Packback Books

From Shark Tank Season 05 Episode 21

Packback Books did not get an investment from the Sharks.


Packback Books

2 Reasons to Love Packback Books

1. An app to "rent" textbooks on a day-to-day timeline so that students can reduce the amount of money they're spending on college books.

2. Instead of renting textbooks for a full semester, Packback allows students to rent the book only for a few days if that's all they need them for.

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Our Take

Tough sell. Especially with Kevin going on and on (and on) about how hard it is to work with the educational textbook industry. 

Besides a hilarious math-flub towards the end of negotiations with Mark (on the part of Kasey), these two college students handled themselves admirably in the Tank. Yes, they seemed slightly under-prepared for the barrage of negativity being thrown at them by Kevin, but overall they did a great job of sticking to their guns and getting the right deal for their product.

What they didn't see - when they walked out of the Tank to discuss a different offer - was that Mark essentially sees their app as a jumping-off point to move into pay-per-view for all kinds of books, not just textbooks. If he's able to make that a reality for them, then these two are definitely on their way from rags to riches.


The Entrepreneurs Behind Packback Books

Kasey Gandham & Mike Shannon

Kasey Gandham & Mike Shannon


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