Textbooks quickly increase the cost of attending college. Don’t be at the mercy of high prices. Seek out the best deals for your much-needed textbooks with these seven simple steps:
Visit the on-site college bookstore early and purchase a used version of the textbook. Colleges buy some used textbooks and some new, and the used version can save you about 20 dollars or more, depending on the textbook. Be sure to shop early because bookstores sell out of the used versions quickly.
Opt to stand outside the college bookstore and give an offer of instant cash to any student who brings in textbooks that you will need for next semester. This can often benefit the seller since some bookstores lower the buyback prices once they reach their quota for the upcoming semester. So, the seller could actually be receiving a better price from you than if they were to sell back to the bookstore.
Network with other students that are currently taking a course that you will need in the future and offer to buy from them for upcoming semesters. Trading textbookss might even turn out to be a better deal for you in the long run. Trading fails to bring in cash. At the same time, though, trading prevents you from spending more of your hard-earned cash.
Shop Amazon or Ebay for used editions of textbooks. Students often list their texbooks on these sites, hoping to get a better deal than they would at a bookstore. Purchasing textbooks from these sites during off-peak periods, summertime and mid-semester, could save big bucks.
Check with online wholesale textbook stores for textbooks. These sites often sell directly to students. Just make sure that you get the correct edition and know the condition of the textbook that you purchase.
Borrow a textbook from a friend. If you have a dormitory mate or other close friend that already has the textbook due to taking the class previously, ask to borrow the textbook for the semester. Be sure to clearly identify the textbook so that you will not forget where it came from and think that it belongs to you. Return the book promptly upon the end of the semester.
Get permission to use an older version of the textbook if one exists. Book publishers often publish later editions by simply changing the order of the material. Just make sure that the book holds all the material that you will need for the class. Some updated versions do hold different material.