Bookstores, textbook exchanges, Facebook, countless other internet sites…students seem to have a ton of options when it comes to buying and selling their used textbooks. So why choose MarketOSU? Well, here’s the quick pitch:
But that video is too brief to really delve into the two major issues at hand that we solve.
1.) Bridging the timing gap.
After the final Scantron bubble is filled, or the final period written, or the final paper turned in, students are ready to unload that class textbook. The reason is quite obvious – textbooks are a commodity in college. The longer a student holds on to them, the lower their value potentially. Like any other commodity, students would prefer to receive a more liquid asset – cash – for those textbooks.
However, while most students would prefer to make some quick cash on their textbooks, few students are excited, ready, or willing to dish out cash for next semester’s books immediately after one semester culminates. They want to keep their assets liquid by holding onto their cash until they truly need the book.
We bridge this timing gap with MarketOSU.
Simply post your textbooks and student buyers looking to purchase your textbooks can easily find them when they are ready to buy. And because our database is searchable and does not rely on listing date, you don’t have to worry about your listing getting buried.
2.) Facebook spam, clutter, and inefficiency.
Many students turn to Facebook to post the books they are selling once the semester is over. Several problems arise from this decision – including the problem we just touched on. Facebook is completely timing-related, meaning a book posted today can be buried in the next 24 hours by other posts, possibly never to be seen again by an interested party.
Since most buyers don’t begin looking for books until after the sellers begin looking for buyers, this method is truly a waste of time. In the same amount of time it takes to create a Facebook post for your books, you can create a MarketOSU listing and not worry about it being buried.
To compound the issue, there are dozens of groups within the Ohio State University. A seller of book XYZ may never connect with a buyer for books XYZ is the seller is in group A and the buyer is in group B. With MarketOSU, there is one searchable database.
So give us a shot – you have nothing to lose but a few seconds of your time. Our system works. I’ve personally sold a half dozen books and bought another half dozen more in our short time in existence. With thousands of OSU students already on the Market, it’s likely you can have the same success. And hey, if you do have success, tell us about it! Email your success story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it to the blog!