Buyback options for text- books are limited due to closure of off-campus store.
By Jordan Utly-Thomson, Staff Writer
The bookstore at Valley College will soon accept buybacks from stu- dents who wish to get cash back on textbooks purchased throughout the semester.
Every first and last week of the semester, the LAVC Bookstore opens up its buyback counter and can reim- burse a student up to 50 percent on their used textbooks. However, there are limitations to what the bookstore can accept.
“With buybacks, instructors turn in their orders . . . [and] if we need the book because [they] ordered it, [we buyitback]…[and]resellitasaused textbook,” said Kasey Doe, a cashier at the bookstore. “If we’ve already met our quantity, then we won’t buy it.”
Valley partners with the Nebraska Book Company for buybacks twice each semester, thus offsetting a pos- sible lack of demand that the school bookstore might have. This results in a decent chance that a student’s book will be accepted during buyback. On the other hand, the company generally offers a cheaper return on buybacks than the bookstore, according to Doe.
The bookstore also communi- cates with Valley faculty in hopes of convincing them to avoid a curricu- lum structured around textbook bun- dles, as they commonly include access codes that can only be used once.
“We try to talk to the instructors and get them to use books that aren’t bundles, because we can’t buy the bundled books back [that have] access codes,” Doe said. “The more used books that are offered for the students, the better.”
The bookstore will accept buy- backs Dec. 9 to Dec. 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Dec. 13 and Dec. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Students will notice a lack of options this semester due to the clo- sure of the off-campus bookstore, for- merly located at 13326 Burbank Blvd. This has resulted in a local monopoly for the bookstore at Valley.
“I feel sorry for the kids at Valley. [At the] Pierce [College bookstore], they really cheat you off,” said video game design major Adrian Da Costa. “They’re like ‘oh yeah, we’ll only give you $5 for this $120 book’, and over at the [De Soto] off-campus bookstore, they’ll give you at least . . . 50 percent off from [what you spent] before – guaranteed.”
A competitive alternative, once a block away, now requires a 20-min- ute drive or a 40-minute bus ride. Woodland Textbooks, located at 20938 Victory Blvd., is Valley’s clos- est off-campus bookstore. One advan- tage they provide over Valley’s book- store is a year-round buyback policy.
However, in an age dominated by the Internet, students have a myriad of alternatives, unrestricted by physi- cal location. Popular websites, such as Amazon and Craigslist, are com- monly used for students to get the best bang for their buck regarding text- book sales. Additionally, websites like Cash4books.net and Campusbooks. com have made a niche out of the col- lege textbook market.
“Competition is always great,” Da Costa said. “It’s such a drag when there’s only one place to go, because then customers have zero leverage.”