Save Hundreds On College Textbooks
here’s how to keep more money in your pocket this semester.
Here are some tips from an alum (yours truly) on what you need to know about textbooks, and how to save.
Textbooks depreciate in value.
I learned the hard way that new textbooks immediately depreciate in value, just like driving a brand new car off the lot.
Why? Because new editions come out all the time. Often only a tiny section of the book has been changed or added, but that justifies a new edition.
One of my biology professors explained to my class that we could buy the previous edition of the course textbook, as the new edition only had a handful of pages added. And the material would be covered in class lectures, anyway.
New textbooks immediately depreciate in value, just like driving a new car off the lot.
Never buy a brand new textbook if you can avoid it.
If you must buy, then buy your textbooks used. And not from the bookstore — from students. If you buy from a student who took the class last term, you’ll likely be able to negotiate a better price than buying from the campus bookstore. Keep an eye out for flyers and ads posted in online student groups, as well as Kijiji, Facebook, and other social media or buy/sell sites.
Go splitsies on it with a study buddy. This could work if you have a good friend in your class. Buy the book together so that each of you pays half price, then share it. Note that this will only work well if the two of you have a trusting relationship and are good at being responsible and sharing!
Rent your books. Did you know that you can rent textbooks now? I wish this option was around when I was in school! You can get a textbook rental through companies like Chegg Books: You’re allowed to highlight the textbook, and the return shipping is free. Most importantly, you can save up to 90% of the cost of buying new textbooks! Just make sure you compare the rental price to the price of buying used to make sure you’re getting the best deal. And if you do rent, return your book as soon as you’re done with it.