Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Cheap College Textbooks: Plan Ahead For Best Deals
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 half.com, 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.