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Spend less with used textbooks

Postby cheap-textbooks » Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:02 pm

For college students it is not news that textbooks are a major cost. There’s been a lot of talk recently about cutting textbook costs by renting textbooks. Rental textbooks are cheaper than purchasing a new textbook but in many cases the cheapest option is still to buy a used textbook and then sell it when finished. For this to work you want us buy cheap and sell high.
The first step is to buy the textbook as cheaply as possible. Probably the biggest location for finding cheap used textbooks is the Internet. There is easily over three dozen major websites selling used textbooks. With price fluctuations caused by supply and demand the site with the cheapest price yesterday may not be the cheapest tomorrow. Considering the amount of time it would take to look up your textbook across multiple sites smart students use a textbook price comparison service that will report the current price across all the sites in a single quick report. This will ensure that you never overpay for used textbook.
The second part of the equation is to maximize the money you get back for the textbook at the end of the course. Generally speaking students have two paths that they can take when it comes to unloading a textbook. First option is to sell it themselves. This generally provides the highest return but takes work, is time-consuming, and does not guarantee that you will sell the book. The second option is to sell the book back to one of the online bookstores.
If you want to sell a textbook yourself the two most popular sites are Amazon.com and Half.com. They have the highest traffic and provide the best chance to find a buyer. They process the order, collect the money, take a commission of approximately 15% and send you the rest. Craigslist is another alternative but I bet you don't take credit cards so you are limited to cash buyers. Be sure to take a buddy for your exchange meeting.
You could also decide to take the easier, guaranteed route to sell back textbooks to one of the online stores. If you use this method I would recommend using a sell textbooks price comparison service to see which bookstore is offering the most money for your book. About a dozen online sites will buy your textbook and again supply and demand will cause different sites to make different size buyback offers.
Comparison-shopping is an important part to lowering your total textbook. You’ll be amazed at the variation in purchase prices and buyback offers between the different sites.
Bob
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