Used textbook descriptions from direct and individual sellers.
An additional factor to take into account when buying used textbooks online is the description of the used textbooks. The majority of bookstores searched by CampusBooks.com offer used textbooks for sale on their sites, and you can get some great deals. There are two types of online used textbook stores: direct-sellers that sell college textbooks directly to you, and online marketplaces where individual sellers list their used textbooks for sale.
Direct sellers typically buy their used textbooks directly from students through textbook buybacks, and from college bookstores with excess inventory. The used textbooks are then graded and inventoried in the bookstore warehouse, and shipped directly to the customer. The direct sellers are very strict in their used textbook grading policies, so you can be confident that used textbooks bought directly from an online bookstore will be in like new or at least good condition.
Online marketplaces are great for really cheap college textbooks, but you have to be careful who you buy from. Sellers can be either individual students or actual bookstores that sell used college textbooks online through marketplaces. (Many of the "used textbooks" listed by booksellers are actually in like new condition, but must be labeled as used textbooks to be listed online). While the vast majority of online marketplace sellers are trustworthy, there are cases where sellers have been less that honest with used textbook descriptions. When you are buying used textbooks from an individual seller through an online marketplace, look at the seller ratings. The seller ratings are posted by other buyers who have bought from this particular seller, and give you a good idea if the seller is honest. Avoid sellers with poor ratings and you should have no problems buying used textbooks online.
To make it easy for you to distinguish between direct sellers and online marketplaces, we've categorized our used textbook partners for your reference: