Ziffit Review: Should You Use Them?

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Ziffit is one of the many online companies that will buy your books off you.  All you need to do is let them know what you have, accept the quote if you like it and then pack it up to get paid.

Now, Ziffit, again, is one of the many companies that will almost instantly pay you, but are they the best?  If you don’t want to go through the hassle of selling on OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace or even eBay, this can be a great opportunity if you don’t have the time.

In today’s review, let’s take a look at Ziffit and see if it’s one of the better options to sell your used/new books.

How it Works

Ziffit works like the many buyback companies out there in that you will simply let them know your book’s barcode/ISBN.  And, then from there, you will accept the quote.

To start the process, you can either do so on the desktop version or you can simply scan your book using the company’s official app.  No matter which option you choose, you will get the same quote.  Let it be known that you can input up to 500 ISBNs at a time if you’re looking to sell more than one book.

NOTE:  Ziffit will only accept items based on current market trends, so it’s hard to say which books are accepted.  Keep in mind that your books may not be accepted.

In this example, let’s use a random textbook I found online, “Everything You Need to Ace Biology in One Big Fat Notebook.”

As you can see, they are willing to give me $2.31 for the book, but I will need to send in at least $5.19 in more books to start the trade-in process.  This means you will need to trade in at least $7.50 in trades to start the process, so if you just had this book, for instance, you wouldn’t be able to trade it in, unfortunately.

If you were to reach that threshold, then you will provide your shipping details and then choose a payment option.

At the moment, you can have the money sent directly to your bank account or you can choose PayPal, whichever you prefer.

Then, you will make sure you know of the nearest FedEx location because this is where you’re going to drop off your books.

You will then confirm your details, and if everything looks great, you will agree to the terms and wait for the prepaid shipping label to arrive.

Within a minute, you should watch your email inbox and wait for the prepaid FedEx label.  You will then print off that label and affix it to a box that has your books inside.  Once done, you can drop it off at your nearest FedEx drop-off location.

When Will I Get Paid?

After you send in your items, you will now have to wait for them to receive them and inspect them.  As long as your book is in good condition and you abide by the terms and services, there shouldn’t be an issue here.

Depending on when you send it out, you will have to wait for the company to receive it.  When they do receive it, you will have to wait about five business days if you want a bank transfer or about three business days if you’re using PayPal.  On average, you should expect payment in about seven to 10 days from shipping your book out, on average.  Your results will vary, however.

How Do They Compare?

As mentioned, there are so many companies that will buy back your book, and some offer much more.

Thankfully, this is where Bookscouter can come into the picture, as they compare quite a few companies.

As you can see from my example, Ziffit was one of the better options.

However, were they always the best?

In my comparison I saw a bunch of differences.  For example, for one book, I was quoted $6 with Ziffit but $38 with someone else.

It’s hard to say how good they are, but I would say they are in the middle most of the time.  When in doubt, ALWAYS use a service like BookScouter to see who’s offering you the best rate if you’re interested in selling.

The Reviews

The problem with Ziffit is that they didn’t have great reviews.

On Bookscouter, they had a poor 3/5 rating and the same could be said about the apps.

What were people saying?

Mainly, it appeared that they were very strict in the conditions.  So many people talked about getting rejections as well as rude customer service.

There were some good reviews, though.

This is what I found in a summary….

The Pros:

  • seems like an honest and legitimate company
  • customer service seems to be helpful
  • accepts a variety of books
  • instructions are clear
  • many repeat customers it seems
  • app makes it easy to scan a book barcode
  • easy way to get rid of books

The Cons:

  • lots of rejection horror stories, such as reporting books in “bad” condition when they aren’t
  • they will not return rejected books
  • some reports of rude customer service
  • accused of devaluing books and not returning
  • slow payment sometimes
  • some quotes are very low in comparison to competitors (always compare!)
  • minimum sell back price

Final Thoughts

5/10In the end, Ziffit will be in the middle.  They are not the best nor are they the greatest.  I guess as long as your book is in great condition and you’re happy with the quote, then I don’t think you have much to worry about.  However, make sure you ALWAYS compare your quote on a site like to make sure you’re getting the best deal.  Sometimes, they are the best quote whereas sometimes they are the worst.  It just depends on the book.

This is a legitimate company and they have paid out more than 20+

people, so there’s no concern here.  It’s just that are you getting the best rate?

That’s going to do it for now.

If you want to comment on your experience, feel free to sound off below.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. You won't find gimmicks here. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I graduated from Arizona State University, and I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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