I hear students complaining they receive little for their used books. How does the store determine what to pay?
The value of a used book depends a great deal on whether or not that particular book is going to be used on this campus next semester. The University Store is able to pay more for books that will stay on this campus, possibly as much as half of the retail price of a new book. If the book is not going to be assigned here next semester, the store will check with wholesale book companies to find out if they are buying the book. Wholesalers typically pay less because they have to add the costs of shipping and other normal business expenses to the resale prices.
Unless a textbook adoption form has been submitted to the store, we do not know whether a book will be used again next semester. The store cannot afford to buy back books on speculation. In the absence of an adoption form, students receive only the lower wholesaler buyback rate, possibly even nothing if there is no demand elsewhere for the book.