Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cheap College Textbooks: Plan Ahead For Best Deals

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College prices go up every year including the cost of tuition, books, and even that coffee you get every morning on your way to class from the bookstore. Most students are always looking for a way to save every penny they can, so finding a source of cheap college books is vital every semester. In truth, the task isn’t really that difficult, there are multiple sources of cheap college textbooks, you just have to plan ahead for the best deals.

Don’t wait until the last minute          

First, it’s a good idea not to wait until right before class starts in order to find the best deals for cheap college textbooks. If possible, see if you can get a list of the required textbooks a couple of weeks before class begins. If not, you may not get a great deal and you could even miss out on finding cheap college textbooks at all, so get that list as far in advance as possible.

Start looking on the Internet

The Internet is a great source of cheap college textbooks. You can find them at online used bookstores, college online bookstores, auction sites like eBay, craigslist or, or even on the college Facebook page if other students are advertising books for sale. Be sure to check on shipping costs to be certain you are getting the best possible deal for the cheap college textbooks you are buying, and be sure you are buying the right edition by putting in your ISBN number.

Try the Library

Believe it or not, you may even find copies of the college books you need at the college or public library. Sometimes people donate them to the library, so even though it doesn’t happen often, it is a place to put on your list of places to seek cheap college textbooks.

Look in the newspaper or college bulletin boards

Other possible place to find listings for cheap college textbooks is the school bulletin boards or ads in the school or local newspapers. Sometimes students who are trying to sell last semester’s books will list them in this way or sometimes they may even be willing to swap if you have a book that they need.

The bottom line is that it is very possible to save on college costs by seeking out and buying cheap college textbooks and all you have to do is be willing to take a few hours out of your time to do so.

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