About Scarfie Textbooks

This is the easiest way to trade textbooks in Dunedin.


What is this?

ScarfieTextbooks is an easier way for Otago students to buy and sell second-hand textbooks without the hassle of dealing with Trademe auctions or putting up flyers/posters around the university. We're aiming to be the go-to place for any buying and selling of textbooks so we can save the environment and a whole lot of money.

How is this different from Trademe?

We just do textbooks, so it's much faster to browse through. We also don't do auctions, you just pay what the seller requests, or make an offer.

Do I need to register?

Only to sell books, and then only so we can contact you when someone wants to buy your book and so you can take it off the site after you've sold it.

Can people see my phone number?

Only if you want them to. This makes sales much faster but it is fine if you are not comfortable with that.

Can people see my email?

No. Users can email you through our secure online form. You will be sent the email but they won't know what your email address is.

Does it cost?

No. This will always be completely free to use

So how do you make your money?

We're just focussed on building a quality product. If you'd like to send money however, it would be very welcome.

Why doesn't the site do (feature x)?

We are still adding features to the site. If there is something you'd like us to add, please let us know and we'll do our best.

There was a problem with the book. What do I do?

Unfortunately, we aren't in a position to take action. Once you make contact with the seller and meet with them, it is your responsibililty to make sure that the book they're selling is acceptable quality etc.

The seller cornered me and took my money

Please meet in a busy place and examine the book before you buy; we have no control of what happens after you contact the seller.