Selling your used textbooks can be a great, hassle-free way of earning a quick dollar. All it requires is some organisation, a little discipline and your Twitter account.

Here are some tips on how to fetch the best price for all your old books.

Cover your books with heavy-duty plastic

The brown paper covering method of the good ol’ days just doesn’t cut it anymore. Go to your nearest Nigel R. Khan and invest in some sturdy plastic wrap for all your textbooks at the beginning of the school year. It’s waterproof, crease-proof, little-brother-proof, and you’ll be amazed how fresh your books will look when you finally rip it off.

Skip the notes

It’s hard resisting the temptation to highlight and write in your textbooks. But highlighting doesn’t help you learn much anyway. Keeping your books in mint condition means you can charge an amount closer to cost price — after all, people prefer buying secondhand goods that look brand-new. Just fight the urge to make an art piece of your pages — no one wants to pay top dollar for a sketchpad.

Get your hands on different book lists

Changes in school curricula happen every year. This means that textbooks tend to get updated to newer editions. And in the case of subjects such as English B, for example, book lists are changed every year. Find out what’s in demand by asking around at different schools for their book lists. (Start off with your friends, and your lessons classmates.) When you know what people are looking for, you’ll have a much better idea of what you can sell, and what you can toss.

Use your social media accounts

Simple bulletin board signs can’t hack it anymore in the digital age. Social media is the quickest (and greenest) way to get the word out about what books you’re selling, the prices you’re charging and how to contact you. Use your Instagram/Twitter/Facebook account to broadcast key information to a much wider audience than whoever still huddles by your school noticeboard.

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