How to Save Money on Textbooks – Cheap Textbooks

By Brenda on August 25th, 2011


The average full-time college student spends approximately $350 a term for textbooks. That cost alone is enough to scare many away from even attending college. Textbook prices have continually increased, but savvy students have found creative ways to save money. If you want to know how to save money on textbooks read on to find out how.

1. Buy Online

Campus bookstores will charge the highest prices even for a used textbook. There are plenty of online bookstores that sell textbooks. All you need is the ISNB number to make sure you get the right book. Some of the most popular sites like will scour the entire internet and find your book for the lowest price. Other popular sites include and Most textbook websites will even buy your book back from you once you are done with it. They will even pay for you to ship it back to them by providing a free postage label that you can print out from your computer.

2. Craigslist

Students looking to dump textbooks often post them on Craigslist. It costs nothing to post an ad and you can get a great deal on a used book. You can also post your books on Craigslist once you are done with them. When you place your add be sure to include ISBN number, condition, and a picture.

3. Sell it Back to Campus Bookstore

Campus bookstores often charge the highest prices, but they will also pay the highest when you return the book. You can buy the book form an online retailer and then sell that book back to your campus bookstore. You don’t have to buy the book from them in order to sell it back to them. For example, let’s say you buy a used biology book from Amazon for $80 and then you sell it back to your campus bookstore for $50. That means you had a net cost of only $30!

4. Sell Your Book Online

There are plenty of ways to sell your textbook to willing customers. Sites like Craigslist, eBay, Amazon, and Facebook are great ways to tell the world you have a textbook for sale. You can also do it the old fashioned way by posting up a flier on campus with your name and phone number.

5. Rental

There are some sites that will rent you the book for the term. is one example. Be careful to do a thorough investigation of the rental price because you can sometimes find it for less. Also, since you rent the book you will not be able to sell it.

6. Buy and Old Edition

Many books come out with new editions as ways to make money, but the content is the same. This works great for online students who do not have to disclose what edition of the book they have. Old editions sell for pennies on the dollar.

7. Library

Some schools keep copies of text books in the library that can be checked out for free. Check with your library first before making any purchases.




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