Any time there is an opportunity for money to be made, there is an opportunity for someone to find ways to work the system. School Bookstores and school libraries are not exempt from these kinds of opportunists. Take a school textbook buyback program, for example. Offered as a way to help students defray some of the costs incurred by the expensive textbooks required for class, buybacks also open themselves up for students to take advantage of.
For the most part, the used books coming back in during these buy backs are ones that have been legitimately purchased through a students normal course of studies. Once the class has been completed, students can sell the books to make room for new ones, and put the money from the sale towards these new texts.
However, every year, school campuses report multiple incidents of theft of school textbooks. Some of the theft is students stealing other student’s textbooks in public places like school libraries, student unions or cafeterias. Other theft is coming directly from school bookstores in the form of common shoplifting.
Once a student has stolen a textbook in their possession, they can bring it back in to sell as a used book. School libraries and school bookstores need to formulate plans to increase their security to reduce these on campus thefts, and reduce fraudulent book buybacks.
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