York University BookStore: Details, hours, and textbook buyback info.

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Hey York Students!

We’re pretty familiar with al the bookstore policies at universities acrosss Canada. If you are a York student, we compiled the information on this page to help you quickly track down the information you might be seeking about the York University Bookstore.

Before you ask: Yes, we’re a small Canadian company that buys all kinds of used books and used textbooks. However, we figured we could do a bit of good by introducing ourselves to York students. You’ll find this article especially helpful if you are needing info about how the textbook buyback at York U works.

York U textbook buyback details:

York U operates a textbook buyback program. While it is not year round, and is typically not open to students outside of York, it offers some York students an opportunity to get some money back for the textbooks they have purchased.


NOTE: In the spring/ summer of 2020, York University suspended their textbook buyback program. While not confirmed, it is thought that this suspension was partly to the impact of the COVIS-19 virus.

This means that currently, York University students do not have an active buyback program on campus. ANy textbooks purchased by York students will need to be resold using some other method, such as selling on eBay, Kijiji, or other websites.

As an alternative, we’re providing a textbook buyback service that will serve York students, and perhaps even increase the amount of textbooks you can sell, and increase the amount of money you can expect to get for each textbook.  More specifically, the York textbook buyback program had some of the same challenges that a typical university bookstore buyback faces. They are:

  1.  Limited range of books bought back: Most university book buyback programs only buy back books from a specific set of courses, and only books used at their university. The logic is that not every book is being reused each term (professors can adopt new textbooks), so books are sometimes not worth buying back.
  2. Limited time: Most university textbook buybacks only buy books during specific times each year. This makes sense for a university, since they operate on a semester basis; they really don’t benefit from running the buyback program year round.

Our alternative is simple: we buy back all kinds of books, with little to no limitation on the course. We are able to do this because of our partnerships with bookstores and schools across Canada. Even though your school may not be using the textbooks, one of our partner schools may have a student looking for the exact same book. We’re able to buy a wider range of books as a result. In addition, we are able to buy year round, as we are always actively partnering with new bookstores and schools to get used books into the hands of students. There is no shutdown period; our website is always active and buying!

Should you try the bookstore?

We’ll level with you: if you are looking to buy school gear, like art supplies, graduation gifts, branded merch, clothing, and other things like that, the York University Bookstore is probably the best choice for you. On the other hand, if you are looking to get the best price for your textbooks, visit our book buyback page here. We’re a Canadian company that is local to Toronto, and we’d be happy to help you get the best price for your books!

Laurier textbook buyback

First things first: Our Laurier textbook buyback program pays competitive prices, and runs year round. Doesn’t matter if you are based in Waterloo, or at one of the few satellite campuses in Bradford and Milton! We love Laurier students, and we want to make sure we offer a great, fair textbook buyback program to help out! Now, on to the helpful tips!

There are a variety textbook buyback options for students at Laurier. Based on our research, students can come out ahead after selling their textbooks, as long as they are careful and know what to look for before choosing a textbook buyback vendor. Here are our recommendations for what you should look out for when you are looking for a suitable Laurier University textbook buyback option:

  • Payout price: Pay attention to the payout prices! Some textbook buyback options simply do not pay enough! Students typically want to get as much money as possible for their books, and we have seen on campus programs that pay very little, as little as $4 for textbooks that students purchased a semester ago for over $100! While we understand that textbook buyback companies need to make a l’il profit too, getting paid pennies just doesn’t make sense.

On the other hand, we pride ourselves on having the consistently highest payout prices for textbooks sold. The BookSeeker.io textbook buyback program is guaranteed to give higher prices than the Laurier textbook buyback program, and pretty much any other textbooks buyback program in Canada.

  • Take a look at how many different types of books the buyback program accepts: The typical textbook buyback program in Canada just don’t buy enough different kinds of books! Typically, the problem is that they only buy books for a specific school, or a specific school program. This means that students end up with unsold books. For example, even the Laurier textbook buyback program doesn’t buy back every single book sold at Laurier.

Try to find a textbook buyback program that buys back as many books as possible. Try not to get stuck with “straggler books”; if you can get all your books sold to a single textbook buyback vendor, that’s always better than the hassle of doing multiple sales.

  • Payment options: Don’t get stuck waiting for a cheque in the mail. The best textbook buyback programs will offer payment by smart options such as PayPal, or Interac e-Transfer. As far as we know, BookSeeker.io is the only textbook buyback program in Canada that offers payment by both Paypal or Interac e-Transfer.

Make sure you try to find a way to get paid as fast as possible, using technology to help get your money to you ASAP!

  • Choose Canadian/ Choose local, whenever you can: According to the information at this link, the Laurier buyback program is run by an American company. This adds another layer of complexity, as this company is additional vendor (who also expects to get paid, no doubt). When you can, and whoever you choose to sell your textbooks to, try to ensure that you sell to a local company, that employs local, and gets the books recirculated into the hands of Canadian students.

We’re fully behind the idea of eating, building, and shopping local; that’s one of the reasons we built BookSeeker.io.

Who we are:

BookSeeker.io is a Canadian owned textbook buyback company. We love helping Canadian students free up cash by reselling their textbooks! This keeps the eco-footprint of the printing industry down, and helps get your used textbooks into the hands of another student for a great price. If you are a Laurier University student, we’re happy to pay you for your textbooks!

Get a quote, ship for free, and get paid digitally. Try it out at BookSeeker.io.

How do I sell my textbooks online in Canada?

It’s more important than ever to find new life for our old stuff when we no longer need them. Across the world, people are beginning to embrace the idea of reusing, buying used, and making space for others to enjoy the things that we used to enjoy. This idea extends to textbooks as well. Students and learners everywhere and of all ages use textbook buyback programs

Why should I sell my textbooks?

Once you’ve used your textbooks (and hopefully passed all your courses), selling them is a smart, ethical way to get some money back in your pocket. It’s also a smart way to ensure that you empower another student to access the used books they need to do well in their courses. Hopefully, that student will do the same, and the cycle of giving will continue 🙂

Selling your textbooks also ensures that less trees need to be cut down in order to print a new copy of that book. It’s the sensible, sustainable thing to do, and it pays well!

Where can I sell my textbooks?

Well, we don’t mean to pat ourselves on the back, but we think we at BookSeeker.io run the best textbook buyback in Canada, period 🙂 Here’s how we can help you sell your textbooks:

  • You’ll get the best prices, guaranteed.
  • You can sell a wider range of textbooks to our textbook buyback service. In other words, we buy books that others textbook buybacks don’t. This means whichever school you go to, whatever program you are in, we’ll probably buy that book
  • You can ship your books to us for free, from anywhere in Canada.

Sweet! How do I get started?

To get started, gather the books you want to sell, and head over to our textbook buyback page. Once you are there, you’ll be able to:

  1. Get a price for each of your books,
  2. Get a free shipping label, and
  3. Complete your textbook sell back so you can get paid by PayPal, eTransfer, or cheque.

Remember, every book you sell in a book that is recycled, benefits another student, and puts money in your pocket.

Sounds good? Let’s get started!