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Plan an in-Person Buyback Event This Spring

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/22/21 6:30 AM

It’s nearly time for textbook buyback again. As the end of term swiftly approaches, it’s good to have a solid buyback plan in place that you can start communicating to students. An in-person buyback offers so many benefits to the college store and students. Today, we are going to look at ways stores can plan a safe, on-campus buyback this term.

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How to Make the Most of Your Buyback Promo Dollars

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/18/20 6:30 AM

Digital advertising can help you expand your bookstore’s reach, but you may not have money set aside in your budget to invest in advertising online. This term, as buyback quickly approaches, consider using your MBS promo dollars to digitally advertise your in-store or online buyback.

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Planning for Fall Buyback and Rental Returns

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/9/20 6:30 AM

Last week, MBS hosted a weeklong virtual forums event where college stores discussed different ways they can use the MBS system to meet current industry demands. On Tuesday, the focus was on buyback and rental returns in 2020.

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Spotlight: Delta College Bookstore Streamlines Buyback and Minimizes Contact Points

Posted by Liz Schulte on 7/20/20 6:00 AM

An in-person buyback makes it hard for college stores to ensure both student and employee safety, but the Delta College Bookstore at San Joaquin Delta College came up with an ingenious plan that not only ensured everyone’s health and safety, but also made quarantining books simple. We recently sat down with Michael Williams, Auxiliary Services Operations Supervisor, to discuss how their buyback and rental return was set up and what made it a success.

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Dixie State University Campus Store Had 81% of Rentals Returned This Term

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/26/20 6:00 AM

With college campuses shut down, Spring 2020 buyback and rental returns went into uncharted territory for a lot of stores. The Dixie State University Campus Store came up with a plan to work within these extraordinary circumstances to get the used books and rental returns they depend on each term, and the results were better than they hoped.

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How Can inSite Buyback Alerts Help You Communicate With Students About Your Retail Buyback?

Posted by Liz Schulte on 4/20/20 6:00 AM

With students not on campus this term, many stores are looking at out-of-the-box ways to buy back books from students for subsequent terms. Some stores are offering a drive-up buyback. However, convincing students to make the trip to campus could be difficult. Utilizing inSite Buyback Alerts gives your store a way to let students know the buyback value of their books from the start.

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The College of the Holy Cross Bookstore Streamlines Buyback

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/25/19 6:00 AM

Now more than ever, it is important for campus stores to simplify and streamline buyback events. The College of the Holy Cross Bookstore has made its buyback a success by ensuring that its student body always has a consistent experience. Students can count on always getting the same great buyback service each term from the same familiar faces staffing the event. The store’s consistency ensures that students always know what to expect and where to get the best return on their textbooks.

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A Quick Guide to Last-Minute Buyback Promotions

Posted by Liz Schulte on 4/26/18 10:30 AM

Buyback is just around the corner, but it isn’t too late to encourage students to sell their textbooks back to your college store. Follow this easy-to-use checklist to make sure you maximize your buyback marketing efforts.

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4 Proven Ways to Make Buyback Merry

Posted by Lori Reese on 4/23/18 10:30 AM

Drawing students to your store for buyback is step one. Step two can be even trickier: Ensuring customers leave feeling happy with the cash they get for their books.

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Six Strategies to Bring Students to Your Buyback This Term

Posted by Liz Schulte on 4/9/18 5:30 AM

It’s no secret students aren’t thrilled with the amount they receive back on textbooks in comparison to what they spend at the beginning of the semester. More services pop up online that promise better buyback rates every year. With increasing competition, make sure your store doesn’t fall behind on promoting this spring’s buyback with these six ideas on how to increase student traffic.

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