If you're in college or near entering your first semester of college or university next week, than you're probably in the market for some College textbooks. I want to share my experience with college text books and give you some pointers on how to save and get the most out of your textbooks when you're done.
WHEN AND WHERE TO BUY?
- Before you purchase your first textbook, check your course syllabus if one is provide when you register for your class. If not every professor should provide you with a link to the schools website with the book that will be needed.
- Once you have found out which book you need, immediately Email your professor, and ask if the book needed for the course is "Actually needed". After submitting that email, go to your schools bookstore, whether in person or online and search for the book, compare prices new or used.
- Once you've done your research from your school, and received an email from your professor as to whether or not the book is needed, you can start doing a search with third party suppliers. I recommend emailing your professor first because often in times professors will allow you to use an older version, or any other textbook that covers the same topics, And that can be the difference from you spending 450$ a semester on books and spending 150$ on books.
- Ok, so you need the book? Heres a list of Resellers you can use that have much lower prices.
CRAIGSLIST, IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE YOUR BEST BET BECAUSE YOU CAN NEGOTIATE WITH PEOPLE, NEXT WOULD BE AMAZON AND THEN CHEGG IS MY THIRD FAVORITE. HOWEVER WHEN IT COMES TO RELIABILITY AND NOT PRICE, I 8/10 PICK CHEGG. THEY USUALLY ALWAYS HAVE WHAT I NEED.
BE SURE TO BUY YOUR BOOKS EARLY, LIKE I SAID EMAIL YOUR PROFESSOR OR GO VISIT HIM/HER ONCE YOUVE REGISTERED FOR THE CLASS, THIS WAY YOULL KNOW YOUR NEXT STEPS, THE LONGER YOU WAIT THE HARDER IT WILL BE TO GET BOOKS ON THE "CHEAP"
IF YOU GET LUCKY ENOUGH, YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY MAY JUST HAVE A COPY, USUALLY FREE TO RENT, AND ABOUT 1$ IN LATE FEES
PDF DOWNLOADS, IVE BEEN VERY LUCKY WITH PDF DOWNLOADS, IVE PROBABLY SAVED ABOUT 300$ OR MORE IN THE PAST TWO YEARS WITH THIS METHOD, BUT BE VERY CAREFUL, MAKE SURE YOURE NOT DOWNLOADING ILLEGAL COPIES.
HOW DO I GET THE MOST OUT OF MY TEXTBOOK?
- Use it! you paid for it! take as much notes from the book as possible, whatever you feel is going to help you in the long run, especially if you're returning it.
- If it comes with a study guide, be sure to use that too, often in times professors use tests that are identical to the study guides, maybe not identical but very similar and this could help you a lot when studying for a test.
- Take care of the text book, try not to get it wet or dirty. If you plan on selling it after you've completed the course, the best condition will obviously yield the most $$
- Once you've completed the course, and you need to sell it, SELL IT!
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, AS WELL AS PUBLISHERS HAVE A TENDENCY TO RELEASE "NEW EDITIONS" EVERY SEMESTER OR YEAR OF THE SAME TEXTBOOK. THEY ONLY CHANGE A FEW THINGS AROUND, AND YOUR PROFESSORS GET PAID A COMMISSION WHEN YOU BUY THOSE NEW TEXTBOOKS.
IF ANY OF MY PROFESSORS ARE READING THIS. SORRY, BUT IM NOT SORRY.
LIKE I WAS SAYING, IF YOU GET LUCKY AND SELL THE BOOK AT YOUR BOOKSTORE, BUT AS SOON AS THE COURSE IS OVER, YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET SOME OF THE MONEY BACK. BUT NOT ALL OF IT.
YOUR SECOND BEST OPTION IS TO TRY AND SELL THE BOOK ON CRAIGSLIST, THE SUPPLIERS I PROVIDED ABOVE DO BUY BACK YOUR TEXT BOOKS, BUT THEYRE JUST LIKE YOUR SCHOOLS BOOKSTORE, MAYBE WORSE BECAUSE THEY WORK ON LOWER MARGINS.