College students need textbooks to help them learn and earn an academic degree. However, on top of tuition, room and board and meals, why are textbooks so expensive? Textbooks cover many areas of knowledge. They are prepared specifically with a lot of information that include many original pictures, special charts, and specific data. Textbooks are extremely useful to students for learning and profitable for the companies that publish them. While textbooks can be a financial burden on the student, they can be profitable for a book scouter.

A book scouter is an opportunist who buys cheap used books at thrift stores or book sales, and sells them for more money, particularly on Amazon. Brand new textbooks are the most coveted of books for scouters since they typically cost over $100. Of course, used textbooks don’t cost as much. But when the scouter goes to a thrift store, such as the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and book sales at libraries, textbooks can cost as little as several dollars. Among all types of books, a seller can “flip” – buying a book and selling it for more money, textbooks generally lead to great deals on Amazon. So, buying used textbooks that are new is one of the most profitable books that sellers can buy. To sell textbooks on Amazon, some rules need to be applied for maximizing profits. If you buy ones that are relatively new, Amazon might be selling the same edition and condition for roughly $10 to $150.

Collect new ones that are still in relatively good condition, specifically those that have kept their glossy, clean covers. Plus, there should be as few underlined or highlighted marks or writing on the inside. Buy brand new or those that are one to three years old.

Look for textbooks about most subjects which do not change over time, such as: history, math, science, even business and nursing. Old computer textbooks become obsolete with time, except for computer coding.

The closer the seller lives to a major university, the better luck he or she will have of finding more textbooks at local thrift shops.

Search thrift stores for high school textbooks in your area. High schools replace textbooks much less often than colleges or universities. Therefore, they carry their value better.

Unfortunately, many college textbook editions change every year, which eliminates the student’s chance to use last year’s edition. So, they will have to pay more money for brand new textbooks. The sad reality is that very few changes are generally made between editions.

Book scouters search for textbooks as well as other categories of books available at local thrift stores or garage sales. Textbooks that are new or relatively new are marked down to just a few dollars. Then they can be sold on Amazon for potentially high profits. Amazon buys new textbooks for a lot more money than most other types of books. If you want to try scouting textbooks to make a profit, buy their newest editions or the ones preceding them. Buy it in the best condition possible. If you live in a town or city where there is a university, you have a better chance of finding good textbooks. Don’t just buy college textbooks; try searching for high school textbooks, as well.

Although textbooks can be expensive for the average student, he or she could potentially sell them on Amazon for the same price that they were purchased. Just remember, knowledge is power and can be profitable too.