Buyback Terms and Conditions

The buyback service on AbeBooks is provided by Before submitting a buyback, please read the following terms and conditions carefully and contact Customer Service with any questions at You are limited to one account per household/business. We do reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.

General information

By submitting a buyback, you are stating that you are the rightful owner of and have the right to sell the books listed. You agree to the terms and conditions as outlined on this page and have read and understand the buyback FAQ completely. Buybacks must be postmarked within 5 business days of creation for quotes to be valid.

What items are eligible for Buyback

This buyback program buys new and used books with an ISBN. Books without a copyright page that shows an ISBN are not accepted. To sell old, rare, or unique books please contact buyback Customer Support.

Buyback quotes

Buyback quotes are valid for the exact item entered once the Buyback has been submitted. Ensure items are entered correctly to receive the correct quote. The most accurate way to find the ISBN of a book is on the copyright page. Books with an ISBN stickered on the back may be misrepresented. If an item is received that is different in either ISBN or condition than recorded, your quote will be adjusted. You will be paid the current quote for the item received. Many novels have multiple versions with different ISBNs, and textbooks can have different editions. Many older versions and editions have no value. If a book is received with no retail value that cannot be resold, it will be discarded.

Selling used books

Many books come with CDs, access codes, manuals, or other supplementary materials. When selling a book back to the buyback program, even used items must include such supplements. Books that are received without supplements typically have a much lower value or no value at all. You will be paid the correct value for the product received. Items with no value without the supplements will be discarded.

Condition of used books

Most used books are considered multiple use items and may contain some highlighting or writing. This is not the case for study guides, workbooks, lab / special manuals, and law books. These items must be received clean and completely free of writing, highlighting, and notes. If any of these items are received in unacceptable condition they will be discarded.

Damaged books

Items with any kind of visible damage including but not limited to water / liquid damage, spine damage, loose or missing pages, and books with torn, taped, or missing covers are not eligible for buyback. Books must be in sellable condition to be purchased. Books that are rejected by your local bookstore because they are in poor condition will also be rejected by the buyback program.

Other unacceptable books

The buyback program does not buy or sell custom editions, used loose-leaf / binder ready products, used / opened software, or defective / misprinted books.

Rejected books

Items that have no value or are otherwise rejected because they violate the purchasing guidelines will be discarded and not returned to you. Read the FAQ carefully to ensure that all of the items you plan to sell have value and can be purchased.

Items not received

The buyback program is not responsible for items lost in the mail or otherwise not received. The pre-paid FedEx labels that are used for buyback shipments are insured at $100 per box. Use multiple boxes and labels if the value of your books is greater than $100. Pre-paid Media Mail labels are not insured. You may choose to purchase your own insurance for Media Mail shipments but you will not be reimbursed. Uninsured Media Mail shipments that arrived damaged are the responsibility of the shipper. The buyback program is not responsible for books that are lost in mail or missing.

All items are inspected by us upon receipt. You certify that all books sold and/or provided have been legally obtained and are not counterfeit. You understand and agree that if, in our sole discretion, any item is determined or suspected by us to be potentially counterfeit or otherwise infringing on any law or the intellectual property rights of any party, we may retain and not return the item without payment to you and without giving rise to any other obligation to you. You also understand and agree that we may forward your item to the rights holder for further review and may share your information with that rights holder or their representative. You will hold harmless and indemnify us for any claim arising from the receipt of infringing or otherwise unlawful goods from you.