The price of college textbooks can be huge expense that many college students are not prepared to pay. Even if you are receiving financial aid, it is not fun to spend $100 or more on each college textbook. If you are in college you are probably in need of numerous textbooks. Why not find a way to buy cheap text books and then sell textbooks when you are done with them?
I have been going to school part time on and off for several years and have been a full time college student for the past two years. Over the years, I have figured out how to get my college textbooks almost free. If you want to find the best way to get cheap textbooks all you have to do is take a little extra time to research textbook prices and then sell textbooks when you are done with them.
When I first started college, I went to every local textbook store trying to find cheap textbooks. In the end I usually went to at least five different stores and did not find my textbooks any cheaper than they were available at the college. When I was done with the class I went through the same routine when trying to find the best store to sell textbooks for the most cash back.
How to Buy Cheap Textbooks
The first step to buying cheap textbooks is to know which book you have to have for each class in. Once you have the list of textbooks that you need, you can formulate a plan to ensure that you get your cheap textbooks for the best deal possible. The way to ensure that you do get cheap textbooks is to run into your local cheap textbook store and write down the cost of all of your textbooks if you bought them new and used.
Once you get your list of prices from your local cheap textbook store, take that list home and search the internet. There are several places to buy cheap textbooks online and you can use Google to search the term cheap textbooks to get started. I prefer to use EBay’s half.com and will talk more about the site shortly. When you are shopping on the internet you have to take into consideration that you will now have to pay shipping charges. The good news is that textbooks can be shipped via media mail so the average textbook only costs about $4 to ship.
Another way to ensure that you are getting the best deal on your cheap textbooks is to consider the older version. I bought the books for my computer class for $5 instead of over $50 because I bought the older edition. Of course you have to be careful if you do this because although most of the time only a few things have changed, sometimes the entire textbook is different.
I bought a cheap textbook for my nutrition class and it had changed so much that my $50 savings was not worth the hassle of trying to find what I was supposed to be reading. On the other hand, I have saved a bundle on books for numerous other classes by buying the old edition of my textbook of course when you are done you can not sell textbooks like this back for much. The key for me is figuring out which classes will be hardest for me. I buy cheap textbooks for my hard classes but I do not buy the old editions, I always stick with what the instructor recommends for ease of use.
Where to Buy & Sell Textbooks
Today, I find all of my cheap textbooks online and I buy and sell textbooks at the same place. I use EBay’s half.com to buy and sell textbooks. I try to buy all of my textbooks as far before the semester starts as I can which is when the most books are available. I also try to sell textbooks as soon as class ends to capture those looking for textbooks early. You can open an account for free on half.com and it is fairly easy to use to buy and sell textbooks.
When you buy cheap textbooks on half.com, you are buying from individual sellers. I always buy from sellers that have 99% feedback which means that others have had a generally positive experience when buying or selling with them. Even if I can buy the book cheaper from another seller, if they have feedback percentage lower than 99% I avoid them and spend the extra money. I have had a few issues with EBay sellers in the past so I always try to buy from the most reputable sellers.
When you buy and sell textbooks on Half.com you can pick the condition of the book from brand new to acceptable. I usually buy from the very good condition to ensure that I can sell the textbook back when I am finished. If I know that my textbook will not be used again, I will buy from any condition that will get me the cheapest textbook possible since I know I will not be able to sell it for much if at all.
When you sell textbooks on Half.com, it is not like EBay where the auction lasts 5-10 days. On half.com, you set the price based on the current suggested price and you keep it listed until it sells or until you pull it. I try to monitor the current prices to ensure that I am offering my cheap textbooks for a competitive price. I also lower the price of my textbooks every 14 days or so especially if they have not sold when the semester is about to start.