12 thoughts on “Something to Watch out for when Selling Used Textbooks on Amazon”

  1. Great post Ryan. I noticed this on a couple books recently and never thought twice about it. I’ll certainly pay closer attention now!

  2. Ryan, I’ve been buying and selling books since 2008 as well. Amazon doesn’t allow Instructor’s editions or Not for Resale books to be sold on their portal. I believe that’s written in their policy but not all sellers read this or care. Oddly, there are a lot of sellers who disclose it’s an Instructor’s edition or another popular one is trying to sell loose leaf for hardcover/paperback. If they disclose these things at least you can walk away. You got really screwed there. That was intentional and they obviously can’t plead ignorance.

    I had one student a few weeks ago sell me a used loose leaf as a new paperback. She had no condition notes so I took a chance. Got it, it was used and obviously not the correct ISBN. Wrote her, got a full refund and apology. She said to keep it, she couldn’t afford a return. Relisted the book as used as a loose leaf and sold 1 week later for $56, more than what I paid her initially. I’m sending her 1/2 of the profit after a 45 return window wait. Don’t have to but she seemed sincere in her apology and I’m happy to do it.

    Recently I’ve been sourcing via Keepa and have learned a lot of hard lessons over the last few months. I now only buy new and the seller must state sealed especially if there are access codes included. If I can by from an FBA seller all the better but that’s tougher.

    Thanks for sharing your experience. Just goes to show what some people do to make a buck. If they put that energy in learing how to sell ethically they would be more successful and make more $$. They are sabotaging themselves. No pity.

    1. Hi Kent,

      Thanks for the comment! I completely agree that if they put the effort into learning to sell ethically, they could be more successful.

      Best Regards,

  3. Ryan:

    Thank you for this informative post. Definitely a heads up to us who could easily miss this when we are sourcing. Amazing how unethical some sellers can be.

    Your posts are always welcome, and I often stop what I am doing just to read them to get updated.

    Much appreciated.

  4. Thank you for posting this information. I literally received a textbook to flip the day I read this. I purchased from a MF on Amazon and the book was listed as new. There was a piece of tape across the front cover page that was probably hiding a school name and a number written in bold black marker on the bottom fore edge of the book. Obviously not new. Requested a refund but aggravated because of the waste of my time and lack of a textbook to sale during this critical time window.

    1. Hi George,

      Glad to hear this was helpful for you. I agree, it is an aggravating process to go through and get the refunds.

      Best Regards,

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