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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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The Last-Minute Buyback Plan

Posted by Liz Schulte on 4/3/18 5:30 AM

Buyback will be here before you know it. Do you have plan? How will you get the word out to students about where and when they can sell back their books? Do you have an incentive for them to choose your store rather than the competition? If these questions have filled you with anxiety, have no fear. We have gathered some easily-implemented ideas your store can use to ensure your buyback is a success.

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How Can inSite Help Make Your Buyback Amazing?

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/29/18 5:30 AM

The end of the semester is a busy time for college stores. Finding time to promote buyback and balance the rest of your responsibilities is a challenge. There are only so many hours in a day and so many directions you can be pulled. That’s why it is important to find easy-to-use solutions that save time, inform students and streamline your diverse duties. MBS Systems inSite offers an easy way for students to receive a personalized, automated buyback reminder that tells them the value of their book.

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Catching a Good One

Posted by Rob Heller on 8/24/17 5:30 AM

Summertime!  A time to gather up the belongings and head to the lake.  I had a pile of things to take with us:  Ski vests, tubing floats, some paddle and there was a cooler — of course there had to be a cooler.  What’s a trip to the lake without a cooler?  Will, our six-year-old, came out to toss his red plastic Lightening McQueen fishing pole beside the collection.

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Buyback Is Where Student Savings and Success Start

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 4/13/17 5:30 AM

When Googling “the rising cost of education,” more than 63 million articles are available for our reading pleasure. We don’t have the time to comb through articles and whitepapers trying to determine the socio-economic and political root causes. Regardless, the rising costs of education can be attributed to two factors:

  1. The rising cost of tuition
  2. The rising costs of course materials
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3 Tips for a More Successful Buyback

Posted by Dean Asher on 11/11/16 1:27 PM

Your campus buyback also isn't your students' only option anymore. Peer-to-peer sales have become increasingly more common through Amazon, Craigslist or even among one another on campus. To ensure you're getting the traffic you need to have the lower-cost, used options students seek first, you need to make sure your buys are as successful as possible. Here's how stores are doing it nationwide:

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