, and with more sites popping up every day that compare textbook prices, students now have to decide which one of these they should use. With over two hundred websites that deal with buying used textbooks, using a textbook search engine to compare the prices of these sites will be a vital time saver for college students.
I have chosen five textbook search engine websites that compare textbook prices well:
A few weeks ago I compared the ‘Best Websites To Sell Used Textbooks’ on, and I did all of the leg work myself, going to each website individually to compare textbook prices. Of course it was pointed out to me by my comrades that they would use a textbook search engine to compare prices, and that is what I should have used too. The first site that was suggested to me was Book Scouter, I decided to use the same book that I had used previously, Robbins Basic Pathology, as a control in this experiment and will refer to it as the control or textbook in this article.
Book Scouter Review:
Book Scouter says it “helps you to sell your books for the highest price. It compares prices from over 40 book-buying websites so that you can quickly find the site that is paying the most for your books.” When we compared the textbook prices we received results for 21 websites. The top five were:
1. TextbookRush.com $43.25 2. BookStores $43.25 3. Amazon.com Buyback $43.00 *store credit 4. FirstClassBooks.com $41.69 5. We Buy Textbooks $38.70
Our top five results from a few weeks ago looked like this:
1. Campus Book Rentals: $41.69 2. TextbookRush: $40.00 3. College Book Renter: $39.00 4. Bunches of Books: $38.70 5. Phat Campus: $37.00
Although the price of the book has gone up by a couple of dollars Book Scouter seems to have excluded three of our top five results when we used their search engine to compare textbook prices. Book Scouter actually excluded our number one pick to sell our textbook to Campus Book Rentals.
Direct Textbook Review:
Direct Textbook says it “searches over 200 online bookstores for cheap textbooks, to save you money and time. We also help you get more for your used books with our college textbook buyback price search.” We received offers from 18 stores their top five looked like this:
1. TextbookRush $43.25 2. BookStores $43.25 3. Amazon Trade-In $43.00 *store credit 4. WeBuyTextbooks $38.70 5. Chegg $28.71
When we used Direct Textbook to compare prices it did return the same top three results as Book Scouter, but it did not have First Class Books in its search results which was willing to buy our control book for $41.69. Direct Textbook also did not compare textbook prices for: campus book rentals ($41.69), College book renter ($39.00), and bunches of books ($38.70). Which were in our top 5 best websites to sell used textbooks to last week.
Book Finder Review:
Book Finder does not state how many sites it uses to compare textbook prices, but it does state that shipping costs are included. The results from their book buy back search engine looked like this:
1. TextbookRush $43.25 2. AbeBooks $43.25 3. Amazon $43.00 *store credit 4. Valore Books $23.62 5. eCampus $18.00
Book Finder breaks the trend a little bit by introducing AbeBooks that tied the top dog TextbookRush for the number one spot. Yet again it excluded campus book rentals ($41.69), College book renter ($39.00), and bunches of books ($38.70) that we found to provide students with some competitive prices from a couple of weeks ago. Even though Book finder introduces AbeBooks it seems to only compare textbook prices for seven textbook websites, which excludes a lot of websites that could offer you more money for your textbook.
Big Words Review:
Big words promises big results stating “BIGWORDS compares the best textbook stores at once finding the sweetest, cheapest textbooks on the planet.” we used their search engine to compare prices and got these results:
1. TextbookRush $43.25 2. Amazon $43.00 *store credit 3. FirstClassBooks $41.69 4. SellBackYourBook $24.59 5. eCampus $20.00 *with coupon
Although they promised big time results when we used them to compare textbook prices they came up average with their listings. Leaving out AbeBooks, BookStores, campus book rentals, college book renter, and bunches of books. Some of the stores that they excluded actually had prices that matched their search engines best offer.
Big words did offer some interesting alternatives where you could list the book through auction sites that were selling the control book for more than what the book buy back websites were offering.
Cheap-Textbooks is a basic website that simple states “The Textbook Buyback Price Finder quickly reveals best place to sell textbooks online. The secret to sell used textbooks at the highest price is to comparison shop and use up-to-the-minute information.” We completely agree with you that’s why we’re comparing you to your peers:
1. TextbookRush $43.25 2. Amazon $43.00 *store credit 3. FirstClassBooks $41.69 4. SellBackYourBook $24.59 5. BlueRocketBooks $24.10
Cheap-Textbooks stays consistent with its peers and places TextbookRush as the number one store to sell our control textbook on. It does not however compare textbook prices with BookStores, campus book rentals, college book renter, and bunches of books.
Best Website To Compare Textbook Prices:
Choosing the best website to compare textbook prices is a tough decision as the five search engines that I used all had the same site as number one, but in the end I would have to go with Book Scouter.
Book Scouter found four websites that would buy our textbook for forty plus dollars, none of the other sites returned results that could match this. My biggest disappointment would be with all of the sites reviewed as none of them included the real top five websites to sell our textbook on, it would have been nice to find one site that gave us these result:
1. TextbookRush.com $43.25 2. AbeBooks $43.25 3. BookStores $43.25 4. Amazon.com Buyback $43.00 *store credit 5. Campus Book Rentals $41.69 6. FirstClassBooks.com $41.69 7. CollegeBookRenter $39.00 8. We Buy Textbooks $38.70 9. BunchesOfBooks $38.70
These previous textbook buyer websites show a true representation of where it would be most profitable to sell our textbook. Of course when it’s time for you to compare textbook prices your results may vary because of what book your selling and what time of year it is, as you can see just a couple of weeks ago TextbookRus was my second best offer and now it’s tied for number one. When selling your textbooks there will be a lot of variables that you have to juggle like store credit vs. cash, coupons, free shipping, and more. I would suggest using a combination of these search engine sites to compare textbook prices, but at the same time do your own research as these sites do not list every textbook site that is willing to buy your books. Using a textbook search engine to compare prices is a big time saver when your selling textbooks back, but don’t trust the results of just one website use a combination of all the resources available to you.
Greg Pearcey is a writer and researcher for Dirt Cheap College Textbooks. People who are interested in staying up to date with the latest ways of saving money when purchasing their textbooks, or getting more money for their used textbooks should visit Dirt Cheap College Textbooks.
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