4 Tricks To Saving Big Bucks On Textbooks

No student enjoys hearing the dreaded total of how much their textbooks are going to cost them each semester.

According to an article by CBS News, the most expensive textbooks in America range anywhere from $500 to $1,215!

However, there is no need to worry. There are plenty of ways you can save money on textbooks!

Read about these handy sources to find out how:

Rental Sites

Textbook rental sites have become quite popular in the past few years. As opposed to buying books, these sites allow you to rent them for a certain period of time at a lower cost than what you would normally spend on books.

The catch: Some universities buy back textbooks from students at the end of each semester. Even though some of these textbooks may not be sold back for half of the buying price, it’s at least a little extra change in your pocket. The downside to renting books is that you don’t have the chance to make money off of your books.

Online Purchasing

Do a web search on your textbook and you’re bound to find it for sale online. Sites such as Amazon allow customers to purchase their books online for cheap.

What’s even better is that you can sell back your used books online after you are finished with them. This allows you to determine your own sell-back price!

Tip: When purchasing products on sites such as Amazon, you run the risk of delayed shipping or lost items. One way to prevent this is by checking the seller rating on any items you wish to purchase. If a seller has a 100% positive feedback rating, that means that all of the customers who have purchased items from that seller were satisfied. Make sure to purchase products from sellers with high ratings so you do not run into any issues.

Off-Campus Bookstores

Official university bookstores tend to sell their books at a higher or regular retail price. However, shopping at an off-campus bookstore may save you a bit of money.

Off-campus bookstores usually advertise having lower priced books than your universities bookstores. What is also great about them is that many allow you to sell your books back just like a regular university bookstore.

The catch: Many students still prefer using their on-campus bookstore because they are able to charge their purchases to their student accounts. This is convenient for students who have extra scholarship or aid money left over.

Social Networks

That’s right! Students actually use social networking sites to sell their old textbooks. A great way to find students selling textbooks is by joining university academic groups and clubs groups related to your area of study.

Example: As a member of my university’s fashion association, I see a lot of students post advertisements for selling their old fashion textbooks on our group’s Facebook page. A lot of these students are just trying to get rid of these textbooks, so they may be willing to sell them for a price cheaper than anywhere else!

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Jane Marie Trombly

Jane Marie Trombly

Jane Trombly is a junior at Central Michigan University pursuing a degree in apparel merchandising with a minor in journalism. She has also participated in a study abroad program at the University of East London. At school, Jane is an active member of the Greek community, and CMU’s fashion association. In her spare time, Jane enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and writing for her very own fashion blog.
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