A little over 10 years ago while attending Cal Berkeley I started experimenting with this new-fangled contraption called the Internet to see if I could save money on my textbooks. Back then the handful of online textbook sellers mostly sold new books but surprisingly their new prices were many times cheaper than the college bookstores used prices. The problem was going to each site and looking up the prices took a tremendous amount of time. To speed things up I created a simple tool that would display everybody’s price quickly and easily. The initial application was a desktop app and I shared it with classmates by disk. The app was eventually ported to website and expanded to cover over 50 sites and all textbook formats.
The whole premise of the site, then and now, was to help save students money by finding the cheapest source. It turns out a number students have found ways to use this low price information to offer a service or run a business that generates revenue.
One student with a passion for collecting, buying and selling of old books and textbooks downloaded our price comparison Android app with barcode scanner. This allowed him to get the current selling and buyback prices on his phone at garage sales, estate sales or anywhere else he runs across a book for sale. He has done quite well finding underpriced books and then selling them for a nice profit.
Another student started a book locating service and now advertises all over campus. He has students sending him requests for books and the amount they are willing to pay. He says that with the pricing report from over 50 sites he is usually able to find the books below the prices requested thereby creating a margin to make money himself on the transaction.
A good textbook price comparison service can provide a load of information about where to find cheap textbooks. It is perfect for students who want to do the work themselves to find the cheapest sources and it appears the information can also be used by those who wish to offer a service to students who want the work done for them.
We do not sell textbooks, we show you the cheapest sources
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