As we all know college textbook prices are crazy expensive! Why would I want to pay $200 for a book that I may only open three times? Here are some tips for cutting the cost for textbooks!
1. First check and see if you actually need the textbook. Wait until the first day of class and ask your professor. You would be surprised that sometime the textbook is optional!
2. Buy used or rent! Maryville offers used textbooks and ones you can rent for the semester. However, if you are late getting your books the used and rental selection could be gone forcing you to buy a new book.
3. Don’t like the price of the bookstore? Check Amazon! They have a large selection of new and used books as well as a buyback program where you buy it and then Amazon guarantees that they will buy it back for a specific price! There are also other multiple websites that offer a rental or buyback program.
4. Share a book with a friend or roommate! If you plan to study together or you live in the same house, splitting the cost of the book is worth it!
5. Buy books as soon as you know you need them! You get a better selection and price.
6. Sell back as soon as possible! When you don’t need the book anymore sell it back online before the next semester begins because you have a better chance of someone buying it really quickly!
There is nothing wrong with buying a new book, especially ones you are going to keep for a long time. But renting or buying used not only cuts the cost down but also is eco-friendly!