Welcome to ASU Thrift

Tired of getting scammed by the bookstore? You're not alone. ASU Thrift provides a way to buy and sell used books at market value by connecting you with other students at America's largest and most innovative university.

Getting Started

ASU Thrift is a medium for posting textbooks that you want to sell to other ASU students. In order to post or contact other users you first need to create an account.

To create an account, please follow these steps:

  1. Click 'Login' in the top right corner of the navigation.
  2. Click 'Create an Account' under the 'Sign In' button.
  3. Select a username, password, and enter your email address. Then click Register.

Once you have registered an account you will need to sign in using the information you entered during registration. Please follow theses steps:

  1. Click 'Login' in the top right corner of the navigation.
  2. Enter your username and password then click the 'Login' button.

Sell - Posting a Book

ASU Thrift is a free service and we do not provide a payment portal. This site should be used as a platform to connect with potential buyers by posting information about the book you are selling. Once you have posted your book, other users will have the option to message you if they are interested in purchasing your book.

To post your book, please follow these steps:

  1. Click 'Sell' at the top of the page in the main navigation bar.
  2. You will see a form on the next page asking for various information about the book you are selling. Please complete all fields to help potential buyers find your book.
  3. Select a username, password, and enter your email address. Then click 'Register'.

When you receive a new message it will appear in the top-right corner of the navigation bar next to the Messages section as a number (the number of unread messages you have).

Buy - Finding a Book

You can browse for textbooks by clicking on 'Buy' in the top-navigation bar. The next page will show a list of recently posted books. The search-pane on the left allows you to search for books based on the Book Title, ISBN, Author Last Name, and Condition of the book. In addition, you can search books for a particular class using Course Subject and Course Number. Fill out the fields in the search-pane and click 'Search' to view a list of posted books matching the criteria.

The search results will show up under the table on the right of the page. Click on any of the results to view additional information about the book such as the description left by the seller, and an image of the book.

The next page will display the complete information posted by the seller. On the left of the page there is a pane titled 'Contact Seller'. Simply enter a message and click 'Send Message' to contact the user who posted the book. When the seller responds, you will see the number '1' next to 'Messages' in the top-navigation bar (or another number depending on how many unread messages you have). Click on the 'Messages' section to view all your conversations with other users. Under 'Select a Conversation' click on the conversation you wish to view.

A new pane will appear to the right showing the message thread between you and the other user. To reply, enter a message and click 'Send Message'.

As mentioned earlier, we do not provide a payment portal or process transactions. You will need to dictate the meeting place and terms of the sale with the seller. For payment we recommend paying with cash or a third party app like Venmo or SquareCash. Furthermore please be sure to inspect the book before you pay the seller.