What are counterfeit textbooks?
Counterfeit textbooks are books that are produced illegally and sold on third-party websites as cheaper options. They cannot be resold to buy-back websites.
What are the differences between counterfeit textbooks and original textbooks?
1. The binding of a counterfeit textbook is often poorly made. This can be noticeable if the glue is unevenly distributed, is a different color, or has a different smell. You can also recognize a counterfeit textbook by the spine, which may be too flat or too bent.
2. Counterfeit textbooks tend to use cheaper, plain paper with text bleeding through from one page to the next, while original textbooks use glossy, high quality paper. Counterfeit textbooks can have thicker or thinner pages due to the poor quality of paper.
3. Counterfeit producers tend to use narrower widths of text to save money by using less paper.
4. The low quality of the graphics may be a telltale sign of counterfeit textbooks. For example, the images and/or writing may be blurry and pixelated, the cover art may be lower quality, and the title and author may not be centered on the cover.
5. The letters of a counterfeit textbook may look like it is written in a cheaper font. For example, text may be thicker instead of in a fine print.
6. If the textbooks seem to be very different but the ISBNs match with no labels indicating that it is a teacher’s or international edition, it may be a counterfeit textbook. If you don’t have an original textbook to compare the counterfeit textbook to, these are some additional signs of a counterfeit textbook.
7. The barcode, which is supposed to be clear-cut and black-and-white, may look fuzzy or colored like a photocopy.
8. The blank pages at the beginning and/or end in original textbooks and the copyright page may be absent.
9. The endband may be frayed or have a different color pattern.
How BookDeal Buyers handle potential inauthentic textbooks?
BookDeal has a ZERO tolerance policy for people looking to sell inauthentic copies of textbooks to our Buyers. By selling a textbook on the BookDeal Marketplace you are agreeing that you are sending an authentic copy of the textbook. Every seller will agree to abide by the anti-counterfeit policies that each of our buyers have put into place.
Buyers on the BookDeal marketplace are NOT under any circumstances allowed to purchase textbooks received from people they believe are suspicious of being an inauthentic copy until they are validated through the appropriate methods. If you send a copy of a textbook to a BookDeal buyer, and our Buyer believes it may be an inauthentic copy, then your account will be placed on a temporary hold, and you will be unable to sell textbooks to our Buyers until the book is authenticated. Also, by selling your textbooks to our Buyers you agree to send in a receipt of purchase for any textbook requested by our Buyer’s for anything they believe may be an inauthentic copy.
When your account is placed on hold you will lose all selling and buying privileges on the BookDeal Marketplace. Once your book has been authenticated, they will be reinstated. If you send a second textbook in that a Buyer believes is inauthentic your account may be permanent disabled if you cannot provide a receipt of purchase from a reliable source. Any textbook deemed inauthentic immediately becomes the property of the BookDeal Buyer and will be disposed of accordingly once proven inauthentic by the Buyers anti-counterfeit methods. By not providing receipt of purchase for any book believed to be inauthentic copy you are running the risk of your account being terminated indefinitely.
Each Buyer has their own method of handling counterfeit textbooks. We will list the procedure for each company below for your convenience. These textbooks are generally sent to a publisher and reviewed by them to provide authenticity or in authenticity.