Ultimate Guide to Saving Money on College Textbooks
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    • TheUltimateGuidetoSavingMoneyonCollegeTextbooks© 2013, SlugBooks.com
    • The college bookstoreprovides “options”...Don’t be fooled.Check online.Let’s say that at the college bookstore, a book isselling for $200 new, or $150 used. The used priceis a great deal, right? Not necessarily.These days bookstores also often feature four prices: new, used, digital andrental. When students and their parents are given several choices, and theyselect the cheapest one, they feel like they got a deal.DON’T BE FOOLED. The $150 textbook mentioned above might be sellingfor less than $50 online. Comparison options are never provided in thestore, without more information you could be severely overpaying.© 2013, SlugBooks.com
    • There is NEVER onewebsite that’s alwaysthe cheapest.Just because Amazon gave you the best deal on thefirst book you searched for, it doesn’t mean that itwill give you the best deal on your other books.Use a website like SlugBooks.com to compare.To get the best deals, ALWAYS compare. You might pay a lot more than youshould have if you give blind faith to any one source. Sometimes the collegebookstore might have the best prices - consider them as a valid option whenyou compare.© 2013, SlugBooks.com
    • The bookstore sellsout of USED booksfirst. Those prices areoften temporary, andtherefore imaginary.Just because a bookstore lists a used price, it doesn’tmean that books will be available at that price. Untilyou have the used book in your hands, assumeyou’re going to be paying the NEW price.© 2013, SlugBooks.com
    • Delivery of booksordered or rentedonline is FAST.When you order booksonline, they arrive quickly.When you order from third party marketplaces like Amazon orAbeBooks, select sellers in states closer to your state.When you are ordering from rental sites like Chegg orBookRenter, you can select the expedited shipping option butit’s really not necessary. They have every interest in gettingyour book to you quickly and earning your repeat business.© 2013, SlugBooks.com
    • Renting isn’t as cheapas it seemsUsing a $100 textbook as an example:Buying the book on a site like Amazon might cost $50. When you are donewith the book, you can probably sell it on Amazon for $30-40.Total cost of ownership: $10-20Renting the book might cost $30. When renting, you’re unable to sell itwhen you’re done with it.Total cost of ownership: $30In this case, buying is the cheaper option. Renting rarely makes sensecompared to online options like Amazon. Compared to the bookstore,renting is usually considerably cheaper.© 2013, SlugBooks.com
    • Homework packagesand custom editions arethe worst thing ever.If you have been assigned a book that is ahomework package or a “customizededition”, it means you are probably going tohave to shop at the college bookstore.Inform your professors that using textbooksthat aren’t customized or packaged is amuch better deal for students - theyprobably are not aware.Here’s a link to a video about the customedition scam.© 2013, SlugBooks.com
    • Ask your professorsabout older editions.You might be able tosave HUNDREDS.Textbook publishers like printing newer editions with minor changesin order to force students to keep paying top dollar for new books,instead of buying used copies from sites like Amazon (publishersdon’t make money when a used book is sold on Amazon)Ask your professor if the older edition is okay to use. When a neweredition might cost $200, older editions are often available for lessthan $20.© 2013, SlugBooks.com
    • If you’re in a class thatuses many books, look atthe syllabus & plan yourpurchases accordingly.If the book isn’t assigned until the term’s end, you don’t need to buyit until then. This might ease some pressure on your finances.© 2013, SlugBooks.com
    • Recommended materialsare best to avoid buying,unless the professorEXPLICITLY says so.If you are looking for study aids, there are often cheaper optionsthan having to buy another textbook. Many schools provide tutorswhich are probably the most effective way to study, and all of thepractice problems you need are often in the back of the bookanyway.© 2013, SlugBooks.com
    • Single most important way tosave money:Learn what an ISBN is.ISBNs are 10 or 13 digit codes, unique to every book. When atextbook is assigned, the ISBN number is provided. Searching fortextbooks by ISBN instead of title will ensure that you’ll be buying/renting the exact same book as the one the bookstore is selling(they order books using ISBN numbers as well).image credit: wikipedia© 2013, SlugBooks.com
    • Compare textbook prices withSlugBooks.comSlugBooks lets you compare prices between the college bookstore & major siteslike Amazon, AbeBooks, Half.com (eBay), Chegg, Bookrenter & more!© 2013, SlugBooks.com