Depending on your course selection, your textbooks can cost up to $1,000 when buying from the brokers. When you sell them back, you’d be lucky to get $300 for them. You might get nothing for some of your textbooks.
With proper planning, patience, and wits, you can save hundreds when buying textbooks. When you sell them, you can make a lot of the money back. This article tells college students how to make the most of their textbook purchases over the course of a college semester. How can you save money on textbooks? How should you take care of them? When you should purchase your textbooks for each semester? How do you find out what textbook you’ll use before the semester begins?
Find out what textbooks you need
After completing your class registrations, you should find out textbooks each of the classes use. Contact the professors of your upcoming classes and ask them for the title, edition, author, ISBN #, and appearance of the textbook that you’ll need for their classes. The ISBN # is the most critical piece of information because it makes searching for the exact edition of the textbook simpler.
You want to retrieve this information as soon as possible. This gives students the opportunity to avoid buying textbooks during the textbook rush. Textbook prices are always escalated during this time because of the demand. You’re working in the seller’s favor. By purchasing textbooks before this period, you’re finding desperate sellers that need a quick dollar. Sometimes, it’s worth buying books you don’t need because you can make quick cash when textbook rush arrives again.
Punctual textbook purchasing not only eliminates the cost of textbooks, but it can become a profitable expenditure when you sell them during the textbook rush.
See if I older or international versions of the textbook will suffice
International versions of textbooks are generally the paperback version with slight modifications that might be inapplicable for your classes. These differences can be different questions in the chapter exams that are still relevant to what you’re studying. These paperback editions of the textbooks are a fraction of hardcover costs because they’re cheaper to create. Older editions of textbooks will also suffice in many classes as they’re eerily similar but with different examples or photos. You can save up to 80% when buying textbooks if the older editions are applicable.
Check with your professor to see if they’d recommend an older or international version of their class textbook before going this route.
Are any friends joining you in the class?
If you have friends in your classes, split the cost of the textbook with them and share it. This takes responsibility on each of your parts, so make sure your partner isn’t the clumsy type who’d lose the textbook. If the textbook is occasionally used, then look into photocopying pages that you’ll need during the semester. You can both save 50% if you split the difference on an uncommonly used textbook.
Don’t purchase textbooks on campus
The #1 rule of buying textbooks: Don’t buy them at the brokers! Brokers charge excessive prices and buy them back at disturbingly low rates. Unless you need the textbook immediately, then brokers are not an option, period.
You should either purchase or rent your textbooks online or with other students on campus. Your best choices are to rent textbooks or purchase them when textbook rush isn’t going on. Brokers should only be used by the most impatient who don’t value the hundreds they’d save by avoiding textbook brokers. Even then, they should be avoided.
Take care of textbooks
You don’t want your textbooks after the semester ends. By properly caring for your textbooks, you can increase their worth. This allows you to sell it for more during textbook rush. You can over-exaggerate the claims of the textbook’s quality when you’re trying to sell it, but you’ll damage your credibility. If you’re selling online with a feedback system, a lower feedback score could force you to sell future textbooks for less money.
Protect the covers of the book. Don’t let substances ruin the pages. I’d recommend not taking notes in the textbooks, but some people may enjoy having the answers for the chapter exams. Keep the book clean, usable, and in the best condition possible. You’ll increase the book’s value and your credibility.
Don’t wait until last minute
Take advantage of buying textbooks before textbook rush arrives. Try not buying textbooks from late August through September and late December through January.
You don’t have to waste thousands of dollars on textbooks during your college career. In fact, you could end up breaking even or finding yourself in the green if you buy, sell, and share your textbooks properly.
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