WPU Bookstore Offers New “Price Promise”

(Photo by Shawna Goemaat)

(Photo by Shawna Goemaat)

by Shawna Goemaat

WPU Student

At the end of each semester, the WPU bookstore gives students the opportunity to sell their unwanted textbooks back for cash.

This semester, for the first time, the bookstore is offering a “best price promise” guarantee. If students find a better buy back price from a legitimate competitor, they will match that amount plus 10 percent.  Students will need to bring an ad or online print-out from the competitor.

“People are getting savvier with the internet and shopping around,” WPU bookstore manager Heidi Parker said. The “best price promise” will allow the bookstore to be competitive with online sites.

During the book buyback, prices are based on whether the book will be used again in the spring semester, enrollment numbers, and how many books are already in stock.  The bookstore will pay up to 50 percent of the purchase price to stock the store.

Book condition is important.  The price is based on:

  • Water damage
  • Torn/missing pages
  • Excessive highlighting
  • Writing in ink
  • If original CDs are included

The bookstore cannot give money back for books that are water damaged and do not accept international or instructor’s editions.

“We try to give back as much as possible,” Parker said.

Sophomore Tiera Johnson is planning to use the money she gets by selling her books to go Christmas shopping.

“I sell at the bookstore because it’s easier,” Johnson said.

Students can bring their books to the bookstore during buyback hours.  A student ID and class schedule are required.

“Usually the first morning, people are lined up before we even open,” Parker said.  “It’s kind of a Penn tradition.”

Book Buyback Hours:

Dec. 10        7:45 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 11        7:45 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 12        8:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Located in the WPU BookstoreBring your ID and Class Schedule

(Read more about this story in the December 2012 issue of The Chronicle, William Penn University’s student newspaper–copies will be available on campus and in the Oskaloosa community on December 6.) 


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