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Students getting creative to save on textbooks

19 Sep

The thought of buying textbooks can be dreadful. This is one of the most expensive parts of attending a higher university facility. It is something students will moan and groan about at the beginning of every semester, and who can blame them? On average, textbooks range from $80 to $100 each. A lot of students attempt to find the resources they need online in order to save money.

Students have been getting creative in utilizing different resources in order to pay the smallest amount possible for their textbooks. Some students will lend the book from the university library when it is needed. A lot of the textbooks are available for loan in the university library. Many students have no idea how they are going to be able to afford these expensive textbooks. However, I am here to solve your problems. Below are some options so stretch your money and keep some cash in your wallet.

One way to save money is to buy them directly from the Internet as opposed to the college bookstore. The bookstore will charge a higher price on new and used textbooks. It is a company that needs to make money, which is not in favor of the student. Campus bookstores will often offer a buyback program. However, you only get a percentage of what you would make if you sold the book online yourself. Yes you have to wait longer to get the money from online sources, however, you will make around three times the amount than you would if you were to sell it to a bookstore.

Amazon.com and Half.com are great resources for both buying and selling textbooks. They provide ample opportunities to save money. Amazon also offers a cheaper priced textbook if you opt to rent the book as opposed to buying it. One disadvantage to this program is that you may have to send the book back a little before the end of the class. The best way to make this program work for you is to purchase the book at the last minute possible. Admittedly it will make you a little nervous, but don’t fret, Amazon is known for having fast delivery service. If you are not looking for a rental book and you plan on selling it back, you should order the book around two weeks prior to the class starting to ensure that your book will be on time. The books on both of these websites are usually sold by other students are looking to save money just like you.

Utilize textbook exchange services such as StudentBookTrades.com. This is an excellent source to get free college textbooks. This gives you an opportunity to trade textbooks with your classmates and friends. Their free service helps to match you with other college students who took classes that are similar to what you are reading now. You can search your campus for books and save on shipping the textbooks. Some of these websites also compare prices across the nation to give you the best deal possible. Last, but not least are price comparison websites. These websites compare the price of many different websites and show you where you can get the best price possible for your textbook. Cheap-textbooks.com is a great resource that does just this! If you are stumped and do not want to spend a lot of time browsing the Internet for the best price, let Cheap-textbooks.com do the work for you.

Finding College Textbooks at Discount Prices

2 Dec

As someone who intends to teach himself a new subject or language, the question is always about where you can find college textbooks at the most competitive prices. And though there are book stores that you can go to, that offer discounts for students, it is still difficult to find all the titles you are looking for. And if by chance the book you need is not available at the store and they need to order it, you have to pay the shipping charges as well as wait endlessly.

Here are some ways in which you can use websites that specialize in selling college textbooks to help minimize costs and reduce delivery time.

*A college textbook website specializes in books that are used most frequently by the universities. They are also likely to have sections dedicated to second hand books. You can, therefore, not only get a good deal but also find other related titles that might complement the study and the research that you are doing.

*These websites also have a search function that enables you to go through all the titles, without the hassle you would have faced in a physical book store. Though you might be able to go through the catalogue and find out whether they have the college textbooks you need, you would still have to locate them or ask a sales assistant to help you. With a virtual bookstore all you have to do is place your order, pay with your credit card and the book or books get delivered at your doorstep within a few days. You might also get a discount in the bargain.

*Some of these websites also have useful features like related blogs and sites that you can check out. These offer similar and complementary services. For example, some of the blogs play host to discussion groups where book lovers and students come together to debate on a number of topics found in college textbooks. Some others feature links to sites where you can get highly specialized books that are difficult to find elsewhere. Not only does this open up a whole world of information for you but also allows for you to discuss and exchange ideas with other students across the virtual world.

*These are only a few ways in which these websites that sell and preview college textbooks can help ease the process of acquiring all the books that you need. Once you have the entire set you can still keep visiting these sites that frequently post news about the latest releases and also special discount offers. The more you visit these sites, the greater the benefit you get from using the Internet to add to your existing collection of reference and study college textbooks. Not only is this easy and less time-consuming, you also get to spend more time “swotting” which is what you actually need to do.

College textbooks though easy to purchase at a store,might now be more purchased from virtual stores.Not only are these stores easier to browse through but many of them also offer attractive discounts and a wider variety of titles than your local store.


College Textbooks Tips

12 Oct

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College Textbook Coupons

16 Jul

OK, so you have done your textbook price comparison and located the cheapest sources. There is one more step before you place that order – check for coupons. Many textbook sellers offer discounts, free shipping to try to get you to try their service. Simply write down the coupon code and enter it during checkout to increase your savings.  Both of my favorite college textbook price comparison sites have a list of the current coupon offers. Here is  link to tak a look:

Cheap-Textbooks.com College Textbook Coupons

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