College textbooks are the single largest expense for college students after room and board, tuition and fees. As a college junior I will give some good insight to get college textbooks reliably and for the best price. College textbook companies are constantly changing their products to maximize profits, this in turn hurts students big time, as prices for text books can reach $500 or more per semester. I recently saw the internet flooded with different places to purchase college textbooks, and other people looking to get the best deals. This article will give different places to purchase college textbooks for the best price and reliability, along with the benefits of each place; this article will also give some tips for purchasing textbooks.
www.half.com is my favorite store for purchasing college textbooks, the prices are often very fair and shipping is low. The customer service I found to be very good from the sellers, they want your business and your referrals so they will do what they can to make you happy. www.half.com is an eBay company that specializes in selling used and new textbooks, I recently got my advanced macroeconomics textbook from half.com for only $6 with shipping (note it was a one edition older version) which was mailed and delivered in under a week. Payment can be used using your eBay login with PayPal (most secure way) or through a credit card which makes it very easy to process orders quickly. Used books are the best way to save; I highly recommend this website for comprehensive service, quick delivery, and for accuracy.
2. Campus Bookstore
The campus bookstore will attempt to sell books at a higher price than retailers such as Amazon or half.com The convenience of the bookstore offers great return policies (most of the time) in case you decide to drop a class or switch classes. If the price differences are not too much more than the internet retailers this may be the best place to purchase books. In the beginning of the semester the bookstores will have many used books for the classes you have signed up for. Some if not all bookstores will purchase the books back at a highly discounted price at the end of the semester for cash which is a great way to get some extra money after the semester.
3. Don’t get the book
Okay so this may seem very taboo and a guide to failure right? Actually no, believe it or not some classes barely use their textbooks and you can actually rely entirely on the lectures. This goes for classes that are not math related! I managed to attend 4 classes my freshmen year without purchasing the required books; you can always split the cost with a buddy and just work on the homework with them.
Amazon has a great return policy as well as an easy way of ordering books for any college student. I ordered two books off my blackberry last semester for instance which was very convenient. One book was not shipped however which made it very inconvenient for me for a class; however Amazon quickly reimbursed me for the cost of the book and apologized. Amazon is by far one of the cheapest places for college textbooks and is highly recommended.