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Host an Opening Buyback at the Beginning of Term

Posted by Liz Schulte on 1/22/24 7:00 AM

At the end of the last term, some students might not have had time to sell back unwanted textbooks. Provide students with an opening buyback where they can easily sell back books from the previous term while picking up their materials for their new classes.

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Spring 2024 Rental Submissions Are Now Open

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/3/23 8:30 AM

Spring rental list submissions are open now! Maximize the savings your store offers students and provide more options in 2024.

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How to Re-introduce Students to Buyback

Posted by Liz Schulte on 4/11/22 6:30 AM

After the last couple years, many students on campus haven’t participated in or experienced a “typical” buyback. This term, make a plan to introduce, or re-introduce, students to the benefits of selling back their course materials.

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Increase Rental Returns and Buyback Transactions with inSite Alerts

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/14/22 8:15 AM

Effective communication with students is pivotal to college store success. If students don’t know the campus store is having a sale, then they won’t attend. The same principle applies to end-of-term buyback and rental returns. However, communication with students isn’t as easy as just sending a single email. How can stores keep their message from disappearing into the crowd of voices vying for students’ attention?

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Shipping to MBS: The Complete Guide

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/14/22 6:00 AM

There are many different types of shipments you may need to send to MBS throughout the year. To help simplify shipping, we have consolidated the various shipping instructions you might need into one post that you can easily bookmark or print for future access and review.

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Stronger College Store Customer Service With Daily Textbook Buyback

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/16/21 8:30 AM

There are different ways buyback can be handled, depending on the college store’s goals. End-of-term events, cashless, online or daily are options that are available to stores. Today, we are going to look at how to set up a daily buyback and the benefits of choosing this method.

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Students Love WCU Bookstore’s Cashless Buyback

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/10/21 6:30 AM

Unprecedented challenges often require creative solutions. For the Western Carolina University Bookstore, the uncertainty with COVID and students returning home before the end of the fall term meant that buyback would also need to be adjusted to fit current challenges. The solution the store found was to hold a longer, cashless buyback for students.

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Managing Buyback and Rental Returns Student Communication

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/29/21 6:00 AM

Buyback is an important event for the college store. It helps stores ensure you have the low-cost used book inventory necessary for the following term and gives students an easy time and place to return rental books. However, due to state, local and campus restrictions, it may not be possible to have an on-campus buyback this term.

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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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