Amazon Launches Textbook Trade-In Program

    December 4, 2009
  has introduced a "Textbooks Trade-In" program, which allows people to exchange used textbooks in return for an Amazon gift card.

Users can search for the book on Amazon they want to trade and view how much credit they will receive in the form of a gift card.  If the offer seems reasonable, users can print a pre-paid shipping label and put the book in the mail.


Amazon says once the book is received and verified by a third-party merchant an Amazon gift card will be deposited into the users Amazon account. The gift card can be used to purchase anything Amazon sells online.

 Amazon already offers a similar program for used DVDs and video games. One drawback is that some college students may want actual cash instead of being limited to making a purchase on Amazon.

The company says its textbook store offers savings of up to 30 percent off the list price of more than 100,000 new textbooks and up to 90 percent off used textbooks.

"Our student customers know they can rely on for a great selection of titles and low textbook prices, and we’re happy to be able to offer them another service to help them save money and time," said Julie Todaro, director of Books at


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