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      End of Spring Term Buyback is scheduled for:            
  • Thursday, May 11, 9am - 4pm
  • Friday, May 12, 9am - 2pm
  • Monday, May 15, 9am - 4pm
  • Tuesday, May 16, 9am - 6pm

Your Student ID is required.


DCTC Bookstore does NOT offer year-round, in-store buyback.

       Please remember that buyback does NOT mean that we offer to buy every book back. Buyback is not a guarantee.  

Textbook buyback

  • As a service to our students, DCTC Bookstore offers students an opportunity to sell back their textbooks when they are done using them. Please note that we do not guarantee buyback of textbooks.
      End-of-Semester Buyback
At the end of each Semester, typically during Finals Week, a textbook wholesale company will be on campus to purchase students’ textbooks.  They will be buying textbooks on behalf of DCTC Bookstore, as well as textbooks that will be used at other Colleges and Universities.
  • Where & When
    End-of-Semester buyback happens in the Bookstore.
    Dates & Times will be posted around campus and on our News & Events page.

      How It Works
At buyback, students must bring their Student ID along with the textbooks that they wish to sell.  The Bookstore employee or Wholesale Buyer will scan the bar code on the textbook and the system will display the price being offered for the textbook. Buyback transactions are in cash. We are not able to produce checks, credit a card, or apply the funds to your Financial Aid.  In most cases, a receipt is not required for textbook buyback.

  • What can be sold back
    Since buyback is run by a wholesale company, students can bring textbooks from any college to see if a price will be offered for the title. The books do not need to have been sold by the DCTC Bookstore or have been used on campus. Students may sell back textbooks, textbook bundles, certain loose-leaf textbooks, workbooks, trade books and novels, and some dictionaries and reference books.
     Please note: We are not able to buy Instructor’s Editions, software, encyclopedias, library books (unless they have been permanently withdrawn from the Library’s system), and rental books from other companies or any other textbook that is the property of another department, group, or business.

  • Pricing
    A textbook’s buyback value is dependent on a number of criteria.  Each title is set with a single specific price. A title will either be listed in the database as being buyable or not.  A buyable title will be in a condition that is buyable or not.  We assume that students have used their books throughout the semester so there is no good/better/best pricing scale.  Buyback prices will not be given out over the phone or via e-mail.

  • Condition Criteria
    To assure that future students receive quality used textbooks, DCTC Bookstore and our Wholesale Company follow certain guidelines when buying back textbooks.  The following is a list of examples why a textbook would NOT be bought back:
    -EXCESSIVE highlighting, cribbing, or underlining.
    -Loose or missing pages.
    -Excessive writing or answer blanks filled in.
    -Torn or missing covers
    -Missing materials (CD-ROMs, inserts, etc.)
    -Water damage of any kind.


Did you know you can sell your books back online?
Visit MBS's website and in three easy steps you are done! Check it out! - MBS BuyBack


 Other restrictions may apply.  Please see a Bookstore employee if you have any questions.


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