Recycleabook 1.2 Review

Don't expect to get very far without a PIN.

It's a well-known fact that college textbook prices are pretty outrageous and can take up a large portion of an already-strained student budget. Recycleabook.com is a college textbook buyback and purchase site that claims to let you sell and buy books at fair prices. We've never used the site before, so we can't vouch for that, but we can at least vouch for the iPhone app. And, well, we didn't get very far with it.

Once installed, we launched the Recycleabook app. We were greeted with a main screen that asked us to supply a personal identification number. At the bottom of the screen was a Live Help number, as well as menu buttons: Search, Appointment, Saved Books, and Calculator. We had no idea where to even find a PIN, so we went to the Web site to see if we had to create an account to get one. We spotted a sign-up form under the Affiliate tab, but nowhere to get a PIN, and we didn't want to supply any of our personal information for something we weren't sure was correct. We tapped each of the app's menu items, but each one only took us to the main screen that requested the PIN. According to the site, help is available between the hours of 9 to 5, but since we were testing this outside of those hours, we weren't able to call for help.

Again, while we can't vouch for Recycleabook.com's services, we can at least say that the app needs some work so that users can gain access to its features. If you are going to require a PIN, then at least offer a link to the site to sign up for one.

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