Sell your textbooks

What is textbook buyback?

Textbook buyback takes place at the end of the semester in order to recycle books that will be used in future semesters. Buyback is a triple-win situation where current students get cash from Kennedy’s for selling their books which places in-demand textbooks back on our shelves and offers students money-saving used editions for future semesters. Buying and selling used books benefits everyone involved by cutting costs.


What determines which books are being bought back and how much cash you'll receive for them?

  • Whether or not the book can be sold in a future semester
  • The condition of the book
  • Whether or not there is a new edition of the book
  • Course enrollment numbers for the next semester
  • Whether or not the book has all of its components (CD’s, kits, etc., if applicable)


Give me some pricing examples.

If Kennedy's Wildcat Den needs your book to sell for a future semester: If Kennedy's Wildcat Den doesn't need your book, but it has national demand:
If you bought your book new, we will pay up to 50%. If you bought it used, we will pay up to 67%, provided that it is in salable condition. For books not needed on our campus but having national demand, up to 35% of the new book price may be paid. These books are shipped to other universities across the country.
Example: If you bought a new book for $100, we will pay you up to $50. If it was used when you bought it and cost $75, we will pay up to $50. Example: If you bought a new book for $100, we will pay you up to $35.


Why should I sell my textbooks to Kennedy's Wildcat Den?

Kennedy’s has always paid the most money for used textbooks. Recently, private companies and websites have gotten involved in buying back textbooks from students. These third-party and online buyers claim to give students more money back for their books, but that's not the case nor does it take into consideration that the payment is not instant, not cash (often times credit for future purchases), and that students may have to spend time and money shipping their books to the buyer. Know the specifics up front and don't take chances with your money: in terms of buyback payment and service, these third parties can't beat Kennedy's Wildcat Den.


Before you sell your books, understand all costs and benefits.

  Buyback at Kennedy's Selling Books to Online Buyers
Cash Payment X  
On-the-spot payment X  
Guaranteed Funds X  
Buyer Takes Books Immediately X  
Packing and Mailing Hassle   X
Upfront Shipping Charges   X


How do I maximize my buyback dollars?

First and foremost, sell back your textbooks as early as possible (preferable before or during final exams). The longer you wait to sell your books, the greater the chance that Kennedy's Wildcat Den will already have enough copies and not need yours.

To get the most for your books, make sure they have no: If your books came as part of a package, or had specific components, be sure to bring:
  • Water damage
  • Excessive damage
  • Missing pages
  • CDs
  • Study Guides
  • Models
  • Workbooks
  • Cassette tapes
  • Lab manuals
  • Practice tests