Sell Textbooks

How do I sell my textbooks on eBay?


Whether you’re looking to sell a lightly used textbook or an unused or brand new textbook, the first step is to determine the condition of any pre-owned item so you can create the most accurate listing. For example, if you’re trying to sell a used textbook from a previous college semester that shows some signs of wear, you’ll need to note that in your description. When creating your textbook listing, be as specific as possible about the overall condition, specific areas of wear or marks, the edition, and most importantly, the ISBN. Creating a detailed and accurate listing is one of the best ways to increase the chance of selling your used textbook quickly.


What is an ISBN and why is it important?


The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a 10-or 13-digit number usually displayed above or below a barcode, typically on the back cover of a book. Occasionally, it appears on a book’s front pages.


Including an ISBN in your used textbook listing makes it easy for buyers to search for exactly the textbook and edition they are looking for and find the correct results.


What are top tips to make sure my textbooks sell on eBay?


Our top tips to ensure your used textbooks sell on eBay are:

  • A detailed and accurate description
  • Including the ISBN in your description
  • Clear photos on a clean background that show the front cover, back cover, and any noted signs of wear and marks.
  • Competitive pricing and free shipping


How do I find out how much my textbooks are worth?


The best way to find out how much your used college textbooks are worth is to research similar items on eBay to see how others are pricing the same or similar books. Also consider in your pricing the condition of your item and how easy or hard-to-find it may be. Items in brand-new condition that are harder to find will command a premium price as opposed to used textbooks that are heavily worn.


Can I sell regular books on eBay too?


Yes, you can. Follow the same steps to create an accurate and detailed description that includes great photos, an ISBN, and competitive pricing.

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**Based on sales of textbooks on eBay in August 2017.

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