De Anza College students prefer bookstore rentals to buyback


Li Wei Shih

The De Anza College Bookstore provides students two options for purchasing textbooks.

One is to pay the full price for the book and have ownership of it.

The other is to rent the book and return it by the end of the quarter.

Renting books runs as a cheaper option for most students.

“I rent the books because they are cheaper,’’ said Jack Lin, 24, psychology major. “I buy the books when there are no rental books left on the bookshelf.’’

The cost of renting a book is lower than the cost of buying the book.

“Books are expensive, so I would prefer rentals,’’ said XinXin Li, 20, nursing major.

Kelly Swanson, De Anza Bookstore coordinator said, ‘’Math books [are] the most popular subject which students prefer to buy back because they use the same books repeatedly.’’

Some students prefer to buy books for resale.

‘’I prefer buying the books because I can sell them at a good price by myself after the usage,’’ said Samuel Luo, 21, biology major.

Swanson said students often prefer rentals.

Students have two options for renting and buying.

They can rent or buy used books, or they can rent or buy the brand-new book.

“The quality of all used books may not look new, but it is fine for studying,’’ said Shiho Hasebe, 23, politics major. ‘’Some used books are just like new.’’

Katie Shih, 19, computer science major said, ‘’I prefer renting the used book as it is cheaper than renting the brand new book.”

Finals week is the time to return rental books and apply for buyback.

Jan. 31 is the deadline to return fall quarter’s books.

De Anza will offer buyback and rental returns at the end of winter quarter as well.

‘’We charge the entire price if students do not return the rental books,’’ said Swanson. ‘’We had about $36 thousand in non-return rentals for Fall quarter 2013, and that diminishes our ability to offer those books for rent the next quarter.’’

According to De Anza Bookstore policy, resalable books must be in good shape, with binding, covers and undamaged pages.

Highlighting, marking, writing, liquid damage and torn or missing pages will influence book’s buyback value.

‘’Buyback is 50 percent if we have a textbook order from the faculty for the next quarter,” said Swanson. ‘’If we do not, we have an off-site company who pays the market rate for the books.’’