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Updated on Monday, June 23

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QUESTION: What do people do with their unsold textbooks? I have a few I've tried to sell through Bookro but by now they are fairly old and I know FEDS bookstore won't take them. I wouldn't mind donating them but I am not sure where.

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  1. Hate to tell you this, but most bookstores won't take textbooks that are out of date and if you donate them to a thrift store(I've worked in one), there's a good chance they'll get thrown for recycling because they won't sell.

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  2. Depending on what book it is and how much you want for it, I wouldnt mind buying it off you.

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    1. Seriously? I'm not OP but I'm selling Genetics: From Genes to Genomes 3rd ed. by Hartwell for $20. (It looks brand new)

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    2. 2 here, sorry 2a, but I was hoping for engineering books.

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    3. @2a that's exactly the same book that came to mind for me as well haha. I don't think I'll ever manage to sell it.

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    4. @2a and 2c. It's being used for BIOL 239 in the Fall term. As the Canadian Edition (hope thats what you have)

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  3. throw them at homeless people

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  4. Could you donate them to the library?
    Thats what i always use to do with my old books anyways.

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    1. I hope you don't mean the ones on campus. If they end up in the book bins, we don't accept them. We just put them in the lost and found. Pleeeeeease don't put them in book return.

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    2. If that worked, the library would be overfilled now with used textbooks nobody will ever touch

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  5. Just hang on to them. You tried selling it, and instead of giving it away for nothing and having nothing left, just write it off (not literally) as an investment and keep it. Might as well have something instead of nothing, and unless you're dealing with an advanced level textbook in a quickly evolving field, it will at least keep some relevance. Worst case, use it as a book-end for your newer up to date books.

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  6. Why don't you just keep the books. I keep all my textbooks and occasionally buy very cheap old ones from people trying to get rid of them and read them for fun when bored.

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    1. Want to buy genetics from genes to genomes 3rd ed for $20? :p

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  7. Try selling them on kijiji or ebay? I'm not sure how those sites work for selling, but if you don't need to pay to put items for sale there, you're not really losing anything by just putting them on there, but you're probably more likely to have someone buy them from you from those sites than if you were to try and sell it to another student. And I highly doubt that @6 is the only person in the world interested in reading older textbooks for fun.

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  8. Check Feds Used Books to see if you could even sell them with export. They will often buy the books for even $5 or so, which they then ship to a company in the States who buys them. It's better than nothing. They have an app through Google Play and iTunes store you can download for free, scan the barcode of your book, and it will tell you if they will accept it for Export. Just search "Feds Used Books".

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