FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I sell my textbook?

  1. Log in using your UCSB Net ID and read and accept our Terms of Service
  2. Post your textbook information along with a photo of your textbook
  3. Wait for users to accept your asking price or provide a counteroffer
  4. Once a user has accepted your asking price or provided a counteroffer you will receive an email at your UMail address
  5. Negotiate with the potential buyer and set up a meeting to exchange

*Be sure to read our Personal Safety Tips before you provide your information or set up a meeting.

How can I buy a book?

  1. Log in using your UCSB Net ID and read and accept our Terms of Service
  2. Search or browse for a book
  3. Accept an asking price or provide a counter offer
  4. An email will be sent directly to the seller with accepted bid or counteroffer
  5. Wait for the seller to respond to negotiate and set up a meeting up to exchange

*Be sure to read our Personal Safety Tips before you provide your information or set up a meeting.

Personal Safety Tips

When meeting someone for the first time, please remember to:

  • Meet at a public place during daylight.
  • Do not invite strangers to your residence.
  • Be especially careful when buying/selling high value books.
  • Consider having a friend accompany you.
  • Think of other payment options besides carrying high volumes of cash (examples: checks, meet near a bank during business hours).

How much does GauchoBooks charge?

GauchoBooks is a non-profit website and we do not charge for this service. We do ask for voluntary donations to help provide funding for the maintenence and marketing of the website. If you’re interested in donating we would welcome your support.

How can I save money?

There are numerous ways to save money using GauchoBooks:

  1. If you think your book can be bought and sold at the end of the quarter at a lower cost than renting for the quarter
  2. If you think your book can be sold directly to a student for more than any book-buy back program
  3. If different textbook websites/stores have mark-ups and/or shipping costs contribute to a higher price
  4. If your older edition is accepted by professors for your course