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Need help finding best/cheapest place to buy college text books

jbloggs 9,661 4,515 August 5, 2015 at 04:06 PM
Hi, a family member is starting college and I'm finding the price for college text books to be horrendously expensive, for example, "Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity 9th Edition" is around $300.

So I would appreciate any advice/recommendations on how to get the best possible deals on college text books.

Thanks !!!

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Shop around. Use comparison sites like bigwords.com or allbookstores.com to find the best prices used, new or for rent.
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Hi, a family member is starting college and I'm finding the price for college text books to be horrendously expensive, for example, "Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity 9th Edition" is around $300.

So I would appreciate any advice/recommendations on how to get the best possible deals on college text books.

Thanks !!!

Lol just simply dont buy the textbooks. Tell your kid to ask around and see if the teacher actually uses the textbook. And if he does, tell him/her to find another teacher ahahahah
If you are lucky to have a new college student that actually wants to learn and READS the textbook, then there is always the option to find the PDF of the book.
If there is no luck and a physical copy is needed, go to the school's library and borrow the reserve copy- previous editions should work too. If there is no such thing, buy a USED copy from Ebay or wherever but not from the school's bookstore. It is important to avoid the school bookstore, it is always overpriced. However, at the end of the semester you can always sell back your outside used copy to the school's bookstore and you may break even or make a profit Big Grin
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My kids rent from Chegg. Great company.
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Lol just simply dont buy the textbooks. Tell your kid to ask around and see if the teacher actually uses the textbook. And if he does, tell him/her to find another teacher ahahahah
If you are lucky to have a new college student that actually wants to learn and READS the textbook, then there is always the option to find the PDF of the book.
If there is no luck and a physical copy is needed, go to the school's library and borrow the reserve copy- previous editions should work too. If there is no such thing, buy a USED copy from Ebay or wherever but not from the school's bookstore. It is important to avoid the school bookstore, it is always overpriced. However, at the end of the semester you can always sell back your outside used copy to the school's bookstore and you may break even or make a profit Big Grin
Yeah my pre-calc class had a assigned textbook with workbook combo. Our professor told us he would never use the workbook. campus bookstore wanted $120 used for the combo. I got the textbook used for $6 from half.com and bought another five for classmates.
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Thanks for all the great information !!!
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FYI you might want to be careful with math and science classes, it seems like it's more and more common now a days that professors will make you purchase the bundle which comes with an access code (you need the access code to do the work online).

I'd check with the professor but usually the access code (one-time use so you have to pay full price for it unless you come across a rare discount) will come with an ebook you can use.

This way you won't waste time looking/purchasing a book where you had to purchase the access code anyways.
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Thanks for all the great information !!!
There is a sticky at the top of this sub-forum about where to find used books, it might be a good place to start - http://slickdeals.net/e/291575-used-book-websites-list?v=1
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I graduated in 2013, but I can give you some tips. I tried to rent my book if possible (usually around $40-75). When I was forced to buy the books, I always tried to get the international edition for a much much cheaper price (like $20-$50 dollars for $300+ books). These are usually black and white and some chapters may be off, but anyone with common sense can figure it out. You should buy it weeks in advance because they are coming from out of the country and the shipping time is much longer.
If you ask your professor sometimes you can even buy an earlier edition of a book for a very cheap price and they will give you a print out of the missing chapters. Borrow a current edition from a classmate if you need to. Craigslist (or ksl in Utah) is also a good source, you can resell your books for much higher than trading them in at a store. You either undercut every ad to sell it quickly or you can check the bookstore to see if it sold out, wait until the class starts and then you can sell it for the bookstore price or higher. I even sold some of my international editions for higher than what I bought them for because some kids didn't want to wait for shipping. Good luck
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