questionshow do you get stickers off of used textbooks?

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Put them in the freezer. Best to put them in a ziplock bag beforehand, so that there's no problem with moisture. The glue should freeze, and flake away. There's other methods too, but I've found that one works well.

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@shrdlu: Wow I would have never thought of that, thank you!

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have you thought about dabbing lightly with Goo-gone? just lightly, not dousing.
i have nails so i scrape that stuff off slowly. sit on front of the tv and scrape away

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@promyst: I never thought about the freezing - that is great. I was going to post goo-gone or nail polish remover, but I have ruined a few things with the latter.

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@w00tgurl: I've thought about getting a bottle, I'll see if the freezing technique works well.

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put them in the clothes dryer on hot for 15 minutes.

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@vinithehat: That's obscene! I would take at least a half an hour.

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Another vote for Goo Gone. Goo Gone also cleans dirt and general shmutz off book covers.

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My friend works at the book store on campus. They use the lighter fluid you would put in a Zippo.

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Use the heat setting on a blow dryer, it will slightly melt the glue underneath the sticker making it easier to peel in a uniform fashion. Then apply a little bit of Goo Gone or rubbing alcohol to remove the leftover adhesive and you're done.

Alternatively, in case you don't have a blow dryer (I don't), you could also leave your book in your car on a hot and sunny day, it should reheat the adhesive enough to make the sticker easy to peel.

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Would it be easier to just try to sell the books to a friend or online? You might be able to get a better price than the fraction the bookstore would give.

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I would just peel the sticker off then use some rubbing alcohol to get rid of the remaining glue.

Seriously though, they won't buy books that are previously used? That's bull. Many of the used books at my school's bookstore have several stickers tacked on top of each other.

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@gonffen: true that.

i always bought and sold mine online. amazon or half.com. depending on how fast you can turn them around (i.e. not need them anymore), sometimes i'd spend close to nothing.

plus i always tried to support the independent sellers, like other students who'd be selling a book here and there, not thousands. even at $1-$2 more i figured the impact was more for the student to recoup than a no-name mass reseller to make a random sale. "no highlighting" my butt

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@gonffen: They will buy them but they cannot have "USED" stickers that aren't from the bookstore on them. It really is annoying

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@promyst: when you're done with them, sell them on amazon.com or half.com as used books. should work unless it's a special edition just for your school

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hairdryer to remove the label, WD-40 to remove leftover glue.