Fight the Price:
Your college bookstore is likely overpricing their books by about 50-80%. It's time to fight back against high textbook prices. Students regularly save $500 or more a year by denying Textbook publishers and bookstores exploitation of students. Learn more about buying, renting, and selling online!
There're several reasons why students buy textbooks at their local college or university bookstore instead of seeking online options:
- Unaware of the cost difference.
- Delay of book delivery.
- Online purchasing can be risky (requiring credit card information).
- The student is not sure if the book sold online is the same book they will need.
These are all valid concerns, and each require some understanding of the textbook market to proceed:
Cost Difference: The cost of University/college books are about twice the online price with the exception of newer being the same price as a universities book, but in general 2 times the price is average saving you about $500-$600 per year!
Delay: 3-6 day delivery is average for expedited deliveries, 6-14 for normal delivery. Be sure for third party sellers you check their feedback and see if they have had many complaints on timing.
Purchasing online can be risky: Reduce your online risk by purchasing wisely.
- Go to an official site by making sure when you checkout it is secure with a padlock next to the web address.
- For Auction sites or third party sellers, make sure they have good feedback (and look at their negative feedback)
- Don't adhere to odd requests from emails or otherwise.
Finding the Same Edition: ISBN's are unique to each book, and by searching for a book using it's ISBN you're sure to find the exact book you need. However if you want to get a earlier edition of the text or international edition (100% same material as the US Edition and 100% legal) then you can search by Title, author, and edition of the textbook.
International Editions: Publishers and college bookstores attempt to make it seem like you are doing ill by buying international editions by making the outside cover different with signs to make it seem illegal, but it is not.
Here's a good source to learn more about: international textbooks.
Fight back high prices, Publishers, writers, campus' all want your money, but hopefully so do you! So keep it by spending less and save!
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