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Dumping His GMAT Study Books on Amazon

Six months after taking the test, I’ve finally sold all of my GMAT books to Amazon. Selling these books was just one of those tasks that was difficult to prioritize with essays and interviews hanging over my head. I now no longer have that stack of GMAT books sitting in my apartment staring back at me.

Initially, I created a Craigslist ad to try and offload my books. The problem with this strategy was that there was a ton of competition in my area. People were offering the exact same thing I had (MGMAT Strategy Guides + Official Guide Books) for $100 or less. I failed to get anyone to bite.

Anyway, as I was perusing Amazon a few weeks ago, I noticed they had a textbook buyback program that included the MGMAT books. Note that the end date to this offer is May 31 of this year. I buy from Amazon at least once a month, so getting Amazon credit for my books is as good as cash.

You’ll see that for most of the books, I only got a small fraction of the retail cost. However, for the MGMAT Strategy Guides, Amazon was willing to pay $78 for a product that had a retail listing of $114. That’s almost 70% for books I’ve had out for nearly a year. I was a little concerned about returning the MGMAT Strategy Guide set because each book has a different ISBN, which are all different from the one that Amazon has listed on the product page. This week I got confirmation that my trade-in was accepted, so don’t worry if the ISBNs aren’t exactly the same – as long as you have the right books and the right edition you should be fine.

This post is adapted from Random Wok, a blog written by Mark Wong from Silicon Valley. You can read all of his posts at Random Wok.

Selected posts by Wong at PoetsandQuants:

Why I Want an MBA

Climbing the GMAT Mountain: 630 to 710 on a Practice Test

Do Consultants Have An Unfair Edge Over Other Applicants?

Falling Behind & Stressed Out

My New Critical Reasoning Strategy

Figuring Out My Odds of Getting Into Harvard, Stanford, Wharton

With My GMAT Classes Over, It’s Now Just Me and the Test

Making a GMAT Test Taker Feel Like A Complete Pansy

With a Month to Go Before His GMAT Test, It’s Time to Focus

Is The GMAT Really Designed To Break You?

I Took the GMAT Today and Rocked It!

Charting All My GMAT Scores Over Time With Lessons

After Scoring My 750, It’s Now All About Applying

MBA Applications Wisdom from Muhammad Ali

Facing A Gauntlet of Round Two Deadlines

Should Everyone Apply to Harvard Business School?

The Final Click Is The Hardest Click: Sending In My Application

A Punch to the Gut: Bad Reviews On His Draft Essays

MBA Essay Writing: Draining the Life Out of Me

Beginning to Realize You Can Never Write The Perfect MBA Essay

With Wharton and UCLA Apps Done, He Feels Like a Zombie

Taking Back His Life After Sacrificing Health, Time & Sanity

Slammed with Business School Spam Thanks to GMAC

Getting an Invite for An Interview from Berkeley’s Haas School

UCLA’s Anderson School Asks Our Blogger To Interview

A Ding From Harvard Business School

After a Harvard Ding, Good News in a Cryptic Email from Wharton

Another Ding: First Harvard, Now Berkeley’s Haas School Says No

Surviving the Wait Game

Why I’m Going to Get an MBA

Attending UCLA’s Admit Weekend

Navigating the Realities of the Wait List